Heleen Blanken Presents an Art Installation during the Amsterdam Dance Event
Following the success of the project with Jeff Mills during the Amsterdam Dance Event last year, there is another joint venture between ADE and the Rembrandt House. Video artist Heleen Blanken and DJ/Producer Peter Van Hoesen are making an art installation that will be placed in the courtyard of Rembrandt’s former home in Amsterdam on October 19th. The installation is inspired by the work of Hercules Segers. The exhibition Under the Spell of Hercules Segers: Rembrandt and the Moderns opens in the Rembrandt House in October.
For the first time in years Heleen Blanken is working on a physical art installation. In the past few years the Amsterdam artist has been celebrated as a video artist. She made video clips and worked with trend-setting dance producers like Jeff Mills, Ben Klock, Rodhad and Voices from the Lake. Her work has been shown in many international clubs and at various festivals and events. She had a residency at the legendary club Trouw before it closed, performed at the Dekmantel festival and at many ID&T events.
Heleen Blanken drew her inspiration for her new work from the work of Hercules Segers (1589/90-1633/40), the eccentric landscape artist whom Rembrandt so admired. He collected work by Segers and more than three hundred and fifty years ago had several of his paintings hanging in his house in Breestraat – the present-day Rembrandt House. The installation will be placed in the museum’s courtyard. Blanken’s work, like Segers’s, is an imaginative representation of natural phenomena. It is an artificial depiction of geological structures and the earth’s atmosphere. Visitors can experience the work at different levels through the glass wall that separates the museum’s staircase from the yard.
Heleen Blanken is collaborating with Peter Van Hoesen especially for this event. For years, the Belgian experimental audio artist has been known to the general public as a techno DJ and producer. Van Hoesen is making an audio translation of the various layers in Blanken’s artificial world. Using headphones provided by Urbanears, each visitor can isolate themselves and immerse themselves in the installation.
Under the Spell of Hercules Segers: Rembrandt and the Moderns
This autumn the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Rembrandt House Museum pay homage to Hercules Segers in two parallel exhibitions. The Rijksmuseum is showing a complete overview of his painted and printed work, while the Rembrandt House is focusing on Segers’s influence on Rembrandt and artists in his circle, and on the role that Segers played in the development of modern and contemporary printmakers. The exhibitions being staged simultaneously in two Amsterdam museums give visitors a unique opportunity to discover the work of Hercules Segers in all its facets and experience his importance to art through the centuries. More information about the exhibition can be found here.
The art installation can be visited free of extra charge after purchasing an entrance ticket to the museum. ADE Cardholders can visit the museum for free by presenting their card.