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Sculpture 10 days… Day 8 ..Richard Deacon (1949)

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Perhaps a little bit forgotten, but still a very important sculptor is Richard Deacon. His works can be found in the Bonnefanten Museum and the Caldic collection ( all great sculptors can be found there;-)) and in the MUHKA, but you really have to search on the internet to find Deacon’s larger works on show. The constructions he makes are not intuitive , but constructed of little parts and pieces, screwed and bolted to each other making a construction typical Deacon. This is not an easy on the eye sort of art, but when you take your time , see the work interact with its surrounding, you must recognize that these are great sculptures. Deacon’s books are to be found at www.ftn-books.com

 

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Sculpture 10 days… Day 6 ..Per Kirkeby (1938)

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Ever since Rudi Fuchs for the first time presented his friend and artist Per Kirkeby in the Gemeentemuseum , i have been an admirer. First and foremost an admirer of his paintings. But when in the early nineties a brick sculpture was realized in the inner garden of the Gemeentemuseum i became an instant fan of his sculptures too. His brick sculptures are typical Kirkeby and the use of bricks make these sculptures stand out from the others of his time. There is another sculpture specially made for the Caldic collection which i admire too.

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The trick is …it looks closed…but it is open…A must see when you visit Wassenaar. To prepare your visit look at the books on Kirkeby at www.ftn-books.com  

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Sculpture 10 days… Day 5 ..Carel Visser ( 1928-2015)

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One sculptor you must mention in these sculpture 10 days is Carel Visser. 2 years ago Visser died, but his works remain and are present in every important dutch museum collection. His works are in many cases ” assemblages of found material, but during the last 3 decade of his life he made statues from Corten steel and these are the works that can be found frequently in many places in the Netherlands . His sculptures from window screens are less suitable to be presented in the streets ,

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but these are in the museums and can be seen there. It is time for a large retrospective on his works, because beside his sculpture there is also his print making in which he excelled. For many publications on Carel Visser please visit www.ftn-books.com

 

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Sculpture 10 days… Day 4 ..Tony Cragg ( 1949)

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Tony Cragg, british and famous in the Nineties, but nowadays he almost looks forgotten. No more great shows , nor great assignments…..but his works are still there. Present in great collections like the Boymans van Beuningen, Tate and Caldic collection. Maybe it is time to rediscover Cragg, because his works are highly original and well worth seeing. In many cases the scale is large and because these large sculptures can not be dismissed they often impress. Take a look at the books available at www.ftn-books.com and if interested visit the Caldic collection for this and other great sculptures by contemporary artists.

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Sculpture 10 days… Day 1 ..Yaacov Aagam (1928)

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Inspired by our todays visit to the Caldic collection of Joop van Caldenborgh in Wassenaar and because of my fondness for sculpture , the next 10 blogs will be devoted to Artist and sculptures. van Caldenborgh has been collecting great sculptures for more than 30 years now and collected a world famous collection which is on show on application on his estate in Wassenaar. One of the artist to be found there is Yaacov Aagam. An artist from Israel who has been known in the Netherlands for over 40 years now because of his show in the Stedelijk Museum ( catalogue available at www.ftn-books.com). His sculpture on the lawn of the Caldenborgh estate is particularly impressive because when you see it it appears to move because of its construction . A kinetic sculpture that does not move itself, but moves because of the movement of the spectator.

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Museum Voorlinden…first visit

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It took us two months to finally visit the recently opened museum Voorlinden. Why so long….because we agreed to visit this together with friends and have dinner afterwards. The visit was postponed because of other obligations a few weeks earlier, but finally yesterday 11/11 the visit was there. It was late in the afternoon and still quite busy. Both parkings were more than half filled with cars and people were walking the park. We were early and walked around the museum building and saw the plants and garden layout by Piet Oudolf and both of us imagined how this must look like when early summer has arrived. A colorful “painting” of plants which can be admired from within the building, because one of the qualities of the architecture is that the “outside” is brought into the building by huge windows which show the garden by Oudolf as a work of art on its own.

What about the collection and the special exhibition? The museum feels more like an experience than  a thoroughly prepared exhibition which teaches the visitor some aspects of art. Every museum room is such an experience. The Mueck and the Serra are excellent examples of this approach. You can compare yourself with the giant figures by Mueck and the Serra is one of the very best and impressive”mazes” he ever has made. It is like a smalle MATTER OF TIME ( see earlier post) Even the special exhibition with the works by Ellsworth Kelly feels like an experience. These works are extremely large and because of their sheer size you can only look at them thoroughly when you take your distance from them. Still it is almost unbelievable to see so many impressive and beautiful Kelly paintings in one exhibition and it will be a very long time before these will be brought together again.

It was a nice visit. The building is impressive and the architecture is almost as good as the Beyeler Museum in Basel. The Landscape is a highlight, the collection is worth visiting, The Kelly’s are a dream, but i am very curious about the future. This is at the moment one of the very best museums in the Netherlands, situated in arguably the best location and surroundings. Wim Pijbes the former director of the Rijksmuseum made the transfer to this museum, but resigned within 3 months. So this  makes me curious what the next exhibitions will be without the guidance of Pijbes. Joop van Caldenborgh , the initiator of the museum , has a very large modern art collection, but it would be nice to not only show the established names, but to show the “young” in Modern art in relation to this establishment.  I am hoping for exhibitions on Sol LeWitt and Anish Kapoor ( both in the Caldic collection), but also for lesser names like Ossip  and Broszat . This is a quality museum and one of the very best museums in Europe supported by the Caldic collection…one of the most important private collections in the world

Conclusion: A Must visit …and do not skip this one when you come to the Netherlands.

 

btw. Dinner we had afterwards was great;-)

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Museum Voorlinden to be opened on the 11th of September, 2016

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If you ask me at this moment…what is your favorite museum in Europe? …i will answer the Beyeler Museum in Basel. Extremely nice permanent collection, the best special exhibitions in Europe. Nice shop and beautiful surroundings. Now on the 11th of September the Museum Voorlinden will be openend in Wassenaar. An initiative by Joop van Caldenborgh , one of the great private collectors in the world. After an exhibition in the Kunsthal he thought it was time for a museum to present his very extensive art collection.

He bought a neighboring piece of ground of 40ha and started to build a museum in which he could present his collection. Now the museum is ready to be opened by HRH King Willem Alexander and what it looks like from the reviews in NRC and Volkskrant ( 4 and 5 stars) it can be compared with the very best in the world. Museum building with special lightning . A little bit like the daylight showcases of the Gemeentemuseum, but now executed for the entire museum, which means northern light in the entire museum through 150k holes. A beautiful and large library 😉 and gardens by the best landscape architect in the world Piet Oudolf.

This package is there to compete with the very best museums in the world http://www.voorlinden.nl.

First exhibition will be devoted to the Caldic collection and a large part in this exhibition will be on Ellsworth Kelly. Wim Pijbes ( former director of the Rijksmuseum) will have the honor and task to present this “gem” of a museum among the other museums in the world. Perhaps it is a smaller museum, but management , surroundings and the Caldic collection could mean that beside the Beyeler and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag there will be another favorite museum for me in the near future ….Museum Voorlinden …and this one much closer by than the Beyeler ( architecture by Renzo Piano).

wilfried

wvdelshout@ziggo.nl