11 June, 2009

Intensely Dutch - AGNSW

Intensely Dutch Image, abstraction and the word, post-war and beyond

This exhibition presents the work of some of the most important post-war Dutch artists, including those associated with CoBrA and art informel, and those who preceded them, such as Willem de Kooning. Works have been borrowed from Dutch museums, augmented with loans from Australian galleries, the Pompidou, Paris, and private collections in the Netherlands and Australia.

film screenings

The animation "Father and Daughter" was blogged on Bellebyrd in 2008

Dukok de Wit


The exhibition is an examination of Dutch Cobra and followers plus whatever they could find that was remotely connected from Australian collections. It doesn't give an accurate picture of contemporary Dutch art as I experienced it in Amsterdam and the Netherlands in the past five years.

The Dutch films disregard the work of director Theo Van Gogh (descendent of the other Theo Van Gogh) who was a leading figure in Dutch cinema and politics until he was assasinated for his views in 2004.


Submission - the film

The film's title is a direct translation of the word "Islam". The film suggests the mistreatment of women born to Muslim families. The film was shown on the Dutch public broadcasting network (VPRO) on August 29, 2004. It portrays a Muslim woman as having been beaten and raped by a relative. The bodies are used in the film as a canvas for verses from the Qur'an

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