Tracey Emin, I promise to love you, 2007, red neon light, 145,7 x 142,8 cm, Caldic Collection.
Folkert de Jong, The Last Thinker, 2010, Caldic Collection, fotograaf : Aat Jen Renders.
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I promise to love you. Caldic Collection
February 5-May 15, 2011
On the occasion of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Caldic Collection Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a survey exhibition entitled ‘I promise to love you’. A selection of over 65 paintings, photographs, installations and sculptures that have all been purchased over the last ten years, constitutes an impressive overview of the Caldic Collection in the 21st century. The main focus is not only on distinctive showpieces from the collection but also on acquisitions that have never been shown to the public before. Moreover, the visual correlations existing between various works of art are emphasized as well. The acquisitions displayed not only show the guts, diversity and originality of one of the most important privately-owned art collections in the Netherlands, but simultaneously stress the superb quality of this collection. Recent works by contemporary (inter)nationally renowned artists like Ai Weiwei, Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Yayoi Kusama, Ernesto Neto, James Turrell, Sam Taylor-Wood and Robert Zandvliet are exhibited. By showing this extraordinary collection the Kunsthal presents an accurate image of the current state of affairs in the international art world to a broad and diverse audience.
Major Private Collection The title of the exhibition was derived from a neon work of the same name by British artist Tracey Emin: her art work and token of love I promise to love you consists of these words in red neon inside a neon heart-shape. Art lover and collector Joop van Caldenborgh is equally committed and not only displays great devotion and dedication to art but also has a solid belief in it. At the age of sixteen he bought his first work of art with the money he had earned himself with a newspaper round. Since then he has visited many exhibitions, workshops, fairs, galleries and auctioneering firms both in the Netherlands and abroad. Under his supervision and as a direct result of his rather obstinate choices the Caldic Collection has grown out to become a sizeable and internationally famous art collection consisting of highly diverse works of various art periods, styles and disciplines.
Love at first sight Every art collector is quintessentially fascinated by the personal feeling he or she experiences when faced with a work of art: it is all about the fascination, emotion or confusion which are aroused by a specific art work. Looking for precisely that distinctive work of art which, more than all other works created, instantly moves the beholder and immediately stresses and underlines its unique and high quality, is an experience that is like love at first sight. This is the one and only criterion that was applied when compiling the Caldic Collection, as a consequence of which the collection is not only free of profit motives but also lacks malice prepense. Numerous works at the exhibition were only selected because they have what it takes to stimulate, entertain or confuse the beholder, while others were chosen solely for their beauty. The love for contemporary art is clearly visible in these works which all, and without any exception, excel at sensuality, ethical delight, fantasy and experience.
Publication To accompany the exhibition I promise to love you a catalogue of the same name will be published.
The Caldic Collection is renowned for its selection of modern and contemporary paintings, photography and the beautiful sculpture garden at Clingenbosch in Wassenaar.