About

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.

Education

2017-2019
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Master in Fine Arts, Gent

2009-2015
Academy of Fine Arts and Education, Amsterdam

2014
Internship at studio Zoro Feigl

Shows

2019
Group exhibition: Night Shift: From dusk ’till dawn, De Studio, Antwerp, by Gouvernement

2018
Group exhibition: Night Shift: From dusk ’till dawn, Beursschouwburg Brussel, by Gouvernement

2017
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, Eindhoven

Group exhibition: Maintenance, In de Ruimte, Ghent

2016
XII, A twelve hour group exhibition containing time-based art, W139, Amsterdam

Preview 10 Years Of Thomas Eyck, for Zuiderzee Museum, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven

2015
Nederland Bouwt in Baksteen, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

FCDDW, Dutch Design Week at Philips Stadium, Eindhoven

2014
Local Heroes, a one day in-situ exhibition, Boxtel

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

Teaching

Breitner academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts, NL, 2017 and 2019
Guest lecturer/teacher

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

Links

Website by Roxanne Hellevoort