RENE RIETMEYER (1957, The Netherlands)

After studying psychology in Innsbruck, (Austria), he worked as director of a private art academy in Greece. Since 1994, he has been concentrating solely on contemporary art. Since more then 10 years the work of Rietmeyer is about “Time-Space-Existence”. ”Ultimately, my work is nothing other than the proof of my existence.” After a phase of figurative painting Rietmeyer developed in Southern France from 1997 on his own art form of the “Boxes”, stimulated by his getting to know American minimal art (especially Donald Judd) and the so-called new abstraction. The boxes are three-dimensional objects, most often painted on five sides, which are presented on the wall or on the floor in multi-part, variable installations. Although he works with many various materials, such as concrete, metal, glass, silicone and glue, nevertheless, oil paint remains his preferred material. Departing from the conviction that even a minimalist approach cannot produce a completely depersonalized, “objective” work of art free of emotion, Rietmeyer, with these Boxes dedicates himself to the task of making visible the subjectively felt effect of cities and landscapes. This comes about with the purely abstract formal means of color, form, material, surface structure, composition and the installation in space. Since meeting the concept artists Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner in 1999, Rietmeyer has been using his concept in his portrait series for the subjective experience of meetings with certain persons as well. In 2002 Rietmeyer initiated the art project “Personal Structures”. The last years Rietmeyer mainly stayed in Italy, Netherlands, USA and Japan.


Exhibitions:
2013    "Personal Structures", 54th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2011    "Personal Structures", 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
2010    "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Austria
2010    "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Kuenstlerhaus Bregenz, Austria.
2007    "Time", Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006    "Personal Structures", Lukas Feichtner Galerie, Vienna, Austria
2006    "Personal Structures", Galerie Engl, Innsbruck-Hall, Austria
2006    "Personal Structures", Galerie Lausberg, Dusseldorf, Germany
2006    "Personal Structures", Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, USA
2005     "Personal Structures", Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
2005    "Personal Structures", Vadnai Galeria, Budapest, Hungary
2005    "Personal Structures", City Gallery White-Cube, Osaka, Japan
2005    "Personal Structures", K+K, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Symposia:
2009    "Personal Structures", Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
2009    "Personal Structures Space", New Museum, New York, USA
2008    “Personal Structures Existence", Tokyo, Japan.
2007     "Personal Structures Time", Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005    "Personal Structures" at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany

Publications:
• De Jongh, Karlyn & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE 2, Global Art Affairs Foundation, 2013
• PERSONAL STRUCTURES: La Biennale di Venezia 2013. Exhibition Catalogue for PERSONAL STRUCTURES, part of the Venice Biennale, at Palazzo Bembo in Venice, 2013
• De Jongh, Karlyn & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: La Biennale di Venezia 2011. Exhibition Catalogue for PERSONAL STRUCTURES, part of the Venice Biennale, at Palazzo Bembo in Venice, 2011
• Lodermeyer, Peter, Karlyn De Jongh & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, DuMont Verlag, Cologne, Germany, 2009
• Lodermeyer, Peter (ed.), Personal Structures Symposium Ludwig Museum. GlobalArtAffairs Publishing, New York, 2006
• Lodermeyer, Peter, Personal Structures. Works and Dialogues, GlobalArtAffairs Publishing, New York, 2003