Seen at the last moment: Berlinde De Bruyckere

Last weekend I visited exhibitions that were ending. One of these was Engelenkeel by Berlinde De Bruyckere in the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.

NO LIFE LOST II (A reference to the horses in WWI)

Berlinde De Bruyckere (Belgian) is a leading figure in the contemporary international art world. She has built up an impressive oeuvre.

The exhibition Engelenkeel showed recent work from the period 2014 to the present. In it references to literature, classical mythology, art history, and Christian iconography. The multi-layered nature of the work is seen in de production process of her sculptures, installations and drawings.

During my visit, lots of people were discussing life and death. (usually in French) Below an impression. The impact of a real visit is hard to capture.

Arcangelo II
No life lost II
It almost seemed a lily V 2018

The exhibition ran until October 3, 2021 https://www.bonnefanten.nl/nl/tentoonstellingen/berlinde-de-bruyckere

About me:

In 2008 I was guest curator of the exhibition Black is beautiful. Rubens to Dumas. Important advisors Elizabeth McGrath (Rubens and colleagues, Warburg institute Image of the Black in Western Art collection), Carl Haarnack (slavery in books), Elmer Kolfin (slavery in prints and paintings) en Adi Martis (contemporary art). Gary Schwartz made his research for The Image of the Black in Western Art available to me.

Black beautiful Rubens to Dumas cover

In 2012 my Anniversary book: 100 years Schiller 1912-2012 was published. Initiative, idea, text and editing (ES). Design and photography Monica Schokkenbroek.

Schiller in Parool boekje 26-11-2012 Paul Arnoldussen
Schiller in Parool boekje 26-11-2012 Paul Arnoldussen

In 2013 my book Cobra aan de gracht / Cobra on the Canal was published by Samsara publications.

In 2014 my essay ‘Painted Blacks and Radical Imagery in the Netherlands (1900-1940)’ was published in The Image of the Black in Western Art Volume V (I). (ed. David Bindman, Henry Louis Gates jr.)

(About f.i. On the terras, by Nola Hatterman but also Jan Sluijters, Kees van Dongen, Irma Stern and more)

In 2017 I published a book about the black servants at the Court of the Royal Van Oranje family. More than a thousand documents have been found about their lives. (only in Dutch)

Cupido en Sideron Cover 30-8-2017

All photos on this site are not intended for any commercial purpose. I have tried to trace all the rules and rights of all images. As far as I know, these images can be used in this way. If you ar a copyright holder and would like a piece of your work removed or the creditline changed then please do not hesitate to contact me.

estherschreuderwebsite@gmail.com

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