Hadassah Emmerich
*Heerlen (NL), 1974
Lives and works in Brussels

Body and identity, the sensory and the sensual, the commodification of the erotic and the exotic: these are frequently recurring themes in Hadassah Emmerich’s work.
The sensuality of her painting resides not only on the surface of the (erotic) image but also in her refined use of colour and technical execution. Since 2016, Emmerich has worked with a new painting technique, using stencils cut from vinyl flooring, which she covers with ink and then impresses onto canvas, paper or a wall.
Referring to the visual language of advertising and Pop art, she creates images that both aestheticise and problematize the female body. She depicts the paradox of simultaneous attraction and repulsion, intimacy and cool detachment, seduction and critique. In this way, Emmerich succeeds in making the act of looking truly provocative.
Nina Folkersma


2003 – 2005 M.A. in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London
1997 – 2000 Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Antwerp
1993 – 1997 Academy of Fine Art, Maastricht

Solo Exhibitions

Beating Around the Bush #7: False Flat, one of four solo presentations, Bonnefanten Maastricht
Hips don’t lie, Be-Part, Waregem (B) [cat.]

radioactive mother tongue, Manifold Books, Amsterdam
Beyond the Reef, Rectangle, Brussel (Online Viewing Room: Rectangle.be)

Body Talk, Whitehouse Gallery, Lovenjoel (B)
The Great Ephemeral Skin, De Garage Mechelen (B)

Ulterior Motives, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam

Contre Jour, Whitehouse Gallery, Lovenjoel (B)

CORPOREAL, Schunck*, Heerlen

Ornament und Verbrechen, Palais Aktuelle Kunst, Glückstadt
Séance, Galerie Schau Ort, Zürich
Exopolis, Erasmus Huis, Jakarta
La Charmeuse de Serpents, Hendershot Gallery, New York

The Collector’s Room, Münzsalon, Berlin

Vehbi Zumbul Zadi, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam
Ghosts ‘n Garlands, New Image Art Gallery projectspace, Los Angeles
Salon, Galeria Kordegarda (part of Zacheta National Gallery of Art), Warsaw
Ornamentalia, Invaliden1, Berlin
Casino Exotique, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Tigerlily Legacy, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam
Mixed Blood Banana Shake, Fritschy Cultuurprijs, Museum Het Domein, Sittard
Volta Show 02, Basel (with Galerie Akinci)

With Love from Batik Babe, GEM, The Hague
Confessional Vapour Trails, Buro Leeuwarden

Ambitious Batik Babe, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem

Homeworks, (with Benoît Hermans) Marres, Maastricht

Group shows (selection)

Recurrent Effervescence, duo show with Luca Vanello, Whitehouse Gallery Lovenjoel (B)
Abrasive Paradise, Kunsthal Kade Amersfoort (NL) [cat.]
Beyond Printed Matter, Willem Twee Kunstruimte, ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL)
Sowieso (Anyhow), Omstand Arnhem, curated by Lieven Hendriks and Ide André.
Reverberation (Tribute to Hendra Gunawan), ISA Art & Design, Jakarta
4 x 4, WARP platform for contemporary art, Sint Niklaas (B)
Paper Show, Whitehouse Gallery Lovenjoel (B)

Trailblazers, Royal Palace, Amsterdam, curated by Mirjam Westen and Richard Kofi [cat.]
Inhabitants, duo show with Hanna Stiegeler, The Tail, Brussels
ACME Vision, SB34thepool, Brussels, curated by Lucien Roux
Rhapsody in Blue, Villa Zéphyr, Westende, curated by Isolde de Buck
BXL Universel II: Multipli.City, Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels [cat.]
Meet me in the Middle, Parts Project, The Hague, curated by Judith de Bruin and Madelon van Schie [cat.]
Collector’s Item, (conveyance of Collection Pieter and Marieke Sanders), Centraal Museum, Utrecht [cat.]
MONO, come up and see my prints, Jakob Smits Museum, Mol (B), curated by Tom Liekens [cat.]

Collector’s Item, the contemporary art collection of Pieter and Marieke Sanders, Centraal Museum Utrecht
MONO, come up and see my prints, Jakob Smitsmuseum, Mol, curated by Tom Liekens
SPACES, an exhibition of large scale artworks, ISA ART & DESIGN, Art Jakarta Virtual
Buah Tangan, ISA Art & Design, Jakarta
Zwischenräume, ROSALUX, Berlin, curated by Cigdem Caglayan
Limburg Biënale, Marres, Maastricht
Well, first of all, FOULPLAY/STALEBREAD, Ateliers Kersenboomgaard, Utrecht
NEW SAINTS, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels
Salon des Artistes, summer show at various locations, Ronse (B)

What if Women Ruled the World, Garage Rotterdam, curated by Imke Ruigrok
A Garden Party, Château Nour, Brussels
Come Closer, d’Aspremont – Lynden Castle, Oud-Rekem (B), curated by Annemie van Laethem/ Eric Croux
The HISK Connection, KANAL- Centre Pompidou, Brussels, curated by Antony Hudek
Easy Care Holiday Hair, Gerhard Hofand gallery, Amsterdam, curated by Koen Doodeman
Le petit cerle Bruxellois, Institut de Carton, Avenu de Jette, Brussels

The Secret Life of Materials, Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven, curated by Stef van Bellingen
The Line Up, the power of drawing,Centraal Museum Utrecht
Whitehouse Gym, Group show gallery artists, Whitehouse Gallery, Lovenjoel
Realacesonce, Night Shop project, Brussel, curated by Dome Wood
The Realm, curated by Tom Nys, Observatorium/Meatpack, Antwerp
Neue Heimat, curated by Sarie Nijboer and Eveline van de Griend, Willem Twee, Den Bosch
Ball Paradox, curated by Lea Pagenkemper and Fabian Seyd, Café Keese,
Islands in the Stream, duo presentation with Nadia Naveau, PARK Platform for Visual Arts,
Icarus Revisited, Galerie Post & Garcia,
Last Dance, Autocenter guest at KINDL, Berlin
Toy Bitches Fuck You, Galerie Kai Erdmann, Hamburg

Meaning gets unstable, curated by Sabine Gamper, Galleria Doris Ghetta, South Tirol
Collection Jacques and Many Defauwes, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Artist is Electron, curated by Dominic Wood, Superdeals Brussels
Celibataire Divas, Herkenrode Refuge, Hasselt
Body Double, Visser Gallery, Brussels

Illusion and Revelation, Collection exhibition, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht
In a State of Flux, Kers Gallery, Amsterdam
Common Ground, Gallery Post + Garcia, Maastricht
Poppositions, La Vallée, Brussels, represented by Art Agent Orange/ Trendbeheer
Art Rotterdam Intersections, represented by Art Agent Orange/ Trendbeheer

Koempels, Framer Framed, Amsterdam
Arte Concordia, curated by Olphaert den Otter, Avenue Concordia, Rotterdam,
Now Age, curated by Yasmijn Jarram, Garage Rotterdam
Het Verschil Schilderen, curated by Joannes Késenne, Casino Modern, Genk
Weiner Wall, temporary wallpainting, Tetterode Building, M4 Gastatelier, Amsterdam
A Belgian Politician, Marion de Cannière Art Space, Antwerp [cat.]

Beating around the Bush#4, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Paper Works, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent
Amsterdam Drawing, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent
Schilderkunst op Drift, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam
Indisch DNA, Coda Museum, Apeldoorn
A new King, a new Portrait, 12 proposals for a new state portrait, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Mythe en Mystiek in het Landschap, Drawing Centre Diepenheim
Coup de Ville, attracted to another level, Warp Foundation, Sint Niklaas
EinDruck Ausstellung, Halle 14, Spinnerei, Leipzig
Gratis is het Woord niet, curated by Justine Leclercq, Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
Berlin Klondyke, travelling exhibition, curated by Daniela von Arnim, Irmelin and Reinhald Nohal
Appassionata, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg
D(e)utsch Treat, curated by Geeske Bijker, DADA Post, Berlin
Dawn of the Hermetics, Bar Babette, Berlin

Through an Open Window, selection from the Rabo Art Collection, Institut Néerlandais, Paris
ManifestlyPresent, curated by Annemie van Laethem, Kasteel Oud Rekem
Dutch Identity? Half sugar half sand, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere
Conquering the Wall. A contemporary look at Nazarene frescoes, Arp Museum, Rolandseck
Berlin. Status(1), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Ekstase und Leidenschaft, curated by Dominic Wood & Hadassah Emmerich, Zionskirchstrasse 52, Berlin

The Collector’s Show, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Sowing and Weeding, Folkculture in Contemporary Art, Cobramuseum, Amstelveen
All About Drawing, 100 Nederlandse Kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam
La Vallée Patibulaire, curated by Caro Bitterman, Caro Suerkemper, Catherine Lorent and Peter Duka, Berlin
Guesthouse, RAIR, Rotterdam

As you desire me, curated by Raluca Voinea, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu
14th Vilnius Painting Triennial, C.A.C. Vilnius
Amsterdam – Berlin, de Service Garage, Amsterdam
Madonna Psycho Slut, curated by Despina Stokau, Grimmuseum, Berlin
Le Cercle Infernal, curated by Hadassah Emmerich, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam
Global Design, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich

Beyond the Dutch, Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Towing the Line, curated by Jo-Anneke van der Meulen en Louky Keijsers, White Box, NY
Bad Moon Rising 4, curated by Jan van Woensel, Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels
The Cassini Cruise, Ardi Poels Projects, Maastricht
The Armory Show (with Galerie Akinci), New York
.NL, curated by Jan van der Ploeg. DREI Raum für Gegenwartskunst, Cologne
Emmerich, Ganesh, Nelson, Yoo, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

Dark Continents, MOCA North Miami
Baltic Biennial 2008, Rauma Museum, Rauma
Signes Mouvants, curated by Roel Arkesteijn, Institut Néerlandais, Paris
Hotel Mariakapel: A novel by Katie Jane, curated by Catherine Hemelryck, Hoorn
Be(com)ing Dutch, van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
In the Shadows. Images of the new pop romanticism, Kunstverein Wolfsburg
Gegen den Strich, Bielefelder Kunstverein

Prospect Park II, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Gegen den Strich, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Cultural Confusion, Elisabeth Kaufmann Galerie, Zürich

Globos Sonda/Trial Balloons, MUSAC, Léon
Solitude, curated by Michael Bank Christoffersen, Upstairs Berlin
Public Image, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg

Catalogues (Monography)

2014 CORPOREAL in cooperation with Kerber Verlag and Schunck*, Heerlen
2010 Exopolis, in cooperation with Erasmus Huis, Jakarta
2008 Casino Exotique, in cooperation with Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2006 Fritschy Cultuurprijs, Museum Het Domein, Sittard
2005 With Love from Batik Babe, Museum GEM, The Hague

Works in collections:

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Schunck, Heerlen
Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar
Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
Rabobank Nederland

Various international private and corporate collections



Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao (granted by Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam)

Projectstudio, Künstlerhaus Bethanien (granted by Mondriaan Funds, Amsterdam)

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (granted by Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam)

AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp
Antena Projects, Yogyakarta

Duende studios, Rotterdam



Indoor wall painting, Netherland Embassy, Jakarta

Indoor wall painting, FramerFramed, Amsterdam

Outdoor wall painting, Spoorsingel Heerlen, commissioned by municipality of Heerlen
Indoor wall painting, APG building Heerlen, commissioned by APG art committee

Indoor wall painting, Atrium hospital, Heerlen

Indoor wall painting, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Jakarta
Indoor wall painting, Student Service Center, Maastricht