Ben Manusama

Ben Manusama

, Netherlands

About Ben Manusama

"As a journalist for a Daily newspaper and an inhabitant of the city of Ede, I have come to know Ben Manusama as one of the best artists I know. Ben Manusama is, in a sense, the dark horse of the Dutch art world. It says something, in fact: quite a lot, that he is active and valued as a partaker in the Hague circle of artists known as the Pulchri Studio. Ben Manusama combines a precise, almost medical feel for the heartbeat and feverish pulse of our image-and media-saturated times with the craftmanship, the artistic skill and drive to capture 'fast' and ostensibly modern images, e.g. newspaperclippings, newsphoto's etc., in a durable, moving, extra sensitive way, the way of a painting artist that enables us to look twice, or three times, and so doing enrich ourselves by a deeper understanding. Ben Manusama often leaves from a snapshot or a Polaroid-like photograph, to lift it to a higher, more durable level, at once fixating it in paint and surprising the viewer and art lover with his specific slight of hand: a masters' study of fast movement - in paint. His personal quest and comment on the news- and media-industry that dishes out images in bulk, is a point of meditation and reflection for me as a journalist. Ben's paintings never cease to move me on a very profound level, even to tears. It is rare to find a highly esteemed and valued artist/painter nowadays who manages to keep up the higher standards of quality and at the same time asks questions and places footnotes in the margin of our society, without compromising for one second on the artistic quality; to me, only the enigmatic and anonymous public spaces-artist 'Banksy' comes to mind. I feel privileged to know Ben Manusama and follow up close his journey as an artist of rare excellence and reknown."- Hillbrand Rozema, Dutch journalist/columnist. |

BEN MANUSAMA (Delft 1957) Lives and works in Ede/ Arnhem, the Netherlands. Member of Pulchristudio, The Hague, founded by Mesdag, Breitner and others in the late nineteenth century, The Hague.

Education

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (1989/1990)

Exhibitions

2016
'This Art Fair', Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam (29 december - 3 january)

2015
'This Art Fair', Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam (29 december - 3 january)
Groningen, Noord NNB
Ede, Cultura (april-may)
'Indisch DNA', CODA museum, Apeldoorn (9 november - 25 january)
'Indisch DNA', ACEC, Apeldoorn (17 december - 25 january)

2014
'Indisch DNA', CODA museum, Apeldoorn (9 november - 25 january)
'Indisch DNA', ACEC, Apeldoorn (17 december - 25 january)
'Parels van PEK', Cultura, Ede (6 oktober - 15 november)
Pulchri Studio, The Hague (september)
'In Geuren en Kleuren', Streekmuseum Krimpenerwaard, Krimpen a/d IJssel (january - march)

2013
'Caravans, Cars & Dogs', Gallery Vierbijvier, Vianen (24 mei - 30 juni)
'Nieuwe Leden Nieuwe Schreden', GBK, Arnhem (7 - 29 september)
'Feest der Herkenning', Huis Kernhem, Ede (24 augustusx- 8 september)
'Naked', Pulchri Studio, The Hague (23 november - 23 december)

2012
'Isaac Israels met DSK/ Kamermeisje' Pulchri Studio, The Hague (juni)
'Overzicht Indonesische en Indische beeldende kunst', Trade art gallery of Frans Welkenhuijzen i.s.m. De Blauwe Kamer, Utrecht (april - mei) (g)

2011
'Ledententoonstelling [Het Ambonezenbosje]', Pulchri Studio, The Hague (oktober 2011) (g)
De Blauwe kamer ‘Van Jan Toorop tot Hadassah Emmerich’, Arti 11, The Hague (5 oktober-9 oktober) (g)
'Oh my God', Pulchri Studio - Hardenbergzaal, The Hague (7 mei - 29 mei) (s)
'60 jaar Molukkers in Nederland', Museum Maluku, Utrecht (april - mei) (g)

2010
'Home is where the art is', BtheCity - Cultuurhuis, Rotterdam (28 november 2010-11 januari 2011) (g)
Arti Capelli, Den Bosch (1 juli-30 oktober)
Arti 10, The Hague (6 oktober- 10 oktober)
'It must be love', Grote Kerk, Leeuwarden (13 juni -12 september) (s)

2009
'Jacob Hartogprijs', Pulchri Studio, The Hague ledententoonstelling
'Spirit', Grote Kerk, Weesp (g)

2008
Gallery of Judy Straten, Grubbenvorst (duo)
'Vrijheid II', Pulchri Studio - Klinkenberggalerie, The Hague (g)
'Voorbij de laatste roos', Huis Kernhem - E. Dickinson, Ede (g)

2007
'X-treme painting', Pulchri Studio - Bovenzalen, The Hague (g)
'Sinners & Saints', Pulchri Studio, The Hague (s)


Earlier in the Netherlands:
Gemeentemuseum de Prinsenhof / Nusantara, Delft (g)
CBK Gelderland (s) Galerie Aelbrecht, Rotterdam (s, g)
Gallery Kunst en Beterschap, Amsterdam (g)
Gallery Witt, Dordrecht (s, g)

(g) = group
(s) = solo