Eva Van Kempen

Jeweller  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2020
Published: 11.11.2020


Eva van Kempen (Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1976) is an Amsterdam based jewellery designer. She studied at the vocational school of Goldsmiths in Schoonhoven and Amsterdam. Her work evolved drastically when she was confronted with illness. In 2015 Eva van Kempen presented her jewellery line LifeLines made from safe medical waste. She did so in a solo-exhibition in the Amsterdam Medical Centre, the hospital where she used to be a patient. At the invitation of Museum de Fundatie Eva van Kempen designed jewellery for busts and portraits of sculptors whose work the museum aquired down the years. With the exhibition Ready-To-Bear the artist has managed to "inject" some sparkle underpinned by a sense of wryness into the often paradoxical themes of illness, fertility, life and death. Currently Eva is participating in "Challenging Jewellery", a temporary Master Programme at Sandberg Instituut, initiated by Ted Noten, Gijs Bakker, Ruudt Peters and Liesbeth den Besten, coordinator Sarah Mesritz, head tutors BLESS. The programme aims to look at the most pressing issues of our time, in order to allow "healing".


The inspiration for the series "LifeLines" (2015), "Scents of Life" (2017), "Ready-To-Bear" (2017), “Planned Parenthood" (2018-2020) and "Freedom as Luxury” (2020) finds its origin in medical materials and medicine. I am fascinated by what manmade medical materials and medicine can mean for a human life and for humanity as a whole. Designed for the human body, I feel that these materials have the perfect scale to become jewels. Driven by an urge to reanimate safe hospital waste - expired intravenous systems, syringes and medicine - I aim to honour and restore these materials to what they could have meant. The works invite the viewer to look with new eyes and rethink prevailing notions on medical materials, societal or even humanitarian issues.

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Exhibition  05 Mar 2022 - 26 Mar 2022  Declaration of Sentiments in Stockholm.
Exhibition  06 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020  Declaration of Sentiments.
Exhibition  19 Mar 2020 - 24 Mar 2020  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy at ROJW2020.
Exhibition  30 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019  Dear Shanghai by Challenging Jewellery.
Meeting  20 Nov 2019 - 06 Dec 2019  The Slow Reveal: The Lottery.
Exhibition  09 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019  Lié.e.s in Barcelona.
Exhibition  04 Jul 2019 - 06 Oct 2019  NOD: Wearing Change.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019  ...LIÉ.E.S....
Curated by Sébastien Carré, Galerie Art Course, Strasbourg, France.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019  Lié.e.s.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018  Initiation: Kallichoron.
Exhibition  20 Sep 2017 - 30 Oct 2017  Jewels & Chocolate.
Exhibition  08 Sep 2017 - 11 Feb 2018  Ready to Bear by Eva van Kempen.
Exhibition  20 May 2017 - 19 Aug 2017  LifeLines, an ode to hospital materials.
duo-exhibition with photos of Hugo Rompa, Reade, Amsterdam, Holland.
Exhibition  20 May 2017 - 18 Jun 2017  Scents of Life.
AME Gallery X PIN sstudio, Taiwan
Exhibition  20 May 2017 - 28 May 2017  Becoming More Porous. Becoming More Craft-oriented.
Exhibition  25 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017  Zu zweit und nicht allein.
Handwerkskammer Hannover, Germany
Exhibition  18 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017  Scents of Life.
Exhibition  06 May 2016 - 05 Jun 2016  Plastic is Forever.
Exhibition  22 Apr 2016 - 27 May 2016  Más que Zuecos y Tulipanes.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2016 - 29 May 2016  LifeLines, an ode to hospital materials.
Antonius Pharmacy, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, Holland
Exhibition  18 Feb 2016 - 31 Mar 2016  Més que esclops i tulipes.
Curator Luis Acosta

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Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021
Online Article:  Instagram has banned a pro-choice filter featuring abortion pills. Dawson, BritDAZED:  London,  2020
Online Article:  Instagram Rejected a Pro-Choice Face Filter. Solis, MarieVice:  New York,  2020
Republished in the UK and Australia.
Online Article:  Eva van Kempen. Doornbosch, EstherHedendaagse sieraden:  Amsterdam,  2020
Video:  Abortion: life-saving packages. Arte:  Strasbourg,  2020
Online Article:  Instagram verbannt Pro-Schwangerschaftsabbruch-Filter. Ayaydinli, TuanaNOIZZ:  2020
Online Article:  POLITICAL WAVES. POLITICAL BODIES. Ruggiero, IlariaNot Just A Label:  2020
Online Article:  THE ARTIVIST, Ethics And Aesthetics In Eva Van Kempen’s Artistic Practice. Ruggiero, IlariaArt Jewelry Forum:  2020
Online Article:  Challenging Jewellery – een samenwerking. Saskia van  2020
Article:  Bijoutiers ou plasticiens?. DNA:  2019
June 18, 2019, P.16
Catalogue:  LIÉ.E.S / LINKED Exhibition of Art Jewelry. Strasbourg,  2019
June 2019, P.5, 38
Article:  Ready-To-Bear. Inside-Outside Jewellery by Eva Van Kempen. Delfos, Martine FranceKlimt02:  Barcelona,  2018
Magazine:  Klaar om te dragen, levensreddende broosheid. Boukje Mulder.  2018
p.55-59 and coverphoto Metier Magazine, Spring 2018.
Magazine:  Opzij, Klaar om te dragen. 2018
Newspaper:  Kunst im Doppelpack. Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung:  Germany,  2017
March 24
Magazine:  LifeLines, een ode aan ziekenhuismaterialen. Korsse, S..  2017
De jonge Specialist
Newspaper:  Een spiraaltje om je hals. Amsterdam,  2017
Telegraaf /VROUW, M. v. Es, 23 Aug. 2017
Newspaper:  Sieraden van de wetenschap. Groenewoud, M.Stentor:  2017

Book:  Sieraden van ziekenhuismaterialen. R. Keja, UtrechtOlijfschrift:  2016
April, p.11
Magazine:  Levensreddende schoonheid. R. Keja.  2016
Utrecht, Olijfschrift: December, p.14-15.
Catalogue:  Torenkamer Festival, 70 talentvolle kunstenaars. 2015
F. de Boeck, Amsterdam, p. 30
Magazine:  Juweel van een Infuus. 2015
PS Het Parool, L. Hekman, Amsterdam, May 19
Catalogue:  LifeLines, De Vitrines AMC. E. van Kempen.  2015
Magazine:  Ode aan ziekenhuismaterialen. J. Sants.  2015
Edelmetaal: Voorburg, July-Aug, p.28, 29
Magazine:  Infuusslangen krijgen tweede leven. S. Smets.  2015
Amsterdam, July p.3
Catalogue:  Torenkamer Festival, 70 talentvolle kunstenaars. F. de Boeck.  2015
Amsterdam, June, p. 30
Newspaper:  Juweel van een Infuus. L. Hekman.  2015
PS Het Parool, Amsterdam, May 19
Magazine:  Goudsmid Eva van Kempen na tegenslag weer aan de slag. J. Sants.  2014
Voorburg, Edelmetaal: November, p. 47-49
Magazine:  Vijftig jaar dans gesmeed tot een uniek halssieraad. S. van Vugt.  2011
Dansen met de blik naar binnen, 50 jaar Internationaal Danstheater: December, Amsterdam, p. 82,83
Book:  Alchemie van de liefde. L.Thooft.  2008
Scriptum, Schiedam p.143