Jong, Folkert de – Amabilis insania/De beminnelijke waanzin – Catalogus Middelheim Museum, 2013



Tekst: Sarah Weyns e.a.

Uitvoering: Gebonden 

Aantal pagina’s: 112

Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit

Uitgever: Middelheim Museum, 2013

Taal: Engels/Nederlands

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.