Walter De Maria
Daan van Golden
Rince de Jong
Saskia Olde Wolbers
Gerco de Ruyter
Jean Marc Spaans
Wishful fantasies and visions of the future in contemporary art. The exhibition brings together eighteen artists from the Netherlands and abroad. They express our desire to break loose from harsh reality. Their work is equally optimistic and critical. Shine focuses on the ideal in an unmanageable reality.
Wishful fantasies and visions of the future in contemporary art
Rotterdam, Netherlands - SHINE presents: wishful fantasies and visions of the future in contemporary art. The exhibition brings together eighteen artists from the Netherlands and abroad. They express our desire to break loose from harsh reality. Their work is equally optimistic and critical.
SHINE focuses on the ideal in an unmanageable reality.
The exhibition is a surprising, visionary ensemble with its diversity of sculptures, video installations and paintings. The central work is a masterpiece of the permanent collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen: A Computer Which Will Solve Every Problem In The World by Walter De Maria (1935 USA). This floor sculpture was created in 1984 for the largest hall in the museum measuring 40 x 40 metres. SHINE follows the example of the glittering promise of this 'computer which will solve every problem in the world'.
The participating artists lend their own lustre to down-to-earth reality. Liza Lou (1969 USA) recreated a full-scale average backyard: with sparkling glass beads it became an enchanting kitsch paradise.
The Garden of Eden created by painter Fred Tomaselli (1956 USA) emerges as a psychedelic projection. Tomaselli uses the false power of medicine as an antidote for harsh reality. Pills, varying from aspirin to narcotics such as LSD, fan out in his collages into a fireworks of drugs for the eye.
SHINE has been organised by the Rotterdam City Collection, an autonomous part of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The City Collection places the work of Rotterdam-based artists in an international perspective.
SHINE features: Paul Cox, Martin Creed, Walter De Maria, Jeroen Eisinga, Daan van Golden, Christian Jankowski, Rince de Jong, Liza Lou, Tracey Moffatt, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Roman Opalka, Gerco de Ruyter, Maria Roosen, Jean Marc Spaans, Fiona Tan, Henk Tas, Fred Tomaselli, Dre' Wapenaar.
SHINE offers more than just a comfort to the eye; it is also a reflection on life.
An accompanying book will be published in conjunction with NAi Uitgevers in Rotterdam . It comprises contributions of Wilma Suto, curator of SHINE, author Bas Heijne and the French philosopher Michel Onfray. This richly illustrated book will contain both Dutch and English text.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20 3015 CX