MAAS art space

Since 1984 Bart Drost has his studio in the former dairy Maas and Waal at Nijmegen. In 1992 he founded the Association Maas and Waal and bought the property. In 1993 he started there on the ground floor MAAS-space for art.

There was quite a bit going on in the old dairy since Drost has his studio and many renovations took place: the studio was on the top floor, on the middle floor and on the ground floor. Sometimes simultaneously on all floors. The entrance originally used through the basement stairs, then through the main entrance on the Graafseweg 183a and increasingly also the back entrance Hatertertseveldweg 26.

From 1995 to 2010, the MAAS activities slowed down, but in 2011 with great enthusiasm the activities went further and Drost's alter ego Mr.MAAS came up. He regularly since then organizes during the last weekend of the month public activities in the field of art in his studio, for which occasion time and time again he "dismantles" the studio so the monumental area completely is at the disposal of whom at that time just want to do a project. More than once he links to put on requesting another unknown artists to each create a project MAAS.
Artists don't have to pay for the use of the studio. There is no funding, no subsidy. Independence is a great thing ...

After all, the MAAS program started to require so much energy and time that Drost's own art practice was in danger of being squeezed. Since 2017, he has therefore once again used the space of MAAS in its entirety as his own studio space. However, this does not mean the end of MAAS as a project! It's time for a rest.

For more information please visit the website of MAAS, which is unfortunatly only in Dutch:


going on strong - 2017

From 1 January to 31 December 2017, Bart Drost regularly made colorful drawings in crayons. Sometimes a single drawing for days in a row, sometimes several drawings in a day, then again none at all for a while. He consciously chooses the same format and material. The theme is everyday life, as the subject he chooses the things he experiences, loose thoughts and distant memories, dreams and fantasies.

When a drawing is 'finished', it will be framed. In contrast to previous series, Drost considers his drawings from 2017 as independent works. In 'going on strong' he presented 239 drawings throughout December 2017 in the former Maas & Waal dairy factory, where his studio will be permanently located again from 2018.

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at home - 2017

'At home',  collaboration within the framework of the MAAS artist residence program with filmmaker Lyndsay Bloom and dancer Jo Stewart from the USA and with the Dutch musicians Silvia Schildkamp and RenĂ© van Haren, Bart Drost developed a series of six scenes under the title 'at home' and performed it for the public on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2017.


sen lin mu - 2017

Three acacia trees at the main entrance of MAAS at Graafseweg 183A were felled on Monday 11 September. They had become too big ... MAAS would not be MAAS if this - quite sad - event did not become a project. The Chinese artist in residence Zhixing Jia and Bart Drost - Mr. MAAS - made with Sen Lin Mu  a temporary installation with the remains of the trees within the walls of MAAS. The young director Reinier Kroese paid a cinematic tribute to the acacia trees.

On Sunday, September 24, the composition 'Big Tree Party' was performed live on the loading dock of the milk factory on the Graafseweg.


urge to create - MAAS at VM23 - 2017

MAAS visited VM23 in Arnhem. Bart Drost developed the MAAS project no.4 "Creativity" for VM23. He invited sixteen colleagues to work with him to create an exhibition with works inspired by "the Holy Week".

'urge to create' is about drama, suffering, dying, sorrow, love, hate, anger, hypocrisy, annoyance, beauty, hope, light, air, et cetera and consists of drawings, paintings, etchings, photos, images, videos, installations, interactive works, performances and more.

To the question "Why did God create our planet?" it is impossible to give a ready answer with the best will in the world. Was it ordinary urge to create? And is God an artist? Or an artist God?


ode to oda - 2016

Oda le Noble, also known as the tambourine woman, visited Nijmegen for many years as a kind of street musician. Day after day she sang her songs, sitting on a stool in the inner streets, rhythmically accompanying herself with a tambourine. For some people she was a spiritual mind, for others especially an annoying jammer.At the invitation of MAAS, fourteen artists made new work, drawing inspiration from Oda's striking appearance and her own sound in the center of Nijmegen: an Ode to Oda.

The starting point for the work that Bart Drost made for this occasion lies in the double reactions that Oda evoked in the audience: on the one hand a kind of endearment ("Oh, there is that lady again ..."), on the other hand a kind of allergy ( "Hey, that person is already there again!"). With its penetrating drumming of the rabbit, the work refers to the tambourine of Oda, which could always be heard from afar.


MAAS at the home for the elderly - 2016

Care center / home for the elderly Nieuw Doddendaal in the center of Nijmegen has closed its doors on 15 February 2016. During the transition from old to new, a large number of apartments were no longer inhabited for some time.

MAAS approached the management of Nieuw Doddendaal with the request to make some apartments available to visual artists. During the last weeks that there were residents, they could make new work as 'artist in residence in a home for elderly'. A win / win situation: there would be some life in the brewery of the retirement home and the artists could be inspired by an environment that is so completely different from that of their own studio.

Nieuw Doddendaal welcomed the artists with open arms and facilitated their temporary accommodation. They started working in their temporary workshops from 7 January to 13 February 2016.

Drost about his contribution: "'Something should happen here', I thought. So I built sets of dreams. Of residents. A petting zoo, the golden carriage. Then by myself: nice and lazy in the sun, on an air mattress on the water. It ripples, you float a bit, time slips by. You forget life, life forgets you. "


rolling rolling... - 2015

Bart Drost worked for five summer weeks this year as an artis in residence at Arts Letters and Numbers in Averill Park, USA. It was an artist residence 'in the green'. The great city of New York - although only roughly 130 miles away - proved virtually inaccessible. There was nothing left for him but to work hard. Encouraged by Frankie Lane's hit 'rolling, rolling, rolling', a comprehensive project in seven parts was created.

All work is left behind in America. Drost has redesigned this project - or parts of it - for MAAS.

Impressed by her paintings at the 2014 final exhibition of AKV St. Joost in Den Bosch, Bart Fang invited Mij to exhibit with him in 'Rolling, rolling'. During studio visits back and forth, they discover common ground and differences, they talk about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and walk familiar paths that they have not gone before.


de gekkenkrant - 2014

The first Gekkenkrant, a magazine for psychiatric patients, is published in 1973. In addition to many letters from patients, the newspaper also contains information about therapies, developments in institutions and about the rights of the patient. The name Gekkenkrant is widely criticized, especially from patients. The editors give the following explanation in the fourth issue (June 1974): "This newspaper is called Gekkenkrant because it is for people who are called crazy. So we are crazy and we come out for it. We can only help each other if we see that we are all abused and discriminated against in the same way. That is our strength. Discriminated together, so do something about it together, that is the only way. " The Gekkenkrant was published for the last time in January 1981.

In the context of MAAS-short, Marcel Bors invited various artists to respond to the 'Gekkenkrant'. This resulted in an impressive exhibition in which more than 25 artists took part.


From the end of March to the beginning of May 2014, Bart Drost worked as an artist in residence at the Kathmandu Contemporary Art Center. In 'retour Kathmandu' at MAAS brief he reported on his activities there. There is no replica of the former Maas & Waal dairy factory in MAAS, which he had built in the garden of the Patan Museum. His 'Three pieces for Patan' ('My house, my temple', 'What if God was one of us?' And 'Colors between heaven and earth') were redesigned. The 'Passing time' project was also given a whole new look. 


the xiamen projects - 2011

During his stay as a guest lecturer at the Tan Kah Kee College in Xiamen, visual artist Bart Drost (1955) made use of a talent for which China today has become so famous and infamous: copying and multiplying. This has led to five art projects - The Xiamen Projects - which were shown in May 2011 at various locations in Xiamen. On the occasion of the opening of MAAS A.R. these projects were exhibited on Sunday 14 August 2011 in MAAS.


ten young years - 1994

Ten years have elapsed between the time when Bart Drost graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (1993) and this exhibition in MAAS. Ten in which he succeeded in developing a visual language that is uncomplicated and direct. He knows how to record in his works what almost everyone loses at a certain age: childlike joy in simple matters and an uninhibited view of life.

The subject in this cheerful and colorful language is the boy, sometimes a prince in an environment of animals, flowers, stars. Drost does not depict scenes, not stories. He combines different motifs in an intuitive way. The techniques he uses, such as the (pastel) drawings and paintings on bitumen paper or canvas, lend themselves perfectly to his fast, more spontaneous way of working.

Drost also makes installations, rugs, figure-sawn sculptures and poems. All these disciplines are covered in this exhibition.

'Ten young years' was opend by Frank van de Schoor, curator of modern art at Nijmegen's Commanderie van Sint Jan Museum. Music by Fay Lovsky on Singing Saw.


Bart Drost

free artist

Graafseweg 183a
6531ZR Nijmegen
The Netherlands