Ansuya Blom


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Ansuya Blom
Born in 1956, Groningen
lives and works in Amsterdam

Ansuya Blom has been working as an artist since 1978. Her drawings and films focus on the relation and friction between the marginalised individual and the external world. As a result of this friction, misunderstandings, misconceptions and confusions arise.

‘The first person singular’ is used as a way of looking at this dichotomy. Her interest lies in moments that arise as a result of a disjointed experience of the world. She aims to ‘catch’ these moments, to think them through and to lay bare the strategies that the marginalised individual adopts in order to deal with these disconnections.
Text and words often play a role in Ansuya Blom’s work. The biographies of various individuals inform many of her drawings and films. In her films the world is seen through the protagonist’s eyes and heard through their inner voice. The potential of an implied narrative, of a development in time, plays an important part in her films. What fascinates her is both meaning which comes from syntax as well as meaning which has been lost or altered, arising from a disjointed sentence structure.Her drawings are based on texts, such as the letters of Ellen West, Native American Poetry and the writings of Søren Kierkegaard.

Solo exhibitions of Ansuya Blom’s work have been held at Camden Arts Centre in London; The Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Her work was part of the Aperto 90 La Biennale di Venezia. Her films have been screened at The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, IDFA and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work is part of various private and public collections such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Tate Modern London. Ansuya Blom is a regular advisor at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and has been a guest advisor at various art institutions, amongst others the Slade School of Fine Art in London; ACC in South Korea; the Nola Hatterman Institute Surinam and Gudskul, Indonesia. She is also an associate member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London.In 2020 she was awarded the Dr. A.H. Heineken Price for Art.



2001 – 2003

MA Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University, London, UK

1980 – 1981

PS 1, New York

1974 – 1976

Ateliers ‘ 63, Haarlem

1973 – 1974

Koninklijke Akademie, The Hague



Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art


Koninklijke Subsidie voor de schilderkunst/ Royal Subsidy for Painting

Selected Solo Exhibitions



Ansuya Blom: Solo, Centraal Museum at Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd, Bunnik 



Film screening at Eye on Art, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

Solo exhibition, HIDDE VAN SEGGELEN, Hamburg, Germany



Screening of Dear…, as part of the solo exhibition Being Moved Things Around. Derral at Hillside by Stephan Blumenschein, Beautiful Distress House, Amsterdam


Stedelijk x IDFA: Video Club with Ansuya Blom, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam


Ansuya Blom, Club Solo, Breda – cat.


Suzanne U., Galerie van Gelder in AP, Amsterdam

Het is of de stenen spreken, (silence is a commons), Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, Utrecht Lola Magenta, screening at Gudskul, Jakarta

Lady Lazarus, Amazing Grace, Joe Faces, Hither Come Down on Me, Lola Magenta, screening as part of Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence programme, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam


Through Shutters, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam


The Fall, Fred Gallery, London, England, cat.


The Fall, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam


The Douglas Hyde Gallery, ‘The Paradise project [21]’, Dublin, Ireland


Tintinnabulation, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam


House of Invertebrates, AP, Amsterdam

Gallery Bill Maynes, New York


The Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art, London, cat.


An evening with Ansuya Blom, Cineprobe series, MoMA, New York

Institute of Contemporary Art; an evening of films by Ansuya Blom, Philadelphia

Ansuya Blom, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat.


Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam


Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Camden Arts Centre, Londen; CCA., Glasgow, cat.*

Film in stock, de Unie i.s.m. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam


Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, cat.


Associated Publishers, Amsterdam


Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, cat.


Scanning 1991, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, met Keith Brumberg, cat.


Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat.


Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam


City Thoughts, Amsterdam


Art & Project, Amsterdam, with Jan Commandeur

Selected Group Exhibitions


A Lasting Truth Is Change, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven


PP21 – Collecting Collection. When artists form ideas, Parts Project, The Hague

Trailblazers, Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam

Flux und Reflux – A Selection of Moving Images, online screening program from Portikus, Frankfurt am Main

A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Video Club: Environmental Body (of Work), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam


THE COLLECTION. STEDELIJK BASE 2, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Patricia Pisters presents films by Ansuya Blom, De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam

Ysabel’s Table Dance, screening at Granate x Kriterion | Film & Poetry, Granate Film Festival, Kriterion, Amsterdam


Ysabel’s Table Dance, screening at (Hand)made in Holland: Women Make Films, Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm

Opening exhibition at Hidde van Seggelen, Hamburg

Ysabel’s Table Dance, screening at Eye on Art, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

Salon Hang, Kunstverein, Amsterdam

Lola Magenta, as part of the screening program Madness and Civilization / Psychiatrie-Zyklus: Kurz- und Experimentalfilmblock, Kino in der Reitschule, Bern


Lola Magenta, screening Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend x IDFA: In Your Head, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

De Line Up: De Kracht van tekenen, Centraal Museum, Utrecht

De Zindering van de Zee. Een eerbetoon aan Bas Jan Ader, De Mesdag Collectie, The Hague (curated by Joanna De Vos)


Thuis in het Chabot Museum. De collectie van Armando, Huis Schuylenburch (Residency of the German ambassador), The Hague


Animalism, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck

Wedges, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam


Salon Hang, Kunstverein, Amsterdam

A Call for Drawing, BAK, Utrecht


De Keuze van Lucassen, Nouvelles Images, The Hague, Netherlands

AD XL, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam

Donkere Kamers, Museum Dr Ghislain, Gent, Belgium


International Filmfestival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

AAA Festival, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

This and That and That, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

Dokument Art, Berlin, Germany


To make a show it takes a thought…, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

30 days of Piece Love and Painting, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France Amsterdam Drawing, Amsterdam

Porta Nigra, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London, England, curator Mark Kremer


All About Drawing. 100 Nederlandse Kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands, cat.

In Between, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

Hedendaags Klassiek, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, cat.

A for Artists, E for Exhibitions, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, brochure


Remember Me – about death and memory, MMKA / Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands


Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Rencontres Internationales / Hither come down to me, Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid, Spain


Prospects and Interiors; sculptor’s drawings, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England, curator Sophie Raikes

Artissima 15, Turin, Italy, with Marijke van Warmerdam, Nicolas Chardon, Klaas Kloosterboer, Jaap Kroneman and Voebe de Gruyter


De Keuze van Lucassen, Galerie Ramakers, Den Haag

Kunst uit huis III, Armando verzamelt en tekent, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam

Int. Filmfestival of Science and Technology, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC and Museum of Contemporary Art, Orlando, U.S.A.


Kosmopolis 06, CCCB/Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

MuHKA Media, as part of The Projection Project, Films by Ansuya Blom, The curators choice: Mark Kremer, Antwerp, Belgium


34th International Filmfestival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, cat.

Green Filmfestival, Seoul, South Korea

Cross Art, Kunsthalle Bonn, Germany, curator Jean-Christophe Ammann

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Jeu de Paumes/Centre Culturel Suedois/Ecole Superieure Des Beauxs Arts/Cinema Entrepôt, Paris


mm2, Cinema De Balie, Amsterdam, cat.

Duo Track, Vlaams-Nederlands Huis, Argos Arts, Brussels, cat.

The Independant Cinema ‘La Enana Marrón, Madrid, Spain

The Independant Film Festival of Barcelona ‘La Alternativa’, Barcelona, Spain


Nightwood, Rhodes and Mann, London

Tot nu toe, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The Seven Year Itch, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

The Portable Museum/ Niek Kemps, CBK, Dordrecht

Flash, Listasafn, Reykjavíkur Hafnarhús, Reykjavik, Iceland


Lijn=Vorm=Inhoud. Werken op papier, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen, curator Patricia van der Lugt, cat.

On the waterfront. Keuze uit de Collectie Nederlandse hedendaagse kunst of Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam

Transformer, Porin Taidemuseo, Finland, cat.


Höhere Wesen befahlen: anders malen!, Smart Projects, Amsterdam, curator Mark Kremer, cat.


Flash, CCA, Vilnius; Transmediale International Arts Festival, Berlin;

Living Art Museum,Reykjavik

CBK Marres, Maastricht

Videoex., Zürich;

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

BALTIC Center, Gateshead

Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China


Flash, World Wide Video Festival, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat.

00, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

Lie of the Land. earth. body. material, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, cat.*


27th International Filmfestival, Rotterdam

Lines of Desire, Bluecoat Art Gallery, Liverpool

Oldham Art Gallery, Oldham;

Wrexham Art Centre, Wales

Losse werken, rake klappen, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam


De Bruiloftsreportage, Centraal Museum, Utrecht

One Line Drawings, Ubu Gallery, New York

De Verzameling, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


25th International Filmfestival, Rotterdam

20 jaar verzamelen, Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

16e Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht

Het oog als lasapparaat. Collages, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam

VPRO televisie, uitzending ‘Joe Faces’


Galerie Mot & Van den Boogaard, Brussel

Kine(kunst) ’95, Internationaal Festival van de Kunstfilm, Knokke

Introspace, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat.


Ik vind uw werk heel interessant, Wetering Galerie, Amsterdam

Samenvatting, Nederlandse tekenkunst na 1900, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Tekeningen & tekeningen, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam


22nd International Filmfestival, Rotterdam, cat.

Het Materiaal, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Edities & unica, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

Avant-garde films uit Nederland, Cinematheek, Brussel, keuze Nelly Voorhuis

The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York


Van Vlees en Bloed, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat.

The last Rose of Summer, Galerie Wanda Reiff, Amsterdam

Art for ASAP, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam


Künstlerfilms Amsterdam-Frankfurt, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, cat.

Six logos around the carpet, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

They see the light, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

Wij zijn 16, W139, Amsterdam


The eye & the ear, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

Nederlandse Filmdagen, Utrecht

Kunstkanaal, uitzending ‘Ysabel’s Table Dance’ & ‘Amazing Grace’

19th International Filmfestival, Rotterdam, cat.


Vele parels voor een lijn, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Art-Regards: dessins contemporains, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, cat.

30 Anni de Disegni, Instituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte, Florence

De Amro Bank Collectie. Een keuze, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat.


Koninklijke Subsidie voor de Vrije Schilderkunst 1980-1987, Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam

17th International Filmfestival, Rotterdam

Prima Idea, Stichting Archipel, Apeldoorn; Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft, cat.


International Filmfestival, New York

International Filmfestival, Toronto

A priori Tekenen, Stichting Makkom, Amsterdam, cat.


Six Plasticiens Contemporains des Pays-Bas, Musée d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq, cat.

Innovation und Tradition, Niederländische Kunst der Achtziger Jahre/ Vernieuwing en traditie, Nederlandse kunst van de jaren tachtig, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Städtische Galerie, Erlangen; Ernst Muzéum, Budapest; Centraal Museum, Utrecht, cat.*


Wat Amsterdam betreft, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat.

The Dutch contribution to the 1985 São Paulo Biennale, 18a Bienal de Sâo Paulo


Décor-ontwerp voor performance Mark Glynne, De Fabriek, Eindhoven

Vindsulor. Malerei, Skulptur och Video i Holland, Kunsthalle, Göteborg, cat.


Amsterdam-Reykjavik, ter weerszijden van de meridiaan, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik; Museum Fodor, Amsterdam

Amsterdam 1983 in Berlijn, Berlijn 1983 in Amsterdam, Kunstamt Kreuzberg, Berlin, cat.

Gemeentelijke Kunstaankopen 1981-1982, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam


Amsterdam 60-80, twintig jaar beeldende kunst, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam

Junge Kunst aus der Niederlanden/Young Art from the Netherlands, Form und/and Expression (Art 13’82), Sonderschau Kunstmesse, Basel;

Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag


Art & Project, Amsterdam

Koninklijke subsidie voor de Vrije Schilderkunst 1981, Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam


Junge Kunst aus der Niederlanden, Landesmuseum, Graz; Galerija suvremente umjetnosti, Zagreb, cat.

PS1, New York

Ateliers ’63. Een keuze uit het werk van deelnemers 1975-1980, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht;

Aspecten van de Nederlandse schilderkunst. Een keuze uit de collectie van het Stedelijk Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat.


Zeichnung Heute, 1. Internationale Jugendtriennale & Meister der Zeichnung, Kunsthalle, Nuremberg, cat.


Atelier 15, 10 jonge kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat.

Selected Bibliography


Ansuya Blom. [exh. cat.] Breda: Club Solo, 2021


All About Drawing. 100 Nederlandse Kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat.


Touch on a hard surface, Fred London Ltd, London, cat.’


Transformer, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland, cat.


Lijn = Vorm = Inhoud. Werken op papier, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen, curator Patricia van der Lugt, cat.


The Centre for Drawing: The First Year, Vong Phaophanit, Ansuya Blom, Alexander Roob, Wimbledon School of Art, London, cat.

Höhere Wesen befahlen: anders malen!, Smart Papers, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, curator Mark Kremer, cat.


Lie of the land. earth, body, material, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, cat.


Ansuya Blom, Let me see if this be real, NAI publishers, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, cat.’


Ansuya Blom, Sala Montcada de la Fundació ‘la Caixa’, Barcelona, cat.’

Ansuya Blom, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, cat.’


… dass dieser Mensch …, The Bifrons Publisher/Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, cat.’


Scanning 1991, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium


Ansuya Blom, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, cat.’



Lola Magenta, 11 min, 9 sec, colour, sound


Spell, 6 min. b/w


Portrait, 8.21 min. b/w


Hither come down on me, ca. 12 min. bl/w, sound


Nervous, DVD, 9.30 min. black and white, sound


Chapter Three, DVD, 7 min., colour, sound


See eye, DVD with composer Paul Termos, colour, sound, prod. Bifrons Foundation, Amsterdam


Dear… , 16 mm., 48 min., colour, sound


Joe Faces, 16 mm., 10 min., colour, sound


Regards de la Vierge, 16 mm., 18 min., colour, sound


Amazing Grace, 16 mm., 14 min., colour, sound


Ysabel’s Table Dance, 16 mm., 6 min., colour, sound


Borderline, 16 mm., 2 min., colour, sound


Lady Lazarus, 16 mm., 2 min., colour, sound


Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Museum Gouda; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen; Museum Arnhem; Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam; The Centre for Drawing, London; Tate Modern, London; various corporate collections, among which: the ING Collection, ABN AMRO Art Collection, Aegon Art Collection, PostNL Art Collection; and various private collections in Netherlands and abroad.