I am finalising my book Verrukkelijke baby’s, de geboorte in kaart gebracht (Delightful babies, birth mapped). The text is finished, the images have been selected, the first proof is imminent. In 2012, I bought a remarkable postcard on Amsterdam’s Waterlooplein, depicting a flying fish holding a baby in its mouth. The card became the starting point of a miraculous quest. In Verrukkelijke baby’s, I use old folk tales to unravel the origins of babies. Anyone paying close attention around 1900 could see infants everywhere. Babies were hidden in eggs, cabbages, trees, flowers and wells. And on 1 April, they were delivered to homes. During the first 20 years of the last century, the postcard was an extremely popular medium of communication. Billions of cards went around the world. The surreal baby cards shown in this book were briefly a very popular subgenre. Verrukkelijke baby’s depicts both the genesis of the baby and that of the postcard and tells the story of their successful extravagant marriage. The book will be published by Atlas Contact on March 14 and can also be ordered online from the publisher.
Today I received the collection of poems in which publisher Suhrkamp combined the poems of Kalfsvlies and Fantoommerrie, written by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, into one edition, and for which I made a new cover image. The German translation can be found next to the Dutch original.
Rob de Vries curated an exhibition of collages and assemblages. With works of ARMAN, Armando, Carel Blotkamp, Guillaume Bijl, Eugène Brands, Sjoerd Buisman, Luciano Fabro, Risk Hazekamp, Henk Peeters, Tammo Schuringa, Piet Tuytel, Carel Visser, Kees Visser, Luuk Wilmering and Frans Zwartjes.
Tomorrow the exhibition Collega nekklap opens in Galerie KRUIS-WEG68. I am showing 60 collages from the past years, from pin-up arrangements to Islamophobia collages, from expressionist sculptures to images to poems from the publication Etalagegeluk. Renée Borgonjen, artistic coordinator of the Vishal, will open the exhibition at 1 pm, the gallery is open from 11 am to 6 pm.
Marcella Kuiper (Cella Vie Filmproducties) made a short film about my work especially for this exhibition, see below and on youtube.
Collega nekklap, from October 22 to November 20 2021 Galerie KRUIS-WEG68, Kruisweg 68, 2011 LE Haarlem Opening hours: Thurs. – Sat. 11 am -6 pm and by appointment
The KunstRAI, initially planned in April 2020, is now finally opening its doors! From September 8-12 I will exhibit together with Beth Namenwirth, Margot de Jager, Christiaan Kuitwaard and Robert Zandvliet at 99 Uitgevers/Publishers, among others the collages I made at the poems of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (publication Etalagegeluk).
99 Uitgevers / Publishers shows many of my collages at the KunstRAI (which is currently taking place online), including the original works that I made for the collection Etalagegeluk in collaboration with Marieke Lucas Rijneveld.
Also available works by Margot Berkman, Margot de Jager, Beth Namenwirth, Robert Zandvliet and Christiaan Kuitwaard.
KunstRAI Connected opened online on May 20, 2021. The physical fair will take place in the autumn of 2021. The exact date will follow as soon as possible.