Jackie Sleper
Tour de France Utrecht 2015
Published on Monday, 29 June 2015
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Published on Monday, 22 June 2015
Translation: Nick Rowing


In Utrecht, all the trees along the Malibaan and in the city centre have been decorated with red and yellow dots.
Tour fever is slowly infecting the city.
Tourists are also caught up in it You can hardly enter.
Me neither.
I was asked by Jeroen Wieleart: "Have you anything for our exhibition?"
How extraordinary! I had already made a collage in 2010
when I was staying in my studio in Isola in France.
It is called:

Roger Rivière 1960
"The Fall of a Promise" (40cm x 40cm)

I also made a special object.
But I never thought I would make a special work of art about the Tour de France.

But I did, and it is aptly named "Tour de France 2015" (150 cm x 40 cm).

Come and have a look.
What a great spectacle we're about to enjoy in Utrecht!


Hotel Heroïque – "Staying with the Heroes"
By: Jeroen Wielaert

"You win the Tour de France in bed", is a classic quote by Joop Zoetemelk. The Dutch tour-winner of 1980, summed up the reason why he won this battle through the mountains and valleys of the famous French cycle race. The public at large doesn't know this, but rest is very important. In the Hotel Héroique in Utrecht, city of the 2015 Grand Départ, it will all come together. This involves the historic relocation and serene and restful reception of many old and contemporary heroes of the Tour de France.

Employing a rich collection of photographs, paintings and sculptures, this exhibition shows the history of the Tour, the heroes, what they experience and what they have to overcome. It winds through a nostalgic hotel lobby, through the corridors, the dining and conference room, a massage parlour and four hotel rooms - fitted out in the styles of different periods: the fifties, seventies and two in a contemporary manner - and it finishes in an Art-Hotel-type film-theatre with various wonderful pieces of furniture.

This is stimulating enough to make to want to take a relaxed look at the Tour before and during the Grand Départ Utrecht 2015.

The Artists' Book of the Hotel Héroique, comprising contributions from many different artists, was put together by two organizations: "Tour sous le Dom" (the "Tour which passes through the Cathedral Tower") and M Line. This is the lobby group which was founded in 2002 to persuade the organizers to bring the tour departure to Utrecht. The exhibition opens on Saturday 27th June, a week before the opening race, and it will continue until Sunday the 5th July when the Tour leaves Utrecht and heads off to Zeeland.

The exhibition includes work by the photographers: Cor Vos, Klaas-Jan van der Weij, Patrick Post, Berry Stokvis, Barton van Flymen, and Hans Heus; and work by the Utrecht artists: John Noy, Ruud Kuijer, and Jackie Sleper (among others)

Hotel Héroique is a collaboration between Stichting Tour sous le Dom and M Line.

Jackie's Nijntje "My Beautiful Love"
in the Conservatorium hotel in Amsterdam
Published on Monday, 4 mei 2015
Translation: Nick Rowing
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Nintje ("Miffy") will be sixty in 2015 and in order to celebrate her birthday sixty artists were asked to decorate a 1.80 meter high sculpture of this iconic character. Jackie Sleper's contribution is called "My Beautiful Love".

The sixty artists from the Netherlands and Japan (where Nintje is incredibly popular) were asked to design a new dress for our beloved 'little rabbit'.

Nijntje art Parade

The Nintje art-parade sculptures are being exhibited between the 1st May and the end of September at different locations in Amsterdam (including the Museumplein, the Hortus Botanicus, the Conervatorium Hotel, and the Stedelijk Museum), Utrecht (the Domplein), Den Haag and Valkenburg aan de Geul. The art parade is mostly free to visitors because almost all the sculptures can be found in public spaces. Jackie's Nijnte, "My Beautiful Love", can be seen in the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam.

When the parade finishes, at the end of October, there will an auction of all the sculptures in the Rijksmuseum and the proceeds will be donated to various UNICEF educational projects.

"My Beautiful Love"

Jackie Sleper's Nijntje is called "Mijn prachtige liefde" ("My Beautiful Love") and the title in Japanese is also to be seen on the other side of the sculpture.

In the 1980s I lived on the Kromme Nieuwegracht in Utrecht. Every morning I saw a man with a moustache riding on a bicycle to his studio opposite the house where I lived and I always used to say to him, 'Good morning Mr Moustache'. And one day he said to me, laughing, 'I'm called Dick'. At that time I was studying at the Art School and below his studio was a printer's shop where I used to get free paper and he always came to see what was going on and to say 'Hallo'. So, for me it really is a privilege to be able to honour him and to express how much I value his work and how much I love Nintje.

Look here to see Jackie Sleper's and the other fifty-nine Nijntjes.

If you click here on the website of the NYNTJE parade you will find more information about all the celebrations in honour of Nintje's sixtieth birthday.

Book 'Miffy Art Parade'

You will find the Book about the Nijntje Art Parade, with beautiful photos of all the sculptures and information about all the artists on this website. Click on the picture below to get to the website.


Replica of Miffy Art Parade

Replicas of the art works are also available in different sizes, and my Nijntje will shortly also be available. Click on the picture below in order to get to the web-shop.


social label
Published on monday, 13 April 2015

Social labelArtist Jackie Sleper is a supporter of Social label. With the purchase of this hand-made art work she is expressing her support for the philosophy and activities of Social Label.

VAAS is the product of an extraordinary collaboration between Roderick and Oswin Vos together with the makers of the creative workshop Artenzo in Tilburg.

According to Jackie Sleper: "The project is interesting because it stimulates creative people with disabilities to make the most of their talents by working with professional designers and artists. Unique objects such as VAAS are very valuable and well worth treasuring and deserve a place in anyone's home. It also makes me realize that every one of us is 'underdeveloped' so what does it really mean to say that someone is 'handicapped'? So now I am also an active supporter and propagandist for VAAS.

Apart from being viewable in the Werkwarenhuis of Social Label in 's-Hertogen-bosch – you will also be able to see and buy a pop-up version in many other places in the Netherlands. If you also want to support the philosophy and activities of Social label and to contribute to the creation of a more inclusive world then you can buy one of the seven 'unicas' of Oswin and Roderick Vos. Just send an email.

THE SACRED & ARTS in New Delhi, India
Published on Thursday, 18 March 2015

Between the 20th and the 25th March, I took part in a seminar on 'The Sacred and the Arts' in New Delhi, India. On the 23rd I gave a lecture entitled 'Sacred Elements in My Work, Inspired by Cultures of the World'. I also exhibited three of my 'SOIL' works – 'VARANASI 1 & 3' and the object 'Seventh Sense'.

For a slide-show of the exhibition and the seminar, go to the Website and, click here

Between the 20th and the 25th March, I took part in a seminar on 'The Sacred and the Arts' in New Delhi, India. On the 23rd I gave a lecture entitled 'Sacred Elements in My Work, Inspired by Cultures of the World'. I also exhibited three of my 'SOIL' works – 'VARANASI 1 & 3' and the object 'Seventh Sense'. For a slide-show of the exhibition and the seminar, go to the Website and click here. To down-load (in PDF format) the invitation asking me to participate in the exhibition, click here

Published on Friday, 6 November 2014

Published on monday, 27 October 2014
Taking the World into Consideration-
A Conversation with Dutch Artist Jackie Sleper
Edward Rubin

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Presentation of my art book "BLACK JACK"
Published on Thursday, 18 september 2014

Last Wednesday, on the 10th September 2014, I presented my art-book BLACK JACK in the auditorium of the Rijksmuseum. It was an extraordinary moment. My book is now for sale. You are welcome to make an appointment to see the book in my studio 'Atelier Jackie Sleper'.

To gain an impression of what my book looks like click here.

A video was also made of the book presentation in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum which you can see if you click here.

Below are nice pictures of Tanja Oostendorp FIT Unlimited, Hilversum.

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(Interview by Rinskje Koelewijn)

Scope Basel 2014

Our participation with Galerie 10 at Scope Basel 2014 was a great success.

The objects and paintings which we exhibited came from 'Black Jack', India, 'Shadow of Life' and Mexico. We made lots of lovely photos of our stand to give you an impression of what it looked like.

TERMINAL - A review of 21st century art
Published, june 2014

Terminal Magazine, Israel's most important and beautiful art magazine, selected Jackie's sculpture Follow Me to grace the cover of their June issue. The article was written by Edward Rubin (U.S.A., journalist, art critic, artist and curator)
Download for more information PDF-file, click here

Ariana (3.5) & Elysia (2)
Ariana (3.5) & Elysia (2)
This tour from Utrecht on June 28, 2015
followed the route of the Tour de France.
A week before the
This tour from Utrecht on June 28, 2015
followed the route of the Tour de France.
A week before the
Photo by Berry Stokvis
Jaap Sleper
Hôtel Héroique, entrance
Jackie with Willem Davids
Jeroen Wielaert
Jeroen Wielaert
Wim Pijbes, director of the Rijksmuseum
with Tour winner Joop Zoetemelk
during the opening of Hôtel Héroique.
Gertjan Kooij | AWFoto
Jackie Sleper together with
Hanneke Groenteman at the
Conservatorium Hotel,
Amsterdam with Nijntje.
"I would love to buy the whole new cushion
collection of Claire Vos Teeuwen. Once again,
she is a designer who combines the 'old'
(her technique) with the 'new' (her designs).
She uses Indonesian motifs and Ikat 'weefsels'
and she re-uses old Dutch woollen blankets.
Together with her husband, designer Roderick Vos,
she has a studio-shop in Den Bosch, close
to the centre in a former hospital building.
Opposite their sudio is the Mariapaviljoen
where you can get a fantastic meal.
You can find them at Roderick & Claire Vos,
Burgermeester Loeffplein 70, Den Bosch."
"I would definitely want to buy the coloured
dinner sets made by Jeanine Eek Keizer.
Fantastic! She is a potter and she buys
old dinner sets at auctions. She has invented
a technique which enables her to glaze porcelain
a second time. What you get is a set of
cups or plates which are all blue, green or pink
but at the same time every piece is different
– it is the combination of old and new which
always fascinates me. It is also fun to visit
the shop of Jeanine and her husband Piet Eek
in a converted Philips factory in Eindhoven."
"I love films. Every year when the Dutch Film Festival returns to Utrecht,
where I live, I go to as many events as possible. Wonderful! The buzz! The crowd!.
I sometime miss the excitement a little in Utrecht, but not on these days.
I have already seen the trailer of "Dummie de Mummie" which is a kid's film
– which I always enjoy because they keep me feeling young.
I love games and I love the world of children. I also have many children though
they are not all mine. Five are mine, my husband has three and we also have
two brothers, the youngest are 14 and 16. Lovely company!"
"My mother often took me with her to the Vondelpark
or to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and afterwards
we would go to the American Hotel on the Leidseplein.
I still love the grandeur of such places.
I am a member of the Rijksmuseum
(anyone can become a member) and I am presenting
my book "Black Jack" in the Auditorium there week.
It is exciting to be able to present 'contemporary'
work in such a 'historic' context.
There are fifty copies of the book, with thirty photos,
three drawings, a collage and a painting.
Designer Roderick Vos designed a special lectern for the book.
My book is the product of my 'research' into myself.
What does ageing mean to a woman? How does Botox help you?
Why do we wear makeup?"

Sculptor Jackie Sleper (52)
will this week present her
art-work BLACK JACK with
it specially designed lectern.
THE choice of NRC
a selection of cultural activities