Marjolein Wortmann

Marjolein Wortmann paintings, installations, design, assemblages, performances

Marjolein Wortmann (NL 1958) graduated from the Minerva Academy of Fine Arts in Groningen, NL. In 1985 she worked  on a project about the relationship between the two cultures Holland and Colombia, partly funded by the De Groot-Brugmans foundation.

From 1986-1999 she lived and worked in Colombia, where she was also involved in book illustration and graphic and textile design. She worked for example for organizations of fishermen and indians and for government authorities and publishers. In the fishing village Tolú she founded, together with young fishermen, students and cleaning women, the Fundación Expresarte. There she was the director and gave daily art workshops. The project was supported by the Belgian NGO Broederlijk Delen.

In 1999 she chose to come to another “southern” destination, Palermo, where she started to concern herself with the interaction of Mediterranean cultures. Her work appears in exhibitions, presentations, installations, performances, happenings and theatrical performances in Belgium (Fein Arts Gallery, Brussels), Colombia (Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena, Salón Nacional de Artistas,  Bogotá, I Salón de Artistas Plásticos de Sucre, first price), in Germany (Frauenmuseum Bonn, Raumstation Bielefeld) ,in Greece (Tecnopolis, Athens), in Holland (Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Galerie LWW, Amsterdam), in Italy (Centro d’Arte Piana dei Colli with artist exchange project Chassés-Croisés, Abbazia Benedettina San Martino delle Scale, Spasimo, Casa Orioles Arte Contemporaneo, Palermo), in India (Karnataka Kala Mela, Bangalore),in Kyrgyzstan (Kyrguz National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek), Slovakia (Bratislava, Error Festival 2012, Compagnia del Filo) , in Spain (La Caja Blanca/Universidad de Málaga with artist exchange project Chassés-Croisés, in Tunesia (Chérif Fine Art, Sidi Bou Saïd, Journées Méditerranéennes d’Arts Plastiques Sousse).

Exhibitions (selection)


Ce la faremo-Ik reken op u, Installation and video, Loods 21, Den Dolder, Netherlands


Odapark Center for Contemporary Art, Venray, Netherlands
Herrgottswinkel, zwischen profan und sakral, Gallerie
Josephski-Neukum, Issing, Germany
Rahmenbedingungen, Raumstation, Bielefeld, Germany


Weil ich ein Maedchen bin, Jubileumexpositie Odapark Center for Contemporary Art, Venray, Netherlands


Wonderwoman, Monastery Wittem, Netherlands


Raices, participation in Performance of Regina Jose Galindo, Botanical Garden, Palermo


Domina 23, Palazzo Ziino, Palermo
Like a Virgen, Maria als Wonder Woman, Odapark Center for Contemporary Art, Venray, Netherlands


Gegruesset seist du Supermutter!, St. Jodokus, Bielefeld, Germany (solo)

Werbung fuer den Star, Raumstation, Bielefeld, Germany (solo)


Auf der Ueberholspur, Raumstation, Mixed Media Installation, Bielefeld, Germany


In attesa, Nesos, Palermo (solo)


Chassés-Croisés, Artist Exchange Project, Exhibition and Performance with Residence Exchange, (catalogue),

Centro d’Arte Piana dei Colli, Villa Alliata Cardillo, Palermo and
La Caja Blanca, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Málaga

Mamma!, Casa Orioles arte contemporanea, Palermo (solo)

La Mamma, Exhibition and Performance, Galerie LWW, Amsterdam (solo)  


EU findet sich in der Raumstation ein, Mixed Media Installation, Raumstation, Bielefeld, Germany


MP-60, Frauenmuseum Bonn (book)

Le Visitatrici, Abazia Benedettina di San Martino delle Scale, Palermo (catalogue)

Het Pakje, Kyrguz National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


Lontano da dove?, Exhibition and Forum, Atelier Fuoriclasse, Il Genio di Palermo


Chérif Fine Art, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia (solo)

Resti o te ne vai?, Pensionato Universitario San Saverio, Palermo (catalogue)


Salone “Sopra le Mura” allo Spasimo, Palermo (award)

Tussen Culturen, Multidutch Art Gallery, Amsterdam (solo)

Journées Méditerranéennes d’Arts Plastiques de Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia (catalogue)

1999 Los Rostros del Caribe, Alianza Colombo-Francesa, Barranquilla, Colombia (solo)
1998 I Salón de Artistas Plásticos de Sucre, Gobernación de Sucre, Sincelejo, Colombia (first price)

Mujeres en el Arte Caribeño, Galeria Lincoln, Centro Colombo Americano, Barranquilla,Colombia

Cuatro Pintores en el Caribe Colombiano, Centro Cultural Español, Cartagena, Colombia

1995 VII Salón Regional de Artistas , Museo de arte Moderno, Cartagena, Colombia (catalogue)

XXXV Salón Nacional de Artistas, Corferias, Bogotá, Colombia (book)

Fein Arts Gallery, Brussel, Belgium

VI Salón Regional de Artistas, Comfamiliar, Barranquilla, Colombia (catalogue)


IX Salón de Artistas Regionales, Centro Colombo-Francés, Sincelejo, Colombia (award)

Arte Contemporáneo y Cultura Popular, Museo de Arte Moderno, Cartagena, Colombia


Embrujos Tropicales, Galeria Gartner-Torres, Bogotá, Colombia (solo)

Marjolein Wortmann, Stedelijk Museum Zwolle (solo)


Caimanes, Teatro Amira de la Rosa, Barranquilla, Colombia (solo)


El Candidato del Pueblo, Taller la Sede, Bogotá, Colombia


Karnataka Kala Mela, Happening and Exhibition, Bangalore, India

The relationship between two cultures, installation, final exhibition Minerva Academy, Groningen, the Netherlands (stipendium foundation De Groot-Brugmans)

Other (selection)

Theatre costumes (2012)
Theatrical performance Ventisette Fantasmi,  Compagnia del Filo, Error Festival Bratislava, Slovachia
Bookcovers and -illustrations (from 1983)
Banco de la República, publisher Carlos Valencia Editores, Bogotá (Colombia), publishers Wolters-Noordhoff, Querido, Uitgeverij An Dekker (Netherlands), magazine PC Forum, Barcelona (Spain).
Posters (from 1981)
Banco de la República, Corporación de Araracuara, Universidad Nacional, Ministry of Inner Affairs, Bogotá (Colombia)
Cartoons (from 1983)
Publisher Wolters-Noordhoff (Netherlands), Corporación de Araracuara, Asociación Alemana para la Cooperación en la Educación de Adultos, Organización Nacional de Indígenas de Colombia, Bogotá (Colombia)
Wall paintings (from 1981)
Supermercado Kitsch Kitschen, Amsterdam, De Princenhof, Groningen (Netherlands)
Art workshops and Workshops Grafic Techniques (from 1986)
Corporación de Araracuara, San José del Guaviare, Foundation Expresarte (where she was three years director), Tolú (Colombia), Istituto d’Arte Picasso, Associazione Crescita Civile, Palermo (Italy)

Download PDF Seiten Raumstation

Seiten Raumstation

Download PDF Rede zur Ausstellungseröffnung

Rede zur Ausstellungseröffnung

Download PDF Wortmann Karte

Wortmann Karte

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Articolo I love Sicilia

Articolo I love Sicilia

Articolo I love Sicilia (2)

Articolo I love Sicilia (2)

Artikel Ieneke Suidman

Artikel Ieneke Suidman

Manifesto Orioles Palermo

Manifesto Orioles Palermo

Testo Ursula Staacke

Testo Ursula Staacke