Bouke de Vries

Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (N.A.P.)
Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
23.06.2018 - 28.07.2018

Veracht den burgerman, doch ledig zijne kruiken. Despise the solid burgher, but drink deep from his flagon.

During the months of June and July, nine galleries of the Amsterdam Jordaan district will join forces for the second time to organize Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (N.A.P.).

This year, the exhibition will be curated by Joost Declercq, director of the Belgian Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens and Charlotte Crevits, curator of Dhondt-Dhaenens. For this second edition, Declercq is selecting one artist per gallery, to be paired with one or two Belgian artist(s) not represented by a gallery in the Netherlands. Through coupling these artists, Declercq is putting them in the spotlights as well as providing the galleries with a link to foreign partners through international collaborations.

Artists exhibiting at Galerie Ron Mandos: Bouke de Vries (NL, 1960) Koen van den Broek (BE, 1973) Edith Dekyndt (BE, 1960)

Curated by: Joost Declercq and Charlotte Crevits

Participating galleries: andriesse ~ eyck gallery, Annet Gelink Gallery, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, GRIMM, Galerie Ron Mandos, Stigter Van Doesburg, tegenboschvanreden, Galerie Fons Welters, Martin van Zomeren


About the artist: Bouke de Vries (gallery artist)

The Dutch artist Bouke de Vries (1960, Utrecht NL) is best known for his tactile, poetic sculptures in ceramics. He
studied design and has a background in restoration. In the porcelain universe, seemingly antithetical concepts
such as beauty, decay and transience find a startling reconciliation. A link to 19th century Romantic ideas is
always close at hand. In the work of De Vries, construction and deconstruction are two sides of the same coin. Taking
fractured ceramics from different cultures and traditions (such as Delft, Royal Worcester, Kangxi and Sèvres), he transforms them into new and unimaginable assemblages.