Doctoral Students

Krien Clevis
Started in , PhD degree awarded in

Research summary

Memory and Transience in the Representation of Place

Krien Clevis's research project is devoted to the meaning of place in her artistic work. Through theoretical and visual means Clevis explores how the notion of place relates to memory and transition.



Krien Clevis (1960, NL) studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Maastricht and the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (1979-1986). In 2004, for the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome, she organized the project The Eternal Body, which has been on view in Rome (Villa Massimo, Deutsche Akademie) and Utrecht (University Museum and Museum Catharijneconvent). ( As curator/organizer and participant she was involved in CO-OPs. Exploring new territories in art and science, a project initiated by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) that in 2007 was realized in various cities in the Netherlands. Recently she curated and organized the exhibition and interdisciplinary manifestation Ophelia. Sehnsucht, melancholia and desire for death (2009) in the Museum of Modern Art from Arnhem ( ). For the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam, the Allard Pierson Museum, she is preparing a photo installation within the exhibition ‘Etrusken’. In the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome there will be an annex at the same time (October 2011-March 2012).

Krien Clevis is working towards a PhD at the Academy of Arts of Leiden University, and is a member of the research centre ‘Autonomy and the public sphere in the Arts’ of Zuyd University, Maastricht. She lives and works in Amsterdam.


Individual projects

    • Contemporary Art between Science and Society

      The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) presents the work of the artists Krien Clevis and Leonid Tsvetkov.

      KNIR, Rome (IT)
    • Death. The Cultural Meaning of the End of Life

      Krien Clevis has been invited to speak about her PhDArts research at the LUCAS graduate conference.

      Leiden (NL)
    • Crossing: Between the Italic Domus and the Artistic Environment

      Krien Clevis' article 'Crossing: Between the Italic Domus and the Artistic Environment' has been published in the second issue of the Journal for…

    • The Ideal Place

      Group exhbition with a.o. Krien Clevis

      Nest, Den Haag (NL)
    • Pompeii Research Project

      Scholarship reward for Krien Clevis

      Royal Netherlands Institute, Rome (IT)
    • The Smooth and the Striated

      Exhibition with the 3rd International Deleuze Studies Conference with a.o. Krien Clevis

      New Dakota and Huize Frankendael, Amsterdam; Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA); Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University (NL)