Amidst tables and cupboards from which visitors keep a respectful distance, six artists examine how things move us.
A table serves as an extension of our lap; a bowl folds itself around soup so that our hands won’t need to. Originally developed as extensions of our bodies, objects have become a necessity to us. Yet we rarely consider their influence on us. Furniture, for example, directs our course through a room, but objects are also intertwined with our personal and cultural habits, our language and our behaviour in less tangible ways. Objects quietly affect our ways of looking at and thinking about the world. How they do so is explored through the spatial still lives at the Museum Van Loon.
The House Van Loon differs from other houses in that it presents objects as scenic props. Along with the many portraits on the walls, they offer an impression of the life of a prosperous family in the Golden Age. You can picture the Van Loon family members during a formal dinner or reception, and place them within the history of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). It is difficult, however, to consider the artefacts independently from the family’s ubiquitous presence.
Something Thrown in the Way of the Observer aims to take the objects themselves as a starting point, in order to question their impact on our lives. How do perspectives on ourselves and the world change when we imagine the relation between people and things as a more equal partnership? Each in their own way, the artists move things from the background to the foreground – also bringing the still lives at the Museum Van Loon irrevocably into motion.
artists: Uta Eisenreich, Rosa Sijben, Richtje Reinsma, Paulien Oltheten, Luuk Schröder en Batia Suter. Bernke Klein Zantvoort is curator.
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