Helmut Smits
Born 1974, Roosendaal, The Netherlands
Lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1997-2001  ‘s-Hertogenbosch Academy for Visual Arts
2000  University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

Solo Exhibitions
2013  Ideas and thoughts, Onomatopee / Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
2013  Kabinett, Hannover, Germany
2013  Some Things, Beginnings Gallery, New York, US
2013  1 to 6, The Unfortunately Small Gallery, Amsterdam
2009  A retrospective and one or two new works, KK Outlet, London, UK
2008  7 works, De Krabbedans, Eindhoven
2007  Display, NP3, Groningen
2007  Friendly Fire, Dubbelbee Gallery, Amsterdam
2006  Liquid, Glaspaleis, Heerlen
2005  Match, Moira, Utrecht
2005  Territories, de Verschijning, Tilburg
2005  Rechtsachter, CBK Rotterdam
2005  Plastic, Loerakker Gallery, Amsterdam

Group Exhibitions (selection)
2015  Volta 11, Fresh Window, Basel, Switzerland
2015  Happy Birthday, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2015  Taktung Festival, Switzerland
2015  Measuring: This much, That much, How much?”, 21_21 Design Sight, JP
2015  Under Ice, Fresh Window, Brooklyn, NY
2015  Domestic Affairs, Passagen Cologne
2014  Sense Nonsense, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
2014  Cuckoo festival, Ostrava, Czech Republic
2014  The Value of Nothing, TENT, Rotterdam
2014  Eternal September, Institute for Contemporary Art Ljubljana
2014  Game Changer, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO, US
2014  Construct-de-construct, Droog Gallery, Amsterdam
2014  Designing Scarcity, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
2014  First Eleven, KK Outlet, London, UK
2014  Outrun, Fresh Window, Brooklyn, NY
2014  Copy Art, OdaPark, Venray
2014  Print Takeaway Unlimited, PrintRoom, Rotterdam
2014  Our House, Spur Collective, Village Bookstore & Gallery, Leeds, UK
2014  LA Art Book Fair, Onomatopee, US
2013  Manoeuvres, Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium
2013  Seifenbaum und Wolkenbrot, Villa Flora Park, Gersau, Switzerland
2013  Design in Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
2013  Small Gestures, MU, Eindhoven
2013  Petites résistances, Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf
2013  Urban Explorers Festival, Dordrecht
2013  Once More, Lokaal 01, Breda
2013  Welcome to the Real, Temp, New York, US
2013  Money’s Worth, Gallery Sofie Lachaert, Belgium
2012  Seven Little Wonders, Hotel Droog gallery
2012  Wer nicht denken will fliegt raus, OdaPark, Venray
2012  Identity Land – DroogLab, Z33, Belgium
2012  Swedish for Argument, UTS Gallery Sydney, Australia
2012  Marketplace, Division of Labour, UK
2012  Oneliners, KOP Foundation, Breda
2012  Point de Vue, 200 years Academy for Visual Arts ’s-Hertogenbosch
2012  Skirting Board Sunset for The Sculpture House, London Design Festival, UK
2012  Photogenus, University of Cincinnati, US
2012  Eco Art China 2012, Touchmedia Shanghai, China
2012  The End, Slachtemarathon 2012
2012  An Exhibition of Texts, Sometimes, Cape Town, South Africa
2012  Objects in Mirror, Fotodok, Utrecht
2011  Arbeit Nervt, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany
2011  Eye Tunes, KOP Foundation, Breda
2011  12-hours exhibition, Akershus Art Centre, Lillestrom, Norway
2011  Changes, Auf AEG, Nürnberg, Germany
2011  Zero Tolerance, KunstenLab, Deventer
2011  Trendwash, Salon du Prêt à Porter Paris, France
2011  Eco Art China, Touchmedia Shanghai, China
2011  Our Complex, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland
2011  Analogue, The Luminary centre for the Arts, St. Louis, US
2011  Changes, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany
2011  Le Cinq Majeur, School of Fine Arts Nancy, France
2011  Time Space Casuality, Bari, Italy
2010  Voicemail project orchestrated by Davide Balula, Palais de Tokyo, France
2010  Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial 2010, France
2010  Connected en Collected, Kunstpodium-T, Tilburg
2010  Colour 01, Dek22, Rotterdam
2010  More or Less, Sofia Design Week, Sofia, Bulgaria
2010  Giant Bowl On Monuments Day, Oslo, Norway
2010  DHUB Celebrate, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
2010  Electrified II, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium
2010  CRW – contemporary reflection on war, BKS Garage, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010  War / Individual, Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst Münster, Germany
2010  Things put together, KunstenLab, Deventer
2009  AutoSalon, Tilburg
2009  Laughing prohibited, De Bruine Heer, Eindhoven
2009  Different Places – Different Stories, Viersen, Germany
2009  Goal, CBK Rotterdam
2009  Prix de Rome 2009, Witte de With, Rotterdam
2009  Repairing, Platform21, Amsterdam
2009  22nd Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Wand 5, Germany
2009  Hacking IKEA, The biennale de Montréal, Canada
2008  Hacking IKEA, Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul, Korea / Klokgebouw, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven / Platform21, Amsterdam
2008  YES, Mama, Rotterdam
2008  Het huis, de kamers 2, Heden, Den Haag
2008  Dag van het Veen, CBKU, Utrecht
2008  Sweet Summer Nights, Kröller-Müller Museum
2008  One weekend show II, HWW, Rotterdam
2008  Brabant Now, Museum De Pont, Tilburg
2007  Landsporen, CBK ‘s-Hertogenbosch
2007  Rock My Religion, OdaPark, Venray
2007  EgoArt Prize 2006, Bastart Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2007  Sur Place, Fortis Art Collection, Amsterdam
2007  Euro Land Art, Bossche Broek, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
2007  Paulo Post Futurum, City Museum Breda
2007  Vitarti, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium
2007  Wrong Time Wrong Place, TENT, Rotterdam
2007  Min. Speed 25 km/u, CBK Rotterdam
2007  Bizarre love triangle, Fette’s Gallery LA, US
2007  Art Rotterdam, Dubbelbee Gallery
2007  Supermedium no.12, Rijswijk
2006  Code Strate, Brussel, Belgium
2006  Eastern Neighbours, Babel Tower, Utrecht
2006  AEKI, KOP Foundation, Breda
2006  €10.000 Show, W139, Amsterdam
2006  Art Amsterdam, Dubbelbee Gallery
2006  Vanitas, Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam
2005  PROTO (Dutch Design Week), de Fabriek, Eindhoven
2005  Kijkers series 2, FOAM, Amsterdam
2005  The Opening, G.A.N.G., Arnhem
2005  Summer of Beauty, City Museum Schiedam
2005  LATLAB, OdaPark, Venray
2005  Living Apart, OdaPark, Venray
2004  Fort Ruigenhoek, Moira, Utrecht
2004  Nearly Black, Moira, Utrecht
2004  Happy Go Lucky, VHDG, Leeuwarden
2004  Uitgelicht 4, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
2004  de Fabriek, Eindhoven
2003  DBSurround, Noord-Brabants Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
2003  Harrie Tillie Prize 2003, City Museum Roermond
2002  Lokaal 01, Breda
2002  Art Primeur, CBK Dordrecht
2002  Prefab 1/2/3, Artis, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
2001  Destilaat 4, Extrapool, Nijmegen
2001  Graduation exhibition, ’s-Hertogenbosch Academy for Visual Arts
2001  Theatre festival Boulevard, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
2000  Broadcast of ‘Anneke’ MTV Europe
2000  Damp Rizing, Cardiff film festival (Wales), UK

2014  Christmas tree for Neon Magazine
2013  Permanent outdoor sculpture for Villa Flora Park, Gersau, Switzerland
2013  Sketch design for a commemorative coin, Dutch Ministry of Finance
2012  DroogLab – Identity Land
2011  Permanent outdoor sculpture for the Wooldrikpark, City of  Enschede
2010  Sketch design for ASV Arsenal / SKOR
2010  Sketch design for the City of Veldhoven
2009  Sketch design for CBKG
2009  Sketch design for a commemorative coin, Dutch Ministry of Finance
2008  Sketch design for Bureau Beyond / Leidsche Rijn Park
2008  Sketch and DO design CBKR / Doorbraak
2008  Sketch design for the City of Assen
2008  Sketch design for Stanislas College / Kunst en Bedrijf
2007  Sketch design for the City of Zoetermeer
2007  Sketch design for the City of Rijswijk
2006  Sketch design for Q4 / City of Venlo
2006  Childs handicraft booklet for Robinsons Fruitshoot commissioned by Kesselskramer
2006  Sketch design for Avans University
2005  Interior sketch design for Strawberry Frog in cooperation with Tjep.
2005  Interior sketch design for SNS Bank commissioned by Kesselskramer
2005  Absolut Citron photo for Absolut Reflexions
2005  Bavaria do-it-yourself bar for the Bavaria home draught system, commissioned by KesselsKramer
2005  CK Fragrance brainstorm, commissioned by KesselsKramer, Effective Brands and CK New York
2005  Short film ‘Ster’ for Kijkers series 2 VPRO’s Villa Achterwerk
2004  TV studio for VPRO’s TV programme Nachtpodium
2004  Sketch design ‘De Volgerlanden’, City of Hendrik Ido Ambacht
2004  Short film ‘Deoroller’ for Kijkers series 2 VPRO’s Villa Achterwerk
2004  Bavaria campaign, KesselsKramer
2002  Furniture design, ’s-Hertogenbosch Academy for Visual Arts

Teaching / Workshops / Lectures
2015  Workshop 1 meter for 21_21 Design Sight
2015  Lecture together with Bas van Beek at Studium Generale HKU
2015  Workshops at IMM Cologne for HNI icw. Bas van Beek
2014  Lecture ArtEZ, 2nd year graphic design
2014  Lecture WDKA, 1st year product design
2014  One week workshop, Academy of Visual Arts Halle, Germany
2014  Lecture and workshop Koning Willem I College
2012  Lecture Professional Practice, ’s-Hertogenbosch Academy for Visual Arts
2012  Lecture Meet the Makers, KOP Foundation, Breda
2012  Lecture Professional Practice, ’s-Hertogenbosch Academy for Visual Arts
2011  Lecture, Halle 14, Leipzig
2011  One week workshop, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
2011  A Library of Friends, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
2011  Ignite Amsterdam 6, Mediamatic, Amsterdam
2010  Museum De Pont / BKKC artist interview, moderator Alex de Vries
2010  Loko City Views, Perron55, Venlo
2008  Winterworkshop, Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam
2007  Guest workshop at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam
2007  Outside expert for final examination of Fine Art course at WDKA, Rotterdam
2006  Workshop Living, Design Academy, Eindhoven

Grants / Awards
2014  O&O stipend, CBK Rotterdam
2011  Basic Stipend, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
2009  Absolut Talent Award 2009
2009  Longlist Prix de Rome 2009
2007  Basic Stipend, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
2007  Finalist EgoArt Prize 2006, Slovakia
2005  Starter stipend, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
2003  Nomination for Harrie Tillie Prize 2003, City Museum Roermond
2002  Longlist Prix de Rome Sculpture 2003
2002  Starter stipend, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
2001  Nomination for Lucas Prize, ’s-Hertogenbosch Academy for Visual Arts
2000  First prize sculpture garden Avans University

TV / Screenings
2012  About 20 Times slower than a Sunset, De Uitkijk, Amsterdam
2014  About 20 Times Slower than a Sunset, De Uitkijk, Amsterdam
2013   About 20 Times Slower than a Sunset, Lucy Live: Play, In De Ruimte, Utrecht
2012  FLAMMA, Action Frame – Elita Festival, Italy
2012  Nordic Cinema, Filmhuis Den Haag
2011  L’Oeil de Links, Canal+
2005  Nachtpodium, VPRO
2005  Star, Kijkers series 2, VPRO
2005  Deoroller, Kijkers series 2, VPRO

2015  Milk Magazine no.28, Japan
2015  DASH Magazine no.11, by Louise Schouwenberg
2014  Neon Magazine, december 2014
2014  Wired Design by Margaret Rhodes
2014  The Australian by Chris Griffith
2014  Dezeen Magazine by Anna Winston
2014  The Verge by Adi Robertson
2014  PSFK by Adriana Krasniansky
2014  Wallstreetdaily by Nikia Wade
2014  Pocko by Robert Simons
2014  The Meander Journal, by Julian Hutton
2014  Kunstbeeld no.5 2014
2014  Kunstbeeld no.4 2014
2014  Damn Magazine no.43, by Veerle Devos
2013  Inventario no.8
2013  ‘ideas and thoughts by helmut smits’, publisher Onomatopee, ISBN: 978-94-91677-10-6
2013  Some Book, ISBN: 978-3-03778-412-9
2013  Contemporary Art Journal, Korea, vol.14
2013  Neon Magazine 08/13
2013  Neon Magazine 07/13
2013  Arts Holland Magazine
2013  Making It, issue one
2013  Monobrow #1, Brooklyn, NY
2012  Een idee aub, Erik Kessels, ISBN: 978-90-470-0591-9
2012  The Questions of Mister Motley, 03 sept 2012
2012  The Outlook Magazine issue 123, China, ISSN: 1671-0649
2012  Max Joseph, the National Opera of Munich
2012  Objects in Mirror – The Imagination of the American Landscape, ISBN: 978-94-90119-15-7
2012  De:Bug magazine 158
2012  It’s Nice That, by Maya Davies
2011  In Magazine, Chilean in-flight magazine LAN airlines
2011  LVL3, by Vincent Uribe
2011  Arbeit Nervt, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, ISBN: 978-3-86206-125-9
2011  Take it or Leave it, Van Abbemuseum / Onomatopee
2011  Love Earth, Victionary, Japan ISBN: 978-988-17327-5-0
2011  Open Design Now, Creative Commons Netherlands / Premsela / Waag Society
2011  O.K. Periodicals #6
2011  Art & Agenda – Political Art and Activism, Gestalten
2011  Goedele, may 2011
2011  Some Magazine, issue 1, by Juliane Hohlbaum / Falko Walter
2011  Local newspaper Faroe Islands, by Inger Smærup Sørensen
2011  Lodown Magazine, issue 75, by Renko Heuer / Manuel Bürger
2011  Adbusters #94 mar/apr 2011
2011  Quotation Magazine no.10, Japan
2011  Holland Herald, march 2011
2011  Newsletter gcfonline.com, by Domenica Genovese
2010  Spoonfork online magazine oct. 2010, by Katja Neumann
2010  Urban furniture for a new city life, by ICI Interface Editions, author Sophie Barbaux
2010  Spot Magazine Mexico, aug. issue
2010  Shopper Magazine no.17, China
2010  One Magazine, summer 2010
2010  ADI Design Award Graphic Design Annual Vol. 2, China
2010  De Roskam, weekly newspaper, no.7
2010  DHUB: Celebrate Collect Manifest
2010  How Architecture Learned to Speculate, ISBN: 978-3-00-029876-9
2009  Different Places – Different Stories, catalogue
2009  Financial Newspaper, magazine
2009  Mister Motley no. 22
2009  Blend, issue 40/41/42/43/44/45/46
2009  Blend, Creative special
2009  Bright magazine, by Anneloes van Gaalen
2009  Prix de Rome 2009, catalogue
2009  Tangible – High Touch Visuals, Gestalten
2009  Moose #4
2009  Fw: One Weekend
2009  Front Magazine, Vancouver, BC
2008  Saving by Design, Korea Design Foundation
2008  NRC Handelsblad, Hacking IKEA, by Sandra Smets
2008  ‘123 ideas by helmut smits’, publisher Onomatopee, ISBN: 978-90-78454-15-1
2008  Avant-aPRèS(S), NP3, Groningen
2008  ‘On Guerrilla Gardening’, by Richard Reynolds
2008  Re-iconografie NP3, text Helmut Smits by Hans Aarsman
2008  Art das kunstmagazin, by Felicitas Rhan
2008  Simply Material, Victionary, Japan
2007  Holland Herald, by def. Amsterdam
2007  Mass Appeal Magazine NY, by Jay Riggio
2007  Chief Magazine NY, by Andrew Smith
2007  Vitarti, Verbeke Foundation, catalogue
2007  8weekly, Twijfel is gewoon gezond, by Jonas Staal
2007  Het drumstel van Mister Motley, Mister Motley campaign
2007  Material Matters, Victionary, Japan
2007  Art Rotterdam, catalogue
2007  FHM China, by Lai Xuanwei
2007  Adformatie 01/02, by Erik Kessels
2006  Ready Made Magazine, interview by Tina Barseghian
2006  ‘One hundred and one things to do’, KesselsKramer
2006  Eastern Neighbours, catalogue
2006  Frame Magazine, interview by Alexandra Onderwater
2006  AEKI, Kop Foundation, catalogue
2006  Bon magazine, by Erik Kessels
2006  Destructed no.10, PDF magazine, Germany
2006  Met Stip, Fonds BKVB, catalogue
2006  Code magazine no.2, Belgium
2006  NRC Handelsblad / NRC next mrt., interview by Dirk Limburg
2006  Beelden no.2, by Edwin van Onna
2006  Acqua magazine, Rumania, interview by Radu Comsa
2005  Absolut Reflexions, Sweden
2005  The Opening, G.A.N.G., catalogue
2005  LAT(LAB), ODAPark, catalogue
2004  Happy Go Lucky, VHDG, catalogue
2004  Uitgelicht 4, Fonds BKVB, catalogue
2003  Harrie Tillie Prize 2003, catalogue
2003  Prix de Rome 2003, catalogue
2002  Art Primeur 2002, catalogue
2001  Graduation catalogue ’s-Hertogenbosch Academy for Visual Arts