Ellsworth Kelly: Bloemlezing (Anthology); Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar

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Last week i visited the recently opened Museum Voorlinden for the first time to write a review about the present Ellsworth Kelly exhibition for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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My first visit to Voorlinden was a slightly sentimental one as i used to come here in the end of the 1970s as an academy student to make landscape sketches.

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The villa was designed by English architect  R.J. Johnston and is a 1912 copy of the then owner’s English wife’s home in England.

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Of course you can tell immediately from the large chimneys that it’s English.

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Today the villa is a state monument and it contains the museum’s restaurant.

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The museum itself, designed by Dutch architect Dirk Jan Postel, was built from 2013 onwards.

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It serves as a kind of temple (complete with columns!) to show part of the art treasures of collector Joop van Caldenborgh.

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The new building itself isn’t very big but is very economical in its design to

Richard Serra

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Richard Serra

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

have enough space for showing some big monumental installations that

James Turrell

James Turrell

James Turrell

James Turrell

James Turrell

James Turrell

aim to be iconic for the museum,

Marcel Broodthaers

Marcel Broodthaers

for showing part of the collection in changing formations and

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to have special exhibitions.

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The use of daylight through the roof is a constant feature in the exhibitions,

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while corridors give wonderful views of the park around the museum.

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In such a place it is no wonder aesthetics plays the lead in the collection and exhibitions, as is often the case in big private collections.

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Buzzing society with its problems and controversies is absent from the collection.

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As such the museum serves as a refuge for modern and postmodern, maybe even post-postmodern aesthetics.

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The present Ellsworth Kelly show is well composed by Rudi Fuchs. It leaves the viewer with Kelly’s works in full glory and as Kelly died last year it is also a kind of retrospective. Here are some details of the exhibition.

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But of course it is better to go and take a look yourself.

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Content of all pictures courtesy the artists and Museum Voorlinden

 

Bertus Pieters

Barbara Hepworth, Sculpture for a modern world; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Dan Graham, Two adjacent pavilions, 1982-2001

Dan Graham, Two adjacent pavilions, 1982-2001

Mark Di Suvero, K-piece, 1972

Mark Di Suvero, K-piece, 1972

Chohreh Feyzdjou, Buried paintings, 1994

Chohreh Feyzdjou, Buried paintings, 1994

Kröller-Müller Museum, near the village of Otterlo and situated in a nature reserve, is certainly one the finest museums for modern art in the Netherlands.

A visitors contribution

A visitor’s contribution

Christo, 56 barrels, 1968-77

Christo, 56 barrels, 1968-77

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Eugène Dodeigne, Sept, 1993, with the next door guy, photo taken by Rien Monshouwer

Eugène Dodeigne, Sept, 1993, with the next door guy, photo taken by Rien Monshouwer

It has an extensive sculpture park with some of the most iconic works of modern sculpture, ideal to visit on a sunny day in spring as we did this week.

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Alina Szapocznikow, Wielkie brzuchy, 1968

Alina Szapocznikow, Wielkie brzuchy, 1968

Hildo Krop, Vandaag en morgen, 1918

Hildo Krop, Vandaag en morgen, 1918

Main goal was the present Barbara Hepworth show but seeing the sculpture collection in the park is an unavoidable treat.

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Aldo van Eyck, Aldo van Eyckpaviljoen, 1965-66, rebuilt 2005

Aldo van Eyck, Aldo van Eyckpaviljoen, 1965-66, rebuilt 2005

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

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Krijn Giezen (my late former teacher), Kijk Uit, 1986-2005

Krijn Giezen (my late former teacher), Kijk Uit, 1986-2005

Luciano Fabro, La doppia faccia del cielo, 1986

Luciano Fabro, La doppia faccia del cielo, 1986

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975) is well represented in the collection.

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form with inner form, Anima, 1959

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form with inner form, Anima, 1959

Barbara Hepworth, Oval form, Trezion, 1962-63

Barbara Hepworth, Oval form, Trezion, 1962-63

Barbara Hepworth, Figure, Archaean, 1958

Barbara Hepworth, Figure, Archaean, 1958

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

These are some of her later works in bronze.

Jacob Epstein, Doves, 1914-15

Jacob Epstein, Doves, 1914-15

Alan Durst, Feline, 1930

Alan Durst, Feline, 1930

Barbara Hepworth, Head, 1930-31

Barbara Hepworth, Head, 1930-31

Barbara Hepworth, Standing figure, 1934

Barbara Hepworth, Standing figure, 1934

Inside the museum is the exhibition proper which starts with early works by Hepworth and her British contemporaries.

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Her works in wood of the 1930s, 40s and 50s are, in spite of being pleasing to the eye, quite radical.

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

It was more a disrupting harmony and a natural way of creating shapes than pleasing the eye she was aiming at.

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Configuration, Phira, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Configuration, Phira, 1955

The show is in its last week, so you really have to hurry to see it. After Otterlo the exhibition will move to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen (Germany).

Richard Serra, One, 1988, with artist Rien Monshouwer, one of its greatest fans

Richard Serra, One, 1988, with artist Rien Monshouwer, one of its greatest fans

This blog photo report was made thanks to kind and cordial support of Rien Monshouwer and Karin van der Werff.

starting point of a distance of 82 steps walked by stanley brouwn december 20th 1984

starting point of a distance of 82 steps walked by stanley brouwn december 20th 1984

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Bertus Pieters