The work of film auteur Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007) and the lively discussions between Saminte Ekeland and Frank Taal about his work, form the immediate reason for this exhibition. Especially his famous trilogy L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961) and L’Ecclisse (1962) has been a major topic of discussion.
Two concepts evolved out of these talks about the “look-cinema” of Antonioni. Both of these concepts constitute the framework and jumping off point for this exhibition.
One. The images are self-propelling the story. The image – not the story – is leading, has prominence. The reality is being used as if the totality of reality is synonymous with consciousness. By this particular approach it becomes possible to unlock hidden realities. And it paints rich and dense visuals.
Two. Architecture and surroundings are heavily used and sometimes gain the sole leading role. Human figures become less important or sometimes even disappear. Transitions, pauses, and silences are important constructive moments. A strong pull towards abstraction.
These two concepts constitute the “look” of Saminte Ekeland and Frank Taal and have determined their selection of artworks for Architecture of Art.
With this nice capsulation of Architecture of Art we go straight to the heart of the matter! Let’s look at the artists and their work!
Aeneas Wilder, Boris Maas, Bram Braam, Dimitri Kruithof, Dwight Marica, Erik Sep, Mike Ottink, Peter Redert, Rolf den Dunnen, Saminte Ekeland, Sandro Setola, Tom Woestenborghs
Exhibition photos by Winy Maas (MVRDV), opening photos by Dimitri Kruithof