Leon de Bruijne (The Netherlands, 1992) is an Amsterdam based artist who makes kinetic installations and performances. By using mechanics ordinary 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 repetitive 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, Ghent (2017-2019). 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) and Antwerp (2019). De Bruijne has been working as a guest teacher at the Breitner Academy (2017, 2019) and the Academy for Architecture (2017), Amsterdam. His recent self initiated project ‘Het Kerstboomkanon’ (2018), a performative installation in which used christmas trees are being shot with a self made canon, at a distance up to 64 meters, has been shown on different locations throughout the Netherlands.

2017-2019 Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Master in Fine Arts, Ghent
2009-2015 Academy of Fine Arts and Education, Amsterdam
2014 Internship at studio Zoro Feigl

Group exhibition: ‘Night Shift: From dusk ’till dawn’, De Studio, Antwerp, by Gouvernement
Group exhibition: ‘Maintenance’, In de Ruimte, Ghent
Exhibition: ‘STOCK#14’ – Akane Yorita & Leon de Bruijne, Ghent
Solo exhibition: ‘MAP#87’, Ghent
Group exhibition, ‘Curfew’ by STOCK, Ghent
Group exhibition: ‘Night Shift: From dusk ’till dawn’, Beursschouwburg Brussel, by Gouvernement
Group exhibition: ‘A different point of view is simply the view from a place where you’re not’,
Zwarte Zaal, Ghent
Group exhibition: ‘10 Years Of Thomas Eyck’, Zuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen
Group exhibition, ‘Urban Campsite’, Project ‘Dakloos’ in collaboration with Floris Molenbeek, Amsterdam
Group show/theatre play: ‘Quick Sand’ was part of ‘So You Think You Can Dada?!’, by Veenfabriek, Leidsche Schouwburg, 28-29-30 September 2017
Group exhibition: Together with Willem van Doorn and Meesterkox, Dutch Design Week, , Eindhoven
Performance: ‘Kerstboomkanon’ in collaboration with Willem van Doorn, at TU/e, Eindhoven
Group exhibition: ‘XII’, A twelve hour exhibition with time-based art, W139, Amsterdam
Solo exhibition: ‘Preview 10 Years Of Thomas Eyck’, for Zuiderzee Museum, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
Group exhibition: ‘Nederland Bouwt in Baksteen’, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
Group exhibition: ‘FCDDW’, Dutch Design Week, Philips Stadium, Eindhoven
Group exhibition: ‘Local Heroes, a one day in-situ exhibition’, Boxtel
Group exhibition: ‘DEE-DEE-WEE-DOOM-PA-DI-DEE’, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven

Breitner Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts, NL, Guest lecturer/teacher
Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam University of the Arts, NL, Guest teacher Morphology
Breitner Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts, NL, Guest lecturer/teacher




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