Viviane Sassen
Viviane Sassen in Japan

Viviane Sassen presents PHOSPHOR: Art & Fashion 1990-2023 at the 12th Kyotographie international photography festival. Travelling from the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, this retrospective brings together 200 works across three decades. 

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.info dives into museum shows by our artists, engages in conversation with Georgina Gratrix, highlights Viviane Sassen's new monograph, and pays tribute to gallery director Andrew da Conceicao. Plus our latest Collect Call, a calendar of exhibitions and more.

Viviane Sassen in Paris

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie presents Viviane Sassen's first retrospective in France. Comprising over 200 works, Phosphor – Art & Fashion brings together photography, collage, painting and video created by the artist over the last thirty years. 

Hugo and Sassen at Rijksmuseum

Pieter Hugo and Viviane Sassen feature in New Horizons at the Rijksmuseum. The exhibition comprises 30 photographs by Dutch and international photographers, showcasing highlights in 'modern colour photography'.

Viviane Sassen across the Netherlands

Museum MORE/ Ruurlo Castle and Dat Bolwerck present Fabulous Monsters by Viviane Sassen. The dual exhibitions highlight the surrealism in Sassen's practice while uniting the two disciplines that characterise her oeuvre: fashion photography and art. 

Viviane Sassen at Museum Kranenburgh

Viviane Sassen features in A Touch of Light at Museum Kranenburgh. The exhibiting artists are selected based on their ability to 'depict light’s ephemerality, using perceptible reality as their starting point'.

Viviane Sassen in Bolzano

Viviane Sassen presents Stanze at Foto Forum Bolzano, an exhibition bringing together early and recent series. Here, 'the gallery walls are each a self-contained visual poem, a stanza in which the images are words and sequences have their own distinct rhythm'. 

Viviane Sassen in Zagreb

Venus & Mercury, Viviane Sassen's first institutional show in Croatia, takes place at Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb. The artist has made a large site-specific collage, referring to contemporary feminist movements, for the occasion.

Orlando at C/O Berlin

Orlando, in which Viviane Sassen features, travels to C/O Berlin. The exhibition curated by Tilda Swinton forms part of three complementary exhibitions, taking place concurrently at the museum, that focus on queerness in photography. 

Guy Tillim, Pieter Hugo and Viviane Sassen works selected for 'Friendship. Nature. Culture.' exhibition.

Works by Pieter Hugo, Viviane Sassen and Guy Tillim are included in the 44th anniversary exhibition at Daimler Contemporary, titled Friendship. Nature. Culture. The collection's 3 000 works span 100 years, '[forming] networks and [exploring] the interplay between art and human coexistence'.

 Viviane Sassen at Huis Marseille

Viviane Sassen returns to Huis Marseille with Venus & Mercury, a solo show spanning the museum. The new work, inspired by various accounts of the French royal court, weaves a 'melancholic narrative drenched in eroticism, power, intrigue, illness, decay, and death'.

Viviane Sassen in De tranen van Eros

Viviane Sassen exhibits in De tranen van Eros: Moesman, surrealisme en de seksen (The Tears of Eros: Moesman, surrealism and the sexes) at the Centraal Museum. Taking its cue from Dutch surrealist Johannes Moesman, the exhibition spans contemporary perspectives on taboos, sexuality and gender.

Langa, Sassen and Zvavahera in New York

Moshekwa Langa, Viviane Sassen and Portia Zvavahera exhibit at Andrew Kreps Gallery's 55 Walker space in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. Organized in partnership by the two galleries, the exhibition explores new collaborative models and the ways in which practices can resonate across contexts.

Viviane Sassen at the Helmut Newton

Viviane Sassen exhibits in the Helmut Newton Stiftung in the Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, as part of Body Performance. With their common focus on the human body, the images have been chosen for their ability to unpack the 'close connection between photography and performance'.

Viviane Sassen at the Vitra Design Museum

Work by Viviane Sassen features in Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today at the Vitra Design Museum. The exhibition observes how the movement has influenced a variety of concepts and disciplines over the last 100 years. 

Stevenson Prinsengracht in the news

Welcoming our debut presentation, Winter Sun, at our new office at Prinsengracht 371B, ZAM magazine notes: 'The Amsterdam artistic scene has gained a space that will bring the city a lot of good: a new base of (African) talent.' Next up is Hot Mirror by Viviane Sassen, opening 18 September, 5 to 8pm.

Viviane Sassen in the 2019 50JPG Photography Triennale

Viviane Sassen exhibits in this year's 50 Jours pour la Photographie, the 50 day photo triennale created by the Centre de la Photographie Genève. The event unfolds its purpose through a vast constellation of more than 30 partner locations in Geneva and its surroundings.

Viviane Sassen at the Palace of Versailles

Viviane Sassen is among five photographers showing at the 12th exhibition of contemporary art at the Palace of Versailles, titled Versailles – Visible/Invisible. The artists will unveil works they have created specially to resonate with the chosen setting, revealing 'a new Versailles, between design and heritage'.

Viviane Sassen at the Designhaus Mathildenhöhe

Viviane Sassen exhibits in Der blinde Fleck. Gestalterinnen am Bauhaus und heute (The Blind Spot. Women Designers of the Bauhaus and today) at Designhaus Mathildenhöhe. Featuring women from six creative areas of the art school, with six contemporary designers as a counterpoint, the show creates an arc between the present and future.

Viviane Sassen at the Musée Des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle

Hot Mirror by Viviane Sassen travels to the Musée Des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle. The exhibition debuted at the Hepworth Wakefield, weaving 10 years of work and an immersive installation to create ‘a sort of self-portrait’.

Viviane Sassen at Museum de Fundatie
Viviane Sassen features in Freedom – The Fifty Key Dutch Artworks Since 1968 at Museum de Fundatie. Curated by art critic and author Hans den Hartog Jager, the exhibition  presents 'the leading works produced in the Netherlands over the past fifty years'.
Viviane Sassen in Bauhaus und die Fotografie

Viviane Sassen exhibits in Bauhaus und die Fotografie - Zum Neuen Sehen in der Gegenwartskunst (Bauhaus and Photography - On New Visions in Contemporary Art). This travelling exhibition asks how the movement 'contributes to the further development of photographic image languages ​​today' and will begin at NRW Forum in Düsseldorf.

Guy Tillim, Pieter Hugo, Jane Alexander and Viviane Sassen in Evoking Reality

Jane AlexanderPieter Hugo, Viviane Sassen and Guy Tillim feature in Evoking Reality at Daimler Contemporary. The exhibition 'presents objects of political photography and video art that formulate new concepts of approaching current images of reality' and is 'devoted to contemporary strategies that distance themselves from established principles of representation and popular narratives of photo journalism'.

Pieter Hugo and Viviane Sassen at the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial

Pieter Hugo and Viviane Sassen feature in the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial at the CAFA Museum. Titled Confusing Public and Private, this year's biennale forms part of the Special Exhibitions section of the 1st Beizhen International Photography Festival and will also be held at the Culture Industry Center of Beizhen.

Sassen and Chagas at the Daegu Photo Biennale
Edson Chagas and Viviane Sassen feature in Role-playing: Rewriting mythologies at the 2018 Daegu Photo Biennale, curated by Ami Barak. This section aims to explore the hidden meanings in photographs based on Roland Barthes’ Mythologies.
Viviane Sassen at the Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire presents a survey exhibition of photography by Viviane Sassen titled Hot Mirror. This exhibition combines a decade of images by the artist with new photographs and collages to create ‘image-poems’ that draw on Surrealist strategies of collage. 

Various artists at the 11th Bienal do Mercosul
Zanele MuholiMame-Diarra NiangViviane Sassen and Kemang Wa Lehulere are included in the 11th Mercosul Biennial. This year's iteration is curated by Alfons Hug and Paula Borghi and 'aims to take a look at the triangle that has been linking the destinations of America, Africa and Europe for more than 500 years'.
Viviane Sassen at BIP 2018
Viviane Sassen is included in the 2018 edition of the Biennial of the Possible Image. Works from the artist's Lexicon series feature in a section titled Fluo Noir at La Boverie.
Various artists in More for less at A4

Edson Chagas, Meschac Gaba, Jo RactliffeViviane Sassen and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in More for Less at A4. Curated by Josh Ginsburg, the exhibition is focused on 'works and practices that fluidly seek to engage entropy and efficiency, waste, residue and offcuts, transactions, propositions, and serious play'.

Viviane Sassen at Gallery Caroline O’Breen

Viviane Sassen features in an exhibition titled The Creative Mind: Eight Artists Photograph Themselves, based on a curatorial proposition by Maura Biava. The exhibition seeks to present works that depict the artist’s state of mind.

Viviane Sassen at Fotografiska

A solo presentation of Viviane Sassen's UMBRA works will be shown at Fotografiska, including eight series of photographs, videos, light and sound installations.

Viviane Sassen at FO.KU.S

A solo exhibition of Viviane Sassen's work takes place at Foto Kunst Stadform. Focusing on her Lexicon, Flamboya and Parasomnia series, the exhibition observes how Sassen's images 'can be located both in staged and in documentary photography.'

Jo Ractliffe and Viviane Sassen

Jo Ractliffe and Viviane Sassen are included in an exhibition of contemporary photographic seascapes titled Sea Views. The exhibition, to be held in the Philips Wing of the museum, focuses on each piece as an extensive exercise in 'air, light and tide'.

Viviane Sassen at the Deichtorhallen

UMBRA by Viviane Sassen is showing at the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen. Sassen has made a new series of works that focus on the play of light and shadow, supplementing these with previously unseen images from her archives.

Viviane Sassen at the Belfast Photo Festival

Viviane Sassen is featured in Blurred Lines: A Matter of Attitude at the 2017 Belfast Photo Festival. The exhibition is conceptualised as a focused consideration of how 'the artistic and commercial effected a clear and consistent change in fashion photography'.

Viviane Sassen in Chicago
Viviane Sassen exhibits photography and multimedia works from her acclaimed UMBRA series at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. The exhibition forms part of the Dutch Culture USA programme.
Viviane Sassen at Casemore Kirkeby

Viviane Sassen exhibits her Pikin Slee series alongside work by fellow Dutch photographer Elspeth Diederix at Casemore Kirkeby. The opening coincided with Sassen’s participation in the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program, a collaboration between Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and California College of the Arts.

Stevenson artists in Dusseldorf
Exchange at Galerie Hans Mayer in Düsseldorf featured works by 11 Stevenson artists: Zander Blom, Wim Botha, Ian Grose, Moshekwa Langa, Zanele Muholi, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Odili Donald Odita, Deborah Poynton, Robin Rhode, Viviane Sassen and Portia Zvavahera
Viviane Sassen in Freiburg
Work by Viviane Sassen was included in the Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg's Freundschaftsspiel Istanbul-Freiburg, which engages the museum collection in dialogue with outside collections. She was also recently included in Cause the grass don't grow and the sky ain't blue at Praz-Dalavallade gallery in Paris.