The Groninger Museum presents an exhibition of new and recent work by young Dutch artists. These artists have researched and extended the limits of their art and artistic calling in various ways. Conviction, daring, and humour radiate from the repertoire that they have built up over the past few years. The title Stroomversnelling (Rapids) refers to a phase in the artistic profession in which the first direction has been determined and, at the same time, new options can still be taken.
An exhibition of new and recent work by young Dutch artists.
These artists have researched and extended the limits of their art and artistic calling in various ways. Conviction, daring, and humour radiate from the repertoire that they have built up over the past few years.
The title Stroomversnelling (Rapids) refers to a phase in the artistic profession in which the first direction has been determined and, at the same time, new options can still be taken. The Groninger Museum has invited ten proven talents to display what they stand for at this moment.
Anuschka Blommers / Niels Schumm (1969) have captured a position in the international fashion world with their unconventional fashion photography. Blommers & Schumm have managed to elevate their fashion photographs to portrait art. The Groninger Museum displays The Influence, 2000, a series of portraits of young prodigies from the fashion world.
Eelco Brand (1969) creates paintings and 3-D computer animations. These animations, without a beginning or end, can be seen as moving paintings.
Twan Janssen (1968) developed his remarkable ribbon and gift art from acrylic paint. Janssen is not only interested in making tangible works, but also uses the art world as his subject matter. In the Museum, Janssen presents an installation with a new Regenboog (Rainbow) painting.
Folkert de Jong (1972) made a great impression with his installation The Iceman Cometh, a frightening sculpture group made of styrofoam. With his objects, the artist generates narratives of a word full of doom, confusion, and dualism. De Jong has created a new version of The Iceman Cometh for the Stroomversnelling exhibition, adapted to a new context.
Erik van Lieshout (1968) produces drawings, paintings, and short films. Van Lieshout also builds his characteristic installations from low-budget materials. The Groninger Museum presents one of his installations.
Bas Meerman (1970) is the only traditional painter in the company. To him, painting is an attempt to escape the fundamental loneliness of life. His paintings primarily have sensory love as their main topic.
Monkey Boys: Bertjan Pot & Daniel White (both 1975) is a design office. The Monkey Boys try to combine the beauty of mass production with that of home crafts by, for example, adopting high-tech materials into low-tech manufacturing techniques (and vice versa). The Groninger Museum displays a collection of sculptured lamps, created according to a very special procedure.
JOB (1969) has caused a tumult in the international design world in the past few years with his unconventional designs. In his caricatural work, he flatly denies all commonly-held theories on design. The Groninger Museum presents the bronze series 'Craft, 2001' and his latest 'Excavator'.
The exhibition is presented in the Mendini pavilion.
Exhibition compilation: Sue-an van der Zijpp
Exhibition layout: Mark Wilson
Publicity: Josee Selbach email@example.com
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