Viktor IV (1929-1986).. washed ashore in Amsterdam

From 1961 until his death Viktor IV lived in a boathouse at the river Amstel in Amsterdam. Almost like a clochard but not secluded, because during his life he kept a very keen eye on the art scene around him. This resulted in one of the most fascinating oeuvres of any modern artist. Building his works from lost and found material washed ashore wooden panels he developed a sign language which was typical for Viktor IV, including a new way of looking at time with his BULGAR watches. Roughly his artistic life can be divided into 3 parts. The first being the making of his ICONS, the second his sign language the RUNES and thirdly the JOURNAL pages he drew almost daily.

The site of the Viktor IV foundation gives some excellent information on the artist and person Viktor IV was http://www.viktoriv.nl

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There are very few publications on this artist, but www.ftn-books.com has the famous Stedelijk Museum publication available at its internet bookstore.

Willem Hendrik Gispen (1890-1981)

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Sometimes when you search on the large WWW and try to find some information on an artist or subject it is hard to find a site with a good clean design, filled with sensible information and a joy to visit. Of course you must first look at http://www.ftn-books.com for books on Gispen, but after you have done just that…. please visit http://www.whgispen.nl

This site gives the best possible insight in Gispen and his works, unfortunately only in dutch, but the designs speak for themselves. Gispen is one of the true inventors of dutch design, being one of the first to design furniture out of tubular frames and making them suitable for offices and home interiors. The result is that many dutch families know of Gispen, because they lived their lives among Gispen furniture, but never knew the story of its designer. Please visit the Gispen site and do not forget that www.ftn-books.com has some nice books on Gispen.

Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934).. Three buildings

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H.P. Berlage is for me personally the architect of the building i entered for nearly 25 years, worked in and have practically known my entire life. Of course this is the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Initially people did not like the building at all and thought it a badly designed ” public swimming pool”, but you must visit this building multiple times before it opens its true qualities to you. It really is of a rare quality and can be considered as the last, but also ultimate designed Berlage building in which the extreme details open up when you look long enough. Berlage known for his architecture was also a very gifted furniture and book designer and brought all these qualities together into his buildings. There is so much to be told on Berlage, but the best one can do is visit the buildings which this architect build. Fortunately the very best examples are to be found in places a random tourist is likely to visit when he or she visits the Netherland.

Amsterdam has the Beurs, Otterlo /Kroller Muller museum has the “jachtslot” and of course Den Haag has the Gemeentemuseum. so for you next visit to Holland visit these and start your visit with a Berlage book for sale at www.ftn-books.com

Francis Bacon and the Hugh Lane gallery

 

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At the time the Gemeentemuseum organized the Francis Bacon exhibition I contacted a colleague at the Hugh Lane gallery ( http://www.hughlane.ie) for purchasing their excellent Bacon posters to resell them in the shop of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. (The Hugh Lane is also the place where the original Bacon studio was rebuilt and permanently shown to the public). After the initial purchase of Bacon material we kept in contact and when i started my own shop on the internet i started reselling these posters on eBay and in my FTN shop. I bought enough of them , but forgot to list them on eBay in the last 10 years and lost track of them. Now i found them again , stacked away, but in perfect condition and can offer them again for sale. Please look for them and other Bacon material at www.ftn-books.com and search for Bacon.