'In my paintings I transform negative emotions to tangible beauty'
- Pascal Bastiaenen
The series titled “Je Maintiendrai” (I Will Maintain) by Bastiaenen is a direct reference to the front of the Dutch passport. However, the subjects of his paintings strongly oppose this motto. Where the lion is a well-known symbol for the Dutch nation, it is now a visual interpretation of those who rebel against it; standing atop a barricade fighting the police, or one another.
Gelukszoeker II, 2018
Collection Stedelijk Museum Breda