The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is an international university of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design in Amsterdam (NL). It is home to a close-knit, international community of students from across the world. Students and teachers jointly create a learning environment that brings together thinking and doing and where unexpected, innovative ideas are born.  Since 1995, the Sandberg Instituut has offered master programmes in Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Design. Before 1995, the Sandberg Instituut (established in 1990 by former Rietveld director Simon den Hartog) was primarily concerned with the organization of post-academic activities such as seminars and exhibitions.

The year 2018 marks 50 years since the renaming of Amsterdam’s School of Applied Arts in honour of Gerrit Rietveld. It also happens to be 28 years since the Sandberg Instituut was established. To celebrate these milestones, both institutions have decided to organise an anniversary exhibition: Gerrit Turns 50, Willem Only 28.

This exhibition brings the past and present of the Bachelor’s at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Master’s at Sandberg Instituut to the public, providing insights into progressive education and the pluriform collective of makers, writers and thinkers to which it gives rise. Taking place in and around the buildings on the joint campus site in Amsterdam, a series of curated capsules include archival artefacts and a variety of works by students, alumni, tutors, directors and staff from the period 1968 to 2018.

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