Diet Wiegman - Growing Icon
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. In the autumn of 2015 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presented 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.
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 was screened in the exhibition.