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SILENT FINISSAGE OF REFUGE / SILENCE

011.JOHAN TAHON ARIANA MUSEUM 2019 PHOTO GJ.vanROOIJ small
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

SILENT FINISSAGE of REFUGE/SILENCE
at the ARIANA MUSEUM, GENEVA (CH), April 5, 2020.

Dear friends of the museum,
Dear Anne-Claire, Isabelle, dear team,

Who could have imagined in September last year that 'Refuge/Silence' would get the meaning that it has today? At that time the silent refuge referred to the private safe place that the studio is.
How strange that exactly now we are all sitting at home protecting ourselves in a frightening time of pandemic.
Once again it is clear to me that the studio stays the best place to be at in psychological and physical troubled moments.
While working on my sculptures I can experience the whole Universe without putting one step outside.
Thank God, that I have this atelier as part of my house.
To be honest the lockdown does not change my personal life a lot. I can even say that my concentration is higher than ever while it is so quiet outside.
Yesterday when I was thinking about ‘Waterfall’ - the female sculpture I presented in the Ariana Museum, I suddenly understood that this figure has been a new and important start for me.
What is more effective in these uncertain times than the symbol for the Female (Mother) and the endless stream of living Water.
I am sure that after this show more Waterfalls will be made. Lets say it is a hommage to love and the mystical force of nature.
Let the language of symbols be protected by the Monks of the 21th century!
I thank you all very much for the support and the working together in a pleasant and fascinating way, it must be said; The Ariana Museum is a refuge of positive energy.
Please continue the good work.
I would like to finish with the words of my friend Till Lindemann:

WIR ÜBERLEBEN DAS LICHT.

 

Exhibitions /

WIR ÜBERLEBEN DAS LICHT

Solo exhibition / cross-over project with poetry of Till Lindemann (frontman of Rammstein)
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL)
From January 26th till December 2nd 2018
http://www.bonnefanten.nl/

MONK

Solo exhibition - with new ceramics - on the occasion of Leeuwarden Cultural Capital of Europe 2018
Curated by Tanya Rumpff
Nationaal Keramiek Museum Princessehof - Leeuwarden (NL)
From December 2nd 2017 till November 25th 2018
www.princessehof.nl

ECCE HOMO

Group exhibition + several projects with a.o. Luc Tuymans, Dirk Braeckman, Michaël Borremans, ...
Curated by Yasmine Geukens, Marie-Paule De Vil, Marion de Cannière and Eric Rinckhout
Different locations in the city - Antwerp (BE)
From November 17th 2017 till February 25th 2018
www.eccehomoantwerpen.com

OH YOU’VE GOT BLUE EYES OH YOU’VE GOT GREEN EYES OH YOU’VE GOT PINK EYES OH YOU’VE GOT BLACK EYES

Duo exhibition with new works
Gerhard Hofland - Amsterdam (NL)
From October 14th till November 11th 2017
www.gerhardhofland.com

LEE RANALDO: LOST IDEAS

Group exhibition with a.o. Daniel Johnston, Kim Gordon, Raymond Pettibon, Chad VanGaalen, ...
Curated by Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Jan Van Woensel
Municipal Museum and CC De Steiger - Menin (BE)
From October 13th till December 17th 2017

THE FIFTH ELEMENT

Outdoor contemporary sculpture exhibition organized by Contemporary Istanbul
With a.o. Jannis Kounellis, Tony Cragg, Wim Delvoye, ...
Curated by Hasan Bülent Kahraman
Sanatçılar Parkı - Istanbul (TR)
From September 13th till 19th 2017
www.contemporaryistanbul.com/projects/5-th-element