Eight Cubic Meters

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam became the new curator of this gallery in September 2013. The Amsterdam-based art academy will be exhibiting new art and design from students and alumni eight times a year.

Opening hours

Always open (!)


Sint Nicolaasstraat, Amsterdam (on the corner of HEMA Nieuwendijk)

Eight cubic meters by Basicyear

- January 19, 2017


A project of the design class of all seven groups of the Basicyear.

The Basicyear is the first year of the four-year bachelor programme in Fine Arts and Design. At the Gerrit Rietveld Academie all students enter the Basicyear before commencing a specialisation. One of the core subjects of the Basicyear programme is design. The students work with assignments. For the Eight Cubic Meters project the students were asked to literally fill the vitrines with material that was generated as a side-track of the current assignment. Seven groups, seven current assignments and as a result seven different vitrines, filled by hundred and forty-six individuals.

Eight cubic meters by Ceramics

2 November - 10 December 2016

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is doing it self: building its own building.
Students were invited to take part in various parts of the creative process. Students of the Ceramics department made design proposals for 3-dimensional wall tiles for the stairwell.

The designs of Ildikó Horváth, Katri Paunu, Ziynet Hidiroglu and Caro de Jonge are on show.

Caro de Jonge's design was chosen by the jury and will be realized in 2017.

Photos by Alice Trimouille

Eight cubic meters by Jungmin Lee

September 16 – October 22 2016

'People nowadays are much more likely to leave their scenery when they feel attracted to a different one. A change of scenery impacts individuals in numerous ways. Jungmin Lee reconstructed the attitude of cultural assimilation in his own view while using methods of superimposing images, such as tulips and the coniferous greenery abundant in Dutch gardens.'

Photos by Alice Trimouille

Eight Cubic Meters by TXT (Textile)

January 27 - May 9


The TXT department proudly presents a selection of images, texts and weaves from a collective investigation into body, clothes, behaviour and identity.

Eight Cubic Meters by TXT (Textile) Photography by Roosje Verschoor

Eight Cubic Meters by Hugo Rocci

October 15 - January 11

In Eight Cubic Meters you can move in front of the scenery of Hugo Rocci’s graduation film Souvents sur les dents.

A polar bear shaped restaurant is the protagonist in Souvents sur les dents. The actors are navigating in a world shaped by Rocci towards and in the polar bear. Language and humour form a forest for the protagonists and the viewer to be lost in.

Eight Cubic Meters by Hugo Rocci
For the complete film Souvents sur les dents see RietveldTV.

Eight Cubic Meters by Julia Vrager

July 10 - October 7

Finissage October 7, 5PM

Julia Vrager is a fresh graduate at Rietveld Academie at the inter-architecture department. Vrager was invited by Eight Cubic Meters to make a show based on Slimtarra’s wallpaper project. Slimtarra is wallpaper made by artists which is based on a riso-printed pattern on a A3 paper.

The current show is a conjunction of her graduation show and the riso-printed pattern.

For more information about Slimtarra see: www.extrapool.nl

Eight Cubic Meters by Julia Vrager

Eight Cubic Meters by Vincent Knopper

May 13 - june 24 2015

triple-shouldered through tenon
through tenon with diagonal “foxtail” wedge
tusk tenon reinforced with embedded perpendicular key
double-shouldered blind dovetail tenon with two-sided miter
double-shouldered stub tenon with additional sloped shoulder
angled housed half -dovetail cross-lap
oblique tabled corner lap
rabbeted corner with offset dowels

Wood Joints: the representation of a mechanism that functions, unambiguously, is the apparent invisible in this show.

Vincent Knopper researches how things come together, how they dissolve in each other. How different materials react to each other. How the perfect copy of the copy originates.

Thinking is in the making.

Vincent Knopper’s will graduate June 18 at Rietveld’s master, Het Sandberg Instituut.

Also see: sandberg.nl
For more works by Vincent Knopper: see vaknopper.nl
Eight Cubic Meters by Vincent Knopper

Eight Cubic Meters by Rietveld Uncut

March 18 – May 12 2015

Rietveld Uncut presents DesignLAB

Rietveld Uncut is an annual joint exhibition by students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Within the Rietveld the process of making, from concept to work, is an important element. This process often stays invisible to the outside world. Rietveld Uncut aims to shed a light on this unique, dynamic and experimental part of the academy.

DesignLAB students present their projects during Uncut: sculptures, installations and performances of individual students are presented as one installation. In the weeks before Uncut designLAB has to compete with other departments for the ‘best’ spot during Uncut. DesignLAB invites the spectator to listen, feel, look and use their endless imagination watching at the world in a smaller form.

Rietveld Uncut was presented from March 18 – March 22 during ARE YOU ALIVE OR NOT, Looking at ART through the lens of THEATRE at the Brakke Grond.

DesignLAB for Rietveld Uncut is made by


Pénélope Hémon, Joe Crestinu, Bella Randel, Arthur Guileminot, Siyou Chen, Alice Heron


Maria Arnardottir, Matilda Beckman, Anouk Buntsma, Max Daalhuizen, Kjersti Alm Eriksen, Anton Karlsson, Yoojin Lee, Arthur Maduro, Kyefa Park, Sjoerd Schunselaar, Eva Verheul, Sophie Wartenbergh, Jens Toni Willumsen, Nicolas Chuard, Kristine Bech Sorensen

Eight Cubic Meters by Rietveld Uncut

Eight Cubic Meters by TxT (Textile)

Wednesday January 14 (4PM) - March 15 (4PM)

Eight Cubic Meters presents: Maria Naidich (student of the TxT department)

‘Over 5.000 people are kidnapped in Mexico every year. On 26 September 2014, police kidnapped and murdered 43 students of the Rural college San Isidro Burgos in Guerrero, Mexico. We are living with an alarming devaluation of life with big amounts of deaths and violence, as a result of a corrupted government. As a student, as a Mexican, as a human being I feel responsible to protest and spread the information, which is controlled by media, about what is really happening in my country and give support to the people who are living in this situation back in Mexico.

I made a video performance at the academy with international students from Island, Turkey, Sweden, Russia, Bosnia, Japan, Tunisia, China, the Netherlands and 15 other countries. In the video, each person named out loud the country they are from and the word “present” in their own language. We are aware and we are present.

During the performance, we all wore t-shirts with a face of one of the 43 students, each portrait drawn by the student wearing the t-shirt. In this process, students created a connection with an other student they never met and they never will.’

Eight Cubic Meters by Photography

September 15 - November 6

The second-year photography students from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie present work based on their workshop with artist Eva-Fiore Kovakovsky. Central to this presentation is the complex relationship between art and the representation of nature. After the students have visited the rich library of Amsterdam's Artis zoo, the postulation of the zoo's Latin motto ‘Natura Artis Magistra’, or ‘nature is the teacher of art and science’, is explored through their work.

Eight Cubic Meters by VAV (audiovisual)

finnissage: 10 september 10th 2014, 4 PM

Isa Oxenaar, VAV (audiovisual) student, has designed the wallpaper Red Dust for the summer show in Eight Cubic Meters.

The summer show is a collaboration with Extrapool. Extrapool produces (and sells) art wall papers designed by artists from all over the world.

The wall paper was stencilprinted in Extrapools print workspace Knust in Nijmegen.

For orders and for more information check www.extrapool.nl.

Come and see the wall paper in real time in the Sint Nicolassstraat, Amsterdam.

Eight Cubic Meters by Graphic Design

And the rest is…

– rethinking the history of graphic design

A presentation of the 2nd year graphic design

at eight cubic meters

june 12 – 15

opening june 12 7pm

sint nicolaasstraat

see also: history.rietveldacademie.nl

Eight Cubic Meters by Fine Arts

May 21- June 10, 2014

Opening May 21, 5.00 pm

Something with food, stones and people

‘They die, I used to say, behind glass, without air. I saw showcases as coffins. My things had to get out of there in order for them to get their chance: away from the protected ceremonious glass door – free. But the showcase is there to open it. Those swing-open doors and that moment of looking, choosing and putting your hand in to get something out, it’s a moment of seduction; electrically charged meeting between hand and object.’

-Edmund de Waal The Hare With Amber Eyes

Rachel Sellem (graduating student Fine Arts) is a thing-maker. In an ongoing color-, shape- and material investigation she makes a collection of objects without a clear beginning or end. The enumeration is born from her hands and the material that was in it, not from an idea.

Eight Cubic Meters by Fine Arts

Eight Cubic Meters by Mariken Wessels

March 27-May 10 2014


15 lightboxes as a sea of flowers

Leaving flowers and cuddly toys at scenes of crime and injustice has become a popular ritual. A new ‘tradition’ expressing collective grief. These transient monuments in public space are a symbol of a feeling in between helplessness and acceptance. Helplessness because we are mad with grief; acceptance because we leave flowers, cuddly toys and candlelights instead of revolting against violence and injustice.

By rephotographing her manual adaptations of old photographs of flowers, Mariken Wessels gives them a second life. As a lightbox installation, the ‘monument’ Keepsake is simultaneously abstract and theatrical.

Mariken Wessels graduated in 2008 at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, she published several books, has international shows and her work is part of several art collections. Keepsake is part of the 2014/2015 theme Our Memory, My Identity by Castrum Peregrini.

Eight Cubic Meters by beeld en taal

Travelling without moving

Layla van der Oord, Beeld en Taal student at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, made drawings about the travel that takes place in the mind during sleep while the body performs an unnoticed cheography. We respect the need, dress up for the occasion, shut the curtains, set the alarm, close our eyes. What is left of us when we sleep? What is our body up to on its own?

Eight Cubic Meters by Fashion

Open from 23 January to 3 March 2014

RNPRF Marianna Ladreyt was asked to develop a raincoat. Ladreyt decided to use discordant functionalities, like a bathing suit towel. In her research it became clear she had to make a blurry u-turn. In this u-turn painted in water colour Ladreyt wondered around on the market and walked into diving suit material and decided to make a raincoat for wet people.

Eight Cubic Meters by Fashion

Eight Cubic Meters by DOGtime

DOGtime, Gerrit Rietveld Academie's five years bachelor part-time study programme, displays a newspaper specially designed for this exhibition. The large-format silk-screened newspaper contains interviews and articles by DOGtime teachers from the start:

Manel Esparbé i Gasca, Alena Hudcovicová, Saša Karalić, Bas Medik, Katinka Neyen, Jonas Ohlsson, Serge Onnen, Tom Thijsse, Willem van Weelden, Rombout Willems en Ken Zeph.

Work created by them in their capacity as artist or teacher will also be shown. The project is part of the 10th-anniversary celebrations of DOGtime.

Frans Oosterhof was invited to curate the newspaper. Oosterhof, visual artist, designer and former teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

Curator and chief editor of the newspaper: Frans Oosterhof (commissioned by Manel Esparbé i Gasca).

Eight Cubic Meters by DOGtime was open from 15 November 2013 to 13 January 2014.

Eight Cubic Meters by DOGtime

Eight Cubic Meters by Adri Vlasblom

The new 8m3 gallery curated by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie was opened for the first time during Elle Inside Design Amsterdam 2013, showing artworks by five young artists who graduated last summer. Adri Vlasblom, editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration, made a selection from all 180 graduates. The five participants were: Eline Willemarck and Dovile Bernadisiute from the Jewellery department, Lonneke de Groot and Roselien Beerten from the Photography department and Mariko Okazaki from Graphic Design.

Eight Cubic Meters by Adri Vlasblom was open from 27 September to 31 October 2013.

Eight Cubic Meters by Adri Vlasblom

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