Sculptures in the inner garden

July 7 – September 22, 2019

This summer, sculptures of Rob de Haan from Ermelo can be seen in the atmospheric inner garden of Stadsmuseum Harderwijk. He worked creatively in the textile industry for over 40 years. After his retirement, the desire arose to work more artistically. He chose to work in bronze; being active and shaping, making a three-dimensional, tangible object, it fits him like a glove. It is precisely this effort that makes him peaceful. In addition, he wants to master all the steps of the process: forming an image in wax, making a mold and doing all post-processing such as milling, grinding, polishing and patinating.

The different cultures and local art that he encountered during his travels inspire him. Just like the work of the great masters of the 20th and 21st centuries. Artists who worked figuratively, such as Pablo Picasso, Ossip Zadkine, Karel Appel and Marino Marini. But the abstraction also appeals to him, among others in the work of the members of De Stijl or works by  Richard Serra.

Keeping in mind the statement by David Hockney – “Good artists don’t borrow. They steal ”- De Haan tries to develop his own style. His sulptures remain recognizable, but then the artist adds an extra dimension. For example, by playing with the proportions  by varying in expression and by working with different patinas that determine the color of the sculptures.

In South Africa, Rob de Haan read a text that was made for him:

“When you buy something from an artist, you’re buying more than an object. You’re buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You’re buying moments or frustation and moments of pure joy. You’re not just buying one thing, you’re buying a piece of a heart, a bit of a soul …… a small piece of someone else’s life. ”

The Rob de Haan exhibition in the inner garden of Stadsmuseum Harderwijk is free of charge.

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