Irene Fortuyn is a spatial artist and creates sculptures, installations
and works focused on parks and landscapes. For her, art can also be
"outside". She studied at the Hogeschool van Arnhem and Nijmegen and at
the National Academy of Visual Arts in Amsterdam. She subsequently
studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.
Until his death, she formed the successful artist duo Fortuyn / O'Brien together with her husband Robert O'Brien (1951-1988). They participated in Sonsbeek ’86, the Venice Biennale (1988) and Documenta (Kassel). Since 2000, Irene Fortuyn has been head of the Man and Leisure department at the Design Academy in Eindhoven.
In 1993 Fortuyn removed eight monumental pedestals from the depot of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp for the work Reserve. She sought the roots of art, the basis of preservation and the foundation of exhibiting. Then she made molds from the pedestals and showed them together with the original ones. After all, the mold is also cast and that raises the question of what the work of art is. This contradiction questions the boundaries of the exhibition and the exhibited. That reversal creates tension.
Questioning is a central theme in Fortuyn's work. The extensive research that precedes her work is of great importance. For example, she invited NRC readers to submit a description of their view, which resulted in a topographic map with views.
The questioning is reflected in KETTER & Co, an organization initiated and managed by Fortuyn. It focuses on projects (from idea formation to realization) for the benefit of the social, social and urban space. Fortuyn's work has been shown at home and abroad. In 2019 her Schöne Aussicht was shown at ARTZUID.
Irene Fortuyn lives and works in Amsterdam (NL).
|2014||Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam, NL|
|2010||Sentation Wierdijk Oost, Michaëlskerk, Oosterland. NL|
|2008||StrawberryFields, Gallery Klerkx, Milan, IT|
|2007||Mending Days, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, NL|
|2006||Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, US|
|2002||Slow, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam. NL|
|2001||Dolls Housing, Kunstprojekte Riem, Munich, DE|
|1999||House & Garden, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL|
|1999||Haus & Garten, Kunstverein, Hamburg, DE|
|1998||London Song, The Show Room, London, GB|
|1997||Collection Spring 1997, Bloom gallery, Amsterdam, NL|
|1997||Landscapes, Cityscapes, Peoplescapes, Rüdiger Schöttle, München, DE|
|1997||Scapes, Roger Pailhas, Paris. FR|
|1994||Casa é Giardino, Sosta Vietata, Museo d’Arte, Sosta Vietata, IT|
|1994||Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, IT|
|1993||Udazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL|
|1993||Entreposage, Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris, FR|
|1993||Ladies in a boat (with Arno Vriends), Cave Canem, New York, US|
|1991||Fortuyn/O’Brien, Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris, FR|
|1991||The Living Room, Galerie The Living Room, Amsterdam, NL|
|1991||Marble Public, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL|
|2009||Teamwork, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere. NL|
|2009||Scénographies,de Dan Graham à Hubert Robert,musée de Valence hors les murs et Institut d’art cont,FR|
|2009||The Cassini Cruise, Gubbelstraat 38, Maastricht, NL|
|2009||La Boucle et la Spurale, oeuvre de la collection du Frac Bourgogne at Lycée Clos Maire, Beaune, FR|
|2008||Jardin Theatre Bestiarium, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Le Fresnoy, FR|
|2008||NH Verdwijnt, Noord Holland Biennale , NL|
|2008||Team Work, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, NL|
|2007||Contour.Continuiteit met 111 hedendaagse Nederlandse kunstenaars,Museum Nusantara,NL|
|2006||If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history, The Showroom, London, GB|
|2006||L’Art d’une Vie, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, FR|
|2003||Imagine, You are standing here in front of me: Caldic Collectie,Museum Boymans van Beuningen, NL|
|2003||Armour, The Fortification of Man, Fort-Asperen, NL|
|2003||Happiness: A Survival Guide in Art & Life, Tokyo, JP|
|2002||Per Saldo: Collectie ABN/AMRO, Noord Brabants Museum, Den Bosch, NL|
|2000||Lust Warande/Pleasure garden, De Oude Warande, Tilburg, NL|
|2000||Kunststof(f), Marta Herford, Herford, DE|
|1998||Light Slow, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, IT|