Leo Vroegindeweij

15 Sep – 18 Dec 2022

TMH opens its 2022/23 season with a new program inspired by LEO VROEGINDEWEIJ’s Ephemeral Projects. Vroegindeweij’s breathtaking installation for our 18th-century stijlkamer places the viewer at the heart of the show. We find ourselves mirrored in the high-gloss spheres he has strewn across the floor, with art reflecting life (reflecting us) reflecting art.

Vroegindeweij’s installation for TMH is a follow-up to his Oeuvres éphémères in historical locations in France. 27 ready-made silver spheres (38 cm in diameter, each) are rolled across the floor under the 300-year-old Baroque ceiling. There is no title and the walls are bare without becoming a backdrop. Taking on the role of a pointed lens, each ball reflects the image of the celling’s brazen Flora and, on close inspection, of ourselves gazing in. “My work does not communicate meaning, but conveys behavior. This behavior is experienced in the encounter between the viewer and the work, in their equal but disparate roles.” This concept has run through Vroegindeweij’s work from his early pieces, which won him the 1985 Prix de Rome. Over a 45-year sculptural practice, his natural tools came to include uncontrolled circumstances, time, and space—with the TMH proposal taking shape in February 2022, right at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Meet the artist: Leo Vroegindeweij & art historian Brigitte van der Sande, 14 Oct 2022

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One of the most innovative contemporary artists, the Dutch sculptor Leo Vroegindeweij (1955) works at the intersection of a formal and conceptual vocabulary. He is featured in numerous museum collections and displays. In 2015 the Kröller-Müller Museum added his 1992 monumental work to its famed sculpture park. And his Apollolaan installation was seen as a pivotal contribution to the Amsterdam sculpture biennale ARTZUID 2017, curated by Rudi Fuchs. Winner of the 1985 Prix de Rome, Vroegindeweij was associated with the distinguished avant-garde gallery Art & Project, 1968-2001, and has since played a prominent role in curated and institutional surveys of Dutch art. Vroegindeweij lives and works in Amsterdam and in Méligny-le-Grand, FR.