Beside the many exhibition posters for DE ZONNEHOF that i have added recently, there is also this publication on Gerrit Rietveld , who’s architectural design was chosen for the ZONNEHOF museum in Amersfoort. The book tells the story and history of the ZONNEHOF and Gerrit Rietveld, but what struck me most is that the photography was done by the very best in dutch photography from the past 100 years. The colofon reads like a “who is Who” in dutch photography..names: Eva Besnyö, Cas Oorthuys, Gerrit Oorthuys. the book is now available at www.ftn-books.com
This is the title of a series of three Exhibitions that Flip Bool curated for the Haags Gemeentemuseum at the end of the Seventies / early Eighties. Flip is a true expert on the subject and because of his expertise these exhibitions have become the standard for all photography exhibitions on dutch photography after. It established the names of Schuitema and Besnyo as being highly important and shone a light on the designers Piet Zwart and Kiljan as a photographer. Flip Bool and photography is a combination that produced some of the best publications ever on the subject of dutch photography. Many of the Flip Bool written books are available at http://www.ftn-books.com
If you like dutch photography from the 20th century and specially the photography by Cas Oorthuys, you must take a look a the series of books DE SCHOONHEID VAN ONS LAND , which were published along a general theme, depicting the typical dutch countryside, landscapes, cities , costumes and people of the fifties . The series was published by Contact over a decade. An excellent series with many photographs by Cas Oorthuys who started his career right after WWII and was contracted for this Contact series in the Fifties. Later he would publish many books of which some are available at www.ftn-books.com. His archives with over 500.000 negatives is believed to be one of the largest of any photographer. Oorthuys is a true master of dutch photography.
Born in Hungary, educated by Pecsi and advized to continue her education in Berlin she met John Fernhout, the son of Charley Toorop and married him and became a dutch citizen. She worked and lived practically her entire life in the Netherlands and because of the contacts she made through her husband she became one of the most important artist photographers of her time. She contributed to many publications with her excellent photographs and for the DOLLE MINA movement ( Womens Liberation movement) she was the house photographer. Personally i find her 50’s and early sixties photographs the most intriguing . They stand out from the rest. I was surprised to find so many books with her photographs in my inventory but one has to be mentioned separately. Eva Besnyö in Bergen is special.
The picture by Eva Besnyo above, i encountered in a Museum Bulletin from 1999 in which Marjan Boot wrote an article on Potst and sculptures. Van der Vaart is a highly original ceramic artist who’s quality is the shapes he created his ceramics in. Forms and shapes which were never before used as a ceramic form, but van der Vaart invented them and made them into real ceramic objects.
The pictures tell a far better story than i can, but there are some remarks to be be made about this blog and the life and exhibitions by van der Vaart. First there is this great photograph of van der Vaart working which was made by Eva Besnyo and secondly one of the most beautiful catalogues Wim Crouwel ever designed was the van der Vaart catalogue from 1975.
Eva Besnyö has reached a very high age and stayed active in photography for almost her entire life. It was not until her children had left the house, she took up photography again and started to make a name for herself with photographing the feminist movement of ” DOLLE MINA” in the early seventies. This made her quit famous in the Netherlands and with this recognition her older photographs of portraits and architecture were appreciated again too. Since she has had multiple exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad and is now considered with Oorthuys, Andriesse, Diepraam and van der Elsken to be the photographers that photographed the Netherlands and its society after WWII.
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20