1960 Born in Vlissingen (Flushing), the Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin.


  • Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten St. Joost, Breda
  • Rijksacademie, Amsterdam


  • Stipend from the Stiftung Vordemberge-Gildewart (1989)
  • Charlotte Köhler award (1990)


Ab exhibited at Galerie Art & Project, Slootdorp, at VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam and at art fairs Art Cologne and Art Brussel and on many more occassions. He participated in group exhibitions, for instance in the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Drawing Center, New York. See below for a full list.

His work is present in a number of collections among them KPN, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Collection Sanders in Amsterdam and Bouwfonds Nederlandse Gemeenten.

Ab has done a considerable amount of work commissioned by public institutions, see below.


Solo Shows 2000 - now
2016  One-single- artwork-Show, GalerieGilla Lörcher, Berlin
2015  Study for position #4, Galerie Gilla Lörcher, Berlin (cat.)
2014  Recent Paintings, PS-projectspace Amsterdam
2012  ontplofte blik, Centraal Museum Utrecht
2012  Kunstverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf
2011  Galerie Ruth Leuchter, Düsseldorf
2011  Ab van Hanegem: Long time no sea, Marie Tak van Poortvliet Museum, Domburg
2011  Dick de Bruijn Contemporary Art, Middelburg (with Jan van der Ploeg)
2007  VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
2004  VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
2003  VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
2001  VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
2001  In Situ Gallery, Aalst (with Martijn Schuppers)
2001  Gastatelier, Willem III, Vlissingen
2000  A B, Museum De Beijerd, Breda (cat)
Solo Shows 1985 - 2000
1999  Lokaal 01, Antwerpen (with Pieter van Unen)
1999  Art Cologne Förderkoje, Keulen (cat)
1998  Nouvelles Images, Den Haag
1997  VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
1997  Watertoren, Vlissingen
1994  Galerie AZL, Leiden
1993  Galerie art & project, Slootdorp (cat)
1992  Galerie art & project, Amsterdam (KunstRai’92)
1989  Galerie Hans Gieles, Amsterdam
1989  Galerie art & project, Amsterdam
1987  Galerie Goem, NijmegenLokaal 01, Breda
1986  Rietveldpaviljoen, Amsterdam
1985  Galerie Long Time No Sea, Breda

Group Shows 2000 - now
2017 ArtKarlsruhe, Galerie Gilla Lörcher, Karlsruhe
2016 Kaleidoskop, L’oiseau presenté…, Berlin
2016 Art the Hague, WTC gallery, Den Haag
2016 Fenomenale Ruimte, Raadhuis de Pauw, Wassenaar
2016 Positions Artfair, Galerie Gilla Lörcher, Berlin
2016 PS in Berlin, aKunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin
2015  Intro, Galerie Gilla Lörcher, Berlin
2015  C-D-S, Glue, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2015  Freshtest, Kunstverein-Koelnberg, Köln
2015  Re:set-abstract painting in a digital world, Clemens Sels Museum, Neuss
2015  Machines Célibataires, , Tekengenootschap Pictura, Dordrecht
2015  Grand Finale, Lady Fitness, Berlin
2014  Off Limits, Lady Fitness, Berlin
2014  Re:set-abstract painting in a digital world, Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, DE
2014  Re: set Painting, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, DE
2013  For the sake of paint #2, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam
2013  Reset Painting, Kunstmuseum Celle, DE
2013  DutchTreat, Dadapost, Berlin
2012  Present Forever, P-Klieverink, Amsterdam-ZuidOost
2012  10 Ânos del Programa de Residencias-La Collecion del CCA, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, ES
2012  Reset Painting, Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam
2011  Cool, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam
2010  AB HEUTE, galerie Ruth Leuchter, Düsseldorf ( curated by Ab van Hanegem)
2010  TELEPHONE, Galerie Matthew Bown, Berlin
2009  MULTIPLESHOW, galerie vousetesici, amsterdam
2008  UNFINISHED BUSINESS, Medienturm, Graz
2008  SPRINGTIME-1, Henningsen Contemporary, Kopenhagen
2006  BSTRCT, Kunstruimte 09, Groningen
2006  FLOATING FORMS, Museum Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen (cat)
2005  TEMPORARY IMPORT, Special Exhibition Art Forum Berlin 2005, Berlin
2005  VERF OP DOEK, Flatland Gallery, Utrecht, (with F. Franciscus & Bart Domburg)
2005  LATER ON WE SHALL SIMPLIFY THINGS, Museum Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen
2005  LATER ON WE SHALL SIMPLIFY THINGS, Centre Cultural Andratx, Mallorca (with Tim Ayres, Jan van der Ploeg & Han Schuil)
2002  HOLLAND-SCHWEIZ 3 : 2, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, CH (cat)
2000  SUITE VOICES #1, VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
2000  WHAT’S NEW, Eugen Lendl, Graz
2000  C (SEA), Lokaal 01, Breda (curated by Ab van Hanegem)
Group Shows 1985 - 2000
1998  10 YEARS CHARLOTTE KÖHLER PRIZE, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
1997  HAND-COMPUTER, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (cat)
1997  ASYMPTOOT, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (cat)
1997  TABLEAU VIVANT / EINDE EEUW, Pulchri Studio, Den Haag (cat)
1996  BOUWFONDSCOLLECTIE, Museum Boijmans – Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (cat)
1996  HET GEGEVEN BEELD, De Beyerd, Breda (cat)
1996  STAR PROJECTS #4, Vrieshuis Amerika, Amsterdam
1996  ACUMULUS, Lokaal 01, Breda
1995  ART & PROJECT / THE AMSTERDAM YEARS, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1994  AUSGEWÄHLTE EUROPÄER(INNEN): 10 Jahre Künstlerförderung der Stiftung Vordemberge-Gildewart, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden (cat); Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon
1993  NETHER ART, West-Indisch Huis, Amsterdam (cat); Grey Art Gallery, New
York, Cultural Center, Chicago; Melnychemko, Winnipeg
1993  MORGEN GEMAAKT, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (cat)
1993  CADAVRE EXQUIS, Drawing Center, New York
1993  MUNICIPAL ACQUISITIONS, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (cat)
1992  SER, Den Haag (cat)
1992  KOER LOCALE, W139, Amsterdam
1992  RSG Scheldemond, Vlissingen
1992  REIS NAAR HET EINDE VAN HET ATELIER, Lokaal 01, Breda (cat)
1992  PROTECTORS, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam
1991  TUSSENBALANS, art & project, Slootdorp
1991  PROPOSAL BIËNNALE SÂO PAOLO, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (cat)
1991  MUNICIPAL ACQUISITIONS, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam (cat)
1991  NEW ART FROM THE NETHERLANDS, Covention Center, Los Angeles (cat)
1991  VAN LICHAAM EN GEEST, W139, Amsterdam
1991  ARS USU, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag
1991  PRESENTATIE POET STUNT, Galerie Jansen & Bäumler, Amsterdam
1991  DOUBLE DISTANCE, Kruithuis, Den Bosch (cat)
1990  SUB ROSA, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (cat)
1990  DOORTOCHT, Bijbels Museum, Amsterdam
1989  TEKENS VAN VERZET, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam (cat)
1989  MUNICIPAL ACQUISITIONS, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam (cat)
1989  UNBEGRENZTE FREYUNG, Palais Harrach, Vienna (cat)
1988  OMNIET, WALL PAINTINGS, Politiebureau Rotterdam (cat)
1988  ROYAL SUBSIDY FOR PAINTING, Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam
1988  FROM THE RIJKSACADEMY, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam (cat)
1984  Royal Stables Koning Willem II, Tilburg
1995  Paintings for geriatric clinic, Sittard
1995  Paintings for State Juvenile Detention Center, Nijmegen
1994  Table with painting for hospital, Winschoten
1994  Paintings for LUMC, Leiden
1993  Paintings for hospital Bronovo, The Hague
Ab about himself

I’ve always been fascinated by the illusion of space on a flat surface. In my first work I researched the mathematical perspective as it was developed in the Early Renaissance. The central perspective starts from a static point of view; this may look credible but does not reflect how we actually look – with a wandering eye scanning the visible world. To simulate this scanning I stretched the canvas on a curved and elongated stretcher and I combined two landscapes by Lorenzetti in one representation. In a subsequent series of works I employed other spatial structures, including the isometric and grids of diagonal and sometimes wavy screens. These structures formed the basis for architectural representations and an Escher-like play with depth, in which ‘above’ and ‘below’ are shuffled. I also examined the painterly means themselves on their spaciousness, and for instance wondered how one could paint the back of the brushstroke.

In my more recent work, the spaciousness is no longer clearly orientated towards the perspective. The dimensions in my work are difficult to identify precisely. I focus on spaciousness inspired by phenomena from the topology, a branch of mathematics. For example the Klein Bottle and Möbius strip. Both refer to an endless, closed surface. A plane with seemingly two sides (front and back), but still one and the same surface causing front and back, top and bottom to overlap inseparably. Sometimes executed in a sleek and architectural way, at other times expressive by nature.

The most recent works are mainly expressionist, material plays a greater role in the creation, yet it is often constructed as architecture.

For me these ‘impossible’ structures represent special areas, ‘thinking spaces’ you might say. Areas where you can wander infinitely, not only with your eyes but also also mentally. These are areas in which you are absorbed as a viewer: undefined, virtual spaces where you weightlessly float and bob around like in a bathtub filled with foam, undergoing a sense of bliss.