Keramiek Triënnale 2021

Exhibition  /  07 Mar 2021  -  30 May 2021
Published: 22.01.2021
Mignon van Bendegem. Piece: Πολιτισμού/Civilisation, 2020. Earthenware, terra sigillata.. Mignon van Bendegem
Piece: Πολιτισμού/Civilisation, 2020
Earthenware, terra sigillata.
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Figurative and abstract, monumental, or small and extremely detailed. Pot shapes, sculptures, and objects, shown alongside wall and floor installations. From 7 March to 30 May, CODA Museum presents Keramiek Triënnale 2021, an exhibition that CODA realizes in collaboration with the Nederlandse Vakgroep Keramisten (NVK). De Keramiek Triënnale 2021 shows the work of 48 artists from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, Ireland, England, Romania, and Slovenia. 

Artist list

Ana Maria Asan, Tanneke Barendregt, Rob Bijleveld, Wilma Bosland, Petra Bouman, Mike Byrne, Liesbeth Daale, Mels Dees, Heidi Degenhardt, Alida Everts, Mehmet Gökhan Taskin, Margreet Hajee, Peter Hiemstra, Adele Howitt, Conny Jongmans, Pieter Joost Bruyniks, Cecil Kemperink, Marga Knaven, Peter Krynen, Tiny Laarakker, Reinier Lagendijk, Nusa Lapajne, Thérèse Lebrun, Bob Lejeune, Doris Leuschner, Joris Link, Susan Melo, Dineke Oosting, Ellen Pattenier, David Roosenberg, Claudia Rösener, Jitse Sikkema, Olav Slingerland, Esther Stasse, Edith Tergau, Margot Thyssen, Frank Vanhooren, Mirjam Veldhuis, Dorothee Wen, Jutta Widmer, Christian Wisse, Mignon van Bendegem, Guy van Leemput, Karin van Paassen, Mariëlle van den Bergh, Gertjan van der Stelt, Mariëtte van der Ven, Ellen van der Woude
The work of the selected artists guarantees a varied exhibition, with which CODA and NVK give an overview of current contemporary ceramics in Europe. CODA Museum’s Keramiek Triënnale will also include the ceramic works of Couzijn van Leeuwen and the jewellery of Judith Bloedjes. Van Leeuwen passed away in the summer of 2019 and made a name for himself with his cardboard artworks and installations. The ceramic work of Van Leeuwen, who originally trained as a sculptor, is much lesser-known but forms an important part of CODA’s The Netherlands Collection. Judith Bloedjes gives visitors an impression of her oeuvre, method, and sources of inspiration in the Poetic Ceramics exhibition.

CODA Museum has already staged several beautiful editions of the Keramiek Triënnale, which included both sober and more exuberant, vibrant work. What is striking about this edition, is the number of works with a more subdued character. Perhaps this is related to the times we currently live in. We also see that the human figure, nature, history and topical issues play an important role in the work of a number of artists. As a result, this Triënnale not only reflects the state of affairs in contemporary ceramics but also shows a large variety of subjects and themes.
/ CODA director Carin Reinders 

Current issues and history meet in the work of Mignon van Bendegem. Her Pericles has traded his traditional Corinthian helmet for a face mask. The Corinthian helmet, a timeless, iconic symbol of militancy, democratization, and civic responsibility is inextricably linked to Pericles. Van Bendegem’s work Πολιτισμού / Beschaving (English: civilization) represents her search for the Pericles in ourselves, during this pandemic. Not a helmet but a face mask: ready to combat corona, but with consideration for others, and with calm and self-control as the guiding principles. 

The installation Unstable Mountain by Marielle van den Berg also refers to the present corona crisis and the effect of lockdowns on people and society. In her words, I made this installation of 16 porcelain mountains during the first lockdown; a period during which certainties vanished and that forced us to redefine our lives. Rock-solid mountains became unstable, unbalanced, or started to crumble.

Nature as a source of inspiration and the fascination with the endlessly varied manifestations of flora and fauna are represented in different ways by some of the artists. Alida Everts’ wall relief, for instance, consists of sponge-like shapes that refer to the deep-sea world. The unglazed clay not only emphasizes the purity but also gives the work a powdery, serene appearance. Reinier Lagendijk visualizes the growth, malleability, and destruction of nature. By firing the work as stoneware, he tries to freeze the transience of nature in time. Thérèse Lebrun’s work not only reflects the beauty, fragility, and poetry of nature, but her decision to work with clay is, according to the artist, also an act of resistance against our consumer society, which is fast-paced, immaterial, and largely virtual. The undulating movement that the wind causes in grasslands and on the surface of the sea is translated into an installation of whimsical, white oval shapes by Liesbeth Daale.

In his work, Peter Hiemstra focuses on human traits and the discrepancy between those traits. With its horns, tail, and red colour, his Dutch devil looks mischievous and evil. But is that impression correct? The spread-out hands, the half-closed eyes, the hip bowtie and his position on the typically Dutch plateau also make him helpless and innocent. 

With a grid of 60 ceramic portraits, Christian Wisse expresses the beauty and importance of diversity. She comments that a face always consists of the same elements – nose, eyes, mouth, chin, cheeks, forehead, neck, and hair – yet it is always different, mysteriously beautiful, and even of vital importance. To represent this diversity, I made 60 portraits.

The material, its characteristics, and the exploration of clay’s potential is also highlighted in this edition of the Keramiek Triënnale. Ana Maria Asan presents the installation Untitled (There is no white noise, only colourful sound series), part of the Sonores project, in which she has been exploring the sonorous qualities of clay for the past ten years. Marga Knaven’s draped and seemingly carelessly dropped waver-thin sheets of porcelain show the fragile beauty of the material but are also a visualization of her research into porcelain’s potential. 

Opening Hours (Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the museum is temporarily closed until 9 Feb.)
Tuesday to Friday, 10 am - 5:30 pm.
Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm.
Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.
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The regular entrance fee is €10.
Children under the age of 15 have free entrance.

About the Keramiek Triënnale
The 2021 Triënnale is the fifth large ceramics event organized by the Nederlandse Vakgroep Keramisten (NVK). The original Biënnale, in 2010, turned into a triennial exhibition that is staged in CODA Museum. In 2010, the NVK decided to program a recurring event that would include an exhibition and educational activities. By doing this, the NVK not only wanted to promote ceramics and demonstrate clay’s great potential; it also wished to offer ceramists and visual artists a platform where they could show the developments within their craft. After the 2015 and 2018 Triënnales, a third edition was staged in CODA Museum. The selection for the current exhibition was made by Gerda Brust (editor-in-chief of Vormen uit Vuur magazine), Nick Renshaw (visual artist), Manita Kieft (ceramist), Nora Leijen (curator applied art and design at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam), and Carin Reinders, MA (director-manager CODA). Three of the participating artists will be awarded a €1000 grant. The winners will be announced on 7 March. 

About Couzijn van Leeuwen
CODA’s collection includes a considerable number of Couzijn van Leeuwen’s works, and he has been designated one of the collection’s core artists. This means that his work is represented in the CODA Collection in a continuous line, allowing CODA to present an overview of the oeuvre and the artist’s development from its collection. Van Leeuwen trained as a sculptor. After his graduation, he was invited to work at the Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum (EKWC) in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands. He turned out to be self-willed and unorthodox, and his approach to his work was intuitive and experimental. His tendency to ignore the recipes for glazes presented a challenge for the technical assistants, but it also resulted in some unexpected works. Several Van Leeuwen’s ceramic works will be shown during the Keramiek Triënnale 2021 in CODA Museum. 

About Judith Bloedjes
The staging of Keramiek Triënnale 2021 partially coincides with that of Poetic Ceramics, which shows the work of visual artist Judith Bloedjes. CODA Museum first presented Bloedjes’ work during the Keramiek Triennale 2015, and it is included in the CODA collection. Bloedjes combines monumental, round shapes with a subtle and often soft appearance, employing a strongly sculptural language. For her jewellery, she uses Limoges porcelain and silver. Each piece of jewellery reflects her knowledge and love of beauty, form, material, technique, and craft. Bloedjes does not only make jewellery, but also stages live performances of wet porcelain on models. As of 2005, she regularly works with dancers and dance groups, collaborating on performances that include her work. In 2018, she collaborated with dance company Chronos Dans, developing the concept for the performance Pietà Ronde, which was performed during the opening of the Keramiek Triënnale 2018. 
Edith Tergau. Piece: Flagella Nero Magna lll, 2020. Earthenware, glaze.. Edith Tergau
Piece: Flagella Nero Magna lll, 2020
Earthenware, glaze.
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Olav Slingerland. Installation: Dot Circle, 2019. Cast earthenware.. Olav Slingerland
Installation: Dot Circle, 2019
Cast earthenware.
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Ellen Pattenier. Object: L’écriture blanc, 2020. Porcelain.. Photo by: Patrick Meiboom. Ellen Pattenier
Object: L’écriture blanc, 2020
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Dineke Oosting. Installation: Dolly, 2020. Earthenware, plastic, textile, glaze.. Dineke Oosting
Installation: Dolly, 2020
Earthenware, plastic, textile, glaze.
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Tanneke Barendregt. Piece: Op de huid (On the skin), 2019. Earthenware.. Tanneke Barendregt
Piece: Op de huid (On the skin), 2019
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Liesbeth Daale. Installation: Golvend land (Wavy lands), 2019. Earthenware.. Liesbeth Daale
Installation: Golvend land (Wavy lands), 2019
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Heidi Degenhardt. Piece: Earthfruit, 2019. Porcelain.. Photo by: Thomas Merz. Heidi Degenhardt
Piece: Earthfruit, 2019
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Alida Everts. Installation: Totus Albus, 2019-20. Clay.. Photo by: Siebe Hansma. Alida Everts
Installation: Totus Albus, 2019-20
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Margreet Hajee. Piece: Bruidssluier (Bridal veil), 2019. Earthenware, DMC thread, lacquer.. Photo by: Elsbeth Volker. Margreet Hajee
Piece: Bruidssluier (Bridal veil), 2019
Earthenware, DMC thread, lacquer.
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Peter Hiemstra. Piece: Dutch Devil, 2020. Various techniques.. Photo by: Sijtze Veldema. Peter Hiemstra
Piece: Dutch Devil, 2020
Various techniques.
Photo by: Sijtze Veldema
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Marga Knaven. Piece: X, 2020. Porcelain, wood.. Photo by: Hans Hoffman. Marga Knaven
Piece: X, 2020
Porcelain, wood.
Photo by: Hans Hoffman
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