Leon de Bruijne (The Netherlands, 1992) is an Amsterdam based artist who makes kinetic installations. By using mechanics ordinairy objects are set in motion creating strange and absurd situations. The works present a playful encounter with daily life. Yet easy to comprehend, the installations’ second layer ask for further investigation. His machines vary from being very explosive and destructive to being rather repetative to ones that seem to run patiently into eternity. As an effect ‘time’ has automatically become an important theme, next to erosion, slapstick and absurdism. De Bruijne studied at the Amsterdam University of Arts (2009-2014). After 3 years of working solo and collaborating with others artists and designers, he decided to do a Master in Fine Arts at KASK, Gent, (2017 – now) Since 2014 de Bruijne’s work has been represented yearly at Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven. He worked in commission for Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, 2015 and Het Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen, 2017 and joined group exhibitions at Local Heroes, Boxtel, 2015, W139, Amsterdam, 2016, The Urban Campsite, Amsterdam, 2017, Nightshift Beursschouwburg, Brussels, 2018. In 2017 de Bruijne has been working as a guest teacher at the Breitner Academy and the Academy for Architecture, Amsterdam. His most recent self initiated project ‘Het Kerstboomkanon’ (2018), a performative installation in which used christmas trees are being shot at a distance up to 64 meters, has been shown on different locations troughout the Netherlands.

Academy of Fine Arts and Education, Amsterdam

Internship at studio Zoro Feigl

Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Master in Fine Arts, Gent

Local Heroes, a one day in-situ exhibition, Boxtel

DEE-DEE-WEE-DOOM-PA-DI-DEE, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven

Nederland Bouwt in Baksteen, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

FCDDW, Dutch Design Week 2015 at Philips Stadium, Eindhoven

XII, A twelve hour group exhibition containing time-based art, W139, Amsterdam

Preview 10 Years Of Thomas Eyck, for Zuiderzee Museum, DDW 2016, Eindhoven

10 Years Of Thomas Eyck, Zuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen

Project ‘Dakloos’, Made in collaboration with Floris Molenbeek, Urban Campsite, Amsterdam

‘Quick Sand’ was part of theatre production ‘So You Think You Can Dada?!’ by Veenfabriek, Leidsche Schouwburg, 28-29-30 september 2017

Group exhibition with Willem van Doorn and Meesterkox, Sectie C, Dutch Design Week 2017

Group exhibition: Night Shift: From dusk ’till dawn, Beursschouwburg Brussel, by Gouvernement

Breitner academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts, NL, 2017
Guest lecturer/teacher

Academy of architecture, Amsterdam University of the Arts, NL, 2017, Teacher Morphology


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