Because of Vincent
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the artist-in-residence programme of the Van GoghHuis in Zundert, Stedelijk Museum Breda presents the exhibition 'Because of Vincent'.
'The guest studio is located next to the Protestant church where Vincent’s father preached and the old sexton’s house is used as a residence for the artists. Here, far away from the daily concerns and hustle and bustle of the city, artists are able to find the concentration they need for their work. The fact that this is the place where Van Gogh was actually born and raised adds an extra dimension to their stay. Modern-day artists feel the ground on which Van Gogh walked and absorb the atmosphere of the region. Some are especially inspired by the nature and landscape of Zundert. Others search through Van Gogh’s letters and paintings for points of recognition they can apply to their own work. This results in a unique collection of works of art that, while all related to Van Gogh, are very different and unique. The exhibition does not contain any original work by Van Gogh, but he is brought to life in surprising ways in contemporary installations, paintings, videos, photos and sculptures.
Carmen Schabracq, for example, assumes Van Gogh’s identity. She is clearly painting her own face, but the reference to the self-portrait that Van Gogh painted just after he cut off his ear is equally unmistakable. The attributes in the painting, the bright colours and impressionistic brushwork all evoke that masterpiece. The artist duo Heringa/Van Kalsbeek got the Zundert corso (parade of flower floats) community involved in their work. As their starting point they have taken the decay that sets in when the flower parade comes to an end. Together with a large group of corso builders, they are making impressive sculptures. There is also work by artists who exhibited in the Van GoghHuis, such as the Viennese painter Arnulf Rainer. Rainer has been making expressive, dark drawings based on Van Gogh’s self portraits since the 1970s.
Because of Vincent – Van Gogh’s birthplace as inspiration presents work by:
Nel Aerts | Philip Akkerman | Erik Andriesse | Gert-Jan van den Bemd | Charles Laib Bitton | Karin Borghouts | Koen Broucke | Tessa Chaplin | Tom Claassen | Sylvie De Meerleer | Nynke Deinema | Ronny Delrue | Arpaïs Du Bois | Ruud van Empel | Renske van Enckevort | Jonah Falke | Rainer Fetting | Anne Geene | Betsy Green | Loek Grootjans | Rachel Gruijters | Noortje Haegens | Heringa/Van Kalsbeek | Bettie van Haaster | Paul den Hollander | Roos Holleman | Arja Hop & Peter Svenson | Arjan Janssen | Peter Kantelberg | Matijs van de Kerkhof | Wenda Kieskamp | Tahné Kleijn | Han Klinkhamer | Ralf Kokke | René Korten | Eva Krause | Lotte van Lieshout | Tosja van Lieshout | George Meertens | Carlijn Mens | Pieter Laurens Mol | Marc Mulders | Vik Muniz | Wiesje Peels & Steffen Maas | Stijn Peeters | Stefan Peters | Arnulf Rainer | Diana Roig | Jacobien de Rooij | Kurt Ryslavy | Carmen Schabracq | Ian Skirvin | Ema Vaneková | Emo Verkerk | Koen Vermeule | Reinoud van Vught | Marenne Welten | Willem Weismann | Jenny Ymker | Robert Zandvliet | Sylvie Zijlmans & Hewald Jongenelis | Ronald Zuurmond | Albert Zwaan'