Daan Paans, Rhinoceros; LhGWR, The Hague

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I visited Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus (LhGWR) to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Daan Paans’ and Charlotte Lybeer’s exhibitions. To see the full review of both exhibitions (in Dutch) as well as some more pictures, click here.

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Here are some impressions of Paans’ show. He named his exhibition Rhinoceros after Albrecht Dürer’s famous woodcut of a rhinoceros of 1515.

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Dürer had never seen a rhino either dead or alive but his print became the standard in Europe until well into the 18th century.

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In the same vein Paans has made pictures of landscapes based on engravings in a 19th century book about prehistoric life.

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He also photographically reconstructed the aurochs as the extinct species has been reconstructed by breeding types of cattle with the typical characteristics of the aurochs

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Paans’ pictures are both majestic and atmospheric.

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Paans also made pictures at the studio at Lascaux where duplicates of the original cave paintings are made.

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In a third project Paans shows reconstructions of meteorites as film props. He shows them in wonderful black and white pictures and as a hovering object.

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But altogether you’d better take a look yourself as these pictures are also just reconstructions of what I have seen when visiting the gallery.

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[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

Bertus Pieters

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