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Daniel Spoerri ( 1971 poster)

Just leaving the path of Crouwel /Sandberg designed posters for this Daniel Spoerri designed extraordinary poster for his 1971 exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. In the early Seventies the Stedelijk Museum commissioned some of the exhibiting artist to design their own publicity posters . Tinguely was one of them and so was Daniel Spoerri, who made one of the very best Seventies posters ever. Just for your self…..

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Together with the exhibition, 2 publications were published , both designed by Wim Crouwel. All three items are now availablel at www.ftn-books.com

 

 

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Theo van Hoytema (1863-1917)

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Born in DEN HAAG too, van Hoytema was one of the first artists I encountered in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. A bird artis “pur sang” who is considered to be one of the founding members of the Art Nouveau movement in the Netherlands.

I have lost my interest in the artist and the Art Nouveau period, because I shifted my interest towards modern art, but the fact remains that the artists and his illustrated books and calendars are still very popular among collectors worldwide. In the time i worked at the Gemeentemuseum I had a yearly contact with Mrs. Schoonderbeek who published through the years all Hoytema material including a famous yearly calendar. Edition run ….over 100.000 each year and this made it possible for her to publish van Hoytema until some 20 years when she had to stop. Now i have found a delightful book on van Hoytema and his calendar and it shows exactly why his calendars stayed popular through the years.

The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Barbara Nanning (1957)

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If i remember well , Marjan Boot was the curator who proposed to collect the works by Barbara Nanning  fro the Haags Gemeentemuseum and Titus Eliens continued to follow her works closely and purchased some more important works for the collection of the Gemeentemuseum . At the time  of the first purchase i immediately was  a great admirer since her approach to ceramics was totally different from the ceramics i had seen before.

The circle has always been an important starting point for Barbara Nanning (b. 1957). Her forms and structures derive from a circular motion that she allows to solidify in glass or ceramics. She has been creating objects and installations in this way for precisely 40 years this year. Featuring twenty pieces by Nanning, the exhibition will illustrate her unique visual idiom that links the organic and the inorganic.

Nanning originally worked in ceramics before turning to glass. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1979, at the same time as Geert Lap and Babs Haenen, who along with Nanning formed the core of a new generation of Dutch ceramicists who would become internationally renowned. In 1994 – at the invitation of the National Glass Museum and Royal Leerdam Crystal – Nanning experimented for the first time with what for her had been an unfamiliar and remote material. She shaped her first glass sculptures by sawing the blown glass objects and then grinding and polishing them.

Over the past 25 years Nanning has built up an impressive body of work in glass that now features in museum and private collections in the Netherlands and abroad. Many of the objects and installations she creates suggest spontaneous growth, like crystals, jellyfish, flowers and microorganisms. They evoke tension and show that the contrast between ‘formed by nature’ and ‘handmade’ is not quite as rigid as we tend to think.

www.ftn-books.com has a few Nanning titles available

 

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Anton Pieck in fashion again.

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People from my generation remember the many Post and Christmas cards by Anton Pieck each family received . I even remember my parents chosing a stork with baby in his beak as a birth announcement. Pieck was huge….Piewck was popular and …Pieck stood for the most famous fairy tale park in the Netherlands…..de Efteling….

But after i few decades people got tired of the romantic scenes, populated by Dickens figures. Yes, the “DE EFTELING” attraction park was still there, but only because it had grown into a full blown entertainment park and the fairy tale forrest was almost forgotten.

But some 15 years ago , because some originals fetched excellent prices at auction, people started to notice Anton Pieck again. All because they recognized the quality of his great illustrations and drawings of town scenes and landscapes. There was of course a small  Anton Pieck Museum, but the Frans Hals Museum / de Hallen in Harlem was the first to dedicate a retrospective to Anton Pieck, the artists, in 2008.  A popular well attended exhibition which published a great catalogue together with the exhibition. ( now available at http://www.ftn-books. com) and these days i am selling Anton Pieck books all over the world and people collect and appreciate them. Anton Pieck is in fashion again.

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Piet Dirkx…the new acquisition “l’Idee”

This is what if ound on this 1991 Piet Dirkx. Signed by Piet and titled “l’idee”.

This work belonged for a long time to the collection of Otto Schaap, who purchaseed it at Galerie Loerakker around 1991. It was part of this collection for nearly 3 decades and now it has found a new home in our collection. This is what we had when unpacked.

 

and this is the complete work presented on two nails as indicated by Piet. 51 cm apart, with the yellow “sandwich” on the right.

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and here it is between some other works by Piet Dirkx.

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for those interested in Piet Dirkx , please note that publications, cigar boxes and paintings are for sale. Please inquire at ftnbooksandart@gmail.com

 

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Posters by Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel…part 5

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Willem Sandberg poster from 1962 which is rumored to have been executed by Ten Have. It is important because of the simplicity of its design and because Alcopley feautures on the poster. All publications on the artists mentioned on the poster are available at http://www.ftn-books.com and of course ….as long it is not sold the poster will be available too.

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a new acquisition……

Tomorrow i will reveal a new acquisition for our personal collection. this was bought recently and what i hope to discover is the provenance of this item. if you can help please let me know.dirkx ob b

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“A little white lie” by Nico Dijkshoorn

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In November 2020 I presented a little chapter from Nico Dijkshoorn his book  “KIJKT KUNST” here is another personal view by Dijkshoorn on one of the Kroller Muller Museum highlights. Picasso ” NUDE STANDING 1907-1908″

A LITTLE WHITE LIE

No

really

from here

you can not see

anything

of the white mould

on your

body

 

 

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Piet van Wijngaerdt (1873-1964)

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A dutch painter who is hardly known, but not without reason he was presented and is present in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Wijngaerdt was a painter who was strongly rooted in realistic art bvut during his career he tried to free himself from this constraint by introducing brighter colors and sketching and filling in the surface of the canvas with abstract element.

These paintings are therefore all a search for abstraction and make these worthwhile to study and collect. Wijngaerdt is considered to be the founding member of the Bergense School.

the above publications are available at www.ftn-books.com

 

 

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the 3 most famous dollhouses in the Netherlands

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I have experienced that there is a rising international interest in the 3 famous doll houses in the publica collections in the Netherlands. each has its own qualities but they all have in common the exceptional detail which makes these doll houses stand out from all doll houses which were made after these. Furthermore they show in great detail the daily life in the 17th century.

There is of course the most famous of all Sara Rothé doll house which is in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

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Then there is the doll house owned by Petronella de la Court which is in the collection of the Centraal Museum Utrecht


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and finally the Rijksmuseum owned doll house which was originally owned and palyed by Petronella Oortman.

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there are of course more examples to be found in dutch publica collections , but these are the most famous one of which http://www.ftn-books.com has of the two first ones classic and important publications.

BTW. these doll houses were not played by children but were in the collections and cherished by adult women.