Marjolein van der Loo

Visual Arts Curator, Educator, Organizer


Marjolein van der Loo (1987), is a curator and art educator from the Netherlands. Recently she has curated the student day program for Kiasma, Helsinki, and was the curator for Storytelling Festival Once Upon A Town, initiated by Bureau Europa in Maastricht (NL).

Marjolein has bachelor’s degrees in Art History from Utrecht University and Art Education from Zuyd University, with honors. After participating in the Alternative Education program at Rupert in Vilnius, Lituania, she now studies in the Visual Cultures, Curating, and Contemporary Art Masters program at Aalto University in Helsinki. Concurrently, she is developing an online framework and platform mapping Helsinki’s cultural infrastructure at the curatorial agency PUBLICS.


Seeing (in) Waves, Zine project in collaboration with Ji Youn Lee
SHAPE, an online tool that maps the rich variety of art events and initiatives in Helsinki for PUBLICS
Seeing (in) Waves (Japan), Fellowship at CCA Kitakyushu, Japan


​Kiasma Student Day
Once Upon a Town, Urban Storytelling Festival Maastricht 2019


Speculations on a Wild Strawberry
Lunar Calendar


Kiasma / PUBLICS / Bureau Europa / Marres / De Domijnen / Huis voor de Kunsten / QKunst / B32 / NIEUWE NOR / L1 / De Appel / Manifesta / SCHUNCK / MaFAD


Marjolein van der Loo initiates curatorial and pedagogical projects facilitating multiple ways of learning by employing the senses through a combination of practical and discursive collaboration. Her projects engage with issues related to ecology, feminism, agriculture, decolonizing, pedagogy, storytelling, alternative knowledge, Capitalocene, and language.

Marjolein connects artists, experts, and organizations in interdisciplinary collaborations to invite critical reflection and production within a sociopolitical context related to migration and ecology. As a curator for Storytelling Festival Maastricht (2019-2020), Kiasma Student Day (2019), Lunar Calendar (2018), and the self-initiated project PARALLEL (2016-2017), Marjolein developed programs and projects that reflect values of community, equity, empathy, and wellbeing in various outputs. Sharing and collective learning during the process is equally significant as the projects’ final outcomes.
She uses a range of methods including workshops, tours, writing, lectures, screenings, exhibitions, studio visits, calendars, performances, publications, dinners, and experimental forms of learning and sharing.

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