CURATING

Koen Hauser exhibiting in the Muiderslot

“The Emblemata Amatoria” of P.C. Hooft (a Dutch historian, poet and playwright, 1581-1647) contains of thirty images with a spell and short poem. The image was a literal imagination of the spell, the poem a deepening of the spell. P.C. Hoofts playfully provocative texts and images learned the reader something about the different faces of love. ‘Muiderslot’ (the best kept medieval castle in the Netherlands) asked Hauser to make new contemporary imgages inspired by ‘The Emblemata Amatoria’. Hauser made a serie of seven. In the visual language of Hauser frivolous Cupid plays no lead role, but two lively little children skeletons, for Hauser the ultimate symbol of impermanence with a-high ‘ feel-good factor ‘ due to the childishness. His still lifes have a unique relationship with the special atmosphere of the chapel of the Muiderslot (exhibition untill 28 June 2015). For this assignment I was the curator and consultant

Photo: Koen Hauser

Photo: Koen Hauser

Photo: Koen Hauser

Photo: Koen Hauser

Photo: Koen Hauser

Photo: Koen Hauser

Photo: Koen Hauser

Photo: Koen Hauser