A SOLO EXHIBITION OF HANS VAN BENTEM
Saturday February 3 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM.
The exhibition will continue through March 25 2018.
Hans van Bentem and NL = US Art have been working together since NL=US Art Consultancy’ s founding in 2009. They have collaborated on two previous shows, namely ‘Hans & Hans: Dutch Invasion‘ in Asbury Park, NJ and ‘Mirror Mirror‘ in Rotterdam. Hans van Bentem is known for displaying monumental art pieces in public spaces, his sculptural installations, for example ‘Keep on Dreaming’ at Gemeentemuseum, The Hague and his dazzling chandeliers in ‘Escher in the Palace’, The Hague.
His search for traditional materials and techniques has become like a search for endangered species. To make his iconic sculptures, his search leads him to places all over the world: from finding crystal in the Czech Republic to bronze in India to Lacquer in Vietnam.
For his current show, IMPERIAL STACKS will take center stage. The IMPERIAL STACKS are Hans van Bentem’s latest series of stackable images, which can be combined in endless variations. Van Bentem made these stacks in Jingdezhen, China, inspired by the expressions in porcelain during China’s different Dynasties. Like most works by Van Bentem they have a tongue-in-cheek quality, created with great artistic freedom and a deeply personal interpretation.
The stacks consist of five bottom sections, five middle sections, and five top sections. Each section is executed in multiple variations: in hand painted decorative patterns, in glazes, or in metal. The sky is the limit: while one stack consists minimally of three parts, they can easily be stacked higher and higher. A small number of these works were made earlier and shown in the exhibition ‘Forbidden Porcelain’ in Prinsenhof, Delft.
In this exhibition Hans van Bentem will also show new ‘SELFPORTRAITS’ and new glasswork. This exhibition was supported by the ‘Kaleidoscope Links Stipend’ of NL = US Art.