Marcel van Eeden: The Room
Opening: January 18th 2013, 4pm - 6pm
Marcel van Eeden will be present at the opening
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard is starting the New Year with The Room, an exhibit of Dutch artist Marcel van Eeden in the gallery’s two smaller rooms. It will comprise 47 new drawings plus a site-specific installation.
Marcel van Eeden is primarily known for his characteristic film noir-inspired drawings, often with a continuous story updated almost daily by the artist on Facebook, to the great delight of what has become a broad art public. Already as a 20-year-old van Eeden had decided to work exclusively with motifs bearing an inherent indication of the artist's own non-existence. This means that he only incorporates motifs, texts and image references that were found before his birth in 1965.
Van Eeden’s latest series of works centres on his character Oswald Sollmann, who buys and later was robbed of some of the Grünewald drawings that were the centrepiece of the artist’s first exhibit, Grünewald Drawings at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard back in 2009. Sollmann (possibly?) kills the thief, is arrested and convicted in Zürich, but manages to escape from the prison to a remote mountain hotel. There he takes some guests hostage and demands in ransom an exit visa to Congotanga in West Africa.
In The Room exhibit, van Eeden has made a hotel room of the gallery space itself, where the further story will play out. The action thus takes place in the tension between the staged part of the story and the story itself, which can be read chronologically in texts and images in the drawings hanging on the gallery walls.
A catalogue with a text by Danish art historian Peter Michael Hornung is being published in connection with the exhibit.
Marcel van Eeden was born in The Hague, Holland and lives and works mainly there and in Zürich. He has had solo shows at a long list of museums and his work is represented in many public collections including MoMA in New York, Magasin 3 in Stockholm, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
The opening for Marcel van Eeden – The Room will take place from 4–6 p.m. on Friday, 18 January. On the same day, the Poul Gernes // Cosima von Bonin exhibit will open in the gallery’s three large exhibition halls. Everyone is welcome to attend the double opening, where Marcel van Eeden will also be present.
Marcel van Eeden – The Room can be seen at the Bo Bjerggaard Gallery until Thursday, 16 March.