If asked ‘what role do you play as an artist?’ probably many artists will answer ‘my own role!’
While not denying that, artists presenting their work usually play a role which is well chosen and crafted, constructing a myth with every show.
In About Robert Rino _ at Nest Rinus Van de Velde (1983) has chosen the fictitious character of the abstract expressionist painter Robert Rino (more than vaguely sounding like Robert De Niro) to create a myth.
At the same time he deconstructs the myth of the macho artist.
He tells the story with huge drawings and he shows Rino’s art work, paintings, drawings and ceramics.
So what is the difference between Van de Velde and Van de Velde as Robert Rino?
At the moment Van de Velde’s work is also presented at the Gemeentemuseum, but the presentation at Nest is better, simply because the drawings in the museum that cover the walls are protected by reflecting glass which makes it difficult to look at them.
In Nest that problem isn’t really that big and Nest’s space works obviously better for a narrative like Van de Velde’s.
Meanwhile Van de Velde’s drawings are the real attraction of the show and the best reason for a visit.
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© Villa Next Door 2017
Content of all pictures courtesy to Rinus Van de Velde and Nest.