In his yard, at the home he built with his own hands, among his five wives, a man wearing white make-up frantically commits an image of a dancer to paper in about three minutes, as the cameras of a Dutch television sketch show look on. This is how the Dutch remember Anton Heyboer (Sabang, Indonesia, 1924 – Den Ilp, 2005).
‘Done! Straight in the shop with it. (…) Hundred and fifty guilders.’
What most people do not know is that in the 1960s and 70s Heyboer was a celebrated artist whose work was purchased by the MoMA in New York, shown at Documenta in Kassel and was the subject of major exhibitions at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In 1975 he was even presented at LACMA in Los Angeles as one of the most important European artists of the time, alongside David Hockney and Lucian Freud.
About the exhibition
Forty years after his last major museum exhibition the Gemeentemuseum is keen to shine the spotlight on the international quality of Heyboer's work once more. The exhibition shows how his work developed, focusing on the period 1956 - 1977, and also looks closely at the 'system' Heyboer used to make life bearable for himself, revealing how his life and work were inextricably linked.
Special thanks to:
The exhibition and the publication have been produced in close collaboration with O.F. Heyboer Malomajo, courtesy Willem Baars Projects and Anton Heyboer Stichting.
Special thanks to Maria, Lotti, Marike and Joke Heyboer and Hans Locher.
The Gemeentemuseum would like to thank the following organisations that loaned works for the exhibition and the private collectors both in the Netherlands and abroad who wish to remain anonymous:
Willem Baars Projects - Heyboer-archief Leop Duppen- Galerie Magnus P. Gerdsen, Hamburg - O. van Herpen - Anton Heyboer Stichting - V.O.F. Heyboer Malomajo - Twincollectie Willy en Trees van Kleef, Zeist - Erven Lizzy S. May - Collectie Meeuwissen, Oirschot - Collectie 'moetjehoren' - Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen.