Tekst: Sarah Weyns e.a.
Aantal pagina’s: 112
Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit
Uitgever: Middelheim Museum, 2013
Staat: Als nieuw
Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling in het Middelheim Museum, 2013
The Middelheim Museum in Antwerp presents Folkert de Jong’s exhibition Amabilis insania. The Pleasing Delusion (Amabilis insania. De beminnelijke waanzin). Folkert de Jong’s world is peopled with circus artists, soldiers, art collectors, Indian gods, mountain climbers, little dancers, apes, heads of state, sunbathing girls, happy-go-luckies and skeletons. For his solo exhibition in the Middelheim Museum, de Jong is creating 11 new bronze statues, in which he experiments with coloured patinas. The layout seems extremely traditional at first glance, but upon closer inspection, it has an unsettling effect upon the harmony of the sculpture park. The artist binds timelessness with decay, art history with his reality, freedom with compulsiveness.
The figurative installations devised by de Jong, which are anchored in the (often mysterious) history or meaning of a location, combine an ironic reference to the Old Masters with a large dose of the present. He brings together historic figures or situations with a contemporary visual language or objects. Fiercely beautiful figures have ambiguous relationships with each other and with their environment.