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March 15, 2018

Emily Petchik Appointed General Director of Amsterdam’s Rijksakademie

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS—The supervisory board of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten has named Emily Petchik general director of the Amsterdam-based international residency program. Petchik’s tenure begins September 1, 2018; she succeeds Els van Odijk, who was appointed general director in 2010.

“With Emily Petchik, we bring one of the most interesting curator-directors back to the Netherland,” said supervisory board chairman Chris Buijink. “She has demonstrated a variety of ways that she is committed both to contemporary art and the global developments in this field. She has led various organizations and has the necessary experience to successfully manage the Rijksakademie and broaden its public function.”

Petchik arrives to the Rijksakademie from London where, since 2008, she has served as director of The Showroom. From 2005 to 2008, she was director of Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, and from 2003 to 2004, curator at Cubitt, London. In 2017, Petchik was a jury member for the Turner Prize, and in 2016, she conducted research for a new contemporary art institute in Amsterdam for the Stedelijk and Ammodo. She has contributed to Artforum, Afterall, and The Exhibitionist, among other publications, and has edited Amateur, a monograph of artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh; Circular Facts, with Mai Abu Eidahab and Binna Choi; and Cluster: Dialectionary, with Binna Choi.

“The prospect of working in an international artistic community situated in the heart of Amsterdam in truly exciting for me,” Petchik said. “I’m looking forward to leading the Rijksakademie as a vital site for artistic practice, critical thinking and exchange, and to connecting this with the wider public sphere in ways that are locally rooted and globally connected.”

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