zondag 17 juli 2016

Jahresausstellung 2016

Koen Jacobs (left: portrait day 1 - right: portrait day 2)


Koen Jacobs (left: portrait day 8  - right: portrait day 5)
Saturday July 16th at 5pm we celebrated the official opening of our exhibition a.k.a. I was very happy and grateful that Karen gave me the opportunity to join! I learned so much working together with this talented group of people. Especially to experience the process from the first ideas till  the final result. I was impressed about the professional way of working. There has been thought about every detail. Since I cannot introduce the idea of the exhibition better than the official press text written by prof. Karen Pontoppidan, I will quote.


left: Danny Chen - right: Emi Fukuda
a.k.a.

Class of prof. Karen Pontoppidan
Photographer Maria Austen
Annual exhibition, July 16 - 24 2016


Jewellery creates identity, for the individual as well as for society.
By wearing jewellery individuality can be expressed, but just as well conformity.

The students of the jewellery-program have developed a concept for the annual exhibition, which highlights this relation between jewellery and identity. It examines how jewellery can enhance or fabricate identity.
a.k.a. is in English the abbreviation of "also known as" - hence it is a synonym for playing with identity.

Statistically, based on the average of Munich, people were selected and photographed for the installation. Every day, during the exhibition, a different human being will be projected on the work of the students. Hereby a unity of person/ jewellery will visualize, or maybe it will be a discrepancy!

Through their work, makers of jewellery are able to offer people a variety of possible identities. Simultaneously, it is through the placement on the human body, that jewellery comes alive. In the presentation of the jewellery class the human beings, represented through portraits, project light on the pieces and thereby they illuminate jewellery. 


left: Eteri Nozadze - right: Shachar Cohen



left: Marcia Neuner - right: Kanako Ebisawa
Overview installation 



Although the exhibition was more focussed on the group, rather than individual work, I got some compliments and helpful feedback. It's always interning to hear what people think about your work. Interesting about the annual-exhibition is the wide variety of visitors. Compare to Schmuck not only jewellery people, but also people from the fine arts scene and allot of Munich locals. They approach  the work in another way. I saw allot of small kids who were impressed about my work. Especially because of the brilliance of the sugar crystals. They were tempted to touch the work!
Especially an exhibition like this you cannot experience by looking at pictures. You have to experience being in a dark room and to see portraits projected on top of a jewellery piece, from time to time. For about 30 seconds the piece is in the spotlights and you have the possibility to have a closer look, before turning dark again.



After spending some time at our exhibition I was curious to have a look at the other exhibitions in the academy. I came across so many fantastic rooms I never had seen before. I was impressed about the quality of the work. I would like you to get an impression of the whole Jahresausstellung, but unfortunately that will be too much work for me. I suggest to travel to Munich and to have a look next year! The exhibition always last for whole a week.
In the garden of the school allot of people had fun, with some food, drinks and live music. This year there was no official party since it was out of control last year, but still it was joyful evening.



Later on the evening we came together with the jewellery class to celebrate the successful opening of the exhibition with some food and drinks. I felt honored to have a long conversation with Otto Künzli and to get to know him a little better.









zondag 10 juli 2016

Rietveld Graduation show

Invitation Graduation Show Marion Blume, Sae Honda and Niki Ulfstedt






























Black Balloon Picknick!!!

Monday July 4th I woke up early to prepare some food. Today my three friends from the Rietveld Jewellery Department had their exam and we (first and second years) organized a surprise Black Balloon picknick!

Yesterday it was raining allot and this year is probably going to be the wettest in Dutch history, but today we were lucky! No rain and even a little bit of sun came through the gray clouds. At the riverside of the school we installed some pretty blankets and collected all food and bubbles. I was hanging some orange garlands, together with black balloons, although you cannot see them on the pictures, they were really there!



We were quit some time waiting outside, getting hungry by looking at all delicious food and even getting nervous for our friends who were doing exam.
Finally the teachers came outside to bring us the good news, Marion, Sae and Niki all graduated!!! To celebrate their very hard working and fantastic results to be proud of, we toasted with some bubbles! This year David Bielander and Chiquita Nahar were asked to join the exam committee so it was a nice opportunity to talk to them afterwords as well!  


Rietveld Graduation Show

Niki Ulfstedt Installation overview

At 4pm the Rietveld Academie was ready for the grand opening! I came at 3pm to have a first look when the school was still quit. I was curious and very much excited to have a closer look at the work of my talented friends from the jewellery department!! They made a fantastic exhibition together with help from the first and second year students. This year the exhibition was in another space, because our own department was too big to exhibit for just three students. But I have to say, this new room worked out really well. Allot of daylight and probably also much more visitors, since the room is more central located and has it's own entrance from the outside. The other exhibitions in the Rietveld Academy do feel sometimes so chaotic, so the jewellery presentation functioned really well as a proper exhibition space! Next an introduction to the work of my fantastic, talented friends who just gradated.

Nikki Ulfstedt

To start I would like to quote two parts from Niki her thesis titled: "on Anchors and them good accessories"
"... This thesis stems from an urge to find out what it is that makes us feel, and how an object can contain something that I as an Encounterer put in it"

Niki Ulfstedt, installation close up
"Breaking loose from the showcase, from the gallery, and from the value relation towards fine arts, jewellery holds an incredible potential to link and connect people and ideas. Worn or not, jewellery has its strength in being close to you. Jewellery and jewelleryesque objects define us in front of others and in front of ourselves, and we love it. We cherish curiosity, and in fact, a sense of recognising and understanding leads us to only become more curious. The VIEWING of such an object is tinted by our predisposed sense, which with all collected experience determines our TASTE".

Niki Ulfstedt, Transformer bracelet, art glass, alpaca


























I asked Niki to tell something about her work:
"This body of work springs from an attempt to brew jewellery and create tools for and around that. It is an attempt to give jewellery and vessel a time line. From visualizing flows and movements through engravings put in consecution, to creating holders and capsules for potent extracts to be carried with you to mature and age until cracked open and released".

Niki Ulfstedt, Ampoule collier, rubber, brass, ceramic


























I really like that Niki is staying close to her own way of thinking and visual langue which resulted in an interesting installation combing jewellery and objects in a playful way.  

Niki Ulfstedt, Sling, 2 1/2 D necklace, rubber, ceramics

Niki Ulfstedt, 1/2 D vessel, art glass, lacquer (2 necklaces on the right)


Sae Honda
EVERYBODY NEEDS A ROCK

Sae Honda, installation plastic gemstones turend into jewellery
Sae formulates about her work: "Based on an inspiration from an article about the discovery of a new kind of rock which contains plastic debris, this project has started. I have been collecting plastic rubbish on the street, melting them down, cutting, polishing and creating a plastic gem stone out of it. I observe the qualities in each stone, and turn them into jewellery. I become a miner, a nature force which creates the stones, a stone cutter and a jeweller at the same time. By caring and celebrating such a neglected object, I am trying to sublimate it into something precious, and aim for generating a new value of it".


Sae Honda
Important to know is the way how Sae collected the plastics. She didn't collect totally randomly, but documented locations and components carefully.  I really like that Sae found different ways of setting the plastic gemstones, which gives each piece something unique. Some of the stone settings refer to the traditional method, but are executed with a new material like the glass stone setting on the right picture above.

Sae Honda
Sae Honda
These series of boxes contain each a plastic gemstone from Sae and like other valuable gemstones the buyer gets as well an certification including the name and information about the components, origin, minded date and surrounding. 

Sae Honda, Couterfeits
Sae researched value also in different ways. Included in the exhibition were these plates titled Couterfeits. On the plates you can see blown up images from banknotes of EUR, JPY and USD and these are auctioned on eBay.nl (from 6. July to 15. July). You can determine the value of the money with your own eyes.



Marion Blume
Marion Blume, installation overview


























In her thesis titled: "making for God's sake", Marion asked herself the question: "Why is it necessary to produce more stuff?", this in relation to the fact that it seems sometimes if everything is already done and made.

I quote from Marion her thesis: "My interest in jewellery lies in this latter position of making: in the responsible but playful approach to materials and in the execution of my ideas and concepts, which are aimed in particular at inviting people to participate and perform with them, to create an experience.
And while I have not found the nal answer to whether it is necessary for me to produce more things, objects and stuff, the most important thing is perhaps that I continue to ask the question"

Marion Blume, Adam and Eve, iron, wood



























I think we can be very happy Marion produced more stuff! In a series of work Marion started to research the two unit and manipulated things how they are supposed to function or supposed to look like.
"Zweiheit" is the outcome of processing ingredients and boiling them down to an unfamiliar and exciting burst of flavor. Two materials merge into one, increasing their characteristics and turning into one strong and harmonic object. My work shows the simple unpretentious ideas of beauty, evoking stories and questions in the beholder and remind him that things are always different than they seem". 

Marion Blume
Marion Blume, Zweiheit 006, aluminium, silver, glass, steel, romanium, cherry wood.


















































Marion Blume, Tumblin Bottles, transformed beer bottles



























And last but not least the beer bottles in the windowsill. Especially during the opening you could easily miss them of being a part of the exhibition, because so many people were walking around with drinks. Having a closer look you see the manipulation, the bottoms are rounded so they're tumbling! 


Rietveld Trophy

Every year the second year students make a trophy for the graduate students. A very nice tradition of the Rietveld Jewellery department. It would be so nice to see them all from the past years, as far as I know there is no documentation of these pieces of jewellery.



Last week I started to make a tryout for the box of the trophy and this week I made the three final once. I joined my classmates into the studio to work on the broach pins. It was very nice to work together, like a little production factory. Although everyone was really tired after all the intense weeks of hard working, we wanted to make it perfect!
Sunday they were handed out to Niki, Marion and Sae during the graduation ceremony!

Thursday evening July 7th I took the night train back to Munich. Very tired of all the travelings from the past month and hard working of this week, but I had a great time!





zondag 3 juli 2016

MAFAD Graduation Show

Elwy Schutten graduation show

Glass workshop

This week I had the last change to make use of the glass workshop. The glass explosion from two weeks ago made quit a big impression on me, so I didn't want to work with glass for a while.
During my assessment the teacher wanted to smell the caramel, which wasn't possible. This made me think of making flowers, so I started to make some kind of flower forms with a opening to smell.

Finally I started to understand the way how the sugar turns into caramel and what kind of heat I need to get a certain color. The color range go's form light yellow, though orange/ brown, to dark brown and black. The caramel easily gets very dark, so I was very happy when I succeeded to get the beautiful light yellow/ orange caramel color. An interesting detail you cannot see on the pictures are the cracks in the caramel, something which happens after the glass and caramel are cooling down. So it seems as if the glass is broken.



In this research I really enjoyed to focus on the patterns and colors, instead of a deep concept. This gave me much more freedom to learn the technical skills. When I observed the results after a while, I was very much fascinated about the narrow tubes, because somehow it's narrowness affects the caramel colors in a good way. I decided to make a couple of them and to see later on what I will do with them.
I hope I can continue my research later on in Holland. Glass is such an interesting and mysterious material. Like the teacher says, you have to listen to the glass and to follow it's rules. One moment you have everything and thereafter everything breaks apart into small pieces if you were not careful enough. When you work with glass you really need to understand how it behaves, what the possibilities are, but even more important to know what you shouldn't do. I just started to work with glass and I learned some basic skills about one type of glass. But every colored glass has it's own features. So much more to learn and to experience. Hopefully in the future.

Gold bar



I still go every week to the Olympic swimming pool for some exercise. After getting annoyed by a group of young Asian girls who cannot swim so well and who don't take care of the others, I enjoyed the stunning sunset afterwords. The Olympiapark has such a nice atmosphere in summertime. On the grass hills many people are enjoying drinks and food, overlooking the stunning sunset on one side and the beautiful views over Munich on the other side. Besides the many different indoor sports, this place is also very popular by people running or biking up and down the hill. Since a couple of weeks you can also enjoy a movie in the open air, laying down in a beach chair!


























I always love to see sunsets and to see how the light and colors are changing the view. During a magic short moment the panorama of the Alps was getting blue in contrast to the beautiful colored sky. I was really fascinated about the moment the sun was almost under, but still lightened some white skyscrapers into huge barse of gold! After the sunset the Alps start to dissolve slowly in the sky and the moon watches over Munich.

Exchange Goodbye Evening

Time is flying and this week unfortunately we had to say goodbye to two of the exchange students. Wednesday evening we went to the English Garden for a lovely picknick together. Till the last moment we were unsure about the weather since there was a thunderstorm expected, but we were lucky. The clouds passed away and even the sun came through.
Last Saturday I saw for the first time local people swimming in the river which is floating through the park and it was on the top of my bucket list to experience this special Munich tradition as well!!! When I asked the others I found out Anna and I had the same idea! Since it was just 24 degrees only the two of us wanted to go for it. Anna and I walked to the the river behind Haus der Kunst and watched first some other people who jumped into the river. I saw a big group of tourist on a city biking tour, who just made a stop to swim in the river in their underwear, thereafter to continue to the next Munich highlight!

The flow of the river was quit strong, so we were a little bit nervous, but finally we found the best spot to jump into the water. In the beginning it was quit a shock to be in this very cold melting water from the Alps, but after a while the temperature was really nice and comfortable. It was such a fantastic experience to go with the flow of the river and to see the English Garden from a different prospective. Most of the time I couldn't reach the bottom of the river, but even in more shallow parts the flow of the river was too strong to stop. People told me also to watch out for broken beer bottles on the bottom. The relaxing moment stopped abruptly when I saw a danger sign warning for an upcoming waterfall!! Directly after I started to look for a way how to get out. There was a safety robe hanging above the river, but I succeeded to get out before this point. Behind the small waterfall a big group of surfers was enjoying the waves. I'm happy we saw the warning sign in time, because I don't want to know what happened if we ended in between the surfers... But overall the swimming was a fantastic experience and for sure I will do it again!!

After some fun time in the English Garden we ended the evening by having a delicious Bayerische dinner outside on the terrace. The temperature was still nice to sit outside. Like you can expect in a traditional Bayerische restaurant the waiters were dressed in lederhosen and the waitresses in dirndls. I wanted to try some local food, so I ordered roasted pig. Historically meat was only served on Sundays, because many people couldn't afford the cost of serving meat everyday. However Munich people were wealthier, so it wasn't applicable here. The meat was served with sauerkraut and potato dumplings and was really delicious. Even thought I ordered a half portion, it was far  too much for me. Long time ago since I ate this much!

Rietveld Trophy



These weeks were quit intense and difficult for me, since I have to deal with two academies. I feel I need to be full time at the Rietveld Academy to help the graduate students with the setting up of the upcoming graduation show, but I have the same feeling with the Munich Academy who is preparing for the Jahresausstellung, which is for me a great possibility to join. So I tried to find the balance... and this week I was preparing work for both academies.
At the Rietveld Academy we have the nice tradition of making a trophy for the graduate jewellery students. Since I was abroad I forgot about it, but I'm happy I could join my classmates in the process. They came up with the wonderful idea of making broches inspired by the form of a goldsmiths torch. I was asked to think about the box and made some tryouts this week. I looked at different possibilities how the box can be opened and at the end of the week I made the final tryout. Since our Academy is famous for a special gray color, called Rietveld Gray, I liked the idea to paint to boxes as well in this color.

Friday evening the 1st of July I took again the night train back home to the Netherlands. I met some funny people in the coupe next to me. A typical Amsterdam lady from the Jordaan came in and started to talk about here last week. She was a volunteer to support a biking group in the Dolomites in Italy and after I week of hard working she was in a party mood now!

Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design Graduation Show

Elwy Schutten

Sunday the 3rd of July I traveled to Maastricht to congratulate my talented jewellery friend Elwy Schutten, who worked crazy hard and I was very curious to see the results!! We studied together before at the gold- and silver smithery school Vakschool Schoonhoven. In Maastricht Jewellery is combined with Product, Fashion and Textiel. I was very much surprised to hear that Elwy was the only jewellery student who graduated this year.

Elwy Schutten "Without you do I then exist?" 


























I have seen work from Elwy before, so I already knew about her interest and search for what identity actually is? I was very excited to see the final results. The majority of the work is made from soapstone and this pieces you really have to touch and to experience it's texture and softness. To feel the weight and to see how the inventive metal attachment is making the pieces wearable. Beside necklaces, Elwy made brooches with a clip which you can attach on top of your clothes. The brooch closure is defining the place where you should wear the piece, which is the border between your skin and your clothes.  Interesting are also the pieces built up from little silver elements by using the old granulation technique. They act for me like little mirrors who reflect your skin and identity. Elwy summarized her search very well on her post card, which I like to quote:

"When you see somebody, you know somethings about that person. Age and maybe even his cultural background. But how can you read this from a face? Is it the skin that tells you this? The persons identity?
But what is identity? Is it something inside us that makes us an individual? Or does identity makes us identical?
What is identity and how does it manifest itself?"

Elwy Schutten "Are race, class, gender, sex but maybe 
even moral and character all boxes that together make your identity?"

Elwy Schutten "Does identity exist out of fragments?"


















































Elwy Schutten "How can skin talk about values and character?"

























If you didn't managed to see Elwy her work, you have anther possibility since she is selected for the Marzee International Graduate Show 2016, which will be opened Sunday the 21st of August at 4pm.
(Galerie Marzee, Lange Markt 3, Nijmegen)

Different than the Rietveld Academy, the Maastricht Graduation Show is spread over different locations in the city. So you need actually more time if you want to see them all. In this blog post I decided just to focus on jewellery, but please you should know I have seen many other interesting works in Maastricht as well!





zondag 26 juni 2016

Rietveld Assessment




Assessment 

Monday morning June 20 I traveled to Amsterdam and arrived 08:00 am at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. For about two months I haven't been here and there were already so many changes. In my time of absence they started to prepare the construction project of the new building who will connect the old Rietveld building together with the Benthem Crouwel building. I have to see in a couple of years when the project is finished, but for now it feels a pity to lose the clean view towards the old building designed by Gerrit Rietveld. 
It was so strange to enter the door of the jewellery department and to walk around. Before I left Holland I took down my working place and I removed all my tools and stuff. Only a metal wire sculpture on top of the lockers was a leftover who reminds to my presence! First I enjoyed to walk around to see what everybody was doing the past months.
I found a little free table, which I could use today to prepare my assessment. The idea was to turn sugar packages into cocaine bags, by covering them into black garbage bags and tidy taped. I will stick my lollypop monster broches in them. I found it a waste to buy 12 sugar packages and throw them away after half an hour assessment, so I decided to remake exactly the sugar paper packaging and filled them with soil (which I returned later on into nature!).


























It was very nice to see everybody in the Department again and to talk to the three graduate students of this year who are working crazy hard to finish their work. In the afternoon I made some tryouts in the room where I will have my assessment tomorrow, to see how the installation will function. The room was a little bigger than I remembered when I was brainstorming ideas in Munich, which was perfect for me. We have to show finished works, as well try outs, failures, sketches, research and new starts.


Tuesday June 21st the big day started. At 16:20 it was my turn to present to my teachers. I was very nervous since the biggest part of my work has been made at the Academie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, so the teachers haven't seen my process. To make it a little easier I sent a document about my developments a week ago. I had one hour time to set up the exhibition in the so called "aquarium" room in the Jewellery Department. For presentations this room is quit difficult since there are allot of windows and just one clean wall. Every assessment I'm nervous if I have enough time to set up all my work, but together with help from my classmates I had even some minutes left to make pictures!



Since the talks are always intense and sometimes longer then scheduled, I started a little later. Finally when my 5 teachers from the Jewellery Department entered the room, they first welcomed me back. The started walking around to observe my work and I was asked to explain my developments in the second semester and to tell what went good and were I struggled with. Afterwords we had a talk about the work and I got questions to answer. They would like to know my ideas for the final year which will start in september.




























I mentioned that I'm thinking about my thesis. Although the topic is not fixed yet, one of my first ideas was to do something with color. When I observed all my work so far, color is a very important element for me and maybe I can research this more so I can make better use of color. I'm very much inspired about the book about colors I'm reading on the moment, where small stories and anekdotes are referring to certain emotions which are linked to colors. Maybe I can write my own stories?



After about 15 minutes the teachers left the room and discussed together my assessment. In the meantime I had to break down quickly my installation so a classmate can start to built up for her assessment.



When the teachers finished their consultation, they asked me to have a sit at the table and to listen to their feedback. I don't want to say too much about the feedback I got, because I feel that's something between me and my teachers. But I can say I was quit in shock and overwhelmed about the amount of negative critics. I really got the feeling I developed nothing, didn't learn anything and was just playing around. Even thought I know it's important that teachers criticizes your work, because you learn from it, I was used to a bit more constructive criticism. After my assessment I cannot even remember if their was anything positive said... I can continue the final year at the Rietveld Academy on the condition that I successfully fulfill three summer assignments. After the last assessment their was a drink planned to celebrate the end of the semester, but I was not in the mood for a celebration, so I left.

Wednesday June 22nd we met in school at 12:00, to take down the department. Every year all rooms at the Rietveld Academy are used for the graduation show, so for this reason they should be empty and cleaned. When I arrived Monday at the department it was hard to imagine the rooms to be empty, but in about two hours we finished! Perfect team work of all students and teachers!
In the afternoon I spent my last our in the beautiful sunny canal district of Amsterdam, before taking my night train back to Munich at 20:30pm.


Back in Munich

7:10 am Thursday June 23rd I was back in Munich. Bit tired of the night train and having mixed feelings about the past days. On the one hand I have the feeling I have to be in Amsterdam to help the graduate students to built up their exhibition, but on the other hand I need to be as well in Munich to help with preparing the end of the year exhibition. Because of the big amount of negative feedback and critics it feels it bit difficult to continue my exchange and my project and to stay positive.
After some food shopping and having breakfast I decided to go to the Botanical gardens of Munich-Nymphenburg. The weather was extremely beautiful, sunny, no clouds and 31 degrees. These gardens were still on my wish list and I found it a good place to reflect my assessment in Holland and to write down the teachers feedback.

This Botanical garden was established in 1809, houses approximately 16.000 plants and is still in use for scientific research by students from the university in Munich. The garden was beautiful, much bigger than I expected, well maintained and so many flowers like roses all around. There were some stunning ponds with lots of green frogs and fishes. My favorite part was the  Alpine Garden imitating the vegetation and flowers from several mountains including the Alps.





The garden contains also an extensive Greenhouse complex, including 11 greenhouses. From tropical rainforest, to desert and a stunning tropical pond including the famous Victoria Amazonica waterlilies. Since it was so hot outside, you could imagine it to be a sauna from the inside!





At 3 pm I went to school to bring back the work from my project and we had another TNT meeting with Karen. This time we talked about the history of jewellery. During previous studies we already went true history, but this time it was interesting to go briefly in 1,5 hour true all history, so you get a nice overview. Since 2006 the oldest piece of jewellery is found in Israel which is considered to be about 100.000 - 130.000 years old. Jewellery always played an important role in understanding extinct cultures, in the way how they lived and how their social hierarchies were built up.
Besides I'm always inspired by the golden jewellery of extinct cultures like the Inca's and Maya's, I was very interested in the period of the Industrial Revolution were the mass produced products were in conflict with the unique craft ones. A conflict of the Real and Fake. People inspired themselves from style periods of the past and made some bad copies (just taking over the esthetics). Some types of jewellery became fashion and lost their original meaning, for example morning jewellery containing hair from a deceased person. The hair from a specific beloved person was replaced for random hair.



Friday June 24th I spent time on reading and researching my topic for the thesis I will write coming semester. Today even warmer than yesterday, so in the afternoon I went to an outdoor swimming pool together with my exchange friends from school. We were not the only ones with this good idea, so we had to wait for half an hour in line before we could enter. The water was very refreshing on this tropical day. A relaxing afternoon finished with a lovely dinner in a Chinese restaurant were Xin brought us to.


Saturday June 25th I went to school since there was a meeting planed to develop the technical ideas for the end of the year exhibition. Afterwords I went into the English Garden were lots of people were enjoying the sun and celebrating the weekend. I was so happy finally to see the Munich tradition of people having fun jumping into the river and to go with the flow! Next time if the weather is again so nice I will bring my friends from the academy to enjoy this traditional Munich experience!

Cy Twombly in the studio 

Lepanto panel 7/12, 2001 (acrylic, wax crayons and graphite on canvas)























Cy Twombly one of my favorite artists is back with a retrospective selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs in the Brandhorst museum. Sunday June 26th I went to have a look! The compleet upper floor of the museum is reserved for the exhibition. Twombly started as an Abstract Expressionist, but later on developed his own style. Characteristic for his work are influences of graffiti, children's handwriting exercises, pencil scribblings and scribbled signs enlarged to monumental scale on massive canvases. Although his visual contemporary approach, his subjects were more classic like experiences of mythical tales and the history of Mediterranean culture.

Lepanto 2001


One of my favorite rooms houses the monumental work Lepanto, made by Twombly in 2001. In twelve huge canvases Twombly gives his expression towards the tragic Lepanto battle in the Mediterranean sea, which was one of the biggest sea battles in world history. All the twelve paintings together tell the story and Twombly used in these series a strong unusual combination of bright colors of acrylic paint and wax crayons.

 untitled (roses) 2008

In the Storm of Roses wherever we turn in the Storm of Roses
The night is lit up by thorns and thunder
Rumbling at our heels

A er Ingeborg Bachmann, “Borrowed time“, 1953 
Another highlight of the exhibition was the room with six poetic rose paintings. The room was darkened and this in combination with the spotlights on the huge panels, created a very powerful color experience. The colors exploded in the room! Each of the huge panels combines images of roses in different color combinations with a carefully selected poem slightly adjusted by the artist. I added the poem next to the picture above.

left, Thermopylae, (Meudon) 1992 patinated bronze,   -  right, Winter's Passage: Luxor, 1985 patinated bronze
In the same room there was a beautiful collection of sculptures and photographs who were dry printed on cardboard. The photographs gave a fantastic inside view of Cy Twombly's way of looking into the world and they place his work in a context. You see intimate scenes from his studio, lemons from his garden, seashore photographs, colored pictures of sweets and poetic flower close ups. Remarkable were the flower pictures, which were often not sharp and/ or vague close ups. This fantastic exhibition is still on display till 26 august 2018!