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Checkpoint Charley

Checkpoint Charley

Woody van Amen (in 1964)

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  • Erica asked

    I'd like to clarify if this artwork was acquired through a donation from the Municipality of Rotterdam and if there was any particular reason for its acquisition. Separately, was this work ever exhibited prior to 2012? It just seems like such a long gap between 1978 and 2012.

    Many thanks,

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Erica, thank you for your question. The work was not donated by the Municipality, but lend since 1978. They still own it. It was acquired because Woody van Amen is an important Dutch artist, one of the first here to discover and apply pop art principles. In this way he, as it were, re-introduced surrealist practice (like assemblage). This piece has been exhibited in 1991, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2013-14, 2017 - and it might be again in Rome in 2022. I hope this answers your questions sufficiently. Kind regards, Els


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Title Checkpoint Charley
Material and technique Wood, paint, lights and synthetic material
Object type
Assemblage > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 176.8 cm
Height 116.5 cm
Depth 41 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Woody van Amen
Accession number BEK 78-01 (MK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Gemeente Rotterdam 1978
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1978
Age artist About 28 years old
Internal exhibitions Meneer Delta, een galeriehouder en verzamelaar in het museum (2012)
External exhibitions Verspijkerd en verzaagd (2017)
Ik hou van Holland (2013)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Woody van Amen

Eindhoven 1936

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