Foundation in 2012

  • Agnès Rosse, Pierre Tilman, Herman Krikhaar, and Per Abramsen: 5 May -10 June 2012
  • Herman van Veen: 11- 26 August 2012 (in the middle of the page)
  • Marth Craandijk, Catherine Barles, and Tom Henderson: 16 September – 14 October 2012 (last entry on the page)

Agnès Rosse, Pierre Tilman, Herman Krikhaar and Per Abramsen: 5 May – 10 June 2012

Quatre Visions: Agnès Rosse, Pierre Tilman, Herman Krikhaar et Per Abramsen

For the first time since the inauguration of the Foundation in 2007, Herman Krikhaar’s (1930-2010) own work is on display. Although this exhibition includes his paintings, drawings, and collages from different periods, they still show the vitality, lightness, and strength that embody Krikhaar’s personality: full of life.

Also on show are sculptures by the Dutch artist Per Abramsen (1941-2018), who lived in Salernes for decades. Several of his works from different periods are displayed, representing an exceptional occasion, given that the sculptor rarely exhibited his works; instead, he preferred to pursue his personal artistic development. In response to his classical education, Abramsen first started working in abstract; however, figurative elements soon entered his art through his continued interest in the human form and condition. He liked to work with a wide variety of materials, ranging from bronze, steel, and other metals, to wood. In his later years, he tended to use materials that were almost weightless, like polystyrene, which corresponded with his aspiration to express “lightness.” Living in the South of France, it was only a matter of time before Abramsen would be inspired by the distinct shadows created by the harsh sun, given his affinity for the immaterial. The resulting sculptures served as a great example of Abramsen’s subtle talent for revealing the invisible, as well as creating the illusion of a flat shadow in a three-dimensional form.

Last but not least, the varied works by two French artists are presented: Pierre Tilman (1944), who was born in the village of Villecroze, and his partner Agnès Rosse (1970). As an artist who primarily works with words, Pierre Tilman has written biographies on important artists, such as: Eric Dietman, Errò, Robert Fillou, Peter Klasen, and Jacques Monory. It is not easy to assign one specific art form to him (nor would he appreciate it), as he works and moves easily between different disciplines, including: the fine arts, video, theatre, photography, and literature. Virtual poetry perhaps most accurately describes what he does best, which allows him the possibility to explore the undiscovered spaces between art forms. Tilman and Rosse’s expressive languages – full of small animals and toys – might, at first sight, seem to resemble one another. Indeed, one finds the same humorous sensibility and a gift for abstract associations in both of their works, which elevates their art beyond that of a mere object or image; however, quite quickly, one discovers that the two artists have completely different goals, methods, and aspirations. Animals play a very important role in Rosse’s work. For example, in her subtle videos, small animals, like snails or ants, are easily transformed into big ones, like elephants, lions, or giraffes. This says a lot about Rosse’s vision, which embraces and explores all aspects of life, demonstrating her mastery in exposing human fragility.

Pierre Tilman
Per Abramsen
Agnes Rosse
Herman Krikhaar

Recent paintings by Herman van Veen: 11 – 28 August 2012

In the Summer of 2012 we had a very special visit from Herman van Veen. Not only did he exhibit his paintings, but he also gave a great concert on the terrace.

Marth Craandijk Pure Nature: 16 sept – 14 oct 2012

with Catherine Barles and Tom Henderson

Marth Craandijk (1958) attended the AKI Academy of Arts (Enschede, the Netherlands) and studied within the Textile Design department at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 1983, she worked for the famous textile designer, Jack Lenor Larsen, in New York. She created designs for De Ploeg and designed tiles for Royal Sfinx in Maastricht. 

Starting in the late eighties, she increasingly worked as a painter, painting on large canvases and folding screens. Her work from that period was characterized by a refined and balanced use of colour, which she further developed in her later work.

Many of Marth’s paintings have been purchased by private individuals and companies, including De Nederlandsche Bank and the Triodos Bank. She regularly exhibits in the Netherlands and abroad.

Work on Paper by Tom Henderson