Facebook Twitter E-mail

Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler is an artist who works in painting and sculpture in addition to jewelry. An internationally renowned artist. Her main work topic is the abstraction. And she is a specialist in the research and the use of materials.

Beppe Kessler, born in 1952, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, textile department, 1979. Over the past forty years, she has exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, with recent solo exhibitions in venues such as the TextielMuseum (Dutch Textile Museum, 2003, Tilburg), Jewelers Werk Gallery (2010 & 2015, Washington), Museum für Angewandte Kunst (2011, Frankfurt), Atta Gallery (2014, Bangkok), Reverso Gallery ( 2017, Lisbon), Rob Koudijs Gallery (2017, Amsterdam) and Platina (2018, Stockholm). In 1997 and 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Herbert Hoffman Prize. Her work is part of several museum collections, including that of the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), TextielMuseum (Tilburg),  Museum Arnhem (Arnhem), CODA Museum (Apeldoorn), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Montreal), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and Cooper-Hewitt (New York).

Beppe on her work:
Painting and making small things are, to me, very closely interrelated practices: the jewellery emerges from the autonomous work. But it also works the other way around: autonomous work is influenced by small things. Although separated in the final form, in thought they belong together, have sprouted from the same soil. In my work I speak through materials: I am a material girl. To me, it is mostly a mentality and a way of working with and looking at things. It is a challenge to push materials to the limits of the possible, almost to the point of life and death. This results in something new. I am fascinated by the journey as well as the outcome. The materials I use for my compositions are often plain and of no value. It can be anything: frays, thread, slate, pieces of textile, pieces of wood; in short: that which remains. Yet they carry a wealth of meanings. They are often connected to personal memories, but in my work, I am looking for a more universal kind of poetry. My themes usually emerge from the invisible, non-substantial: wind, time, warmth, nothing. What is time, what is nothing? Questions I try to answer in the shape of a painting, a drawing, a brooch.

Public Collections:
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem. Textiel Museum, Tilburg. Coda Museum,  Apeldoorn. Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst Centraal Museum, Utrecht. Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Museum Belvedère, Heerenveen. Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim (N). Museée des Arts Decoratifs, Montreal (Can). Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (A). Musée de l’Horlogerie, (closed) Genève (CH). Röhsska Museet, Göteborg (S). Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, (US). V & A Museum, Londen  (GB). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (US). Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim (GE). Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas (USA). Cooper-Hewitt, NY (USA).  

Awards (selection):
2012 2 months  ‘artist in residence’, Idar-Oberstein.
1997 3 months ‘artist in residence’, Vienna.
1997, 2009 Herbert Hofmann price, Munich.
1996 , 2001, 2004 Stipendium BKBV Fund.
2019 Grant AFK, Amsterdam.

Solo exhibitions (selection):
2020 A time of seeing, retrospective, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn.
2019 Plenty of nothing, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam. 
2018 Signs of Life, Platina, Stockholm.
2017 Signs of Life, Gallery Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam.
2016 Material matters, Hole in the Wall, Hiko-Mizuno college, Tokyo.
2015 Space, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam.                         
2014 Whispering pieces, Atta Gallery, Bangkok (paintings, jewellery).
2013 KunstRai, Gallery Josine Bokhoven, Amsterdam (paintings, jewellery).
2011 Galerie Aurum / Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
2010 Studio GR 20, Padua, I
2010 Apart and together Jewelers Werk Galerie, Washington

2019 A time of seeing, 366 works / days, kalender book, limited edition 500
2016 On the way / onderweg, artist book, jewelry by Beppe Kessler from 2010 t/m 2016, limited edition, 500.
2010 Beppe Kessler, 2 catalogues, paintings and jewellery, numbered and signed edition, 500 copies.
2008 Ocean of time, catalogue, made by Galerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam.
2005 Beppe Kessler, catalogue made by Galerie Aurum, Frankfurt.
2005 Part noch deel, catalogue made by Galerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam.
2003 De omkering, artist book, numbered and signed edition, 500 copies.
1996 Beppe Kessler, artist book, numbered and signed edition, 500 copies.
1992 Zinnespelen, artist book, numbered edition, 500 copies.



 Encounters 8  by Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler.
Brooch: Encounters 8, 2018.
Alpaca, wood, silk, textile, resin, acrylic, cd, vinyl, acrylic paint..
6.8 x 4 x 2.5 cm
Unique piece.
Price: 1700 €.
Unique piece.
 Wir War NL  by Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler.
Brooch: Wir War NL, 2018.
Alpaca, aluminium, acrylic, wood, embroidered balsa wood, textile, graphite.
7.8 x 9 x 1.8 cm
Unique piece.
Price: 1950 €.
 Seven Leaps  by Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler.
Brooch: Seven Leaps, 2015.
Gold, brass, wood, acrylic, acrylic paint.
6.3 x 9 x 3 cm
Unique piece.
Price: 1700 €.
Unique piece.
 Encounters 1  by Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler.
Brooch: Encounters 1, 2017.
Alpaca, wood, acrylic, acrylic paint, jute, cork, gold leaf, nylon.
6.3 x 9 x 3 cm
Unique piece.
Price: 1700 €.
 Temps Perdu  by Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler.
Brooch: Temps Perdu, 2004.
Steel, burnt balsa-wood, varnish.
ΓΈ 6 cm
Unique piece.
Price: 1100 €.
 Wave  by Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler.
Brooch: Wave, 2011.
Steel, burnt balsa-wood, varnish.
6.5 x 8.5 x 2.5 cm.
Price: 1100 €.
Unique piece.
 7 Nights  by Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler.
Necklace: 7 Nights, 2010.
God, bakelite.
Price: 1700 €.
Unique piece.
 Light Collier  by Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler.
Necklace: Light Collier, 2007.
Gold, alabaster.
95 cm.
Price: 1900 €.
Unique piece.
 No More Fligths  by Beppe Kessler
Beppe Kessler.
Pin: No More Fligths, 2021.
Wood, acrylic, paper (photograph).
Diverse sizes.
Price: 250 €.
Edition for Hannah Gallery.