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  • Jonas asked

    Hello, is there any information about this in Japanese language?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Jonas, unfortunately we do not have information about Brothers in Japanese. Kind regards, Els

  • Doris asked

    When do brothers say „hoppa“?!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Doris, Thanks for your question. I am not a hundred percent sure, but I think the sound is activated by a sensor which registers movement. I am also not sure if the brothers say 'hoppa!' or 'papa!' (Dutch for daddy). Altogether is is an enigmatic artwork, in which the non-material elements (movement, shadows, sound) seem far more important then the material components. Kind regards, Els

  • Chorche asked

    What do they say?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Chorche, thank you for asking. I am not completely sure, but I think they only say 'papa' (daddy, in Dutch). Kind regards, Els

  • Hayley Wenderoth asked

    Can the piece be activated by the viewer or is it programmed to start only at certain moments?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Hayley, you are correct in thinking that it is activated by the viewer. It has a sensor to detect when someone passes by. Best, Lisa.

  • Eugenio Corazza asked

    How does It switch on?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Eugenio, the piece is programmed and works on electricity, so it needs to be plugged in. Kind regards, Els

  • Iuliana asked

    Hello! Couldn’t find any explanation of the art piece, but found it very interesting! Is there any link?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Iuliana, Peter Zegveld is a very interesting Dutch artist who makes playful, and at the same time melancholic and mildly critical artworks about what it is to be human. For this he animates objects and immaterial shapes (shadows) and uses sound, music, movement and various theatrical techniques. You can check out his website and view this video on YouTube (both only in Dutch I am afraid). I hope this is helpful. Kind regards, Els
    website: https://www.peterzegveld.nl
    video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f21dguWiI8


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Title Brothers
Material and technique
Object type
Installation > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 200 cm
Width 300 cm
Depth 100 cm
Artists Artist: Peter Zegveld
Accession number BEK 1926 (MK)
Credits Purchased with the support of FriendsLottery and Mondriaan Fund, 2014
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2014
Creation date in 2012
External exhibitions Peter Zegveld (2019)
Sound > Technique > Material and technique

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Peter Zegveld

Den Haag 1951

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