Heringa/Van Kalsbeek

30.10.2023 - 18.02.2024

Heringa/Van Kalsbeek
Old names disappear, new names appear
2021, steel, wood, glass, colour, resin, textiles, 69 x 84 x 49.5 cm

Unique dynamics in sculpture

The Kunstmuseum Den Haag is presenting an exhibition by the artist duo Liet Heringa and Maarten van Kalsbeek that is well worth seeing. Known for their innovative and dynamic sculptures, the two artists have created unique works that push the boundaries of traditional sculpture. Their sculptures are characterised by a strong spectacle element and a constant movement that fascinates the viewer and encourages reflection. Heringa and Van Kalsbeek use a variety of materials, including steel, synthetic resin and rope, to realise their visionary ideas.

Heringa/Van Kalsbeek – Untitled, 2004
Cardboard, charcoal, paint, resin, textiles, feathers, 111 x 81x 6 cm

“Spring Tide” A special installation

A highlight of the exhibition is “Spring Tide”, a work created especially for the Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Inspired by the three Splendor wall sculptures recently donated to the museum and based on a 13th century Japanese sculpture of a royal guardian, ‘Spring Tide’ demonstrates the duo’s ability to transform historical motifs into modern art. These works demonstrate not only their craftsmanship, but also their ability to tell stories through sculpture.

Heringa/Van Kalsbeek – “Spring tide
Photo: Gerrit Schreurs

Structure in apparent chaos

Despite the apparent disorder in their works, a closer look reveals a deep structure in the sculptures of Heringa/Van Kalsbeek. This structure is created through the use of colour, repetition and compelling forms, which together create a harmonious overall picture. The duo’s works, which are influenced by nature and different cultures, show a clear tendency to blossom and fade, giving them a unique visual language.

Heringa/Van Kalsbeek – “Spring tide
Photo: Gerrit Schreurs

Spirituality and art

In addition to “Splendor”, the exhibition includes a number of other wall sculptures that lie somewhere between collage, sculpture, drawing and painting. In addition, there are freestanding sculptures, all with a plinth or background reminiscent of a theatre backdrop and perfectly in keeping with Heringa/Van Kalsbeek’s baroque style. As many of the sculptures can be viewed from different sides, they are exhibited in such a way that their backs are also visible. This offers visitors a comprehensive view of the duo’s artistic output and invites them to take a closer look at their work.

Further information

The exhibition Heringa/Van Kalsbeek (Advertisement) on the website of the Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

Book cover “Area of Impact”

Exhibition book

The richly illustrated, bilingual book “Heringa/Van Kalsbeek – Area of Impact” with texts by Benno Tempel, Edo Dijksterhuis and Kiene Brillenburg Wurth will be published on the occasion of the exhibition. Graphic design by Rutger Fuchs. The book offers a deep insight into the work and philosophy of the artist duo and is a valuable addition for lovers of contemporary art.

TitleHeringa/Van Kalsbeek – Area of ​​​​Impact 
AuthorBenno Tempel, Edo Dijksterhuis, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth
PublisherHeringa/van Kalsbeek
LanguageDutch / English
Dimensions 22,6 x 28,5 cm
Price24,90 €
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