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Exhibitions 1997

Peer Veneman


Sculpture 1984 to 1996

April 27th to June 29th, 1997

Introduction: Ron Miltenburg, Amsterdam.
Lecture by Ron Miltenburg "Eyewitnesses wanted? on the work of Peer Veneman".
Reading by the author: Asmus Petersen, Hanover.

The Kunstverein shows 14 selected works by Peer Veneman from 1984 to 1996 with two loans from the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Peer Veneman's artistic development was based on the disciplined precision of minimalism. His art consisted of sleek abstract forms, was handcrafted and executed in rusty steel. From such formalist beginnings, Peer Veneman became active in Amsterdam's alternative art scene, creating installations, performances and new forms of experimental art.
In his latest work, he often combines elements from earlier works: the precise sharpness of minimalism with the ironic frivolity of Pop Art. But his roots go even deeper, all the way to the "unknown beings" created by Surrealism. They are imbued with the intellectual turmoil of 20th century psychology and illuminated by the emancipatory spirit of the counterculture of the 1960s.
A catalogue has been published.

Supported by the Dutch Embassy, Bonn, the city of Neuenhaus and the state of Lower Saxony.