Herman Krikhaar Foundation

Herman Krikhaar Foundation
Purpose of the Foundation:
As Herman always found it important to promote gifted unknown artists, the foundation - apart from taking care of his work - will continue to work with talented artists. Since 2007 every summer an exhibition of their work is organized in the South of France.

ZEN - Eugène Brands and Shinkichi Tajiri
Bringing together the work of two masters of the CoBrA movement

It is surprising that this is the first time that two well-known CoBrA artists, Eugène Brands (1913-2002) and Shinkichi Tajiri (1923-2009), are exhibiting together. At least it is the first time, if we do not include the notorious exhibition of 1949 at the Stedelijke Museum when their works were brought together and which marked the height of the avant-garde CoBra movement. 

The movement only lasted only three years, after which all these strong characters, like Karel Appel, Corneille, Constant, Asger Jorn, Carl Henning Pedersen, Dotremont, Doucet, Alechinsky pursued their individual development, though their mutual friendships remained lifelong. Like the others, Brands and Tajiri had a very productive, rich creative life with a broad range of activities resulting in important exhibitions worldwide; their work ending up in important private collections and famous museums (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam CoBrA museum, Nelson Rockefeller collection (Tajiri); a process which is ongoing. 

At first sight, the work of the Dutch Brands and the American-Japanese Tajiri with their completely different backgrounds, don't seem to have much in common. Tajiri's large clearcut Ronin sculptures appear very different from Brands’ poetic, dream-like paintings and gouaches. However, in fact, they were very close in their philosophy of life and, thereby, their work for which they had a mutual interest and high regard.

The mythical 'M ‘from Brands, references his fascination with the Mystery of life and the ever evolving infinite universe and has much in common with Tajiri's aim to bring together Eastern and Western art and contradictions within his sculptural knots, which are uniting in their simplicity and yet also ingenious. Art for both these artists extended far beyond a cultural expression meeting seamlessly in 'ZEN’.

Photos: Ryu Tajiri © 2016






Prefigure by VAROZZA
15 mai - 26 june 2016 - Krikhaar Foundation

In the winter the Herman Krikhaar Foundation welcomed Varozza's manifesto of the prefigure, especially created for the exhibition room in Salernes.
For more information on the artist, go togo to www.varozza.net