De Monsterkamer

Open doors + special guest Organised by Philip Stroomberg en Justina Nekrašaitė This is a past event

Open doors + special guest: Roger Willems

Every month on Thursday De Monsterkamer organises a Open doors + special guest. This time, we invited Roger Willems.

  • Date: 03/11/2016
  • Time: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Location: De Monsterkamer
  • Speaker: Roger Willems
  • Organiser: Philip Stroomberg en Justina Nekrašaitė

Roger Willems (1969) is founding director of Roma Publications, which he started in 1998 together with artists Mark Manders and Marc Nagtzaam. Since then, Roma Publications has been expanding in an informal way as an international platform for production and distribution of art publications, made in close collaboration with a growing number of artists, designers, curators, writers and poets, creating a series of 290 publications by the end of 2016.

During his lecture at De Monsterkamer he will discuss his position as designer-publisher by giving a short overview of his activities for Roma Publications from 1998 till today, to end with recent examples of books made in collaboration with artists. By paying special attention to the object quality of the book, Willems explores paper as a space to experience art and photography, like a portable exhibition space.

Ante Timmermans – Drawings (001-806) / Roma 246, 2015

Besides designing a majority of the books he publishes, Willems also curates book-related exhibitions. Recent examples are Artists’ Documents: Art, Typography and Collaboration at the MMCA in Seoul (2016) and Roma Publications 1998-2014 at Fondazione Giuliani in Rome (2014).

Pieter Vermeersch / Roma Publications, 2011

Dana Lixenberg – Imperial Courts 1993-2015 / Roma Publications, 2015


  • 17:00 Drinks/exploring De Monsterkamer
  • 18:00 Presentation Roger Willems
  • 18:30 Questions/discussion
  • 19:00 Drinks/exploring De Monsterkamer
  • 20:00 End

Roger Willems studied graphic design at St Joost in Breda and was assistant of Karel Martens from 1993 till 1995. He post-graduated in 1999 at the Design Department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. He designed mostly books and other printed matter for publishing houses and cultural institutions. He collaborates with artists such as Marlene Dumas, Mark Manders, Batia Suter, Kees Goudzwaard, Marc Nagtzaam, Dana Lixenberg and Geert Goiris, and institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Mondriaan Fund, Institute of Contemporary Arts London and S.M.A.K., Ghent.


Portrait of Roger Willems by Dirk Braeckman

The lecture will be in Dutch, but we can switch to English if required. You are welcome to join us for dinner afterwards at Studio/K at your own costs. Looking forward to seeing you on November the 3rd!

The activity program of De Monsterkamer is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.