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Otto Egberts - Dust Made Flesh

from August 1 2015 until October 25 2015

Otto Egberts, The art of life, 1990, Collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Otto Egberts, Pose inutile, 1991. Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Otto Egberts, Blind World, 1991, Collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Otto Egberts, Study of the crucifixion, 1991, Collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents in the Print Room drawings made by Otto Egberts between 1986 and 1992. Following a period of abstraction, Egberts increasingly turned towards the human figure. During this period he developed the uncanny quality that still characterises his work today.

The work of Rotterdam-based artist Otto Egberts (Vlaardingen 1949) deals with a constant doubt about the meaning of existence. His drawings depict fleshy masses, deformed body parts or introverted figures with expressionless faces in oppressive spaces. Titles such as ‘Execution’ and ‘Disease in Paradise’ emphasise the macabre heart of Egberts’ oeuvre.

Egberts describes his work as a ‘solidified extension of my hands’. He translates the images in his mind into charcoal drawings on thick wrapping paper. For him, drawing is a search for the meaning of ‘being’ and an attempt to bridge the gap between body and mind. He thus strives to reconcile his inner experiences with the physical reality that surrounds him.

Egberts is also a writer; a few passages from his texts are included in the exhibition.