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Evert Thie­len – De Luiken Open

15 September 2024 up to and including 23 February 2025

A must-see!

Expected: Evert Thielen

This autumn, the Venlo museum van Bommel van Dam presents an anniversary exhibition of the Venlo-born, realistic painter Evert Thielen (1954). The museum-filling exhibition comprises the majority of his monumental-sized polyptychs. For the past few years, Thielen has been working intensively on one of the polyptychs. Now that is nearing completion, he will be exhibiting it for the first time in this form. The exhibition also contains many new and previously unexhibited paintings. A must-see!

15 September 2024 up to and including 23 February 2025

Tijdens Museum van Bommel van Dam toont Evert Thielen – De Luiken Open heb je een ticket met tijdslot nodig om de tentoonstelling te bezoeken. Het gekozen tijdsblok geldt als binnenkomsttijd. Met tijdsloten kunnen we bezoekers over de dag verdelen en ervoor zorgen dat het niet te druk wordt.

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About the work

The work of the now 70-year-old Thielen, created with self-made oil paint and tempera and related to the art of painting from previous centuries, is characterised by a strong symbolic load. What invariably stands out is a layered reality full of double meanings and subtle art historical references, designed in fantastical compositions and surreal arrangements. The craftsmanship and the connection between various time periods are notable in this hyper-realistic art. The unmistakeable muse both in portraits as well as on the polyptychs and in free paintings is his wife.

About the exhibition

With Evert Thielen - De Luiken Open ('Evert Thielen - Opening the Shutters’) museum van Bommel van Dam has chosen a new approach. This exhibition is the first that studies Thielen’s work thematically and places it in an art historical framework. At first glance, the title refers to Thielen’s famous polyptychs, compiled of several panels painted on both sides. These panels will be opened and closed every day, so that all representations can be seen. There is also attention for the complex and special mechanics designed for these giants. At the same time, the title says something else. Metaphorically, it refers to the wish to ‘open’ Thielen’s oeuvre, by dissecting and clarifying universal themes such as desire and infinity. Because what make his work so extremely appealing? His hyper-realistic style? The relationship with the old masters? Or does it hold such a great appeal because it offers such a contemporary perspective? What is the secret of the simple and personal or otherwise complex representations by Thielen? These and other research questions are central to the exhibition and extensive educational and public programme.

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About the artist

Evert Thielen (Venlo, 16 April 1954) lives in Bruges (Belgium). He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague for several years. He also studied the painting technique of Jan van Eyck with a group of scientists at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels for a period of six years. Exhibitions in the Cobra Museum (2002), Het Noordbrabants Museum (2005) and Museum De Fundatie (2011) and the double exhibition of the Limburgs Museum in collaboration with museum van Bommel van Dam (2019), undergoing renovations at the time, attracted an overwhelming number of visitors. Simultaneously with the exhibition this autumn, WBOOKS publishers is releasing the book Evert Thielen. Wording, wending, werkelijkheid. (Evert Thielen. Emergence, turning, reality.)

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Venlo in the theme of Thielen

With the exhibition Evert Thielen - De Luiken Open ('Evert Thielen - Opening the Shutters’), museum van Bommel van Dam is providing a vital contribution to the comprehensive cultural city programme that the municipality of Venlo is organising in collaboration with cultural and social partners. For the duration of the exhibition, the historical city centre of Venlo, the picturesque Maasdorp Arcen and Kloosterdorp Steyl will be in the theme of Evert Thielen. A freely accessible outdoor exhibition presents not only details from Thielen’s works but will also feature other artists’ work.

The exhibition has been made possible with support from:

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