Lily van der Stokker
Gerrit Jan Fukkink
Ewoud van Rijn
Atelier Van Lieshout
Dominique Vos de Wael
Rene' van der Voort
is primarily concerned with making 'statements' and less with staging traditional exhibitions. Two of today's important international artists, Carsten HÃ¶ller and Maurizio Cattelan, have been invited for solo projects. Their contributions are to be seen as statements. Carsten HÃ¶ller's 'Light Corner' makes a huge impact on the viewer's physical experience of the work. Cattelan's work makes a strong point which should not be revealed beforehand so as not to spoil the effect.
A dazzling array of shows takes visitors on a thrilling tour of the museum. 'Out Of Senses' consists of seven
exhibitions. Besides staging major monographic presentations such as 'Hieronymus Bosch' and thematic group
exhibitions like 'Unpacking Europe', Boijmans Van Beuningen wants to be a laboratory for artists, curators and
'Out Of Senses' is primarily concerned with making 'statements' and less with staging traditional exhibitions. Two of today's important international artists, Maurizio Cattelan and Carsten HÃ¶ller, have been invited for solo projects. Their contributions are to be seen as statements.
Maurizio Cattelan's latest work - conceived especially for the museum - is a scathing commentary on the contemporary artists' position in the traditional, universal museum of art, of which Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen ranks as an icon. Cattelan's work makes a strong point which should not be revealed beforehand so as not to spoil the effect. It may be trickery, but it is certainly a totally unexpected operation with 'monumental' qualities. The collection on display in the oldest part of the museum, the Van der Steur wing, is the point of departure for Cattelan's contribution. His commentary is witty and intelligent. This new installation will undoubtedly fuel a discussion about the museum's role as a temple of conservation in a culture that is constantly renewing itself. Cattelan's work can be seen in the museum's permanent setup for the next few years.
Carsten HÃ¶ller's 'Light Corner' makes a huge impact on the viewer's physical experience of the work. Placed in a corner of the monumental Bodon Gallery, HÃ¶ller's installation consists of two walls studded with thousands of electric light-bulbs which flash on and off at a frequency of 7.8 Hertz, a frequency that is synchronous with brain activity. Even when you close your eyes, 'Light Corner' will cause hallucinations, create visions of colour and induce a trance-like state of consciousness.
Carsten HÃ¶ller makes creative use of his scientific background for his artistic work. In an interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist he speaks of his 'laboratory of doubt'. Perplexity, he says, is a positive concept. 'Light Corner' is an eloquent example of a work that immediately perplexes the viewer. It is impossible not to be affected by it. retinal.optical.visual.conceptual. Richard Hamilton, Sarat Maharaj, Ecke Bonk A guest-curated exhibition which draws on the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum's holdings of work by Marcel Duchamp. Sarat Maharaj from the Documenta XI team and Ecke Bonk have collaborated with Richard Hamilton. The 'Out Of Senses' projects open on Hamilton's 80th birthday and may be seen as a homage to his range of ideas. Hamilton recognized the importance of Marcel Duchamp and of visual culture in modern society as early as the 1950s. On five 'islands' visitors to 'Out Of Senses' can see a randomized slide show of the Boijmans collection and experiments with a telescope.
An intimate group show of Rotterdam artists reveals the yielding, flexible sides of our existence in drawings soft as powder and in deliciously gooey sculptures.
Participating artists: Amie Dicke works in New York and Rotterdam. Two marzipan sculptures coated with icing represent the space between her legs: a mysterious evocation of the effect of time, decay and beauty. Ewoud van Rijn demonstrates his penchant for horror movies, the bloody and the beautiful, in his 'Splatterflowers', a flash-animation which adds a critical note to the so-called end of painting.
The Cookery Club's hearts and other organs made of sugar slowly melt away. The strange anatomical models arouse conflicting associations ranging from the magical temptations of the delicatessen store to cannibalism. The Cookery Club artists (Liz Schute and Sander Dijkstra) will be carrying out restoration work on their sweetmeats in their sugar laboratory on two Sundays, March 10 and April 7, from 3 to 4 p.m. Lidy Jacobs makes erotic collages and soft sculptures. Alongside velvet phalluses with kissing mouths grow plush lilies with labia in exotic hues.
Atelier Van Lieshout's 'Pathetic Men' are slumped on the floor as if overcome by gravity. Joep van Lieshout denies that they are weaklings: 'They'll scramble to their feet again'. More information in the special edition of the Boijmans Van Beuningen monthly agenda, devoted entirely to 'Soft Spots'.
Talking to you! Art for You(th). A guide to art for youngsters
This book will be distributed FREE among more than 10,000 pupils in the top classes of Rotterdam secondary schools. 'Talking to you!', an enticing art-book, is intended to show these young people that art isn't boring. This eminently readable, attractive introduction to art is based on the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum's collection. 'Sexy as possible', 'I'll never do it again' and 'You and me' are just a few examples of the themes illustrated in this book in special contributions from artists including Joep van Lieshout and Klaar van der Lippe. 'Talking to you!' is compiled and edited by the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum and published by NAi Publishers. The attractive design comes from the DJ Collective.
Price: 11.50 Euro. ISBN: 90-5662-259-5.
Granters: Rotterdamse Kunst Stichting, Stichting Boijmans Van Beuningen, Mondriaanstichting en de Effectenbank Stroeve.
(A few themes from the book can be seen in the exhibition, including 'Sexy as possible' and 'I'll never do it again'.
Wormhole is a magazine which made its debut in February 2000. The focus is on drawing. Edited by artist Ronald Cornelissen, Wormhole is aimed at a readership of dynamic draughtsmen/women who are often active in other disciplines too. The artist-contributors to no. 2 have also staged an exhibition. On show in addition to original drawings are examples of other avenues pursued by these artists, such as videos and music. Participating artists are Hein Dingemans, Arnold Mosselman, MSBR, Michael Hurley, Chris Johanson, Lily van der Stokker, Ben Augustus, David Brainard, Gerrit Jan Fukkink, Ronald Cornelissen and Lizette Daas.
RPM (Revolutions Per Minute)
The gramophone record sleeve genre is gradually finding a niche of its own in the arts: an environment in which the mutual influence of two genres can sometimes produce surprising results. The more than 200 items in Jan van Toorn's collection are superb examples of how exciting this cross-pollination can be. Jan van Toorn's interest in music and photographs was inspired by John Cage. His collection is specialized in artists who were also active in the field of music. See Appel, Pettibon, Dubuffet, Broodthaers and others in a different light! In association with XX Multiple Galerie, Rotterdam.
'Out Of Senses' is curated by:
Rein Wolfs, Head of Presentation, Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum
Chris Dercon, director, Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum
Sarat Maharaj (Documenta XI) and Ecke Bonk Wilma SÃ¼tÃ¶, conservator of the Rotterdam City Collection
Dominique Vos de Wael, editor of 'Talking to you!'
Multiple XX, Rotterdam gallery
Ronald Cornelissen, artist
RenÃ© van der Voort
Image: Carsten Holler, Light corner, 2001
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