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Now in our museum

New exhibition: The Spiritual Path

September 21, 2018 – March 3, 2019

In collaboration with Gemeentemuseum The Hague, museum Villa Mondriaan is organising the exhibition The Spiritual Path from September 21, 2018 to March 3, 2019. Faith has been extremely influential to Mondriaan’s personal and artistic life. Mondriaan grew up with his father’s strict protestant views, but eventually chose the more spiritual path of theosophy. Museum Villa Mondriaan’s new exhibition The Spiritual Path focuses on the artist’s religious journey. Benno Tempel, director of Gemeentemuseum The Hague and curator of the Dutch Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2019, will be guest curator of this exhibition.

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Piet Mondriaan, Young Child, 1901. Collection Gemeentemuseum The Hague
Piet Mondriaan, The Singel, 1893. Collection Gemeentemuseum The Hague

 

Stephany Caparn  

September 21, 2018 – March 3, 2019
 
Stephany Caparn, The Wizard, 2018 
Stephany Caparn, The Explorer, 2018 

Stephany Caparn (1991) is inspired in her photography by the stylized portraits from the Renaissance period. The focus of that period on the human body with quiet poses, striking folds in the clothing and life-like images returns in Caparn’s work. Her photography creates a dreamy image of a better world with characteristically fashionable outfits and soft hues.

Caparn’s authentic models selfconsciously pose for her camera with a peaceful attitude. The immortalisation of these people is approached from a romanticized perspective and a contemporary point of view. As a socially active image maker Caparn reacts to stigmas and images in today’s society. Using deviant beauty ideals and bearing cultural diversity in mind, she pays attention to characters and shows appreciation of their individual emotional lives, loves and friendships.

In the series ‘Nobody Sees a Flower Really’ Caparn plays with today’s archetypes. According to the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) archetypes are symbolic figures that we somehow understand subconsciously. Through life experiences, these become part of our collective subconsciousness. Caparn wants to give a fresh, contemporary and more diverse meaning to these archetypes.

 

Frank Bruggeman

September 21, 2018 – March 3, 2019
 

Frank Bruggeman, The Everywhere Tool Trolley, 2011
Frank Bruggeman, Nature Object #18, 2015

Frank Bruggeman (1966) is an independent artist and designer who is fascinated by man’s influence on nature. Man’s way of dealing with the organic world is prominent in his installations and nature objects. Bruggeman employs both wild and cultivated plants in their live and dried states; in this way he expresses his respect for botanic materials which are neglected or mercilessly discarded by man. The industrial artefacts that he uses in his work are often coated in a characteristic cyan blue colour. The bright blue paint forms a striking contrast with everything organic.

In his object The Everywhere Tool Trolley (2011) Bruggeman’s focus shifts from the garden to the gardener’s tools. This larger than life version of a tool trolley is symbolic for the inextinguishable urge of man to control nature: a problem the artist himself continuously struggles with.

 

Remco Dikken 

September 21, 2018 – March 3, 2019
 

Remco Dikken, Cheerful pirate, 2016. Private collection
Remco Dikken, Majorettes
, 2016. Private collection

The Hengelo-born artist Remco Dikken (1981) has been drawing and painting for years. He finds subjects for his small paintings all around him, from a female dancer to a football field. Above all, Dikken focuses on the image itself. In every work, an isolated subject plays the main role, yet, next to each other the elements of the different paintings create a new narrative.

At first glance, Dikken’s work appears black-and-white, but this is a deceptive illusion: upon closer inspection, more colours steadily emerge. Dikken’s pale colour palette is characteristic for him and determines the expression of the paintings. With the strong lines, the lack of perspective and typically lively and atmospheric scenes, the work is always recognisable.