The official invitation for the BIOTOOP installation at the Haags Gemeentemuseum in 1995. I remember that this was the last exhibition my mother witnessed.aaaa a memorable occasion.
The card design by Gracia Lebbink is superb it is totally different from the invitation that are nowadays used by the Kunstmuseum Den Haag. For me these are far superior with the little embossed yellow rectangle. Simplicity makes these stand out and all are designed in the best of dutch design tradition.
As promissed another detail which shows the thick layers of wax paint Piet uses to make his compositions. This painting was discussed earlier in another blog on Piet and has been presented on 3 locations before it finally was part of our collection. Among the locations was the Biotoop project at the Haags Gemeentemuseum.
There is a work by Piet Dirkx that has been with me as long as i know it existed. I first have seen this long multi colored wax painting in Piet’s studio. Later i noticed the same work being a part of BIOTOOP and after our purchase it was one of our favorite works by Piet on our Sijzenlaan location and now, it is still “going strong” as our entrance work of art. The painting has been a part of our lives for nearly 30 years now. Long live ” MUSIQUE ORIGINALE ”
The second weekly on Piet Dirkx i devoted to part of the Biotoop project presentation at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. This extremely large painting (aprox size 280 x 110 cm.) is executed in wax and shows Piet Dirkx his development in the mid Nineties. Layer and layer of wax over eachother. Spectacular colors, nice composition makes this one of the highlights from the Nineties. ( Collection Thijs & Jochem Bakker /Lucas van den Elshout)
On the 1st of September 2016 i started the “Piet Dirkx daily” with the publishing of a Piet Dirkx cigarbox on each day since. There were over 850 cigarboxes that were once part of the installation Biotoop at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. This publication of the collection of cigarboxes has come to an end. That does not mean that the Piet Dirkx daily will not continue. Yes…. it continues ….however the frequency will be different. Every week on Saturday or Sunday a new “classic” Piet Dirkx item will be published, but this time it will be mostly very colorful larger and extreme large items. Drawings, paintings and special publications all other parts of my/our collection will eventually be published.
So it is certainly still not the time to stop, but the name will change and be different of course. the “Piet Dirkx daily” will become the “Piet Dirkx weekly”. Starting this weekend when a new chapter in the Piet Dirkx publications will start. I did not plan it, but there was some real symbolism in this last Piet Dirkx cigarbox no. 855 published .
For all those who are not familiar with the dutch language…on the last box Piet stated …De trein staat stil and positief leven, which means the “train has stopped” and “live positively”. The last few words are maybe the most important to us all. Translated they mean:
and on a personal note….Merry Xmas to you all.
The BIOTOOP / Biotope catalogue of the Piet Dirkx exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is available at www.ftn-books.com
Lately i notice again and again that renowned marques are heavily “inspired” by artist all around the world. I dare to say that i know something about the works by Piet Dirkx. Not only the works by Piet are present in our collection, but i also have followed his career for a very long time now. It must have been some 25 years ago that i noticed the similarities of the Fortis logo and the works by Dirkx which he had made ca. 1987 titled MOTIF. I remember that at one time i asked about it, but i do not remember the answer, however i feel that he has never been compensated for this theft of his idea.
Last week we visited the ALEXANDRIUM Woon mall in Rotterdam and at one of the many stores i found in the back a sample collection of colors by Pastoe. This once again can not be a coincidence, because at a distance you definitely can distinguish, the multiple shapes and colors placed on a lat/bar. This is the way the early Piet Dirkx were shaped and composed. The title on the top should not be PASTOE, but ‘PASTOE inspired by Piet Dirkx”, because in both cases the artist was way earlier than the execution of logo and display by both these “thieves”. Is it theft?….Yes,personally i think it is!
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