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Stedelijk Museum…Op losse schroeven, 1969

Another iconic exhibition for the Stedelijk Museum was the ” OP LOSSE SCHROEVEN” exhibition.

It was one of the experimental exhibitions in the Sixties which made the Stedelijk Museum being recognized as one of the most important modern art museum in the world.

I recently purchased another small set of WIM CROUWEL designed posters for the Stedelijk Museum and i will now have the oppertunity to present the combination of the poster with catalogue is this blog. The first…..OP LOSSE SCHROEVEN from 1969. Perhaps this is one of the rarest of them all. ( both available at www.ftn-books.com )

 

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Anthon Beeke (continued)

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Here is a tip by a very good friend I received yesterday. It shows that it is impossible to keep track of every exhibition, but this is well worth mentioning in a blog, since the subject is one of the greatest of dutch graphic designers from the last 50 years. It concerns the library of Anthon Beeke.

The library of Anthon Beeke

Get lost in the books of graphic designer Anthon Beeke.

The exhibition space above the Social Label Lab is a temporary library with bookcases full of books arranged around themes such as graphic design, culture, photography, typography, jazz, eroticism and just plain fun. Playful, naughty and challenging. On entering the Werkwarenhuis, you are given white gloves to browse through the enormous collection of books at your leisure. In silos, you can retreat to your own reading table with a twilight lamp. Anthon Beeke was a graphic designer and designed posters for Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Kunstrai and the Centraal Museum, among others. Lidewij Edelkoort, Anthon Beeke’s life partner, wants his collection and his love for books to be shared with the whole country. His books tell the story of him as a long-time collector of books that inspired, relaxed or transported him. Together with co-curator Charlotte Grün (Studio OOK), she put together this exhibition. A collection of books tells different stories about its collector, through the layers of information that cross each other. More and more information can be found on the Internet, which is why more and more people are rigorously getting rid of their book collections. This also applies to well-known creative Dutchmen.

“We are proud that after the van Abbe Huis in Eindhoven, we can now show this special intimate exhibition in our Werkwarenhuis.” Petra Janssen and Edwin Vollebergh of Studio Boot have themselves taught with Anthon for years at the Design Academy. They know how he looked, inspired and shared his knowledge with the students. “By showing these books in the work shop, you can get a glimpse of his world through his eyes again. But each time through a different lens.”

More Anthon Beeke > 01.02.2015 / 06.12.2018 / 02.12.2020

Exhibition the library of Anthon Beeke
Werkwarenhuis, ‘s-HertogenBosch
9 June -28 Aug, 2021
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of course ww.ftn-books.com has many items by Beek in its inventory

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Christian Boltanski (1944-1921)

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For me personally Boltanski stands for “remembering” and expressing this in gloomy art. The dark side is always present in his art and publications. Now Boltanski is dead and he leaves us with some of the greatest art from the last 50 years.

Christian Boltanski was born in 1944 in Paris and died in 2021 in Paris. In the 1960s he began to develop a “personal ethnology” marked, among others, by the influence of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Harald Szeemann. At the same time, drawing on museology, Boltanski exhibited inventories of items of anonymous owners. It is often the case in Boltanski’s work that objects (photos, pieces of clothing, bells, flowers…) give voice to absent subjects and are an invitation to the viewer to meditate and contemplate.

Since his first exhibition at LeRanelagh cinema in 1968 Boltanski’s work has been shown in numerous countries. Recent solo shows have been at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2019); Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, Japan (2019); The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan and the National Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2019); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2018); The Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2018); the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017); Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy (2017); The Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey, Mexico (2016); Instituto Valenciano Arte Moderno (IVAM), Spain (2016); Mac’s Grand Hornu, Belgium (2015); and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile (2014).

Boltanski was recognized with several awards over his lifetime, including the Praemium Imperiale Award (2006) and the Kaiser Ring Award (2001). He participated in Documenta (1977 and 1972) and numerous Venice Biennales (2011, 1995, 1993, 1980, and 1975).

www.ftn-books.com  has a large selection of Boltanski titles available

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The ultimate Francis Picabia title.

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Without a doubt. There is only one publication that deserves that ULTIMATE title. It is PICABIA by Ronny van de Velde who made this special box available in an edition of 1000 copies and a secondary edition, with the special pochoir print of Satie, in an edition of 200. This box which is now for sale comes from the edition of 200 and contains the “pochoir” print of Erik Satie.  This box was the second of a series of special publications by Ronny van de Velde . The first being the CHESSBOARD box by Marcel Duchamp. I once had two copies of it, but both are sold and now i am very happy to offer you this other great collectable item. Francis Picabia and DADA in optima forma. Only the size and weight says it all 47 x 32 x 6 cm. and a hefty 4.2 kg.

The box is now available at http://www.ftn-books.com

 

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Axel en Helena van der Kraan ( continued)

I wrote several blogs on Helena van der Kraan her photography, but never mentioned i had my first  meeting with the both of them as artists. It was at the time they made huge wooden sculptures that did move. One of these, with a giant bass fiddle was acquired by the Haags Gemeentemuseum and one was placed for a very long time at an office building at the Kortenaerkade in The Hague. The last one was special and frightened many a passer by. Every quarter of an hour he turned his wrist and looked at his watch, scaring the people who happened to pass at just that moment, Now i ahve added to my inventory 2 books on Axel en Helena and….. i want to share a special movie in which Kees Broos (curartor at the Haags Gemeentemuseum) made a video on Axel and Helena, featuring….Gerard Verdijk.

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Mario Molinari (1930-2001)

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Lifelike figures with abstract element. This is is how Mario Molinari presented his art at galerie d’Eendt in 1964. Later he became known for his colorful constructivist sculptures which can be seen at the Fondazione in Torino, but the start was more realistic. Clearly influenced by African art his sculptures do not look modern.

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An in teresting period and a catalogue which is hard to find ( available at http://www.ftn-books.com). Next time when near Torino start looking for these colorful sculptures. They are not to be missed.

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Leo Vroegindeweij (1955)

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The first time i encountered the name of Vroegindeweij was at the time i started to take an interest in the students who visited the”Ateliers 63″ academy. Leo Vroegindewij was a student at Ateliers 63 in the years 1976-1978 and finshed his studies around the time i started my publishing years at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. It is also the years i took an interest in the Art & Project gallery which was one of the f

irst to show the works by Leo Vroegindeweij. I like his sculkptures however they are not very suited for the living room and really need space and only galleries and museum s can presdent them in a proper way and for me that is the reason i never considered buying a work by Vroegindeweij. They need “room to move” and it is hard to realize such space in a family home. Still, his works must be admired and whenever a small one comes to the market i promissed myself to reconsider buying one.

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Jan Meijer / Jurriaan Schrofer/ Ed van der Elsken

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Another artist i had no memory of. I had heard the name before, but coould not place his works in any context. I must have seen his work at some time, but no recollection at all.

So why this blog on Jan Meijer. The artist is perhaps the least interesting in this blog. Still Meijer’s lyrical abstract works are well worth looking at and deserve much more recognition.

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But…..the true reason i write this blog is the Jan Meijer catalogue which was published in 1957 for the Galerie Dina Vierny exhibition. A typical 50’s publication with a colored cover, BUT, what makes it stand out ……..it is designed by Jurriaan Schrofer and photographs by Ed van der Elsken. It is one of those rare occasions that these great Fifties artists come together. Perhaps they needed to make some money, perhaps they were friends and have known each other from their Paris time. I do not know, but ik know that this is an extremely scarce publication, well worth collecting and to dream away and try imagining how life must have been in Paris in the mid Fifties.

the catalogue is available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Reinhoud (1928-2007)

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This an artist for the future and at this time still affordable and a great investment.

Reinhoud D’haese’s works were primarily surrealist outputs depicting small-scale figures performing various activities; Le Contramaitre is just one of the many quirky figures created and exhibited.

Initially, his preferred material was copper, but he eventually went on to explore and create with a variety of other materials throughout his career, namely pewter and glass. D’haese met Pierre Alechinsky in the early 50’s and subsequently displayed a lot of his works . Both had an iconic exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, which catalogue is still one of my personal favorites.

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What makes the works special for me  and it is the reason i think his art will be of great artistic and financial valu in the future is that Reinhoud walks the road between surrealism and abstraction, making his art related to Alechinsky but also to Andre Breton.

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His saculptures are unique creatures and put together are part of the typical Reinhold world.

http://www.ftn-books.com has some nice Reinhoud publuications available

 

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galerie Neuendorf and Hans Neuendorf

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Galerie Neuendorf is one of those iconic galeries that was active in the Eighties and early Nineties selling the very best works by the very best artists.

It nowadays is a private fine art dealership and advisory service based in New York, London, and Berlin, offering expertise on modern and contemporary art and specializing in sourcing the highest quality artworks for clients.
Founded as a gallery by Hans Neuendorf in 1964; Neuendorf represented, and was instrumental in the development and present artistic legacy of renowned artists including Georg Baselitz, Lucio Fontana, David Hockney, Francis Picabia, Cy Twombly, and others.
Since closing the gallery in 1995, Neuendorf has continued to work with a select group of clients to build and manage their collections. With over 70 years combined experience in the art market, we offer our clients a direct, personal, and discreet option to buying and selling artworks, but this is all “old school”….he probably will be remembered as the founder of Artnet.

When Hans Neuendorf created his online art company in 1989, he had little inkling that providing transparent art-market data would transform what was then a boutique art business into, 30 years later, a global industry that regularly transacts in $100 million sales. But that is exactly what has happened.

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www.ftn-books.com has some of the Neuendorf catalogues availabel. The best one is the 1992 book, which included the list of available works and their prices. It shows exactly what Neunedorf predicts for the future. Prices of great art will rise in the decades to come