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Stedelijk Museum “on line” visits

Blog readers know of the large collection i have for sale on the Stedelijk Museum, its artists and its exhibitions (, but it is hard to grow this collection . No book markets, no museum visits and the only thing i could do is to photograph and describe my stock and add this to my inventory. It has now grown over by 1100 entries and i am convinced it is one of the largest collections for sale on the Stedelijk Museum and itss history. But to bridge the time between closure and reopening its collections to visitors, they made available some interesting virtual visits to the museum and its collections. Guided by curators and director Rein Wolfs , you can now make a virtual visit. One of the best i think is the one Rein Wolfs hosts. It shows the direction into which the Stedelijk is developing for the next decade or so. Interesting…. yes…., but i do hope they still will keep their focus on their history and great collection, they build over the years.



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Dirk Vander Eecken (1954)

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I was trying to find some information on the Belgian artist Dirk Vander Eecken when i stumbled upon a painting by this artist. The work was sold nearby at auction. SO there i was at the viewing day…..It was there high up in the shade and badly presented to the public, but i decided to take the gamble and made a bid and won.

Now i have it in my sudy. It is there, proudly standing against one of my bookcases and i am getting more and more impressed by its qualities. It is a combinbation of painted papers, prints and tissues worked into two sides which appear to have no relation which each other accept……. study it closely and you will see that in the background of the right part a part of the composition of the left part is still visible. The right part has been overprinted/painted with some wooden/organic/vegetal parts making the painting much more complex and appealing. This painting is now for sale at ( ftn art).

It measuers 200 x 100 cm. signed by Vander Eecken and its condition is still excellent. For a viewing appointment please contatc me at Vander Eecken has had exhibitions all over Europe and his works are present in the collection of the SMAK, Mhka and many more.

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Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst (7)

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Following a relationship with art patron Peggy Guggenheim, Max Ernst went on to marry his fourth wife, Dorothea Tanning. The couple – who famously fell in love over a game of chess – is credited as pioneering the Surrealist movement. Despite this successful accomplishment, Manning insisted that the two “Never, never talked art. Never.” Married in a double ceremony in Hollywood with Man Ray and Juliet Browner, the pair enjoyed surrounding themselves with other artists. Often, they would entertain the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson in their home in France, seemingly thriving among fellow creatives. Dipping between Surrealism, Dadaism and everything in between, the pair continued their separate artistic practices and maintained a healthy marriage until Ernst’s death in 1976.

There are several Max Ernst publications available at

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Gilbert & George (3)

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Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore

Just like a scene from your favourite rom-com, Gilbert and George first locked eyes in the halls of Central Saint Martins in 1967, where the two studied sculpture. Dubbing the encounter as love at first sight, the duo collaborated on both 3D as well as 2D works – although they would continue to refer to all artworks as sculpture. Exploring themes of religion, sexuality and identity across a wide range of media, Gilbert and George have stayed relevant beyond the confines of the elitist art. They married in 2008, having spent over 4 decades together in the art world that they collectively rebel against. has many Gilbert & George titles available

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Katharina Duwe and Johannes Duwe (1)

Because of the publication KUNST IM LANDTAG: PAARE on Katharina and Johannes Duwe I was inspired to devote a series of blogs to famous artist couples. Here is the first one. Not so famous this couple, but at the time of the publication ( available at presented as an artist couple at the DER LANDTAG venue. Of these two i have a personal preference….of these two i like Katharina over Johannes, but both have their own qualities.

Johannes Duwe was born in 1956 and was primarily inspired by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that ensued were all representative of a strong desire to progress and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous 1960s. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre regained its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The cosmopolitan and refined position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple international renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again strengthened its reputation as the artistic hub of the era. Across the globe, numerous movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the new radical philosophies it occasioned strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also received critical and commercial success. The critical, prominent artistic pillars of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

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Jan Wawrzyniak (1971)

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To be homnest, …..i did not know of Jan Wawrzyniak, but because of a recent auction i searched for his name, because i was very much attracted to a black/white/grey painting by this artist. It appeared that he always uses these three colors and combines these into abstract constructivist paintings. Sometinmes vague, sometimes hard edged, but always a sense of organic too. Great art and happy to have bought this.

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Jan Wawrzyniak lives in Berlin

Solo Exhibitions

Forms of Aporia. Kajetan Berlin


Drawn by the other. Galerie m Bochum


last day … of may. M6 Annette Tietenberg Braunschweig


Niche. Galerie m Bochum


Unfinished. Curated by Erich Franz. Kunstverein Lippstadt


Broken and Lost | Drawing. Curated by Alexander Klar. Museum Wiesbaden

Continued Drawing. Galerie m Bochum


​​Zeichnerische Aporien. Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern


New pictorial spaces. Galerie m Bochum


Jan Wawrzyniak. Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst Detmold​

Gezeichnete Bilder. Kunstmuseum Ahlen


Gezeichnete Bilder. Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern
Zeichnerische Aporien. Curated by Carmen Schliebe. Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus


Gezeichnete Bilder. Curated by Kai Uwe Schierz. Kunsthalle Erfurt

Fragil. Galerie m Bochum


Stille Räume. Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kulturwissenschaft Freiburg
Stille Räume. Brühler Kunstverein

Ebenen + Pfade. Kunstraum MI Posselt Bonn

​Group Exhibitions


Galerie m 3. Mai 1969 – 3. Mai 2019. Galerie m Bochum


Form follows Fiction. Kajetan Berlin

No More Books! Intersexualitat Textual. Curated by Vicente da Palma. Art i Pensament Contemporani L’Hospitalet Barcelona

Ansichtssache. Curated by Eveline Weber. Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle Freiburg

Kunst und Kohle: Schwarz. Curated by Friederike Wappler. Kunstsammlungen der Ruhr-Univeristät – Museum unter Tage Bochum


The Flying Field. Autowerkstatt Wilhelmsaue Berlin


Weltsichten. 400 Jahre Landschaft in der Kunst. Kunsthalle Rostock  ​

Land in Sicht. Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst Bremen

2014   ​

Blank_Space. Galerie m Bochum

Entgrenzung. Positionen zur Zeichnung. Curated by Kornelia Röder. Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow

Weltsichten. Het landschap verbeeld in zees eeuwen kunst. Bonnenfantenmuseum Maastricht

2013   ​

We fragment, collect and narrate. Curated by Sayoko Nakahara. Cultuurcentrum Mechelen

Noch nie gesehen. Neue Schenkungen und Ankäufe für die grafische Sammlung. Kunstmuseum Bonn


Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Kunstmuseum  Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus

Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Kunsthalle Rostock

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern​

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Akademie der Künste Berlin​​

Junge Akademie. Akademie der Künste Berlin

Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum. Stiftung Situation Kunst Bochum

Saxonia Paper. Kunsthalle Leipzig
Shelter: Art Against Trafficking Women and Sexual Exploitation. Peter Freeman Inc. New York​

Shelter: Art Against Trafficking Women and Sexual Exploitation. Galerie Urs Meile Luzern​

Shelter: Art Against Trafficking Women and Sexual Exploitation. Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow

Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Museum Wiesbaden

Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Kunsthalle Kiel


Weltsichten. Landschaft in der Kunst seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Stiftung Situation Kunst Bochum​

Blattgold. Zeitgenössische Grafik. Ausstellung des Kunstfonds im Sächsischen Staatsministerium der Finanzen. Dresden

Nur der Schein trügt nicht. Das Sehen als interaktiver Prozess. Stiftung Situation Kunst Bochum​


Bochum sammelt II: Landschaftsbilder. Museum Bochum

Von Schlachten – vom Schlachten. Kunstsammlung der Städtischen Museen Jena


Goethe-Institut Tel Aviv


Frontiera. Forum junger Kunst in Europa. Curated by Matthias Flügge. Bolzano

Public Collections


Kunstmuseum Ahlen

Lindenau-Museum Altenburg

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (nbk)

Stiftung Situation Kunst Bochum

Kunstmuseum Bonn

Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland ​

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern

Kolumba Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln

Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen

Muzeum Sztuki Lodz

Kunstsammlung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt Magdeburg

​Westfälisches Landesmuseum Münster

Kunstsammlungen Neubrandenburg

Museum Wiesbaden


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Chris Evans (1967)

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This article on Chris Evans comes from FRIEZE. He is one of the younger artists to feature in this daily FTN blog.

Artistic processes that involve commissioning others to produce work have often been fraught with unease. From the confused parameters of collaborative authorship to the unforeseen conflicts of interest that frequently arise, it is often difficult to sidestep the undercurrents of exploitation that vex this field of practice. One might imagine that in order to work with or within the corporate sector, an artist might need a degree of brashness and swagger. We might assume that he or she is intent on agitating, exposing or critiquing institutional structures. But what if, as in the work of British artist Chris Evans, this could be a far more generous proposition than preconceptions might suggest? ‘Clerk of Mind’ – Evans’s first solo exhibition in Ireland – highlighted the artist’s role as facilitator and translator between seemingly incongruous specialist fields, including international political relations and high-end jewellery design.

Praxes Center for Contemporary Art

Sensitively curated by Kate Strain, the show comprised the reconfiguration of three existing artworks never presented together before. Plans are currently underway for Project Arts Centre to commission new work by Evans in response to the Irish context. Probing the vehicle of co-authorship, CLODS, Diplomatic Letters (2012–ongoing) is a series of drawings of invasive plant species, sketched by invited members of the international diplomatic community, which were subsequently photographed by Evans, inverted and then printed as silver bromides. The tentative, almost courteous quality of the diplomats’ lines contrasted robustly with Evans’s cement and marble sculptural clods, and the slippery strips of PVC matting arranged across floor-level, custom-made platforms. Punctured with boreholes, the clods seemed to memorialize the negative space left behind when weeds are pulled from the ground. As co-authored works, these art objects are remnants of exchanges that remain partially hidden – an aesthetic in keeping with the wider curatorial approach at Project, which often presents the residual artefacts of earlier interventions in the gallery or elsewhere. In a similar vein, the textual remains of corporate negotiations featured in Evans’s concurrent exhibition ‘Untitled (Drippy Etiquette)’ at Piper Keys, London, which presented correspondence relating to the proposed rebranding of a dwindling socialist newspaper.

A Needle Walks into a Haystack (2014), named after the main exhibition at last year’s Liverpool Biennial, for which it was commissioned, comprises a vitrine housing a jemonite base and a dazzling, jewel-encrusted ring, crafted at Evans’s invitation, by high-end jewellers Boodles. The impish features of a golden ‘flowergirl’ are discernible amidst the ring’s glittering frondescence. Given that companies like Boodles might typically sponsor biennials or similar events, Evans proposed an alternative form of exchange, probing the space where art meets patronage. His design brief requested the creation of a piece of jewellery in response to the biennial’s press release – a rather excessive promotional statement including the key words ‘intimate’ and ‘domesticity’ – upon which the jewellers based their response, as explained in the literature accompanying ‘Clerk of Mind’. Mindful of their existing clientele and general perceptions of luxury brands, Boodles carefully scrutinized the terminology used to define the parameters of the commission. Treating the ring as an ‘artwork’ necessitated a contractual agreement outlining its shared ownership, the fact that it cannot be sold as a piece of jewellery and future transportation arrangements, to be implemented by Boodles’ own couriers.

As overseer of this kind of co-production, Evans acts as functionary (or ‘clerk’) – tracking the thoughts and intentions of his collaborators, while administering the practical arrangements and textual material which support the process. The artist has stated that he harbours no intention to critique particular groups, institutions or procedures; instead he hopes to forge relationships built on trust with figures whom he perceives to be especially misunderstood by the art world. Though the artworks are ultimately credited to Evans, the fact that he makes very visible the cooperative processes that lead to their production is an attempt to invalidate Romantic claims about the artist as ‘lone producer’ or ‘creative genius’. Conversely, Evans focuses on the capacity of artists to engage with a range of institutional, commercial and bureaucratic frameworks in a continuous process of reciprocal exchange. has one Evans title available. The “Goofy Audit” is a future classic.

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Jacob Jongert (1883-1942)

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Jac ( Jacob ) Jongert is one of the classic dutch designers. It is highly likely that you once have seen a design of his , since his van NELLE box has grown into a world famous design object from the Twenties/Thirties.

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It has been one of those iconic design objects executed in a style which have been of great influence to designers in the following decades. Look at the second poster and you will recognize that this typography and design elements must have influenced the POP ART designs from the Sixties.

But beside the avant garde designs there are so much more beautiful designs by Jongert and for those interested in Jongert and his design career i truly recommend the book which has been published in 2009 for the Jongert  special exhibition at the Boymans van Beuningen Museum. A book which shows why Jongert is important as a designer and what is more . The book itself is one of the best and most beautiful published books which i encountered in recent years. This book is now available at

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Over 200 different Art & Project items in store

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It has been almost a decade to collect as many as the 210 different Art & Project items that i currently have for sale. It started when i bought a “lot” of museum catalogues at auction and among theme were some Bulletins by this worldwide known and respected dutch gallery. Not the most famous ones , but still a nice selection with Richard Long and Hamish Fulton. I got focussed on these publications and found some rare ones at reasonable prices in a time that nobody was interested. But the big breakthrough came when i finally was lucky enough to encounter 2 nice collections. One at a local book dealer who wanted a fair price for a selection of 30 Bulletins and the second time was at auction where a lot was not sold and i decided to buy it in the aftersale of the auction house.This last one added over 80 different Art & Project items to my collection and inventory. Just have a look at and search for “art & project” and you will be pleasantly surprised with the large selection that i was able to collect for FTN books.

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Josée Pittiloud (1952)

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A rare occasion that i could not find a portrait photograph of Josée Pittiloud. Suisse born in Sion in 1952 his/her art is modern, timeless and of a rare quality. It is the kind of art i personally like and collect if possible. Trying to find books on this artist is near impossible , except for the Pro Helvetia publication  from 1990 that i have now available at

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If you have a photograph and can help me to place it above this blog, please sent it to