Liesbeth Bik (born 1959) and Jos van der Pol (born 1961) have been working together across art and architecture as Bik Van der Pol since 1994. Their multilayered practice is concerned with the knowledge-production potentials of art and research and they seek to create platforms for communication and exchange in their projects. Bik Van der Pol often work on location, use, reuse and reactivate the work of others—be they from the world of art, journalism, media or history—and confront the visitors with situations in which they themselves have the last word.

Recent solo shows and projects include: The ENEL Award, MACRO, Rome; ‘Learning from Vancouver’, The Western Front, Vancouver (both 2010); and ‘It isn’t what it used to be and will never be again’, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2009). Recent curatorial projects include: ‘Too late, too little, (and how) to fail gracefully’, Kunstfort Asperen, Acqouy (2011); and ‘Plug In’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2009). Recent group shows include ‘We Are Grammar’, Pratt Institute, New York; ‘CLAP’, Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard College, New York (both 2011); ‘Portscapes’, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2010); and ‘For Reasons of State’, The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York (2008).

Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol

Past Exhibitions

Bik Van der Pol: Speechless

Pérez Art Museum Miami – PAMM
13/08/2015 — 21/02/2016

Solo Shows

2015
Project Gallery: Bik Van der Pol, Perez Art Museum Miami – PAMM, Miami, FL
Bik Van der Pol, Eminent Domains – The Power Plant, Toronto, ON

2013
Bik Van der Pol, VIVID Gallery, Rotterdam

Group Shows

2016
Rotterdam Cultural Histories #7, Tent – Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam

2015
The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show, LAZNIA – Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
Vienna Biennale 2015, Ideas for Change, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Biennale di Venezia, 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia Settore Arte, Venice
Are you talking to me?, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen

2014
Ludwig 25. The Contemporary Collection, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art – Budapest, Budapest
The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show, CCA Andratx, Andratx
The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show, Silent Barn, New York City, NY
Decolonized Skies, Apexart, New York City, NY
31ª São Paulo Biennial, Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo
The crime was almost perfect,PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan
The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland
2nd CAFAM Biennale: The Invisible Hand, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
Art Rotterdam, VIVID Gallery, Rotterdam
The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

2013
Marginalia, Hessel Museum of Art & Center for Curatorial Studies Galleries at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
9th Mercosul Biennial 2013 Porto Alegre Brazil, Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre
Living As Form, DePauw University Campus, Greencastle, IN
Open City, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Vijfhuizen
6<<<>>>6 Part 2, Interstate Projects, New York City, NY
Public Notice, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York City, NY
Critical Mass, Creative Association of Curators TOK, St. Petersburg
The Possibility Of An Island, Import Projects, Berlin
The City, the Artists and the Museum. 25 Years Rotterdam City Collection, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

2012
People can only deal with the fantasy when they are ready for it, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere
The Future that Was, NIMk – Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam
Desertmed, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin
Between the map and the territory, Tent – Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam
Last Day, Cartel, London
Neon. La Materia luminosa dell’arte, MACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
Who Decides?, Stadtgalerie Mannheim, Mannheim
Art Histories, VOX contemporary image, Montreal, QC