Contemplative collection for a meditative museum building: The Kolumba in Cologne

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Apart from the mandatory visits to the Cathedral and the Museum Ludwig the Kolumba absolutely belongs to the ‘must sees’ in Cologne as well. This – by Peter Zumthor designed – beautiful construction is halfway between a museum and a church. Zumthor’s modern design is quite literally located on the ruins of the church of St. Kolumba – hence the name – and forms a whole with the Böhm’s chapel. But it’s above all the overall contemplative atmosphere in which both classical and modern art is displayed which makes this a meditative and reflective experience.

Depicted are works of the exhibition ‘Playing by Heart’ which runs until August 24, 2015.

Kolumba06Esther Kläs – 0/6 (rumba) (2013).

Kolumba07Jannis Kounellis – Tragedia civile (1994).

Kolumba05Jannis Kounellis – Tragedia civile (1994).

Kolumba03Robert Klümpen – Je t’aime (2011).

Kolumba08Michael Buthe – Untitled (1992).

Kolumba09Michael Buthe – Untitled (1992).

Kolumba04Kolumba, reading room.

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Roni_Horn – When The How and The What Are The Same (1991).

Kolumba01Roni Horn – When The How and The What Are The Same (1991).

Kolumba10Bernhard Leitner – Serpentinata (2004/2014).

Kolumba11Bernhard Leitner – Serpentinata (2004/2014).

Kolumba12Madonna with the grape, Bavaria (± 1480). Hartmut Neumann – Vogelwelt I und II (1995).

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Artist Portraits, at the beautiful Bar Moustache

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Last month I had the pleasure to exhibit my ‘Artist Portraits’ at the, beautifully by ‘byStella’ designed, Bar Moustache, in the center of Amsterdam. For who missed it here are some images.

The photographs of this series – that all follow the same concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist – are a limited edition and can be ordered via Saatchi Art.

Roberto Voorbij at Bar Moustache 01Roberto Voorbij – Artist Portraits (2015).

Roberto Voorbij at Bar Moustache 02Roberto Voorbij – Artist Portraits (2015).

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Mesmerizing mural, based on the design of a color test

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This mural you could probably categorize as Optical Art. After all it does have a similar hypnotic effect. Particularly if you look at it a bit longer. But aside from this first formal interpretation it certainly does concern an engaged artwork. By leaving out any readable numbers – which in the original design from 1917 were visible for the non-color blind – the work suggests that everyone who looks at this mural is colorblind. It’s no coincidence that for this version has been chosen to use the Dutch national color orange.

Roberto Voorbij - Color BlindnessRoberto Voorbij – Color blindness (2015).

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Portrait 17: Bourgeois.

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Portrait 17, part of the ongoing series ‘Artist Portraits’. Originally commissioned by ARTISTS NOT ARMIES. All collages have the same clear concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist.

A selection of the series  is being exhibited at Wolvenstraat 23 – Amsterdam, this month.

Roberto Voorbij - Portrait 17 (Louise Bourgeois)

Roberto Voorbij – Portrait 17: Bourgeois. (2014).

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Portrait 16: Oppenheim.

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Portrait 16, part of the ongoing series ‘Artist Portraits’. Originally commissioned by ARTISTS NOT ARMIES. All collages have the same concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist. A selection of the series will be exhibited at Wolvenstraat 23 – Amsterdam, next month.

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Roberto Voorbij – Portrait 16: Oppenheim. (2014).

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You are beautiful

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Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum08Matthew Hoffman – You are beautiful (Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, 2014).

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The ideal crash

Originally intended as a sketch for the short vid The ideal crash. This photo collage can be considered as a work in itself.

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Roberto Voorbij – The ideal crash (2014).

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