08 June 2013 till 29 September 2013

Transforming the Known

Works from the Bert Kreuk Collection

The story of US-based Dutch collector and entrepreneur Bert Kreuk (b. Capelle a/d IJssel, 1964) is one of a true American dream.  Over the last fifteen years, Kreuk’s passion for collecting has taken him on an endless voyage of discovery and the resulting collection is at once daring, spectacular and highly personal. This is a collection of global ambition, created in order to be shared. It tells the story of the development of art over the last twenty  years.

In the summer of 2013, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag will exhibit a selection of works from the Bert Kreuk Collection that express the personal and social engagement of contemporary artists in a wide range of materials and media. While Bert Kreuk lends art works to museums worldwide, this is the first time that a substantial part of his collection will be on public display in a single institution. The Gemeentemuseum is delighted that the collection will have its first showing here in The Hague and warmly welcomes Bert Kreuk as a guest curator.

Bert Kreuk about the exhibition: ‘It is a liberating feeling once you discover that art is more than a mere reflection of reality. Collecting art for me is an educational journey of exploring, observing and under - standing, without learned assumptions. The artists in my collection have the ability to give a personal, intentional and authentic expression to their concept. They should have the wish to communicate an idea beyond the illustration of a scene or an instant identifiable mood. They extend boundaries and disrupt conventional ideas about art, and as such they are ‘transforming the known’.

Contemporary art opens new worlds, in which ideas, concepts and intentions are as important as form, execution and technique. The meaning of simple objects do not represent a less profound or less inferior conceptual background than complex works.

Inspired by traditional painting, the exhibition starts with a more conventional idea about painting and, through contemporary sculpture, concludes with painting as a conceptual performance. Many featured artists have never before shown work in the Netherlands. I warmly thank the Gemeentemuseum for the opportunity to introduce these artists for the first time and their vision that made this exhibition possible.’

The following artists are participating in the exhibition:  Allora & Calzadilla, Walead Beshty, Mark Bradford, Sarah Braman, Valentin Carron, Peter Doig, Latifa Echakhch, Matias Faldbakken, Brendan Fowler, Theaster Gates, Damien Hirst, Alex Hubbard, Elliott Hundley, Nathan Hylden, Alex Israel, Matthew Day Jackson, Willem de Kooning, Friedrich Kunath, Oliver Laric, Sherrie Levine, Klara Lidén, Adam McEwen, Oscar Murillo, Angelo Otero, Virginia Overton, Sterling Ruby, Analia Saban, Rudolf Stingel, Valerie Snobeck, Oscar Tuazon, Luc Tuymans, Kaari Upson, Danh Vo, Michael Wilkinson and Christopher Wool.