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Exhibition

Rob van Koningsbruggen - Paintings 2003-2019

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Rob van Koningsbruggen
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Museum

Rob van Koningsbruggen (b. 1948, The Hague) has had a major museum exhibition every decade since the 1970s. The last one – a grand retrospective – was at Kunstmuseum Den Haag in 2002. This autumn, in collaboration with the artist, we will be presenting an exhibition covering the period 2003-2019.
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&lsquo;Nowadays Rob van Koningsbruggen occupies a lonely position in the Dutch art world, as his paintings scale unique heights in terms of their colour and form&rsquo;, says director Benno Tempel. Many of the paintings in the exhibition will be on display for the first time. &lsquo;Every time you look at Van Koningsbruggen&rsquo;s paintings is a memorable experience. At first you&rsquo;re taken aback, then they get under your skin, and you can&rsquo;t get them out of your mind.&rsquo;
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Van Koningsbruggen uses lots of colour in his abstract paintings, which features shapes like circles, rectangles and funnels. He generally works on several paintings at the same time. &lsquo;I make a painting, and then I see a shape emerge&rsquo;, he says. &lsquo;I transfer the shape to another canvas and continue there. Then I leave the other painting for six months. Sometimes I&rsquo;m working on ten paintings at once. They&rsquo;re patients, you know, you have to make them better. And then I suddenly have a colour on my brush and I look at the other painting and think: yeah. So I play the paintings off against each other.&rsquo;
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Van Koningsbruggen became famous in the 1970s with his slide paintings, which he made by applying paint to the canvas and then sliding a second canvas over it. His recent work partly refers back to these earlier works.
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Rob van Koningsbruggen studied at the Royal Academy of Art and the Vrije Academie in The Hague. His body of work consists of paintings, drawings and knitted art.

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