Jaap van den Ende, In orde – Een rationele benadering (In Order – A Rational Approach); Parts Project, The Hague

Parts Project has an almost museum-like presentation of works by Jaap van den Ende (1944). It has become a kind of retrospective of Dutch painting since the late 1960s. It starts with works of the late 60s and the 1970s with a stark minimalism,

which transforms to works in which lush brush strokes and the structure of paint is combined with geometry in the late 70s and first half of the 1980s (to me his best known works).

The 2nd half of the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s are represented by works in which there are overtones of painterly dedication and the suggestion of space.

The most spectacular transformation happened in the late 1990s when Van den Ende found his way of dealing with postmodernism.

It puts the whole show and the whole idea of abstraction in painting into perspective.

The careless viewer might think this is just a show of reverse evolution in painting, but it rather shows that the enlightened, modernist ideas of progress have become a myth, whether we like it or not.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Contents of all pictures courtesy to Jaap van den Ende and Parts Project, Den Haag


Bertus Pieters