In my drawn works I strive to capture the drama of human motion and dance in long, flowing lines. Working on large formats gives me the freedom to be involved in the act of drawing with my own gestures and body.
Both in my drawings and sculptures I focus on the vulnerability of humans; your vulnerability as well as mine. I am less in search of beauty and clarity of form than in shapes that express a feeling for the subject, or a thought, or memories in all their variety, before they dissolve in the flow of time.
My works are symbols that give shape to ideas, emotions and movement.

Dare To Be Visible – March 7th 2018 (mostly Dutch spoken)

‘Movements are the essence of nature, the body its means of expression. The dancer floats like a cloud, or like a memory of autumn mist. Marianne’s work gives us the impression that the artist knows exactly what she is doing from the first creative thought. Looking at the sequences of Marianne‘s portraits of people is like sitting across the table from a good friend, like watching his or her face and body change from moment to moment. In describing their features – an eye socket and nose and mouth and cheekbone and forehead – she heightens one ‘s awareness of the human body, and you begin to look and be aware of people around you.’ (Jill Taylor, 1994)

Marianne Jansen completed her studies (sculpture and art education) in 1984 at the Minerva Academy of Fine Arts in Groningen, Netherlands. Besides producing her own work she was involved in theatre projects (Vocal Dance and Voice Movement Integration, dance and movement theatre, Amsterdam) in Netherlands, Italy and the U.S.A. ,New York. She shares her capacities in workshops in Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Ireland and Italy.

Major exhibitions

  • 2018 Florence Basilica di San Lorenzo
  • 2016 Venice Palazzo Franchetti
  • 2012 Museum Møhlmann, Pigs in shape Appingedam
  • 2009 Monte Carlo, Auditorium Ranieri, Monaco
  • 2008 World Art Vision, Cancun, Mexico
  • 2007 Art Domain Gallery, Leipzig
  • 2007 Chiswick Town Hall, London and Art Domain Gallery, Leipzig
  • 2006 Studio 95, London
  • 2005 Biennale, Florence, Italy
  • 2003 Noorderlicht International Photofestival: solo exhibition at Martini Plaza, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2003 Mosto & Rojas Arte Arte Argentino Contemporano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, concurso de Arte Digital and Internet
  • 2002 Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York

Exhibitions 2009 – 2019 in the Netherlands

  • The villa la Defense in The Hague
  • COOPvaert in Rotterdam
  • Atrium in Leek
  • Art Fair Alkmaar
  • Coach house in Roden
  • AA church in Groningen
  • Museum Møhlmann Pigs in shape Appingedam
  • Lemferdinge Paterswolde Estate
  • Zofier Gallery
  • Gast exhibitor at exhibition Adem about Vasalis in Coach House Roden
  • Forma Aktua Gallery
  • Museum Thijnhof
  • GBV, Galerie Bloemrijk Vertrouwen in Aldtsjerk solo, duo and group exhibition

Projects 2009 – 2019

  • 2019 Goodbye in full life
  • 2016 Taribush Kuna festival installation
  • 2012/2014/2016 Project “Feast of the Spirit”, Magnus Church in Anloo, Rehoboth Church Aduard (solo exhibition), the church of Harkstede (solo exhibition)
  • 2009 contribution video and text to the project Wasted, architectural installation and multimedia concert by Tomoko Mukaiyama

Publications 2009 – 2019

  • 2018 catalog exhibition Open Art Code Florence Basilica di San Lorenzo
  • 2017 radio interview RTV Albrandswaard, Rotterdam
  • 2016 catalog exhibition Open Code, Venice
  • 2012 Book Pig in Form of Museum Møhlmann, Rob Møhlmann
  • 2011 Yearbook of artists foundation De Kunstweek
  • 2010 visual arts in the Netherlands foundation De Kunstweek
  • 2009 Portrait artists Striking Annelou Bangert Art showcase