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.
Here are some impressions of Paans’ show. He named his exhibition Rhinoceros after Albrecht Dürer’s famous woodcut of a rhinoceros of 1515.
Dürer had never seen a rhino either dead or alive but his print became the standard in Europe until well into the 18th century.
In the same vein Paans has made pictures of landscapes based on engravings in a 19th century book about prehistoric life.
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
Paans’ pictures are both majestic and atmospheric.
Paans also made pictures at the studio at Lascaux where duplicates of the original cave paintings are made.
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.
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.