Boijmans TV 2013 episode 10. Rescued from the flames
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Jan Koen Lomans
Jan Koen Lomans was born in 1978 in Rotterdam, educated at St Joost in Breda and Den Bosch and lives and works in Utrecht. He is fascinated by the the passage between life and death and that’s why he draws dying plants and flowers. For this, he is constantly looking for techniques that can help him not just illustrate this theme, but also make it understandable and real.
By drawing in polyester fabric with a laser and then violating the drawing with the same laser, pictures emerge about and from mortality and decay. With his work, Lomans gives a contemporary twist to a long art historic tradition. Work by Lomans can be seen in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in the exhibition Hand Made.
Dutch Burns Foundation
The Dutch Burns Foundation was set up in 1971 by Prof. dr. R.P. Hermans and Prof. dr. A.J.C. Huffstadt, doctors who were aware that the medical treatment of burn victims was inadequate. The mission is to prevent burns and to keep the suffering caused by burns to a minimum. The burn patients who appear in this episode of Boijmans TV act as ambassadors for the Burns Foundation.
For more information about the print cabinet, see the video ‘Temperantia’.
In the ice-cold winter night of 15/16 February 1864, a fire broke out in the Schielandhuis in Rotterdam, where at that time the Academy of Fine Arts and Technical Sciences and Museum Boymans were housed. 293 of the 480 paintings were destroyed, including all the large-sized masterpieces. 13 of the 31 folders of drawings were lost and 18 survived, namely those by Dutch artists with the initial C-S (unfortunately Bregje says it the other way around). The files with French and Italian masters were burned. All the prints and etchings, the earthenware and porcelain, the statues, the furniture and the inventory of the museum went up in flames.
Since at least something survived, the museum was able to reopen. The city council rebuilt the Schielandhuis and the insurance money was used to supplement the collection, not just with 17th century masters, but also with ‘modern’ works. The pen drawing of the fire was made by Cornelis van der Griendt (1827-1918) who donated it to the museum in 1910.
This ‘Portrait of a young woman’ was attributed for a long time to Jan van Eyck, but recent study has shown that it is by Petrus Christus, an artist who worked in Van Eyck’s studio in Bruges. The drawing was made around 1450 with silver pen on grey prepared paper; the frame is in black chalk and black ink.
‘Death and Young Woman’ is a drawing in pen and black ink by the German artist Albrecht Dürer. It was made between 1510 and 1520. Dürer was the first artist from Northern Europe who came into direct contact with the Renaissance in Italy and therefore, through the artists living and working there, also with the tradition of the classic antiquity. He was moreover the first artist who made use of the possibilities of the printing technique.
His studio specialised in copperplates and woodcuts and his works spread throughout Europe even while he was still alive. ‘Death and Young Woman’ is, however, a unique drawing from Dürer’s own hand.
Dragan Bakema is ambassador of the Dutch Burns Foundation and he is also with his company ‘Popovfilm’ the producer of Boijmans TV. Bakema is known to the general public as actor in films and television series such as ‘Loverboy’, ‘Olivier etc’, ‘Hunting en Zn’, ‘De Kroon’, ‘Medea’, ‘In Therapie’. Bakema also appears on stage: in 2012 he played Stanley Kowalski in the play A Streetcar named Desire by Toneelgroep Oostpool.
This sculpture was made by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and was discussed by Bregje in episode 3 of Boijmans TV 2013.
‘The martyrdom of St. Lawrence’ was drawn with pen and brown ink by Abraham van Diepenbeeck (1596-1675). This artist was born in Den Bosch and trained as a glass painter, but, once he arrived in Antwerp in 1621, he worked in the studio of Peter Paul Rubens and while there made a lot of paintings and drawings. Some art historians consider him a pupil of Rubens, but Van Diepenbeeck also had his own studio and was thus not only a practising artist but also an ‘inventor’.
You can argue about taste
As a guide in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Bregje van der Laar is interested in the way the people she leads around experience the art. This interest is also the reason behind the blog she writes about art and she has made an appeal to her viewers, readers and followers to submit a self-portrait. The best self-portraits are on exhibition until 22 March 2013 in the Kunststudio of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the very last episode of Boijmans TV (which will be broadcast on ARTtube from 28 March 2013) will reveal which self-portrait Bregje has chosen to win a prize.
The Textile Museum in Tilburg hosts the Textile Lab. This is a unique knowledge institution in which exceptionally knitted and woven fabrics are manufactured and artists, promising students and international (fashion) designers, guided by product developers, are enabled to discover possibilities in the field of materials and computer-driven, decorative and manual techniques.
The people who are being shown round the museum this week have, as group characteristic, that they have suffered burns. Bregje takes this marked group to the print room, where works on paper are kept – the most vulnerable in the collection – and she tells them about a number of masterpieces that were, like them, rescued from the flames. Is there such a thing as ‘humour’ at the moment of death?
Arie and Mandy are also caught up in smoke and fire. There is, it seems, an acrid smell of burning in the museum, apparently coming from the hole of Cattelan. Arie thinks it necessary to go down, but fortunately he does not need his fire extinguisher. The artist Jan Koen Lomans who is standing at a laser machine, is, in fact, extremely carefully when making one of his melted paintings.
In the meantime, Mandy leads the fireman who has responded to the fire alarm along hoses and extinguishers to an exhibition in preparation: ‘You can argue about taste’. Next week, the self-portrait that she made with the copier in the library will be hanging proudly there on the wall. And she tries to persuade the fireman to vote for her, because then she may win the competition associated with the exhibition!
This special episode of Boijmans TV was made in collaboration with the Dutch Burns Foundation, with financial support from the Nuts Ohra Fund.
Boijmans TV is a collaborative project of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, RTV Rijnmond and Ro Theater, developed with support from the VSBfonds and the Mediafonds. The series is produced by the Rotterdam production office Popov Film.
Sander Burger (final editing)
Kuba Szutkowski (producer)
Dragan Bakema (creative producer)
Edgar Kapp (production manager)
Jetse Batelaan (director of tours)
Wilfried de Jong (concept and interviews)
Els Hoek (research and editing)
And many others.