Hadassah Emmerich

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Hadassah Emmerich (* 1974 in Heerlen ) is a Dutch painter .


Hadassah Emmerich has German , Chinese and Indonesian ancestors. She grew up in the Netherlands. 1993–1997 she attended the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten (ABKM) in Maastricht , 1997–2000 the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Antwerp and 2003–2005 the Goldsmiths College of the University of London , which she graduated with an MA .

She lives and works in Berlin . There she exhibited several times in the Künstlerhaus Bethanien .

Emmerich has been exhibiting her work in solo and group exhibitions since 1996. The exhibition With Love from Batik Babe in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag made her internationally known in 2005.


In her paintings, prints and murals Emmerich plays with forms of exoticism and orientalism .

The curator Ruba Katrib wrote about Emmerich's work and its diverse cultural references:

Curvy, sensual and unabashed lines characterize many of Hadassah Emmerich's drawings, murals and linocuts. “Exotic” and “female” images - flowers, vines, fruits, female bodies and faces - populate her pictures and installations, in which male figures like Paul Gauguin and King Sigismund II appear from time to time. Literature, from Gauguin biographies to the books of the British-Pakistani author Hanif Kureishi and the contemporary Indonesian feminist Ayu Utami , appear in their works as text that is embedded in complex pictorial compositions. "

Works in public collections


Works in public space


  • Facade of the festival building of the Cinekid Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2004 (temporary installation)
  • Mural, Student Service Center, Maastricht University, 2005
  • Mural, Dutch Embassy Jakarta, 2006
  • Birds of Paradise , wall painting behind Heerlen train station, 2011


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.bethanien.de/artists/hadassah-emmerich/