Sybren Renema: The Milk of Paradise, Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

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I went to Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallery to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Sybren Renema’s exhibition The Milk of Paradise. For the complete review (in Dutch) and some more pictures click here. It is quite a deromanticised romantic affair. Above you see Thomas de Quincey’s grave with a mirrored quotation from a letter by Coleridge, almost as an alternative epitaph.

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Renema’s neon lights remind you of the 19th century romantic facts, whether it is Death and the Maiden,

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the Wanderer-Fantasy,

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sublime mountain landscapes or

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opium addiction.

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There is also the sometimes life threatening hardship of being a brilliant scientist in the Romantic era and

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there is a death mask constructed by Renema from the average of more than 30 death masks of great Romantics.

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It is as cool and clean as it can be and still it looks devotional.

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It a very good and likeable exhibition. In spite of, or rather because of the subdued presentation, Renema’s enthusiasm in his works is quite clear and will make you want to see more, either here or in Xanadu.

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Bertus Pieters

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