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Wim Delvoye and Jeff Koons….

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Who is the better artist?… I truly do not know.

The last couple of days not a daily post except for the Piet Dirkx daily. We had a long weekend near Colmar in France and on the way i visited the Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg, where a special exhibition on Wim Delvoye is being held. I do not know much about Wim Delvoye , but the instant i entered the exhibition  i was reminded of Jeff Koons.  When you enter the building , the first you see is his shit producing machine “CLOACA”. It is the center piece of the exhibition and all the exhibition rooms surrounding it show some different aspects of his art. Statues, sculpted tractor tires, ceramics….Delvoye is an artist who masters many disciplines and one can only be amazed (and smile) when you see his works. Whenever you can visit this compact museum try to visit it with this Delvoye exhibition, in all other cases  visit it for the architecture of the building by Pei ( the architect who designed the pyramid entrance at the Louvre ) and go to the first floor where there is a chapel by Wim Delvoye.

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It belongs to the permanent collection and together with the CLOACA machine these alone were worth the visit.

Delvoye publications are a hard find, but Jeff Koons you will encounter at www.ftn-books.com

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Antoine Pevsner and the World Forum in Den Haag.

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The question is….why hide a great sculpture behind a sea of 200 flags. The sculpture by Pevsner ( Yes, it is in the picture above…..look closely) was placed on this location shortly after the opening of the Congresgebouw. A modern building with an annex tower designed by JJP Oud. This tower was for a very long time the only high rise building in Den Haag. This all located in the neighborhood of the Gemeentemuseum designed by Berlage. The entrance of the Congresgebouw has a tile painting by Karel Appel.

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In the front, in the pond, a beautiful sculpture by Auke de Vreis has been placed some 20 years ago. Excellent works of art that add quality to the buildings and its surrounding.

Now some years ago somebody from the local administration had the “excellent idea” to place 200 flags, 1 for each nation in the world to enhance the entrance to the world forum……wrong idea…..

The flags have to be replaced frequently because of the wear through wind and sun. Costs approx. 2 x 200 x 100 euro = 40.000 euro each year. So please remove the flags and put a spotlight on this great Pevsner that really adds quality to this surrounding.

wilfried

www.ftn-books.com

 

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Klaas Gubbels….something special

Possibly you know Klaas Gubbels of his sculptures, lithographs, paintings etc. on teapots and chairs, but it is a rare occasion that you encounter a Gubbels out of the ordinary. A few years ago i encountered a 3D table with 4 wooden apples on it. The table ( used as pied de stalle) and the apples were all made of wooden pieces and glued together . On the Pied de stalle the signature of Klaas Gubbels. A handmade Gubbels was mine! A true find because this was something very special and at the same time typical for Gubbels. My guess is it was made in the mid eighties and was rarely exhibited because it came straight out of a private collection. So this is to share this special Gubbels with you and of course there are some nice Gubbels publications at www.ftn-books.com if you want to learn more on Klaas Gubbels.

 

wilfried

www.ftn-books.com

 

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Borek Sipek..Alterego multiple

A few days ago while i was photographing one of the pieces that is for sale i noticed the little edition size of one of the Sipek’s i have in my collection. Only 125 copies were made / signed and sold of this beautiful and symbolic Borek Sipek. A bronze holder is placed between 2 glass elements and makes the perfect divider between the two.

It stands over 40 cm. in height and on top there is a Venetian glass. A rare beauty which fits perfect in the editions Sipek made in the early nineties . Because of the exhibitions which were held at gallery Steltman ,. Sipek developed a loyal and strong following so many of the rare Sipek pieces were sold in the Netherlands. Since this is published in an edition it is less expensive, but still is a highly original and collectable Borek Sipek “glass”.

For more information and other Sipek books. Please contact me at www.ftn-books.com