Kees Smits: 18 January – 15 February 2020

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition with new works by the 75-years old Dutch painter Kees Smits (*1945). Some of his new multi paneled works are compositions of new and early works from the seventies and eighties. The exhibition shows an astonishing consistent and varied artistic development of almost 45 years. The show will open Saturday January 18 and will last until February 15, 2020.

The flat Dutch landscape forms the basis for his abstract geometric paintings, in which different points of view are brought together in one image. Kees Smits builds his paintings according to his own strict formal rules, but the imagination, 'the elevation of material', as he himself says, remains essential. In his work one always recognizes recurring motifs, such as arrows, numbers, waves, spirals, eight forms, circles and open cubes, which refer to the process of making and viewing, but one also recognizes the simplified references of figure and landscape …

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Jan van Munster, HARDCORE: 9 November – 21 December 2019

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition HARDCORE by Dutch artist Jan van Munster (*1939). Van Munster, known for his impressive oeuvre of minimal geometric sculptures visualizing the phenomena of energy, will show new light works. It will be his first show at Slewe Gallery The exhibition opens Saturday November 9 and lasts until December 21and will be part of the Amsterdam Art Weekend from November 21 to 24. You can listen to an interview with Jan van Munster on his exhibition on line here.

Jan van Munster, whose work was recently subject of a solo show at the Museum Kröller-Müller in Otterlo, is one of the most remarkable and influential artists in the Netherlands today. He works with various sources of energy, such as cold and heat, light and electricity or magnetism. His work is about contrasts, positive-negative, light-dark or warm-cold. In addition to a strong physical element, they also show spiritual powers as a metaphor for life. In the sixties his career started showing along with other famous artists as Ad Dekkers, Peter Struycken and Marinus Boezem. In these years Van Munster worked with traditional materials, such as marble, stone, iron and steel, but since the seventies he started to use polyester, granite, mercury and neon tubes as materials to load with energy. In the same period, he made films of his performances, in which he used his own body to show energy. Recently he translated his brainactivities into neon sculptures.

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