musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux

Johannes Van der Beek


Newspapers ruins, 2008


Gift of M. Louis Nègre, 2009

Installation  consisting of glued paper architectures
Newspapers, aluminium sheet
70 x 488 x 244 cm

Purchased by the collector Louis Nègre from the Guild and Greyshkul Gallery in NewYork (the CAPC musée d’art contemporain is also indebted to Louis Nègre for the gift of a work by Meredith Sparks), this work by Van der Beek is a spectacular installation consisting of architectures made of glued paper.  A host of small details lend his constructions a playful and colourful aspect designed to arouse the onlooker’s curiosity.  Although Van der Beek’s work makes recurrent use of newspapers, reviews and magazines, it is devised above all as a sculpture.  Accumulation, cut-out, collage and the juxtaposition of printed elements all enable the artist to play with metaphors, including that of a culture erected from strata of printed pages.  The implementation (cut-out, collage, routing), brings forth an archaeology of events.  Past mingles with present and produces a décor of ruins.  

This Van der Beek work has a rightful place in the CAPC collection, because it was associated with the exhibition Quand la première ivresse des succès bruyants… held during the summer of 2009 at the Château Guiraud in Sauternes.   This exhibition was the outcome of a dialogue between the museum collection and that of the collector and  Friend of the museum, Louis Nègre, hailing from Bordeaux.
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