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Galerie Ron Mandos will start 2010 with a mesmerising show of new work by Margriet Smulders, combined with ethereal porcelain (de)constructions by Bouke de Vries. Many thanks to auction house Christies Amsterdam and Dr A. Wieg Fine Arts, who have loaned a wonderful selection of seventeenth-century Old Masters especially for the show, including work from Willem van Aelst.
Margriet Smulders composes flower still-lives with an edge. Viewers are invited to lose themselves in the wondrous representation of flowers, fruit and voluptuous glass forms that refer to mythology and the Old Masters. Smulders uses water and other liquids to produce reflection of the visual elements in her work. In this way it is difficult not to lose oneself in the disorientating flood of bacchanal imagery.
In ‘Siren Blood’ Smulders presents a series of new, more playful works inspired by a recent trip to the Himalayas. Viewers of the exhibition will be able to have a ‘total experience’ in the middle section of the gallery; sitting on a large cloud-formed swing, surrounded by a series of dark blue, abstract works and completely seduced by the magical force of Smulders creativity.
Margriet Smulders (Bussum, 1955) studied at the Arnhem Art Academy. Her work has been exhibited on numerous occasions and is included in a number of public and private collections, such as the ABN AMRO Art Collection, Achmea Art Collection, AKZO Nobel Art Foundation, Bibliothèque National de Paris, COFF, Foundation, San Sebastián (ES), Delta Lloyd N.V., Houthoff Buruma, ING Art Collection, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rabobank International, Randstad Photo Collection, UMC Utrecht, Museum Kruithuis (Den Bosch), Museum Het Prinsenhof, Noord Brabants Museum (Den Bosch) and Valkhof Museum (Nijmegen).
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