Boijmans TV 2013 episode 7. The nature of the beast
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The designer Christien Meindertsma (1980) graduated in 2003 from the Design Academy in Eindhoven and started her own label. Her graduation project in 2003 at the Design Academy in Eindhoven was the ‘One Sheep Sweater’. She gave each sweater the number of the sheep which had provided the wool for it, one sweater per sheep/one sheep per sweater.
In her work, Meindertsma wants to make the processes that are at the basis of products transparent again and increase knowledge about them. In 2011 she undertook a similar project, this time with sheep from Aarle-Rixtel in Brabant. At her exhibition in the Textile Museum in 2012, she showed the sweater together with a photograph of the sheep before and after being sheared.
16th-century bronze sculptures
This room in the museum features a collection of small bronzes. These small bronze copies of classical sculpture became popular collector items in the 16th century.
The dead swan
The main theme of this painting by Jan Weenix (Amsterdam 1640/1641 - Amsterdam 1719) is the dead swan which is hung by one leg and which has one wing spread. In addition there is a dead peacock, a duck and other birds. The owner could indicate his social status with a still-life of the spoils of the hunt, for hunting these large birds was a privilege.
Structural Mode’ is a collection of seven designs by the Korean designer Rejina Pyo. She fuses sculpture and fashion by combining metal forms and supple silks. Pyo developed this collection after winning the Han Nefkens Fashion Award in 2012 for her graduation collection. The ‘Structural Mode’ designs are part of the collection of H+F Fashion on the Edge, which is housed at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. De tentoonstelling was te zien van 29 september 2012 tot en met 17 februari 2013.
Double Steel Cage
Bruce Nauman (Fort Wayne 1941) initially studied mathematics at the university of Wisconsin, before studying art at the university of California. In 1965, Nauman stopped painting and concentrated instead on sculpture, performances and film. In these films and performances, Nauman generally plays the lead. The subject is often an action or activity undertaken by the artist in his studio. Nauman also produced countless works using neon tubes.
With his Double Steel Cage Piece (1974), Bruce Nauman invites the visitor to enter the space between two concentric cages. The resulting sense of physical constraint appears to be a metaphor for the human condition.
Marco is looking at the work ‘Mr and Mrs’ by the Spanish artist Joan Miró. This work shows two different stools on a black plinth. Perhaps the Spanish artist Joan Miró intended the black stool with the round shapes to represents Mrs. The taller, angular red one must then be Mr. But we don’t know for certain; it is, in any case, a pair.
The duck on the head of the mysterious visitor looks out over a Romantic water landscape by the Dutch painter Wijnand Nuijen (The Hague 1813 - The Hague 1839).
In 2008, Christien Meindertsma made a book entitled Pig 05049. In it, she highlighted the products for which the pig is the raw material. In it she showed not only the obvious uses such as meat or articles made from leather, but also the most diverse products for which parts of the pig are used. She was nominated for the Rotterdam Design Prize 2009 for this book. See her explanation of the product in this video.
To his amazement, Arie finds a sheep behind the desk of Mandy’s box-office. He takes it to designer Christien Meindertsma, for she’s got something with sheep. She had a series of 25 sweaters made; each sweater used the wool of exactly one sheep. And it turned out that the better the life of the sheep, the prettier the sweater. ‘Oh’, says Arie, ‘so you have good sheep and less good sheep?’
In the meantime, Bregje welcomes a group of German Shepherds with their owners. The dogs lick their lips at the game shown on the 17th-century still-lifes in the museum. Mandy shows her love for animals. Marco wants to come into the museum with his dog, something that is normally not permitted, but this time she turns a blind eye to it. Then she goes off to look for her sheep. A mysterious duck also pays a visit to the museum, in search of relatives.
The dogs seem to feel completely at home in the ‘Double Steel Cage’ of artist Bruce Nauman. Nauman wanted to induce an oppressive feeling in the visitor, Bregje explains to her group. The animals are not bothered by that at all, but apparently their owners are. But is this art? ‘This has just as much to do with art as the kennel in my garden’, concludes one of the dog owners.
Boijmans TV is a collaborative project of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, RTV Rijnmond and Ro Theater, developed with support from the VSBfonds and the Mediafonds. The series is produced by the Rotterdam production office Popov Film.
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