Tanja Smeets

Beeldhouwkunst, Installaties, Keramische technieken
Barrier Reef

Barrier Reef

Lasercut metal, powdercoating

L 40 meters

Schiedam, Heijermansplein 2013
Photo: Ernst Moritz
Transforming the former anti climb construction into a sculpture

Nebula and the Soft Machine

Nebula and the Soft Machine

Lasercut Felt, Leafcatchers, Knitted structures

Collection commission TextileMuseum Tilburg
Purchased by TextileMuseum in 2016
Photo: Josefina Eikenaar

Jardin Liquide

Jardin Liquide

Coppertubes, epoxyclay, copper

Rietveldpavilion, Museum Zonnehof, Amersfoort, 2018
photo: Tanja Smeets

Liquid Garden@ museum Vizcaya

Liquid Garden@ museum Vizcaya

Lasercut Felt, Leafcatchers, Cable ties, Knitted structures

museum Vizcaya Miami, 2018
Photo: David Almeida

Silent Runner

Silent Runner

Concrete spacers, cable ties

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, 2013
Photo: Ernst Moritz

Liquid Garden @ Stevenskerk Nijmegen

Liquid Garden @ Stevenskerk Nijmegen

Lasercut Felt, Metal Frames, Cable Ties

Stevenskerk Nijmegen, 2018
Photo: Ernst Moritz


Tanja Smeets is a visual artist who lives and works in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She holds a degree in fine art from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. Her work has been showcased in numerous museums and galleries, including museum Vizcaya (Miami, USA), the Henan Museum (Zhengzhou, China), TextileMuseum (Tilburg, Netherlands), Centraal Museum (Utrecht, Netherlands), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands), The Gyonggi International Ceramics Biennale , Icheon(South Korea) and the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA). Smeets has participated in a number of residencies in the Netherlands, China and South Korea. She has work in the permanent collections of the Henan Museum,(China ), the TextileMuseum, Centraal Museum, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum and various commissions which include installations for the KF Hein foundation, DIFFER; the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Enexis, DSM and the AKZO Nobel Art Foundation.
The publication “Domestic Strangers” about her work was published alongside her exhibition in museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

In her installations, Tanja Smeets explores organic growth processes in public spaces as well as in museum galleries. Installations that dialogue intimately with the architectural surroundings. She is interested in the tension between the unexpected presence, the autonomous growth and the scale, density and the seemingly fragility of the work in relation to its surroundings. Smeets often uses materials from daily life, humble materials such as soup spoons, clay, sieves, and plastic leaf-catchers. “I pay attention to colour, structure, shape, but most importantly, the capability of an object to transform and lose its “identity” when used in large groups and different sizes”.

In the exhibition“Domestic Strangers“ at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, NL)
large organic structures that seemed to be the result of a natural growth process infiltrated the space, suggesting that they have always been there, interwoven with the main characteristics of the architecture.
On the old stone wall of the staircase of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht,(NL) she combined lasercut felt material, embroidery and grey colored leaf catchers. A soft, grey skin with colored yarns drips from the stone wall. The density of the work is different on each level, new glimpses of the work seduce the visitor to go deeper and deeper into the tower. The work seems to grow on its own and permeates the stone tower to grow on the outside in a metal version. The tension that arises between this matter-of-fact presence on the one hand and the imminent danger of a growing organism on the other plays an important role in her work.


  • Museum Princessehof, Leeuwarden
  • Het HEM, Zaandam


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