The Essential

by Martin & Inge Riebeek

450 video portraits / 20 countries

STREET LIFE / Jan 28 - Apr 28

Video art project The Essential

For video art project The Essential artists Martin and Inge Riebeek collect the stories of people around the world. In these stories people tell about what matters most to them and what is essential in their lives. Hundreds of people from a total of 18 countries have shared their answers in the past decade. Martin and Inge still collect new stories, as they long to give a voice to every type of person in existence. The Essential reveals the ways in which we are unique, but also the similarities we share despite our differences. The stories also show what is happening in the world right now, at times revealing a disturbing, yet important message.

Online exhibitions

Every few months Martin and Inge will display a selection of stories online, as an addition to several exhibitions and screenings. You will be introduced to people from around the world and their honest stories.

The artists

Martin and Inge met in 1996 and have been working together since 2001. They have created several commissioned art works for multinationals like Aegon, Rabobank and AkzoNobel. Besides their commissioned work they have developed their independent art practice. The Essential is an important part of the work they create. The Essential has been displayed in solo exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, De Pont museum in Tilburg and Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort.

The Essential is supported by Mondriaan Fonds and bkkc impulsgelden.

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26 Jan 2018: Street Life – Cultuurnacht Breda – Goedzooi x Tussentijd – 16.00-00.00

Feb/March 2019: The artists are creating an oeuvre-film of 15 years of street interviews for the Rabobank art collection: from Imagine Being There until The Essential. This film will be finished at the beginning of 2019.

2019: First preview of the film 'Colourful people' completed with new 'The Essential' portraits for the AkzoNobel art collection. This film will be on display in 2019 at the Art Space of AkzoNobel.

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2018 – Colourful People – online exhibition

2018 – Art doesn’t earn Money, Art only burns Money – Stokvishallen Breda

2018 - The Essential – the seminar of the Dutch General Practionars Society – Domus Medica

2018 - The Essential - No Direction Home - online exhibition

2018 - PREVIEW - Galerie Pennings

2018 - The Essential - The World's A Stage - online exhibition

2017 - 2018 - The Essential - Human Cities - AkzoNobel Art Space Amsterdam

2018 – Frijheid kinst hawwe, mar it is better om it te fielen - online exhibition

2018 – Art doesn’t earn Money, Art only burns Money – Fries Museum

2018 – Art doesn’t earn Money, Art only burns Money – Cultuurnacht Breda

2017 – Art doesn’t earn Money, Art only burns Money – online exhibition

2017 – The Essential - Stories That Matter – online exhibition

2017 – The Essential - Art of Integration – online exhibition

2017 – The Essential – Art of Integration – screening at documentary festival DOCfeed Eindhoven

2016 – The Essential – Art of Integration – exhibition Nomads in TAC Eindhoven

2016 – The Essential - The Times They Are a-Changin' – PARK Tilburg

2015 – The Essential - No Direction Home – dertien hectare Heeswijk-Dinther

2015 – The Essential – Home = Here – CBK Groningen

2015 – The Essential – Home = Here – screening at Architecture Filmfestival Rotterdam

2014 – The Essential – De Pont museum Tilburg

2012 – The Essential – I kiss my love goodbye and go to work – Achmea Leiden

2010 – 2015 – The Essential – on-going installation at the entrance hall of Aegon The Hague

2009 – Imagine Being There International – Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort

2006 – Imagine Being There – Rabobank

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Martin Riebeek &

Inge Riebeek-van 't Klooster

Oranjeboomstraat 20

4812 EJ Breda

tel: +31 (0)76 5200990

mobile: +31 (0)623614871 / +31 (0)657581013


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