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Royal Palace Amsterdam

Client: Royal Palace Amsterdam
Year: 2013
Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij

Series of 3 posters for ‘The Palace and Dam Square’ exhibition that focuses on the relationship between The Royal Palace and Dam Square, which, together, have formed the vibrant hub of the city and its canal district for the past 400 years.

The posters consist of two images each. One image shows a view of The Palace as seen from the Dam, the other shows a view of the Dam from The Palace. By combining them, they are given new meaning. The combined images are from different periods, but their relationship is rooted in the present and is reinforced by visual rhyme. For example, one poster shows girls from the ‘50s watching the inauguration in 2013. Another poster combines the image of the infamous Dam shooting on 7 May 1945 with the image of Remembrance Day on 4 May, many years later. The visual rhyme of the lamppost behind which people took cover versus the National Monument is unmistakable.

Posters in collection of Re-Issue,
Grey Gardens, Melbourne, Australia

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Koning Lodewijk Napoleon & zijn Paleis op de Dam

Client: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam
Year: 2012
www.paleisamsterdam.nl

The exhibition ‘King Louis Napoleon & his Palace in Dam Square’ examined the reign of Louis Napoleon, the first King of Holland, and highlighted the building as the residence of the French sovereign. The exhibition tells the remarkable story of the first sovereign to make the building his home. It traces the impact of Louis Napoleon’s stay on the building itself as well as its art and decor. King Louis Napoleon turned  The Town Hall of Amsterdam into a French Royal Palace and filled it with empire furniture. By quarter turning the Dutch flag, it becomes the French flag.

The exhibition was opened by H.R.H. the Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander in the presence of H.R.H. Princess Máxima.

 

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Opstand als Opdracht / The Batavian Commissions

Client: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam
Year: 2011
Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij
www.paleisamsterdam.nl

‘The Batavian Commissions’ is about the construction and decoration programme of the Amsterdam Town Hall, which was the most prestigious artistic project in the Golden Age. The local assignment attracted artists who contributed collectively toward what was considered the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.  Today, the four galleries are still adorned with six large paintings by Govert Flinck, Juriaan Ovens, Jan Lievens, Jacob Jordaens and Anthony de Groot. Initially, Flinck was the only artist to be commissioned in 1659. The theme chosen by the burgomasters was the uprising of the Batavians against Roman rule. However, Flinck died before the series was complete. In a bid to win the commission, various artists created studies of the different scenes from the Batavian Revolt. Lievens, Ovens, Rembrandt, Ferdinand Bol and Jordaens all competed. Due to a shortage of money and painting issues, only six of the eight arches were eventually filled and a smaller version of Rembrandt’s painting disappeared to Sweden.

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Schoonheid op maat

Client: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam
Year: 2010
Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij
www.paleisamsterdam.nl

The exhibition ‘Schoonheid op maat’ (‘Perfection in proportion / The legacies of Palladio and Scamozzi in the Golden Age’) at the Royal Palace Amsterdam deals with the influence of the famous architect Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548–1616) on Dutch architecture in the Golden Age (Dutch Classicism). The architect of the Royal Palace, Jacob van Campen, was influenced by Palladio and Scamozzi. The position of typography on the poster is based on the floorplan of the Palace, which is very symmetrical and characteristic for Dutch Classicism; dimensions and proportions are very important. The poster is in fact a blueprint of the floorplan.

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Over het IJ Festival

Client: Over het IJ Festival
Year: 2014
Photography: Martine Stig
www.overhetij.nl
www.martinestig.com

The Over het IJ Festival is the summer theatre festival of Amsterdam. The festival takes over the NDSM shipyard for eleven days and spreads from there along the banks of the IJ. Young, talented theatre makers are programmed next to famous names on various exciting locations to present their stories to the public. The performances on the ‘Over het IJ Festival’ in 2014 had the city and urbanization as their central theme. For the poster I teamed up with photographer Martine Stig. We combined 2 photos that are both taken in a typical urban surrounding but do not belong together. Combining them on one poster makes you see them as one theatrical image and reflects the feeling of summer and the city.

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Natura Artis Magistra – MOA

Client: MOA (Museum Oud Amelisweerd)

Year: 2015
www.moa.nl

Because the title means; “Nature is the teacher of art” I wanted to do something with this. I came up with the idea of the so-called spirograph, the ‘drawing system’ for children where you can create an infinite number of forms. The patterns refer to patterns from nature (flowers/plants) but are very strict. The result of a spirograph drawing is a ‘translation’ of nature, in which nature becomes ‘the teacher’ of the art (drawing).

Poster in collection of Re-Issue,
Grey Gardens, Melbourne, Australia

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Armando 85 – MOA

Client: MOA (Museum Oud Amelisweerd)

Year: 2014
www.moa.nl

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Armando in het woud – MOA

Client: MOA (Museum Oud Amelisweerd)
Year: 2014
www.moa.nl

 
Posters in collection of Re-Issue,
Grey Gardens, Melbourne, Australia

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Het gebouw – MOA

Client: MOA (Museum Oud Amelisweerd)

Year: 2012
www.moa.nl

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Hedah Centrum voor hedendaagse kunst

Client: Hedah Centrum voor hedendaagse kunst
2004–2005
In collection of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2008

Series of 7 posters (size: A3). To place Maastricht, a city in the utmost southern part of The Netherlands where Hedah is located, literally on top, I turned the map of The Netherlands upside down. The shape, colors and typography of the map itself is different per exhibition.