While moving from Maputo to Geneva these months, I participate in the anniversary exhibition of AGA LAB, the former Amsterdam Graphic Studio, where I printed many lithographs from 1983 to 1990. Now my iPad sketches are printed there in the highest quality and exactly as I want it. Nearly 100 artists participate. I show a print of one of the iPad sketches from my paradise, from the African Kikuyu grass. Tonight is the opening.
Exhibition AGA LAB 60 years.
14 September – 12 October 2018
Tomorrow May 31 the exhibition ‘Almas Cruzados’ by Carlos Simões Ferreira and me in Galeria Kulungwana, Maputo opens until 29 June. Together in his open-air studio a few kilometers outside of Maputo we worked on four paintings as two souls from a different world. These works are on show at the exhibitions. Furthermore, the exhibition consists of new work that we have made individually.
I spent a lot of time in the Simões studio. Many people came along. I experienced the African way of life and I became part of the family. After 20 years in Africa, I have discovered that art is mainly about dreams and fantasy, the discovery of the inner world, and not, as in my own tradition, which is based on perception. It is a privilege that Simões helped me to understand this African perspective better.
Migração dos pastores, oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm
v e r t r e d e n week 01 THE COLOGNE CATHEDRAL Wed 30 May to 3 June Upper Room The Hague Art Circle
Rob Thuis made hundreds of photographs at the end of last year in the Cologne Cathedral. The photos were edited, colored and placed in order. With music and a special transition, this provides an animated film, a walk along, through and in “Cologne Cathedral”.
The artists Ad van Riel, Marianne Benkö, Rob van Doeselaar, Ger Groothedde, Alice Bakker and Willem Jager have created or selected a work inspired by the animation “De Dom Van Keulen” by Rob Thuis.
WALK-IN 1 JUNE AND 2 JUNE
During a walk you can invade when you want and stay as long as you want. If you would like to hear and see everything from start to finish, then you are under the pans for about an hour.
On Friday evening, June 1st, there will be a walk-in from 19:30 to 22:00 with a special performance by the men’s double quartet Mannenkoorts.
Also Saturday afternoon, June 2, prior to the opening of the exhibition in the Lange and Hoge zaal, there will be a walk-in from 1 PM to 5 PM. On both occasions poet Edith de Gilde will read poems and several animations will be shown.
Tomorrow I participate in an exhibition with 275 small paintings made for this occasion by nearly 100 artists in Maputo. The theme is ‘The history of your own life’. My works are based on pictures of myself as a toddler. I am interested how the visitors will perceive them. Africans have never seen young children in these circumstances, but for my generation in the Netherlands it is very recognizable.
Kikuyu grass, the most common grass species in African gardens, grows in our garden.