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Diet Wiegman - Growing Icon

from October 29 2015 until February 14 2016

Diet Wiegman, Growing Icon, 2015

Nothing is what it seems in the work of Diet Wiegman (1944). Drawings become sculptures, sculptures become three-dimensional collages, and collages become light projections. He transforms an accumulation of scrap materials into Michelangelo’s David or Magritte’s La reproduction interdite. This autumn Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents a new work by Wiegman alongside a light sculpture, a series of photographs and two video pieces.

Diet Wiegman graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam in 1965. Throughout his fifty-year career he has never restricted himself to a single discipline or theme. He makes drawings, paintings, sculptures and public art works. Wiegman quickly achieved recognition for his light sculptures in which light is projected onto an assemblage to create the shadow silhouette of an iconic sculpture.

Artistic family

It was no surprise that Diet Wiegman would become an artist. His father Theo Wiegman was a painter who was taught by his father Gerard Wiegman. Diet Wiegman’s son Mike Redman has earned an international reputation as a musician, producer and filmmaker. In 2007 he made ‘Anagram’, an award-winning film portrait of his father in which no words are spoken. The film will be screened in the exhibition.


Diet Wiegman - Growing Icon is on view in Room 2.