Mystery in the Submarine Wharf
May 2011

Helly Oestreicher - Small Works

25 June – 25 September

In 1962 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen bought its first work by the visual artist Helly Oestreicher (1936). Almost fifty years later the museum is presenting a selection of works from her multifaceted oeuvre, in which ceramics play an important role.

Head Wind (1994)  40 x 44 x 17 cm Ceramic, glass Photo: Thijs Quispel
Head Wind (1994) 40 x 44 x 17 cm Ceramic, glass Photo: Thijs Quispel

This summer Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is exhibiting the expressive works of Helly Oestreicher. The exhibition brings together a selection of her smaller works from the museum’s own collection and several private collections. Helly Oestreicher combines different materials, including ceramics, glass, bronze and porcelain, in a surprising way in her works. An example is ‘Tegenwind’ (Head Wind) from 1994, in which the glass bell-like element seems to prize itself free from the ceramic form, heading in the opposite direction. Helly Oestreicher’s choices are dictated by the unique qualities of the materials she uses, such a colour, texture and the material’s ability to define space. Her abstract sculptures appeal to the senses and to the imagination.

The exhibition in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen coincides with the launch of the publication ‘HELLY OESTREICHER’, which documents her work over five decades. This richly illustrated book is available from the museum shop and from all good bookshops. Publisher: 99 Uitgevers/Publishers, Dutch/English, ISBN: 978-90-78670-19-3, price: €40.00.