Ellen Kooi

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Ellen Kooi (born July 11, 1962 in Leeuwarden), is a Dutch artist and photographer, who lives and works in Haarlem, the Netherlands. She is perhaps best known for her scenographic, theatrical imagery merging landscapes and figures–in the tradition of the city's landscape painters from the Dutch Golden Age.[1][2]


Kooi graduated from the Academie Minerva, in Groningen, in 1987; she was an artist in residency, and completed post-graduate studies, at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten, in Amsterdam, from 1993 to 1994. Within her body of work, themes of humans' intimate interactions with their surrounding natural world are explored. From unsettling landscapes, often populated only by young adults; to reassuring scenes of soothing serenity, and shelter; and serendipitous escapes; her subjects–nature and actor–are dramatically staged.[3] Her work has been acquired by the Frans Hals Museum,[4][5] the Fries Museum,[6] and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all in the Netherlands, as well as the Collection Hermès, in Luxembourg, and the Borusan Contemporary, in Turkey,[7] among others. Her work is additionally housed in numerous private collections.

She is represented by Torch Gallery, in Amsterdam.




  • Undertones, at Musée de La Roche-sur-Yon, la Roche-sur-Yon, France
  • Docks Art Fair Lyon, Gallerie Les Filles Du Calvaire


  • Undertones, solo show at Centro de Arte Alcobendas (CAA), Madrid, Spain[8]
  • AIPAD Photography Show (PPOW Gallery), New York
  • As it Happens, Galerie Les Filles Du Calvaire, Paris, France


  • Sables Mouvants, Lambertart, Le Fort de Mons-en-Baroeul, Lille, France


  • Transparent Days, Camara Oscura, Madrid, Spain
  • Next to Me, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Recent Photography, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • Luz Holandesa, Espacio Liquido, Gijon, Spain


  • Out of Sight, PPOW Gallery, New York City
  • Ellen Kooi: Out of Sight, Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France
  • On the Other Side of Twilight, duo-show with Astrid Kruse Jensen, Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, the Netherlands


  • Out of Sight/Hors de Vue, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, France [9]
  • Ellen Kooi, Photographies, Le centre Image/ Imatge, Orthez, France


  • "Borrowed Landscapes", part of Festival Off PhotoEspaña, Gallery Camara Oscura, Madrid, Spain
  • Fotowerken, de Willem III, Vlissingen, the Netherlands
  • Recent Work, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


  • "Dentro por Fuera, Within from Without", soloshow, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain[10][11]
  • Recent Photography,, Espacio Liquido, Gijon, Spain


  • Travaux Recents, duo show with Hans Op De Beeck, Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France


  • Hold Still, Keep Moving IV, Gallery Beaumontpublic, Luxemburg, Luxemburg



  • Common Ground: Air, collections from the Borusan contemporary Art Collection, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Femina ou la reappropriation des models, Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy, France [12]


  • Absurd–Did You Say Absurd?, Galerie Les Filles Du Calvaire, Paris, France
  • Aux frontières de l'intime: les photographes et leurs enfants, Musée français de la Photographie, Bièvres, France [13]


  • La metamorfosis del paisaje en el arte, group show, Caja Vital Foundation. Vitoria, Spain


  • Opening Exhibition Borusan Contemporary, Perili Köşk, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Photo Event, De Garage, Mechelen, Belgium
  • Foto = Kunst (the Art of Photography), Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
  • The International Festival of Photography of Lodz, main program: OUT OF LIFE, Lodz, Poland


  • Times Square, Beaumontpublic, Luxemburg, Luxembourg
  • De kleur van Friesland, beeldende kunst na 1945, Fries Museum, the Netherlands


  • Trial Balloons, Musac, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla Y Leon, Spain
  • Photography Biennale MOSCOW, Ruarts Gallery, Moscow house of photography, Moscow, Russia
  • Untouchable Things, Museum Centre Vaprikki, Tampere, Finland


  • Out There: Landscape in the New Millennium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
  • Constructed Moment, KW14, Den Bosch, the Netherlands
  • Dutch Eyes/Chrysalis, Castello Svevo, Bari, Italy
  • HxBxD, Exhibition Collection Rabobank, GEM & Fotomuseum, The Hague, the Netherlands
  • Going Dutch, new photography from the Netherlands, Museum of New Art (Mona), Michigan, USA
  • Histoire(s)Parallèle(s), création-confrontation, France/Pays-Bas, by E. Kessels (NL) and G.Bauret (F) FOAM, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


  • Potential Images of the World, the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • Retrospective View, Photos from the collection, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands


  • Faces, People and Society, (contemporary photography) Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands


  1. ^ "Artist–Ellen Kooi". Torch Gallery. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Conceptual photos by Ellen Kooi". Re-actor. Retrieved 2016-8-26 (Google translation)
  3. ^ "Ellen Kooi expone sus fotografías en la galería Cámara Oscura". www.lennon.es. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Langedijk/busstop". Frans Hals Museum. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Hindeloopen-ijsdame". Frans Hals Museum. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Zonder titel (Bolsward)". Fries Museum. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Newest additions to Borusan Contemporary Art Collection on display at Perili Köşk". Dailly Sabah. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Fotographia de la holandesa Ellen Kooi en Alcobendas". Cronica Norte. Retrieved 2016-8-24 (Google translation)
  9. ^ "Ellen Kooi nel passe delle meraviglie". Espresso Repubblica. Retrieved 2016-8-25 (Google translation)
  10. ^ "Dentro por fuera. El mutismo creativo. Ellen Kooi - Arte10.com". Retrieved 26 August 2016. (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Exposition". Elmundo.es. Retrieved 2016-8-28 (Google translation)
  12. ^ "Clichy : Zoulikha Bouabdellah's Silence taken down, when fear becomes censorship – The Eye of Photography". 28 January 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  13. ^ Canitrot, Par Armelle (28 December 2014). "Les enfants, vus par leurs parents photographes". La Croix (in French). ISSN 0242-6056. Retrieved 26 August 2016.

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