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up to and including 07 February 2010

The Newest Collection

The work of Robert Gober, one of the great names in contemporary art, could finally be seen again in the museum.

In ‘The Latest Collection’ you could admire 'Untitled (torso)', his famous wax butt with real human hair. The exhibition also included several loans the artist has made available after discussion with the museum. The wallpaper ‘Hanging Man / Sleeping Man’, which the museum has purchased, was also on display. There were works in five other rooms by Sarah Lucas, Daan van Golden, Helena van der Kraan, Maria Roosen and Sharon Lockhart, all of whom reflect an aspect of Gober’s work in their own individual manner.

The fifty works by these artists are very different in materials and style. The context and the period in which they were created are different too. But all of them draw their inspiration from everyday life, the immediate environment and intimacy. These artists transform everyday objects into new shapes with individual identities.

The museum showed these works as a way of reflecting on its own art collection in public. The exhibition set past purchases alongside works of art on loan. The museum’s collection of contemporary art is not on permanent display, but is shown in presentations like this, the second in a series.