Rini Hurkmans
A Personal Gesture
2020 – present

A Personal Gesture Travelogue

On the first of December 2023, Carly Everaert handed over A Personal Gesture to Mary Evans in London. 

December 1, 2023: Carly Everaert hands over the arm to Mary Evans.

July 7, 2023 - December 1, 2023 the arm is with Carly Everaert.

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy
An arm, an arm to take care of. more

July 7, 2023: Nancy Jouwe on her way to hand over the arm to Carly Everaert.

November 8, 2022 - July 7, 2023 the arm is with Nancy Jouwe.

The next stop for A Personal Gesture was on November 8, 2022, where the hand was offered to me while I formally started my three-year Fellowship at the Loods of the HKU, which houses the MA Fine Arts. I had taught more

November 8, 2022: Kitty Zijlmans hands over the arm to Nancy Jouwe. 2022 © Rudi Struik

March 8, 2022 - November 8, 2022 the arm is with Kitty Zijlmans.

The next stop for A Personal Gesture was on the 17th of March 2022, during the course 'Art in a Global Perspective', which Kitty Zijlmans (Professor Emeritus of Contemporary Art History/World Art Studies at more

March 8, 2022: Ineke Sluiter hands over the arm to Kitty Zijlmans.

2022 © Judith Hellemons

September 14, 2021 - March 8, 2022 the arm is with Ineke Sluiter.

The arm
In 1972, a confused Australian with a sledgehammer attacks Michelangelo's Pietà (1499), the iconic sculpture of the mother holding her son's dead body in her lap. With fierce blows, he chops off Mary's left arm, which is reaching out more

September 14, 2021: Liesbeth Bik hands over the arm to Ineke Sluiter. 2021 © bikvanderpol

April 1 - September 14, 2021 the arm is with Liesbeth Bik.

Arm and hand
Never before in my life have I become so aware of this part of my body as I am now. The arm, eventually ending in the hand. Shortly after I received A Personal Gesture from Anne, I broke my wrist. more

April 1, 2021: Anne Vegter hands over the arm to Liesbeth Bik.

November 28, 2020 - April 1, 2021 the arm is with Anne Vegter.

Upon acceptance she pronounces the following text:
My connection to this moment is the early involvement of the Akademie van Kunsten in your residency in Rome, at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). We chose your Pietà project as surprising, vital and connective research. more

On the 28th of November 2020, Anne Vegter officially accepts the artwork A Personal Gesture during Art Amsterdam. This act takes place in Hurkmans' solo exhibition Pietà, A Reconsideration of the Gesture at Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam.