Hans Bossmann's works are the results of collaboration with others. The pieces of work get a different meaning outside the context of collaboration. Works are also residues of actions in the studio, house, or on the street. Hans Bossmann sees residues as pieces of work that do not have to be made: they arise spontaneously or are found. He only adds the presentation format

broken shelf

Broken shelf found in a waste container with rubble, Teding van Berkhoutplein, Haarlem, July 2012 (photo 1).
Photographed in my studio on August 12 (photo 2).
On display at an electricity box, van Zeggelenplein, Haarlem, since 12-08-2021.

Materials: wood, lacquer paint
Dimensions: 65 x 22,5 x 1,5 cm
Public property


Exploded bottle of Pur (polyurethaan) found by a passer-by on the construction site of a school building under construction at Jos Smolderenstraat, Antwerp, June 13 (photo 1). A week later, on June 18, the school collapsed, killing people and causing massive havoc.
Photographed in my studio on July 16 (photo 2) and exposed it in the Zoniënwoud Forest Show in Brussels on July 23 (photo 3) during my Make studio at the Summer Academy of De Veerman and Destelheide, Dworp.

Materials: pur, pur gun (metal, plastic)
Dimensions: unknown
Public property

fake electricity box

A fake electricity box in Antwerp on the Meir, the city's largest shopping street. It has small wheels but is fastened to a bicycle rack with a firm lock. It has been there at least for over half a year, made by John Doe. Do you know John, please send me a message.

Materials: permanent marker on fake electricity box Dimensions: unknown
Public ownership

to drill holes

found circle, Antwerp (B)
materials: chipboard, latex, pencil
dimensions: 19 x 2.5 cm (diameter x d)

drawings by Christiane

under construction

drawing with black dots on biscuit tin

I served the biscuit tin together with the audience full of dots during 1HOURshows in Ter Dilft cultural center, Bornem (B), 2018.
Materials: primer, permanent marker, paint on tin Dimensions: will follow later

Hanging on wall in studio, 2020

drawing black squares on a square table

The table is completely drawn with squares in 'Public Studio in The Philharmonie'. Haarlem, 2017.
Drawings by 162 participants: Annemijk, Xara, Leontine, Joud, Mieke, A., Betty, Ronald, Elly Piers, M.G., Rina, D.K., Floor, Alan, Hanna, Nietske, Bodil, Saskia, Kiki, Janey, Nora, Loek, Maria, Hennie, Lidy Willems, Charlotte, Fabian, Charaf, Paul v. Os, Jitse, Teddie, Pippa, Wilma, Edizzy, Emma, Féline, Kiki, Christel, Heda, Antoine, Timo, Tanja, Isa, Camiel, Fadou, Angela, Maria, Rosalie, Jan, Jillz, Eva Kruisman, Nathan, Hanneke, Sil, Sanne, Ingrid Hamer, Marco, Jana, N-VC, Cathy (Keessie), Daantje, Kees, Caroline, Suzie, Ilona, Anlayla-out, Hans, Frank(s), Ernst, Lila, Annelies, Joyce, Heleen B.V., Hans, Merel Tiekstra, Machteld Duval, Lola Vrisekoop, Stella, Thaila, Tjalle, Retz, Annick, Puck, Bibian, Trudy, Nova, Annet B., Pippa, Fu Wei, Mina, Ellen, Wim, Loes, Paul S., Tien, Bob, Jenthe, Sebas, Elizabeth, Opa Wim, Marni Blom, Tineke, Vresia, Lieke, Thijn, Myra, Jitske, Nola Duijff, Mireille, Chris, Camilla, Hedwig, Fé, Titus, Lieke, Fiep, Marit, Annelies, Diny, Juna, Annelies, Tineke, K.S., Grien, Ger, Aschenbrenner, Louis, Floor, Jan, Arnold, Natanja, Koetje, Marjolein, Hans van Eerden, Dion, Wouter Kabbes, Marion, Gerjan, Jitse, Leonie Kinds, Daaf Kabbes, Papa, Jaap, Nyla, Jeroen, Simon, Peggy, Lianne, Daphne, Yimmiy, Thijs, Marion, Marije, Richard, Marieke, Teun, Pieternel van Kempen, Tara, Diana, Charlotte, Olivia, Max Freer.

Materials: wood, primer, permanent markers, lacker

Dimensions: 75 x 135 x 135 cm (hxwxd)
Hanging on the wall in studio, 2020

drawing colored squares on a round table

The table is completely drawn with squares in 'Public Studio in mall'. Haarlem, 2017. Video

Drawings by 77 people: Michael, Anna, Joud, Tijmen, Ingrid, Elvy, Lilian, Astrid, Jessica, Marja, Philippe, Bernd, Joke, Caspar, Jamie, Marjon, Marbou, Cassidy, Reinisha, Shenaira, Elena, Saji, Ayoub Oumaima, Jasmine, Sesil, Jane, Neil, Zula, Maartje, Wesley, Samira, Astrid, Thea, Thea, Marion, TD, Hans, Netty, 2Su !, Marre, Hilda, Sabrina, Ronald, Jani, Natalia, Esra, Rebecca, Sophia, Francisca, Iris, Ria, Geja, Netty, Carlijn, Khalid, Idmidl, Linda, Djandy, Israa, Zuhur, Namul, Charles de Boever, Danah, Jairi, Winnelien, Sara, Jada, Aisha, Rhemrel, Evi, Stanley, Ferra, Nikki, Dymphna, Michel, Bigikli Ali Nerseli

Materials: wood, primer, permanent markers, lacquer Dimensions 73.5 x 101 cm (H x diameter)

Hanging on the wall in De Veerman (with Katrien Oosterlinck), 2020

bike cleaning

household cloth, paint on frame
Dimensions: 32 x 25 x 2.5 cm (HxWxD)


Table cloth, paint on frame
Dimensions: 130 x 110 x 2,5 cm (HxWxD)

project Management

Used study book (Dutch language) for university of applied sciences students, written by Jan Verhaar. Image on cover and in book: ‘360˚ lecture Erasmus Bridge’ on 19 May 2004, Rotterdam

Copies: 30
Year of production: 2004-2016 Book, offset printing, third edition 2008, Boom educational publishing
Dimensions: 24 x 17,1 x 1,6 cm (HxWxD)
Signature Hans Bossmann: on 1st page


Part of an underlayment (wooden) plank (wooden) used as a saw table top in renovations and for arranging exhibitions
Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 1,8 cm (HxWxD)
Year of production: 2013 - 2019

farewell dear colleagues, let me draw a dot on your head and enter into my world

Farewell party for colleagues at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences. When they enter, Hans Bossmann draws a dot on the face of each of his colleagues and delivers a short, soft spoken personal farewell message. Subsequently a photo portrait is made of each colleague

With S. Hallema (DJ demo Virtual Reality film) en S. Bossmann (Host)

Copies: 3
Year of production: 2015
Photo print and pencil on Hahnemuehle paper
59,3 x 42 cm
Photo lab: Coloron, Haarlem
Signature Hans Bossmann: initials pencilled on print in the bottom right corner

Date photography: 18 December 2014
Location photography: lightship Vessel11, Wijnhaven Rotterdam

Philosopher's stone

 i.c.w. Soek Zwamborn
Wooden cabinet, metal handles, paint, permanent marker, lacquer, unbaked clay
78.5 x 99 x 45 cm (HxWxD)

privat collection, The Netherlands

the principle of art will not be lost

At the commemoration ceremony for Henk Peeters, Hans Bossmann drew a dot on the face of each participant while saying: “The principle of art will not be lost.”

Copies: 5
Year of production: 2013
Photo print and pencil on Hahnemuehle paper
32,5 x 42,5 cm
Photo lab: Coloron, Haarlem
Date photography: 21 April 2013
Location photography: Pier van Scheveningen, The Hague
Signature: pencilled on print in the bottom right corner

burning a hole

Found plank
(Burned) wood and street waste
Dimensions: 57,8 x 38,8 x 1,8 cm (HxWxD)


"Half an hour after the death of my father I put toy eyes on his face and took this picture. A man who is okay with that shows confidence in his son."

Copies: 3
Year of production: 2010-2015
Photo print and pencil on Hahnemuehle paper
20,5 x 36,2 cm

Photo lab: Coloron, Haarlem
Date photography: 14 July 2010
Location photography: Hertog Karellaan 7, Cuijk
Signature: pencilled on prints bottom

make a skylight

Polystyrene, bitumen
100 x 61,5 x 4 cm (HxWxD)

Daily Without News

or Zeitung Ohne Nachtlichten or Dagblad Zonder Nieuws

Newspaper without text and images. On Saturdays with a supplement without news. Presentation of pilot issue by H. Peeters. The newspaper has become news itself, a German and an English edition were published, the Day Without News took place as a one-off event. The newspaper was used by subscribers and readers for their own activities, such as reading it ostentatiously in the morning train or during an anti consumption day in Germany. The newspaper was discontinued in December 1998

Copies: unlimited edition
Paper, ink, tape
11,5 x 29,5 x 0,6 cm (H x W x D)

Printed at E.M. De Jong, Baarle Nassau

wipe ballpoint pen while drawing

Ink on cotton
1995 – 2001
Dimensions: 38,5 x 35,5 cm