Exhibition of Groninger Museum in December 2000
Inez van Lamsweerde
and Vinoodh Matadin
05.11.2000 - 25.03.2001
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of a day is more important than its photograph". This quote
is surprisingly not from somebody who is presenting a snap shot,
but from Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, talking about
their work on fashion photography.
work with models is special. You project something but you also
gain a lot in return. During the work you are in a close and intimate
relationship. Mutual trust builds up." This trust is an essential
part of their work, which repeatedly is expressed, in the scarce
interviews with them. In an interview in 1992, for instance, Inez
van Lamsweerde explained: "The interaction with the model is
awkward. If I am embarrassed then I cannot draw something out of
the model. Unless it is a somebody particular vain who gets going
automatically. But that is not so interesting. To photograph somebody
means to conquer somebody. To expose each other. I think it is wonderful
to say 'lift your hand' and the hand really moves up. Somebody gives
his/her complete trust. I do have great respect for that."
In 1988 Matadin
commented on an unpublished portfolio of pictures: "All these
people give themselves completely away. This devotion depends on
the trust between the photographer and the model, which in the case
of van Lamsweerde and Matadin often builds on friendships. This
always produces extraordinary pictures no matter if it is a "Vital
Statistic" or a recent portrait of the more subtle beauty of
their favorite models.
Groningana of the 18th century
16.09.2000 - 07.01.2001
prints of Groningen by 18th-century artists such as Pronk, Beckeringh,
18.11.2000 - 15.04.2001
At this moment,
Bolink belongs to the youngest generation of leading Dutch sculptors.
In addition to 'readymades', Bolink mainly creates artworks from
existing objects that he dismembers and reassembles, thus transforming
them into new sculptures.
Pomp of Groningen
30.09.2000 - 30.09.2001
to flaunt with prestige objects existed at any time and almost everywhere
in the world. These objects have, besides their functional aspects,
the task to impress with wealth, elegance and identity. Also Groningen
knew and knows such prestige objects. The Martin Tower is probably
the most famous example. Its task is to point to god, show the time,
function as bell tower and lookout and of course to impress. Thus
it is the second highest church tower of the Netherlands.
The arts and
craft collection of the Groninger Museum contains many such objects
and a selection is presented in the Starck Pavillion.
of the museum will find surprising new treasures besides well known
exhibits. The cabinets contain glas objects, porcelain and silver
vases. Furniture, a precious blanket and golden church books are
presented in several locations.
Haute Couture, 1998-200
of the fashion design duo Viktor & Rolf are standing in the
darkness of the DeLucchi Pavilion, which was original dedicated
to the history of Groningen and classical art. The exhibited compilation
from the last five couture seasons is part of the collection of
the Groninger Museum. It is the result of an arrangement, started
in 1998, between the Groninger Museum and the designer duo to systematically
archive their creations in a museum context.For the designers this
means, besides a certain financial security, mainly acknowledgment
After two year Victor and Rolf can look back on worldwide publications
in all international fashion magazins, a place in the calender of
the previously so conservative and prestige concerned Chambre Syndicale
de la Parisienne and the particular successful presentation of a
Pret-a-porter line, which second collection will be available in
the shops soon. Victor and Rolf belong with their non- conformist
designs to the revivers and most exiting Courturies of our time.