In conversation with Ellen de Bruijne, owner of Ellen de Bruijne Projects
When was de last time something amazed you?
That was at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, where I visited the exhibition about Ulay. Although I’ve always had a special feeling for the poetic power of his work, the exhibition felt like a pleasant surprise to me. What also amazed me, was the show by the Otolith Group at the Van Abbemuseum. The work by the Afro-American composer Julius Eastman came across in this show. His 1978/79 compositions with repetitive patterns and his controversial titles, with the N-word, expresses so much “conflict” in such an intense way. This I will never forget.
Which young or starting artist do you think we should keep an eye on?
I think it is very interesting to keep an eye on Kubilay Mert Ural (1986, Turkey). In his paintings and videos he mixes videogames, politics and fantasies in an inimitable way. Also, I would recommend Daniele Formica (1996, Italy). He takes you on a poetic journey through his world. He is a natural talent!
What is your favourite work of art?
That’s a mean question! Of course, there is not only one work, but at least a dozen works that are all equally important to me. When I scour into my memory, on my first backpacking travel, there is Robert Smithson in the American pavilion in Venice. While sitting on the bench in front of the pavilion, I found a catalogue which was left behind by someone. I still have that catalogue. Smithson became a leading force for me when I was starting my art history studies.
Which artwork in Amsterdam’s public space is a must see?
I love the work by John Körmeling in public space, but I want to mention the more incorporated gems of Amsterdam, like “Het Schip” by the architect De Klerk.
Which exhibition or artwork should we visit?
I am very much looking forward to the opening of Pauline Curnier Jardin’s exhibition with her new film and installations in the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. The show by Melanie Bonajo for the (not-)Dutch Pavilion in the next Venice Biennial, which is curated by Maaike Gouwenberg, I am excited to visit as well.
4 Mar 2021