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Marinus Boezem

Museums/Institutes Oude Kerk

Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX Amsterdam
info@oudekerk.nl
+31 (0)20 6258284

Open Mon - Sat / 10-18 hrs
Sun 13-17.30 hrs

Exhibition 24 Nov — 30 Apr

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Meteorieten - Marinus Boezem (2016) photo Robert Glas
From 24 November 2016 to 26 March 2017, Marinus Boezem’s (The Netherlands, 1934) new site-specific works will be presented in Oude Kerk. In this church, the oldest building in Amsterdam, he creates a vertical labyrinth in which you disappear and reappear. Boezem approaches the idea of the building as a vehicle or conveyor that lifts the individual from his earthly existence – sometimes literally, using the principle of the force of gravity. The crux of this exhibition is Boezem’s new work: a lift transports you to the top of the church up to the highest church window – like a deus ex machina. From a dizzying height you can view the monumental church from a whole new perspective. Look closely, and catch a glimpse of the personal message that the artist has left somewhere up on high.
 
Marinus Boezem
Boezem is considered to be one of the founders of Dutch conceptual art. A certain levity is quite typical of his work, for which he often makes use of intangible elements such as wind, air and transparency. He has a profound fascination with Gothic architecture, particularly cathedrals, which he sees as a metaphor for the human desire for spirituality. Cathedrals embody our desire to fly, to rise up and leave all earthly things behind. One of Boezem’s most famous works is the Green Cathedral (1978-2016) in the Dutch province of Flevoland. Still visible today, this project consists of 178 poplars planted in the form of the full-size plan of Reims Cathedral. The result is a cathedral of trees, with the sky as a canopy. This plan has become Boezem’s personal logo.
 
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