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Renewed Past: in jewellery by Evert Nijland and in contemporary art

Exhibition  /  06 Mar 2016  -  22 May 2016
Published: 04.02.2016
Renewed Past: in jewellery by Evert Nijland and in contemporary art.
CODA Museum
Management:
Drs. Carin E.M. Reinders
Evert Nijland. Object: Rhyton, 2014. Silver oxidized, glass. Evert Nijland
Object: Rhyton, 2014
Silver oxidized, glass
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Intro
How themes, visual language and techniques from the past play a new, relevant role in contemporary art.
 

Artist list

Evert Nijland
An important part of this exhibition is an overview of jewellery made by Evert Nijland. CODA Museum presents Nijland's work combined with his broad selection of contemporary art by visual artists who, each in their own way, work with elements and symbolism from western (art) history and/or historical techniques and crafts. The exhibition offers a broad spectrum of interpretations and perspectives, making no distinction between autonomous and applied art.

Reinterpreting western (art) history.
CODA Museum presents Nijland's work together with his broad selection of contemporary art. In their own unique way, the artists in this exhibition give new meaning to techniques, materials and symbolism from western art history, thus demonstrating the importance of the past in contemporary art. Sometimes they do this by literally incorporating quotations, other times by reinterpreting a theme, symbolism, religious or mythical elements. The tapestries Good and Evil by Barbara Broekman, for instance, refer to the work of artists like Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770).

Form, image and ornamentation.
Evert Nijland works with form, image and ornamentation. His work is founded on the European cultural tradition.
The leitmotiv in my work is the love for the ornament and the search for its meaning. I am fascinated by archetypes and symbols – think of the flower, bow, snake, cruciform and geometric patterns – which have been interpreted in so many different ways over the centuries. What's more, the contemporary jewel is not bound to a specific material. I work from an image or idea and then go in search of the right material and fitting techniques. That is how the collaboration with artisans like glass-blowers, woodturners, textile weavers, ceramists or silver casters, who make parts of my work, comes about. I do not manufacture all elements myself, which sets me apart from other jewellery artists. For me, having my own signature does not mean that I have to make everything myself. / Evert Nijland

About Evert Nijland.
Evert Nijland's (1971) works are a mix of archetypes, classic ornaments, rich historical imagery and artisanal techniques. His translation to the present is surprising and inspiring. By combining unusual materials, using old (artisanal) techniques and reading historical symbolism in his singular way, he gradually built up an original oeuvre that has gained international significance and is part of many private and museological collections, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Renewed Past is a tantalising exhibition that shows how the past lives on in contemporary art to this day.

Contrast in Nijland’s work.
Besides ornamentation, the search for contrast is an important element in Nijland's work. He combines various materials and different disciplines within applied art. Those combinations are ‘classic’ and were used often in the past, while these days the disciplines are separated.

Renewed Past is staged by Evert Nijland, CODA director Carin Reinders, Ward Schrijver and advisor Hélène Bremer. Mercurius & Psyche, a publication about Nijland’s work, is due to come out in the same period.
 
Evert Nijland. Object: Rhyton, 2014. Silver oxidized, glass. Detail view. Evert Nijland
Object: Rhyton, 2014
Silver oxidized, glass

Detail view

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