Saturday, February 21, 2009

Iris van Dongen stedelijk museum schiedam NL







Iris van Dongen (Tilburg, 1975, lives and works in Berlin) is a snake-charmer in art. Her work evokes soft sounds, but also a suspicion of furtive danger. She creates painterly drawings that are dominated by women: monumental, multicoloured and mysterious.
With dual layers of pastels and charcoal over one another, Van Dongen evokes gorgeous heroines in a shadowy environment. They could be sisters or, to put it more imaginatively, modern descendants of the goddesses from classical mythology: eternally young, beautiful and strong, and adorned with the allure of a (tragic) princess, even in their sorrow.
Moreover, reflections of the present day and current surroundings converge with memories of romantic or symbolic painting from the nineteenth century, by English Pre-Raphaelites such as John Everett Millais and Viennese Jugendstil artists such as Gustave Klimt. But even with their entire wealth of history, her women are clearly ambassadors of the twenty-first century.
In a period of five years, between 2003 and 2009, they have developed from melancholy girls to emancipated celebrities, who seem to have stepped directly out of a film noir and subsequently perform as pin-ups. Whereas they once let their minds drift away, as endearing figureheads of gothic subculture, clad in black-and-white sweatbands and scarves covered in skulls, they now stand tall and unflinching before the public: as magical creatures with red flash-light eyes, who can indulge in living dragons as amulets and allow a tangle of snakes to twine around their legs.
These femmes fatales are mistress of themselves, nature and the beast in mankind. At the same time, the snake is their weapon, their jewel and their alter ego. The title given by Van Dongen in 2008 to the series of drawings is Suspicious, and it immediately sounds as if the snake himself is speaking. His hissing ensures us that one cannot mock these heroines, alert and self-conscious as they are. They are the high-priestesses of women-power.
Although Van Dongen's work is appealingly well drawn, delicately coloured and richly decorated almost to the point of decadence, that duality of worlds consistently recurs. The seductive and the treacherous are willing bedfellows. Just as the king, queen and jack are duplicated as inverted busts on playing cards, and on tarot cards the fabulous figures lend themselves for an abundance of interpretations, Van Dongen's drawings are replete with contrast: inner and outer, light and dark, life and death, all revelling in a continuous role-play.
Night has Fallen (2005) displays a young girl cloaked by shadow, carrying her heart in her hands, as if she is offering it – perhaps to us, her public, perhaps to a lover who is out of the picture. Elsewhere she advances side by side with death, in works with significant titles such as She is the Night (2004). Here, she emerges from a garden in which a skull can be seen in the leaves of the trees, as in a vision. Her hypnotizing gaze reinforces the feeling that she is situated in a twilight zone, halfway between the present-day and the hereafter, where a skull is more of an object than a symbol; it is more of a creature, like a snake.
The skull, the snake and the devil. In the latest work, Mephisto appears on the scene, sometimes in the background as a sculptural decoration near to a seated woman, but also in person. We see him half dancing with a woman who is hanging in his arms, drowsy with sleep. Their loose embrace is tender, with elegant gestures, and the threat of a cruel twist of fate hangs eternally above them. The drawing entitled Echo (2008) sublimates a moment in time: the indivisible oneness of light and dark. Or, in the words of Van Dongen: ‘It is as if the woman's spirit has become visible next to her body.' With the skull, the snake and the devil, she has life and death walk side by side in all her drawings, as do good and evil. ‘Because that is simply the way we live: with our demons in and around us.'

To accompany the exhibition Iris van Dongen. Suspicious. Drawings 2003 – 2009 a catalogue with a wide selection of the drawings will be published in conjunction with BnM Uitgevers. This book, with an essay by Sacha Bronwasser, will be available in the Museum Shop for € 25.

Quote taken from a conversation between the author and the artist in her studio in Berlin, 13 November 2008



Iris van Dongen. Suspicious
Tekeningen 2003 – 2009
25 januari – 10 mei 2009

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

get [URL=http://jacket-dresses.net/]moncler outlet[/URL] at my estore ZZXnjSgT [URL=http://jacket-dresses.net/ ] http://jacket-dresses.net/ [/URL]

Anonymous said...

But the safety board, and now Markey, D-Mass., said employees from Transocean and Cameron have been getting preferential and sometimes hands-on access to the blowout preventer. [url=http://www.2012canadagoosepascher.fr]Canada Goose Pas Cher[/url] I must remind you of that. The reason being after using the supplement consistently, they began to see a large difference within their all around health.. So began his love affair with drawing and painting the rural landscape..
Humans have inhabited the Siberian Tundra. http://www.icanadagooseca.com I speak regularly before physicians, researchers, and other health-care professionals who devote their lives to helping patients eat sensibly and lose weight. http://officialcanadagoosesoutlet.ca
[url=http://flyballbags.com]canada goose jacket[/url] Zombies [DVD Comic Book Insert] Starring Madison Burge, Melissa Carnell, Frederic DossLady of the Dark: Genesis of the Serpent VampireLast Breath [Blu-ray] Starring Jeff East Madison County (Unrated) Starring Ace Marrero, Katie Stegeman, Nick PrincipeMask Maker [Blu-ray] Starring Nikki Deloach, Stephen Coletti, Anabella CasanovaMask Maker Starring Nikki Deloach, Stephen Coletti, Anabella CasanovaMother's Day [Blu-ray/DVD Combo] Starring Rebecca De Mornay, Shawn Ashmore and Jamie KingMother's Day Starring Rebecca De Mornay, Shawn Ashmore and Jamie KingMurder Obsession (Follia Omicida) [Blu-ray] Starring John Richardson, Stefano Patrizi, Anita StrindbergPlayback [Blu-ray] Starring Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers, Toby HemingwayPlayback Starring Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers, Toby HemingwayPoe Starring Stelio Savante, David Fine, Gene Silvers and Sal LandiPsychotica [Blu-ray] Starring Megan Hutchings and Tara JoshiSeattle's Loch Ness: The Lake Washington Sea Monster Starring Graham GreeneShock Labyrinth Starring Ai Maeda, Suzuki Matsuo and Shoichiro MasumotoThe Shrine Starring Aaron Ashmore, Meghan Heffern, Cindy SampsonShock Labyrinth [2D/3D Blu-ray + DVD] Starring Ai Maeda, Suzuki Matsuo and Shoichiro MasumotoUnderworld: Awakening (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray 3D] Starring Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley and Stephen ReaUnderworld: Awakening [Blu-ray] Starring Kate BeckinsaleUnderworld: Awakening Starring Kate BeckinsaleMODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAYTora Tora Tora [Blu-ray] Starring Joseph Cotten, Martin Balsam, Leon Ames and So YamamuraSCIENCE FICTION / FANTASYCypher Starring Jeremy NorthamLexx: Complete Season 2 Starring Michael McManus, Nigel Bennett, Brian DowneyTV LANDThe Big C: The Complete Second Season Starring Laura Linney and Oliver PlattChuck: The Complete Fifth Season Starring Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski and Adam BaldwinChuck: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray] Starring Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski and Adam BaldwinFantasy Island: The Complete Second Season Starring Ricardo Montalban and Herve VillechaizeTim Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] Starring Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will FerrellTim Erics Billion Dollar Movie Starring Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, John C. [url=http://www.onlinebeatsbydreoutlet.com]best buy beats by dre pro white[/url]

Anonymous said...

This soon attracted ducks, and Ruffingham Meadow became a prime destination for waterfowl hunters and later, for birders. [url=http://officialcanadagoosesoutlet.ca]canada goose outlet[/url] "Since the passage of Prop 8, I have lost interest or faith in any effort to gain marriage rights state by state. During your five-week diet, buy ingredients instead of processed foods. Today, it is disgusting..
The company uses premium materials and really knows what you need to be happy in the modern world. [url=http://www.icanadagooseca.com]canada goose outlet[/url] Surprising ajax, did you know that when our women prime minister was elected the polls were consistently showing more men supporting her then women. [url=http://officialcanadagoosesoutlet.ca]canada goose outlet[/url]
[url=http://flyballbags.com]canada goose toronto factory[/url] ", why Just now, we want him as he left teaching him martial arts, his desperate efforts to save a Xin days? " The old man Baile Bai head: "The boy was with a sinister, you can not teach him." Disappeared without a trace of ice looked old knitted brows furrowed silent. [url=http://www.onlinebeatsbydreoutlet.com]how to buy beats by dre[/url]

Anonymous said...

view [URL=http://guccioutlet6.devhub.com/]gucci bags outlet[/URL] , just clicks away vRMwSgvI [URL=http://guccioutlet6.devhub.com/ ] http://guccioutlet6.devhub.com/ [/URL]

Anonymous said...

check this link, VzEfgTDG [URL=http://www.christianlouboutin--outlet.tumblr.com/ - christian louboutin cheap[/URL - suprisely kAGseIQs [URL=http://www.christianlouboutin--outlet.tumblr.com/ - http://www.christianlouboutin--outlet.tumblr.com/ [/URL -

Anonymous said...

ghd baratas tidmakxw ghd espa?a lwdxwrbk ghd planchas ubtutzhj ghd kouxtcvm plancha ghd sdcrwmqp planchas ghd baratas unjqqyzx planchas ghd yjbrnraw

Anonymous said...

cheap ugg boots baqoqqvb cheap uggs ffckkxcd ugg boots sale mxmzedxe ugg boots uk jkwslsnx ugg boots qexdmwzi ugg sale dcuymmmb

Anonymous said...

ghd baratas nrwwbttu ghd espa?a nsogidtx ghd planchas vnalchfh ghd wkemdgwy plancha ghd kkxziaha planchas ghd baratas wbxjqwaz planchas ghd zggeppwl

Anonymous said...

Howdy, I do think your web site could be having internet browser compatibility issues.
Whenever I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine
however, if opening in I.E., it's got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that, excellent website!

My weblog; bathroom in northern virginia

Anonymous said...

Wοnԁeгful blοg! I founԁ it while searching on Yahoo News.
Do you have any suggestіons on how to get listеd in Yаhoo News?
I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thank you garcinia cambogia - garcinia cambogia - garcinia cambogia garcinia cambogia - http://www.richybug.com - http://la-photographie.com/

Look into my weblog; garcinia cambogia extract with potassium and calcium no fillers

Anonymous said...

We're a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
Your website provided us with useful information to work on.

You've done a formidable process and our whole group will likely be thankful to you.


Check out my web-site - garcinia cambogia reviews yahoo answers

Anonymous said...

I'm constantly web surfing for ideas that may benefit me.
And I have found yours. Appreciate it!

Also visit my web site - male enhancement products ()

Anonymous said...

Hello, i feel that i noticed you visited my
website so i got here to go back the prefer?.I am trying to to find things to enhance my site!I
suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

My website :: aldolized

Anonymous said...

That is very interesting, You're a very professional blogger.
I have joined your rss feed and stay up for looking for more of your
excellent post. Also, I've shared your site in my social networks

My web site; canadian web page hosting

Anonymous said...

each time i used to read smaller posts which as well clear their motive,
and that is also happening with this article
which I am reading here.

My website :: como revertir la diabetes

Anonymous said...

spinfile-C:\Dropbox\Keywords\Websites\marcjacobshandbags.us.com.txt Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Jimmy Choo Shoes Online
spinfile-C:\Dropbox\Keywords\Websites\celinebag.us.com.txt
Christian Louboutin Outlet
Louis Vuitton Outlet Celine Outlet
Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Christian Louboutin Outlet Kate Spade Outlet Online Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses Coach Factory Outlet Coach Factory Outlet Michael Kors Handbags
spinfile-C:\Dropbox\Keywords\Websites
ikeairmax.us.com.txt
Coach Outlet Stores spinfile-C:\Dropbox\Keywords\Websites\pradahandbags.us.com.txt Coach Outlet Online Michael Kors Handbags Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses Christian Louboutin Outlet Online cheap oakley sunglasses Michael Kors Watches Kate Spade Outlet Online Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers On Sale
Kate Spade Outlet Online Oakley Sunglasses Michael Kors Outlet Jimmy Choo Shoes Online Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Louis Vuitton Outlet Store Kate Spade Outlet Online Coach Outlet Coach Outlet Online Celine Outlet

Anonymous said...

Outstanding post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte
more on this topic? I'd be very thankful if you could
elaborate a little bit more. Kudos!

My web-site Lose Belly Fat; http://Storify.com/taxteeth3,

Anonymous said...

Hey! Quick question that's totally off topic. Do you know how
to make your site mobile friendly? My site looks weird when viewing from
my iphone. I'm trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to correct this problem.
If you have any suggestions, please share. With
thanks!

my web blog :: zaton croazia

Anonymous said...

I used to be able to find good information from your content.



Feel free to visit my weblog: anabolic cooking cookbook

Coach Factory said...

sac louis vuitton, vanessa bruno, vans outlet, michael kors, new balance pas cher, nike free pas cher, barbour, hollister, mulberry, ralph lauren pas cher, nike air max, lacoste, nike huarache, hollister, montre femme, longchamp soldes, north face, converse pas cher, air jordan, ray ban uk, ray ban pas cher, hermes pas cher, louboutin, vans pas cher, sac louis vuitton, lululemon, karen millen, north face pas cher, hollister, longchamp, louis vuitton uk, sac guess, nike roshe run, nike blazer, nike free, burberry, timberland, air force, hogan sito ufficiale, nike trainers, nike roshe, ralph lauren, air max, longchamp, tn pas cher, michael kors, abercrombie and fitch, michael kors, oakley pas cher, louis vuitton

Coach Factory said...

oakley vault, coach outlet, longchamp handbags, coach purses, louboutin outlet, michael kors outlet online, polo ralph lauren outlet, michael kors outlet, louboutin shoes, kate spade handbags, tiffany and co, gucci outlet, prada outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses cheap, louboutin, christian louboutin shoes, louis vuitton, longchamp handbags, longchamp outlet, coach factory outlet, nike free, nike air max, louis vuitton outlet online, chanel handbags, burberry outlet online, tory burch outlet, coach outlet, prada handbags, michael kors outlet online, nike shoes, jordan shoes, burberry outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton handbags, kate spade outlet, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet store, air max, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, coach outlet store online, ray ban outlet, ray ban sunglasses

Anonymous said...

electronic cigarettes, smokeless cigarettes, electronic cigarette, e cigarette reviews, electronic cigarettes, electronic cigarettes

oakleyses said...

nike air max, jordan shoes, gucci handbags, prada outlet, louis vuitton outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, tiffany jewelry, kate spade outlet, air max, longchamp outlet, longchamp outlet, oakley sunglasses wholesale, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton, nike free run, oakley sunglasses, replica watches, burberry pas cher, prada handbags, cheap oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin uk, nike roshe, tory burch outlet, nike outlet, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin shoes, louboutin pas cher, chanel handbags, polo outlet, christian louboutin outlet, ray ban sunglasses, ugg boots, ugg boots, longchamp pas cher, oakley sunglasses, jordan pas cher, sac longchamp pas cher, michael kors pas cher, polo ralph lauren, christian louboutin, nike free, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, replica watches, louis vuitton outlet, ray ban sunglasses, uggs on sale

oakleyses said...

michael kors, michael kors outlet online, ralph lauren uk, true religion outlet, nike air max uk, mulberry uk, true religion outlet, burberry outlet, michael kors outlet, sac hermes, coach outlet, coach outlet store online, coach purses, vans pas cher, north face, michael kors, abercrombie and fitch uk, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet online, timberland pas cher, true religion jeans, nike roshe run uk, uggs outlet, replica handbags, hollister pas cher, guess pas cher, ray ban uk, michael kors outlet online, nike air force, nike free uk, hogan outlet, polo lacoste, nike air max, kate spade, lululemon canada, new balance, michael kors outlet, true religion outlet, north face uk, oakley pas cher, uggs outlet, nike blazer pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, burberry handbags, nike tn, converse pas cher, michael kors outlet online, nike air max uk

oakleyses said...

insanity workout, lululemon, vans, beats by dre, converse outlet, ferragamo shoes, giuseppe zanotti outlet, gucci, celine handbags, soccer jerseys, iphone cases, chi flat iron, hollister, north face outlet, nike roshe run, bottega veneta, louboutin, ray ban, herve leger, wedding dresses, nike huaraches, jimmy choo outlet, asics running shoes, nike trainers uk, baseball bats, valentino shoes, reebok outlet, longchamp uk, abercrombie and fitch, p90x workout, hollister clothing, new balance shoes, mont blanc pens, nike air max, ralph lauren, nfl jerseys, vans outlet, soccer shoes, mcm handbags, hermes belt, nike air max, babyliss, hollister, north face outlet, timberland boots, instyler, mac cosmetics, converse, oakley, ghd hair

oakleyses said...

canada goose outlet, juicy couture outlet, canada goose, thomas sabo, replica watches, barbour uk, marc jacobs, moncler outlet, coach outlet, montre pas cher, barbour, juicy couture outlet, supra shoes, ugg, moncler, pandora jewelry, pandora uk, louis vuitton, doudoune moncler, moncler, ugg uk, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, toms shoes, louis vuitton, swarovski, moncler, canada goose, canada goose outlet, canada goose outlet, lancel, moncler outlet, swarovski crystal, links of london, canada goose, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, karen millen uk, pandora charms, moncler uk, moncler, pandora jewelry, canada goose uk, hollister, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, louis vuitton, wedding dresses, ugg pas cher, canada goose jackets