Last weekend I visited exhibitions that were ending. One of these was Engelenkeel by Berlinde De Bruyckere in the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.
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.
The exhibition ran until October 3, 2021 https://www.bonnefanten.nl/nl/tentoonstellingen/berlinde-de-bruyckere
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.
In 2012 my Anniversary book: 100 years Schiller 1912-2012 was published. Initiative, idea, text and editing (ES). Design and photography Monica Schokkenbroek.
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)
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