Maaike Schoorel, De Leie, 2020, oil on canvas, 140 × 500 cm
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Inside the studio of Maaike Schoorel, 2021

The subject matter of Maaike Schoorel’s paintings is drawn from familiar experiences and everyday encounters. Schoorel uses the immediacy of photography to gather source material for her paintings that are, in turn, rooted in the art-historical genres of landscape, portrait and still life.

In order to decode the subjects concealed in Schoorel’s brushwork, her audience must adopt a slower approach to looking that allows space to combine visual perception with the imagination. Descriptive titles seem to mislead the viewer who is initially confronted with an illusion of abstraction whose contents hover in a melée of colors. Schoorel’s paintings ask that we remain present within the experience of looking and understanding - resisting the need for immediate image-gratification that prevails within the circulation of images we encounter day-to-day. What is eventually presented through this sustained contemplation is neither the immediacy of the photographic snapshot or the labor of a restaged scene. Instead, Schoorel’s work gives space for her subjects to reveal themselves and to be reinterpreted in the mind of the beholder.

Maaike Schoorel (b. 1973, Santpoort) lives and works in Amsterdam.

Her solo exhibitions include Vera/Icon, Kunstverein Amsterdam, Amsterdam (2021 - forthcoming); All About the Animal, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2021); Maaike Schoorel at Van Wassenhove House, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (2020); London | New York | Rome | Amsterdam, Gemeente Museum, The Hague (2017); Conversation Piece Part 2, Fondazione Memmo, Rome (2016); Maaike Schoorel, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2012); Maaike Schoorel - Zelfportretten & Stillevens, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, London (2011); and Album, Frans Hals Museum - Hal, Haarlem (2008).

Her group shows include Inner SpacesThe 7th Biennial of Painting - Inner Spaces, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (2020); Chapter 3HREE, Het HEM, Zaandam (2020); Binnenshuis, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2020); Garden of Earthly Delights, Gropius Bau, Berlin (2019); Art & Science Dialogues with Maarten Wijntjes, VSAC, Leuven (2019); Rumoer in de Stad, Gemeente Museum, The Hague (2017); The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, 20th Sydney Biennale, Sydney(2016); Hollandse Meesters in de 21e eeuw, EYE filmmuseum, Amsterdam (2016); Salon Hang, Kunstverein Amsterdam, Amsterdam (2015); Landscape: the Virtual, the Actual, the Possible?, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, Guangdong, touring to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2014); How Soon is Now?, Manifesta Foundation & DutchCulture, Amsterdam (2014); Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles (2014); Painting Between the Lines, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2011); British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, Hayward Touring Exhibitions (2010); and Eyes Wide Open – New to the Collection, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008).

Schoorel recently returned to Amsterdam, having spent many years living in London, New York, Rome and Berlin. She has undertaken residency programmes at the Van Wassenhove House, Deurle (2020); KNIR, Rome (2016), organized by The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science; American Academy in Rome (2015-2016); and ISCP New York (2012).


MA, Royal College of Art, London
1998 BA, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
1997 Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town (exchange with Gerrit Rietveld Academy)

Solo Exhibitions

Vera/Icon, Kunstverein Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (forthcoming)
All About the Animal, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil 
Maaike Schoorel at Van Wassenhove House, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
Art Basel, solo presentation curated by Benno Tempel in collaboration with Hauser & Wirth and Art Review, Basel, Switzerland
Leeway, reflection on Guy Mees, Sofie van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium 
Cactus Flower, Clouds & Kiss, Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
London | New York | Rome | Amsterdam, Kunstmuseum Den Hague, The Hague, The Netherlands
Maaike Schoorel, Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gradient, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA 
Conversation Piece Part 2: Maaike Schoorel, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, Italy   
Sub-Lo, Maureen Paley, London, United Kingdom  
Interiors, Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
Conservatory, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil  
Frans Hals Museum, The Hague, The Netherlands 
Tribute, Maureen Paley, London, United Kingdom  
Maaike Schoorel - Zelfportretten & Stillevens, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, London, United Kingdom 
zwart / wit dagboek, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Maaike Schoorel, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA 
Nudes and Garden, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA 
Album, Museum de Hallen, The Hague, The Netherlands 
Nudes, Maureen Paley, London, United Kingdom  
Stilleven, Portret, Schutterstuk, Marc Foxx: West Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 
Bathing dining garden father daughters beach bed, Maureen Paley, London, United Kingdom 
Twilight, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Darling Buds, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands   

Group Exhibitions  

Deeply Rooted – Trees in Dutch Painting, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, The Netherlands 
Sgabello Collection: In Search of the Miraculous, Project Space On The Inside, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Chapter 3HREE, Het Hem, Zaandam, The Netherlands 
Binnenshuis, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium  
The 7th Biennial of Painting - Inner Spaces, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium 
Labyrinth of Solitude, 56 Henry at Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA
Lacuna, Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (curated by Maaike Schoorel, with Lisa Oppenheim, Ferdi and Germaine Kruip)
The Garden of Earthly Delights, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany  
Art & Science Dialogues with Maarten Wijntjes, VSAC, Leuven, Belgium
24 kleurplaten, Billytown, The Hague, The Netherlands 
Extension Nl, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia 
Extension Nl, SMENA, Center of Modern Culture, Kazan, Russia  
Lust, Laughter, Liquor, Sofie van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium  
CONDO 2017: Maureen Paley hosting dépendance, Maureen Paley, London, United Kingdom 
Abstract Conversations, Rosenfeld Porcini, London, United Kingdom 
Rumoer in de stad, Kunstmuseum Den Hague, The Hague, The Netherlands 
Anne Collier, William Daniels, Annette Kelm, Carter Mull, David Musgrave, Maaike Schoorel, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA  
The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, 20th Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia  
Cinque Mostre, American Academy, Rome, Italy
Silence out Loud, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, The Netherlands
From a Painters Perspective, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Hollandse Meesters in de 21e eeuw, EYE filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA 
Silence Out Loud, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, The Netherlands  
TANTRUM, Le Teinturier De Geest, Brussels, Belgium 
A Woman’s Hand, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom 
Salon, Kunstverein Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
Landscape: the Virtual, the Actual, the Possible?, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, touring to: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA  
Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, USA  
How Soon is Now?, Manifesta Foundation & DutchCulture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
Windows, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands  
The Peacock, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria 
Maaike Schoorel and Michiel Ceulers, The Arts Club, London, UK  
Mind is Outer Space, Casey Kaplan, New York, USA
Reading the Surface, David Zwirner, London, UK 
Open Studios Iscp - International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, USA  
But The Clouds, Room East, New York, USA  
Repeat to Fade, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil 
Nothing, Like Something Happens Anywhere, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom  
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia 
Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia 
Painted Over/Under, LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA
Painting Between the Lines, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, USA 
What’s Up!, De jongste schilderkunst in Nederland, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Next Season, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA  
British Art Show 7, Hayward Touring Exhibitions, opening in Nottingham, touring to Hayward Gallery, London, Glasgow and Plymouth, United Kingdom 
Newspeak, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom 
Collector’s Items No.2: High Drama: Works from the Collection of Hugo & Carla Brown, The Dutch Cultural Pop-Up Space, London, United Kingdom 
Visible Invisible: Against the Security of the Real, Parasol Unit, London, United Kingdom 
The Other Shore, Dutch Embassy, London, United Kingdom 
Obsession: contemporary art from the Lodeveans Collection, University of Leeds, UK
Fallen out of Space, Mol’s place, London, United Kingdom 
Long Meg, Vilma Gold, London, United Kingdom 
Obsession for Collection, Summerfield Gallery, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 
Roger Hiorns, Christina Mackie, Maaike Schoorel, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Eyes Wide Open – New to the Collection, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Nonknowledge, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland 
Wolvecamp Prize, Hengelo, The Netherlands 
Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo, Japan  
Prix de Rome 2007, de Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
How to Endure, Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece 
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, United Kingdom 
Zes, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA
Zes, Harris Lieberman, New York, USA
Double A-Side, Artist’s-Hertogenbosch (collaboration between Artis, Centre for Fine Art, Stedelijk Museum’s-Hertogenbosch and The Boulevard Theatre Festival), Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Just in time, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Le Nouveau Siècle, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Vincent van Gogh and Expressionism, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Alex Bircken, Mari Eastman, Maaike Schoorel, Maureen Paley, London Slow Art, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany 
Prague Biennale 2, presentation for Flash Art, Prague, Czech Republic 
Two-person show with Nathaniel Mellors, IBID Projects, Vilnius, Lithuania 
Must I paint you a Picture?, Haunch of Venison, London, United Kingdom 
Someplace Unreachable, IBID Projects, London, United Kingdom
To Avoid the Void, Artwalk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Koninklijke Subsidie voor Vrije Schilderkunst, Gemeente Museum, The Hague, The Netherlands
Band in Crisis, (with Skill 7 Stamina 12), Cooper Gallery, Dundee, United Kingdom 
Deliberate Regression, Daniel Arnaud Gallery, London, United Kingdom 
And Other Love Stories, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

ABN AMRO Collection
Centraal Museum
De la Cruz Collection
The Eisler Foundation
Fiorucci Art Trust
Fondazione Memmo
Frans Hals Museum
Gaia Art Foundation
KADIST Foundation
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Lodevans Collection
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Museum of Old and New Art Australia (Mona)
Rabo Art Collection
The Rachofsky Collection
Saatchi Art Collection
Sgabello Art Collection
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Zabludowicz Collection

Maaike Schoorel All About the Animal
Maaike Schoorel Conservatory
Repeat to Fade
Vera/Icon Maaike Schoorel
Elemento Maaike Schoorel
Album Maaike Schoorel
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