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The Zeeuws Museum presents Botanical Pleasure, a solo exhibition by the contemporary artist Frank Bruggeman. The starting point and source of inspiration for this exhibition is the Zeeuws Museum’s extensive and extraordinary natural history collection, which has been assembled since 1769 by members of the Royal Zeeland Society of Arts and Sciences. Bruggeman is the first artist to explore this collection, which includes shells, minerals, fossils, bones, skulls, stuffed animals and dried plants.

Bruggeman’s intense fascination with nature plays a central role in his work. He combines plant materials with objects in his characteristic ‘Bruggeman blue’ to create a new whole. In Botanical Pleasure Bruggeman is showing his own ‘plantscapes’ in relation to the natural history collection and a unique seventeenth-century herbarium from the Stadhuismuseum in Zierikzee. The exhibition provides a surprising perspective on this rarely seen collection and the manner in which it was assembled.

Hedwigepolder film Specially for the exhibition, Frank Bruggeman has made a film about the much-debated Hedwigepolder in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, which has been threatened with depoldering. According to latest reports, the polder will be left intact.

Frank Bruggeman Frank Bruggeman (Noordoostpolder, 1966) lives and works in Rotterdam and exhibits regularly in the Netherlands and abroad. Recent projects include a series of construction skips planted with native shrubs for the Zuidas in Amsterdam and the reception desk in the new entrance area of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Bruggeman is co-founder of Club Donny, a magazine that explores the relationship between nature and the urban environment.

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Frank Bruggeman
Botanical pleasure