Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam

Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam

Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam

March 5, 2012
Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam

The Sandberg Instituut provides in the master courses of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. The institute is named after Willem Sandberg, former director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, designer and charismatic champion of new and different approaches of art.

Established in 1995, the Sandberg Instituut offers master courses in:

Fine Arts

Applied Arts


Interior Architecture

Jurgen Bey is the director of the institute.

New from September 2011: temporary two-year master’s programs centered around specific, urgent questions. First in this series: Vacant NL

Fine Arts


The remodelled Fine Arts department of the Sandberg Institute retains its focus on the notions of autonomy and making while simultaneously addressing the social and economical roles and implications of these traditional parameters of art production. The program is structured around custom modules that investigate the realms of language, image, object and performance production and representation.

Course director

Krist Gruijthuijsen


Judith Leysner

Main tutors 2011 – 2013

Nicoline van Harskamp (Image), Raimundas Malašauskas (Play/Object), Aaron Schuster (Language)

Guests 2011 – 2013

a.o. Goldin + Senneby, Celine Condorelli, Katya Sander, Carey Young, Jason Dodge, Mladen Dolar, Trisha Donnelly, Ben Kinmont, Robert Snowden, Angie Keefer, Vilem Flusser Archive, Lisa Oppenheim, Tirdad Zolghadr, Dennis Cooper, Pierre Bismuth, Lisette Smits, Marcos Lutyens, Christiana Ricupero, Tim Etchells, Koen Brams, Stuart Comer, Bruce LaBruce

Design Department


The department functions as a cultural think tank for visual strategies. Students commit themselves in various cultural, visual, political and research based projects and initiate their own visual and contextual works. They show an intellectual grasp of critical issues in contemporary culture that suits them to a future engaging in research, initiating their own projects, directing, editing, curating events, and creating hybrid forms of communication that draw on their skills as writers, editors, programmers, conceptualizers, and form-givers.

Course director

Annelys de Vet


Anke van Loon


Nina Folkersma

Jan-Kees van Kampen

Rob Schröder

Daniel Vandervelden

Master Interior Architecture

Social sustainable research by design

The role of the interior architect is changing and therefore we should be critical about our own position in society. We train students to become capable of producing innovative designs through research and experimentation in the Laboratory. They learn to generate future-proof solutions for the complex spatial design tasks in the Atelier. They are able to present their work and confront, discuss and reflect on it at the Podium.

Course director:

Henri Snel (architect, researcher, NL)


Rinske Wessels (NL)


Laura Alvarez (Housing, ES)

John Bosch (Education, NL)

Victor Leurs (Object, NL)

Margaret Tali (Thesis, EST)

Henri Snel (Object, NL)

Paul Toornend (Exhibition, NL)

Oene van Dijk (Architectural theory, NL)

Lucy Cotter (Research, IE)

Applied Art Department

aka The Dirty Art Department

The Dirty Art Department is an open space for all possible thought, creation, and

action. Acting as a dynamic paradox, flowing between the pure and applied, the existential

and deterministic, and the holy and profane, it is concerned with individuality, collectivity, and the relationship between the built and natural world, other people and ourselves. It is a place to build objects or totems, religions or websites, revolutions or business models, paintings or galaxies. (Since ‘god is dead’ and ‘the spectacle’ is omnipresent, it sees the creation of alternative realities as the way to reconsider our life situation on this planet.) It is open to students from all backgrounds; designers, artists, bankers, skeptics, optimists, philosophers, independent thinkers, farmers, anarchists, and the curious.

Course director:

Jerszy Seymour


Catherine Geel


Gerben Hermanus


Clemence Seilles

Stephane Barbier Bouvet

Gerben Hermanus


Eric Ellingsen, Institut fur raumexperiment, Jan Boelen, Tejo Remy, Timebank, a constructed world, Lili Reynaud Dewar, Benjamin Valenza

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