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  • From: 04 september 2021
  • Through: 05 december 2021
  • Location: Museum de Fundatie

Jeroen Krabbé - Stillness

My studio in lockdown

Months of stillness and solitude in the studio. No travelling, no trips to faraway places, no research on location, no filming for a new documentary series on a famous painter. In 2020 the rhythm that has driven Jeroen Krabbé’s artistic practice for decades – travelling for film and television work and then incorporating his impressions from those travels into paintings in his studio – came to a standstill. He shut himself away in his studio and created a new series of paintings which are perhaps best described as studio portraits.

Jeroen Krabbé, Atelier no. 1, 2020 - 2021, oil on canvas, 60 x 70 cm, courtesy of the artist

Jeroen Krabbé’s paintings usually look outward – at the landscapes of Gauguin, at his surroundings in Dalfsen, at his family history. Now they are mirrors reflecting his studio, his gaze turned inwards. These are compact paintings, in even shades, each with an empty canvas standing on the easel playing the lead role. The painter himself is nothing more than a shadow, a silhouette. Yet these paintings do not feel lonely. After a time the focus on the studio space in all its muted shades of colour and light becomes meditative, as if time had stopped and the viewer were dancing along to a newly adjusted rhythm which the painter imposed on himself to fill the days of isolation with meaning, even in times of stillness. The inward gaze produces pure painting in which every nuance, every meticulous gesture, counts.

Jeroen Krabbé, The beginning of a painting, 2020 - 2021, oil on canvas, 70 x 90 cm, courtesy of the artist

A book will be published by Museum de Fundatie en Waanders uit de Kunst to accompany the exhibition, featuring a conversation between Jeroen Krabbé and his son Jasper, with photographs by Annemarieke van Drimmelen.

Image header: Jeroen Krabbé, The Empty Canvases, 2020 - 2021, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm, courtesy of the artist

  • From: 04 Sep 2021
  • Through: 05 Dec 2021
  • Location: Museum de Fundatie