Marian Bijlenga

*1954 in Loenersloot, Netherlands

Marian Bajlenga is particularly fascinated by dots, lines and contours. By their rhythmic movements, but also by the empty space they delimit. Instead of drawing on paper, the artist draws in space, using textiles as her material. She works mainly with thread, fabric and horsehair, but also with fish scales and parchment. Materials that are soft, light, flexible and open to endless development.

Transparency is a prerequisite for her. By leaving some space between the structure and the wall, the object is freed from its background and interacts with the white wall. It becomes what the artist calls a “spatial drawing“.

Exhibitions and art fairs

2024:

Art on Paper, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spring art in the barn, Browngrotta Arts, Wilton, USA

Water, waves, ripples: Water as a source of inspiration, Gallery Handwerk, Munich, Germany

KUNSTRAI, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2023:

Ook hier glijden de wolken voorbij, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

10 years – Anniversary exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

#OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Zero 23, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

KUNSTRAI, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

ACCLAIM !, Browngrotta Arts, Wilton, USA

IMAGINE…, Ramakers Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands

Geometry in Textile Art, Saxon Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Art on Paper, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2022:

Winter exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Art the Hague, Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, Netherlands

FLEXIBEL, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2021:

Orange days – Zonta says no, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Cologne Fine Art & Design, Gallery Kellermann, Cologne, Germany

Lost & Found, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Art the Hague, Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, Netherlands

KUNSTRAI, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Leer van Vis, Museum Spakenburg, Spakenburg, Netherlands

Textile Art of Today VI, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia

Cool Gray Yellow C, Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, Netherlands

2020:

Big Art N°5 Hemburg, Hembrugterrein, Zaandam, Netherlands

Zomersalon, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdamn, Netherlands

Sommer20, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

A DOODLE A DAY, Arti & Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Gerany

For the Love of Art, Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, Netherlands

2019:

Corona Archives, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Structures!, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Art The Haque, Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, Netherlands

Identity & Intersection, Browngrotta Arts, Wilton, USA

Constellation: drawing in space, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii

COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

FINDING FORM, FLOW Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2018:

Attention Please, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Art The Haque, Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, Netherlands

Textile Art of Today, Danubiana Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia

Art on paper, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alles Rund, Punkt Kreis Kugel, Gallery Handwerk, Munich, Germany

Kleur & Abstractie | Generaties in Dialoog, Textielmuseum, Tilburg, Netherlands

The eye is the center, De Ketelfactory, Schiedam, Netherlands

Dutch Blue, Browngrotta Arts, Wilton, USA

Asia-Europe III, Janina Marks Museum, Kedainiai, Lithuania

2017:

Asia-Europe III, Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland

Art The Haque, Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, Netherlands

Libres comme l’art !, Museé d’Angers, Angers, France

KUNSTRAI, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fibre & Form, FLOW Gallery, London, United Kingdom

COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2016:

Is getekend, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Colors of the Season, Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, Netherlands

Amsterdam Art Fair, Gallery Ramakers, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015:

LINKED SPACES, LaKaserna, Bad-Nieuweschans, Netherlands

Amsterdam Art Fair, Gallery Ramakers, Amsterdam, Netherlands

KUNSTRAI, Gallery Franzis Engels, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Delicacies, Gallery Ramakers, The Hague, Netherlands

PAPER IN DE HOOFDROL, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, Netherlands

Art Breda, Gallery Franzis Engels, Breda, Netherlands

TRAMES, Gallery Look&listen, Saint-Chamas, France

2014:

PAN Amsterdam, Gallery Ramakers, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Collections and museums

LongHouse Reserve, New York, USA

Museum of Art & Design, New York, USA

Craftmuseum, Jyväskylä, Finland

HOMA, Honolulu, Hawaii

Museum Jean-Lurcat, Angers, France

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Dutch Textile Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands

Prizes and awards

2018:

Grand Prix of the 5th Triennial of Textile Art, Bratislava, Slovakia

2010:

Bavarian State Prize, Exempla, Munich, Germany

2002:

Biennial Prize: 2nd International Tapestry Art Biennial, Beijing, China

1999:

Excellence Award: 6th International Textile Competition, Kyoto, Japan

Biography

Marian Bijlenga studied at the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam and has been invited to teach at renowned international academies such as the Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto/Japan, the Seian Art & Design College, Japan, the Aalto University School of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, USA.

I am fascinated by dots, lines and contours because of their rhythmic movement, but also because of the empty space they fill. Instead of drawing on paper, I paint in space and use textiles instead of paint. My materials are yarn, fabrics and horsehair – materials that are soft, light, flexible and suitable for endless further development. The suppleness of the textiles gives me the greatest possible freedom to achieve my goal: the discovery of new forms. By leaving a space between my works and the wall, the objects are freed from their background and interact with the white wall. They become spatial paintings.

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