JCJ Van der Heyden, Installation, 1990, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

A JCJ Van der Heyden Installation Returns after More than 20 Years

JCJ Van der Heyden, Network with Velazques, Van Gogh, Mondrian, Breughel and Emperor Zhu Gaozhi 1990-1990. mixed technique on wood, tempera on canvas, reproductions, photographs, glass
h 197 x b 140 x d 167,5 cm, Collection Centraal Museum, Utrecht; purchase 1991, Image & copyrights CMU/ Gert Jan van Rooij.


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In-sight. JCJ Van der Heyden
September 24, 2011-January 29, 2012

More than 20 years after the retrospective exhibition of JCJ Van der Heyden in the then ‘Museum Boymans-van Beuningen’, JCJ Van der Heyden, one of the most important artists of the last 50 years, is back at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen with an installation entitled In-sight in two galleries.

The exhibition will be split across two galleries. One gallery will contain an open chest housing a collection of works. This chest is like a microcosm of the artist’s ideas. The second gallery will contain a selection of paintings, photographs and other works from the artist’s oeuvre.

Experimenting with new media Around the age of 35, Jacobus Cornelis Johannes Van der Heyden (1928) began to experiment with film, black and white monitors and other new media. He is also well known for his experiments with photocopiers. He was one of the first Dutch artists to work with new media. JCJ Van der Heyden became fascinated with making reproductions of reality and in the 1970s devoted himself increasingly to video, photography, painting and graphic techniques. The artist continually returns to the same motifs, constantly refocusing his vision of them. Museum Boijmans Director Sjarel Ex says, ""With each new adaptation, JCJ Van der Heyden makes an image of an image. Extraneous material gradually disappears. What remains is the presentation of the studio as a housing for the imagination."

In the collection In 1990 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen organised an exhibition of works by JCJ Van der Heyden in the large Bodon galleries, which seemed five times bigger with his work. The current installation draws upon the collections of the Van Abbemuseum, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which owns 18 works including six prints by the artist.

Monograph The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive monograph entitled, JCJ Van der Heyden – Licht, tijd en ruimte compiled and written by Hans Locher, former director of Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. This richly illustrated book offers a complete overview of five decades of work including paintings, prints, photographic works, books and exhibitions installed by the artist. The text and images are interwoven to create a unity. Published by Uitgeverij De Kunst,

JCJ Van der Heyden, Installation, 1990, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.