Network with Velazques, Van Gogh, Mondrian, Breughel and Emperor Zhu Gaozhi 1990-1990. Collection Centraal Museum, Utrecht / purchase 1991 Image & copyrights CMU/  Gert Jan van Rooij.

Press release


24 September 2011 – 29 January 2012

More than twenty years after the retrospective exhibition of JCJ VANDERHEYDEN in the then ‘Museum Boymans-van Beuningen’, the artist VANDERHEYDEN is back at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen with an installation in two galleries entitled ‘In-sight’.

At the end of September, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will open an exhibition by one of the most important artists of the last fifty years: JCJ VANDERHEYDEN. The exhibition will be split across two galleries. One gallery will contain an open chest housing a collection of works. This chest is like a microcosm of the artist’s ideas. The second gallery will contain a selection of paintings, photographs and other works from the artist’s oeuvre.

Experimenting with new media
Around the age of thirty-five, Jacobus Cornelis Johannes van der Heyden (1928) began to experiment with film, black and white monitors and other new media. He is also well known for his experiments with photocopiers. He was one of the first Dutch artists to work with new media. VANDERHEYDEN became fascinated with making reproductions of reality and in the 1970s devoted himself increasingly to video, photography, painting and graphic techniques. The artist continually returns to the same motifs, constantly refocusing his vision of them. Director Sjarel Ex: ‘With each new adaptation, JCJ VANDERHEYDEN makes an image of an image. Extraneous material gradually disappears. What remains is the presentation of the studio as a housing for the imagination.’

In the collection
In 1990 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen organised an exhibition of works by JCJ VANDERHEYDEN in the large Bodon galleries, which seemed five times bigger with his work. The new installation will draw upon the collections of the Van Abbemuseum, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which owns eighteen works including six prints by the artist.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive monograph entitled, ‘JCJ VANDERHEYDEN - Licht, tijd en ruimte’ compiled and written by Hans Locher, former director of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. This richly illustrated book offers a complete overview of five decades of work including paintings, prints, photographic works, books and exhibitions installed by the artist. The text and images are interwoven to create a unity. Published by Uitgeverij De Kunst, €34,95 ISBN 9789491196102.