N° 3 2008
Art historian and advisor Renée Steenbergen has long argued for more attention to cultural patronage in the Netherlands, although not without critical comment. Her book, De nieuwe mecenas. Cultuur en de terugkeer van het particuliere geld, has recently been released.
The art collector and culture patron is back in Dutch art. It reflects a worldwide shift from governmental to private support for art, in an international art market that is bursting at the seams. A tour of some European examples of private support for art illustrate the dilemmas of this change.
Baby, One More Time
Repeat Play by Saâdane Afif
18/06/08 François Piron
The artist was born in 1970, but 38 years later, he is fully occupied with looking back at his early work. This takes the form of reinterpretations in word and sound. He is famous for his largest retrospective to date, shown at the recent documenta, where mechanically driven guitars performed musical interpretations of his earlier sculptures. Several poems by artists and critics also hung on the wall, written in response to this early work. A new interpretation of his work can be admired this summer at Witte de With.