The new season is starting again
September 2011


JCJ VANDERHEYDEN is back in the museum with an exhibition showing the interaction between works and periods. In-sight focuses, almost literally, on VANDERHEYDEN’s skill method and oeuvre.

JCJ VANDERHEYDEN, 1990, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
JCJ VANDERHEYDEN, 1990, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

JCJ VANDERHEYDEN (Den Bosch 1928) went on many travels and he developed an independent attitude toward life, guided by coincidence and intuition. From his plane window he studied light, time and space. Additionally, he became fascinated by the clarity and the still life spaces in the works of masters such as Vermeer and Cézanne, but also by the division of planes of newspaper pages or the rasters of printed photos. Although he started off as a painter, he developed a ‘general artistic skill’ aimed at ‘an intensification of all areas of life’.

He analyses observations in diverse media and forces the viewer to a highly concentrated view. VANDERHEYDEN’s oeuvre which covers approximately 50 years is all about seeing; the image that reaches the brains through one or more lenses. He continually returns to the same motifs in his work: the window and the eye, frames, rasters, mirrors, the cell and the horizon. With this he fixes attention on limitation, division, concentration, spreading, emptiness and reflection. In-sight is displayed in two galleries.

Please watch this recent video interview with the artist on ArtTube. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive monograph, JCJ VANDERHEYDEN - Light, time and space’, compiled and written by Hans Locher (former director of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague). The book offers a complete overview of the artist’s oeuvre and covers five decades of work, including paintings, prints, photographic works, books and exhibitions installed by the artist. Published by Uitgeverij de Kunst, € 34.95, ISBN 9789491196102. It is of course available in the museum shop.

You are very welcome to the opening of the exhibition on Friday 23 September from 5 pm to 7.30 pm.