The two-year Master of Fine Art (MFA) program at the Piet Zwart Institute is an HBO Masters offered by the Willem de Kooning Academy, which is part of the Hogeschool Rotterdam (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences).
The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art (Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, option Fine Art) educates artists toward the fulfilment of their own creative and professional autonomy and encourages enrolled students to see themselves as agents with the potential to shape the field of international contemporary art.
Our ambition is to provide our students with a challenging, supportive and responsive learning environment and a curriculum that offers the creative structure and committed resources they need to develop their individual and collective senses of artistic purpose and agency. We recognise the inherent diversity of perspectives, methods, practices and channels of dissemination that are available to contemporary artists today. We strive to meet our diverse students wherever they are in their artistic trajectories. We offer them critical guidance and opportunities for experimentation and growth in their research and practice, leading to personal and professional validation. We motivate our students to sustain their artistic research and practice while navigating a highly competitive, economically uncertain and deeply evaluative field. We nurture the individuated, eclectic, imaginative approaches of individual artists while familiarising them with the strongly networked, institutionalised, linked, collaborative and collective realities that shape how art is defined and received in the wider culture. And we help them situate the contemporary relevance of their research and practice and create contexts for its exposure (display, publication, performance, etc.).
Fine Art maintains that in order to successfully enter the professional realm, students need steady access to creative resources, consistent exposure to and feedback from other actors working in the field, and socialisation into art worlds and sectors where trends shift, power structures evolve, financial support varies and hierarchies of reputation exist. Many artists face uncertainty when they graduate from Fine Art Masters programmes, and many work jobs outside the creative industries in order to sustain their research and practices. Our approach is geared toward alleviating some of that future insecurity by encouraging students to identify their positions, their motivations and their options. Our programme serves as an incubator for the negotiation of artistic and professional identities, as well as the formation of peer and professional communities.
Core Fine Art tutors are active arts and culture professionals, and our guest curators, writers, artists, gallerists, and fellow educators act as mentors for students and advisors to the programme. Relationships with the professional field evolve yearly, according to the research and practice needs and interests of our international cohort of students, and the current pedagogical projects and professional networks of our core and guest tutors and advisors.
However artists enter the professional field, they do so as producers of meaning. Our collective values are reflected in our pedagogical approach and structure, as well as in the subjects we teach in thematic projects and seminars, in the research and practice-led workshops we organise and in the pedagogical excursions we undertake. To illustrate: over the past two decades and throughout all relevant professional sectors, addressing inequalities in the globalised art world has been a major preoccupation. The need to decolonise institutions and create equal opportunities, the identification of arts work as labour, the regulation of working conditions and wage schemes for cultural workers, and the recognition that unpaid or underpaid cultural work provides massive cultural value, are being hotly debated and are having meaningful policy impacts. We have formally integrated these topical socio-economic developments in the professional field into our curriculum, in both structure and content, so that students can create, communicate, innovate, reflect, organise and cooperate at a professional level.
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From January 25 through 27 January 2023, Willem de Kooning Academy (Research Station) will host the Research Festival Making (in) the Unforeseen in Rotterdam. In addition to the conference, the presentation of the Master Research Award will take place on Thursday January 26, 2023. About Research AwardsThe Willem de Kooning Academy Research Award was established […]
Join us for the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) online open day which will take place on Saturday February 11, from 10am–3pm. Throughout the day, both the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) and the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) master studio spaces will be open to the public. It is a day when many PZI staff and students are […]
Time: Thursday October 20, 2022, 16.00hr/4pm, free admissionLocation: Karel Doormanhof 45, a short walk or bike-ride from Rotterdam Central Station. Lyndon Barrois Jr. is an artist and writer based in Pittsburgh, PA where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He is half of LAB:D, with artist Addoley Dzegede, with whom he has collaboratively […]
The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art is thrilled to welcome artist Addoley Dzegede as our very first Fulbright researcher-in-residence. Addoley is a Ghanaian-American artist who grew up in South Florida. With her Fulbright project Exploring textile lineages in Dutch collections through dyeing, batik, and wax print histories, Addoley takes Dutch museums and collections as […]
This is reality is the graduation exhibition of the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art class of 2022. This year, the exhibitions are installed in Showroom MAMA, UBIK and the S/ash Gallery, all located on or around the Witte de Withstraat in the centre of Rotterdam. Artists: Andrea Celeste La Forgia, Emma van Noort, Grazia Gallo, […]
venues in Rotterdam dates PZI Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design: Lens-Based Media (LB) V2_ & TENT 16 – 26 June curator Florian Weigl. Opening Thursday 16 June until Sunday 26, Monday and Tuesday closed or by appointment only PZI Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design: Experimental Publishing (XPUB) UBIK + […]
We are pleased to welcome you to our annual open studios titled Open Studios, an occasion during Art Rotterdam week for visitors to experience the range of practices, realities, narratives, and dynamics the MFA program fosters in its studio building. We open our doors on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd at 11h and all until […]
The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art is pleased to announce our participation in “Personal Structures”, an exhibition organized by the European Cultural Centre Italy coinciding with the 59th Venice Biennale. The works of current PZI MFA students will be on display at Palazzo Mora April 23rd until November 27th 2022. The MFA presents an […]
Online Open Day Piet Zwart InstituteSaturday February 12, 2022 Join us for the Piet Zwart Institute Online Open Day. Below you will find more specific information per Master Program, the times and their online programming during the day. The Piet Zwart Institute houses four full-time Master programmes, Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD); Master of […]
Saturday 9 October 20213–6 pm Join us for a SESSION celebrating the poetics and circular temporality of harvest, on the occasion of Jasmine Thomas-Girvan’s solo exhibition Bathed in Sacred Fire, presented in collaboration with Sour Grass and the Piet Zwart Master of Fine Arts. This special SESSION moves through a cycle of gathering, preparing, sharing, and […]
Position The Master Fine Art is hiring a writing tutor for a position ranging from 0.2 FTE – 0.3 FTE. We are looking for a practitioner-teacher with an established writing or research practice who desires to work within an international cohort of students, artists and colleagues. You will be teaching in collaboration with another writing […]
2020&2021 GRADUATION SHOW MFA PIET ZWART INSTITUTE Dates: July 1st – 11th, 2021Location: Het Archief, Robert Fruinstraat 52, Rotterdam, NLOpening: July 1st, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pmOnline performance & screening programme (TBA): July 10th Opening hours:July 2, 3 and 4: 12.00 – 20.00July 5 and 6: open by appointment onlyJuly 7, 8 ,9 and 10: […]
Date: Friday April 23rd, 7pmZoom link: Topic: Artist Talk Gordon HallTime: Apr 23, 2021 07:00 PM AmsterdamJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://hogeschoolrotterdam.zoom.us/j/98306883456 Please join us for this talk by Gordon Hall on their artistic practice and their current solo exhibition at Hesse Flatow Gallery in New York. Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York who makes sculptures andperformances. Hall has had […]
We are very happy to share that several of our students and alumni will be participating in the European Media and Art Festival this year. Christine Ayo, Jamie Kane, Linus Bonduelle, Dagmar Bosma, Shertise Solano, Antonia Brown and Afrang Malekian supported by Katarina Zdjelar will exhibit new video works alongside artists participating in other European […]
‘Kate Briggs is a writer and translator whose brilliant first book This Little Art (2017) defies categorization. It is at once a memoir, a treatise, and a history, considering Briggs’s own life as a translator from French to English, offering an account of the nature and stakes of translation, and presenting a history of three women translators […]
Date: Friday March 19, 7pmZoom link: Topic: Artist Talk Piet Zwart InstituteTime: Mar 19, 2021 07:00 PM AmsterdamJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://hogeschoolrotterdam.zoom.us/j/92246640185T Heritage can often be a source of conflict, as demonstrated by recent controversies over Dutch colonial legacies. Iratxe and Klaas will talk about the role this kind of conflict plays in their artistic practice. They will […]
March 5th 2021 – Online event – 10.00am – 5.00pm The students of the Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute kindly invites you to have a peak at our online (Open)Studios event. Click the link and you will find a schedule of events, meet the current students and see what we have been up to. You are also welcome to visit and enjoy our garden at Karel Doormanhof to experience sprouting’s that spring and the students have made. […]
Date: November 25th, 2020Time: 17.00hr / 5pmZoom: Join Zoom Meetinghttps://hogeschoolrotterdam.zoom.us/j/93146786963?pwd=bXhvSWMzQVlxeEZ2UGQydXNxRElQQT09Meeting ID: 931 4678 6963Passcode: 834371 The work of visual artist Yoeri Guépin emphasizes on research and often involves historical trajectories of knowledge production such as botany, archaeology, anthropology or the writing of history through objects. Central to the art- practice is working with collecting and the museum collection/archive […]
Date: Monday November 23rd.Time: 19.00hr/ 7pm Zoom: Join Zoom Meetinghttps://hogeschoolrotterdam.zoom.us/j/95016399542?pwd=V2hyM3hTczJiZTQ4ZTAvVjJYOWtFZz09Meeting ID: 950 1639 9542Passcode: 264416 A Leaky Offering: This talk will discuss the poetics, politics, and pleasures of the unfinished in my interdisciplinary practice. What does it mean to be a learner who creates work that is perpetually being iterated upon? In this talk, I will explore leakiness or the refusal of enclosure, […]