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Press release issued by the RKD, July 2021
Armando Archive comes to RKD
The Armando Foundation and the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History are delighted that a substantial part of the archive of Armando (1929-2018) will be housed at the RKD. The 2.5 meters of archival material includes scrapbooks, notes, sketches, photographs and correspondence.
Armando, who died in 2018 at the age of 88, was a versatile artist and a true multi talent. As heir to Armando’s entire artistic oeuvre, the Armando Foundation is not only responsible for his paintings and sculptures, but also for his literature, tv-programmes and music. This richly varied oeuvre can be regarded as a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, rooted in his experiences living close to Kamp Amersfoort during World War II. The legacy of Armando also comprises an extensive library, photographic documentation and his personal archive with scrapbooks, diaries, manuscripts, notebooks and sketches.
It is the aim of the Armando Foundation to introduce the artist’s work to a wide audience and it is now donating part of Armando’s archive to the RKD, where it will be made available for further research. Another part – manuscripts, books and notes relating to Armando’s literature and poetry – will become part of the Literatuurmuseum, which too is situated in The Hague. A collection of posters from the archive will be adopted by the ReclameArsenaal. Sigrid Bruijel, on behalf of the Armando Foundation: ‘We have proceeded with great care in handling the Armando legacy. Our first priority is keeping the memory of Armando and his Gesamtkunstwerk alive and passing it on to the public in a suitable way. Knowing that the RKD is the right place for Armando’s archive has given the foundation the reassurance it needs.’
The many notebooks with preliminary sketches for paintings, sculptures and drawings offer more insight into the extensive oeuvre, as do the scrapbooks with correspondence, newspaper articles, snapshots and other documentation Armando himself compiled. The archive also includes ring binders filled with portrait photographs showing Armando through the years, pamphlets, notes of meetings and opening speeches for exhibitions. Through these the archive presents an overview starting with Armando’s Zero-period in the sixties until his final years.
Remarkable are the pictures Armando himself took of his surroundings or of objects he sometimes literally used for his paintings. The archive also contains a number of artworks made especially for Armando by befriended artists, such as Klaas Gubbels. At the beginning of this month, the archive was moved to the RKD in The Hague, where it will be recorded and further examined
Waldrand 20-10-17, 200x250cm, collection Armando Foundation
The exhibition Ars Longa Vita Brevis in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe will be extended until December 22, 2022. In addition to the Armando canvas Preussisch, which the museum purchased just before his death, the painting Waldrand is also on display.
Das Rad 2000, Collection ABN-AMRO
ARTZUID 2021, Amsterdam
This year, 6 sculptures by Armando were given on loan by the Armando Foundation, 3 of which can be seen on the Gustav Mahlerplein.
Opening hours ARTZUID: from 1 July to 17 October 2021, the sculptures are exhibited in the public space and are accessible 24 hours a day.
During the exhibition, the Information pavilion at Minervalaan 10 is open every day from 10.00 to 18.00 hours (subject to the Corona measures applicable at the time).
See the website artzuid.nl for more information.
Die Flügel 2015, collection Armando Foundation
Vase 2010, 148.5 cm high x 45 cm in diameter, Collection Armando Foundation.
For this little presentation, ceramics expert Ger de Ree selected ‘jugs and jars’ from the collection of Museum Flehite. He has selected highly diverse ceramics, from Chinese porcelain, German stoneware and Gouda earthenware to contemporary ceramics. The two vases and the dish made by Armando were given on loan by the Armando Foundation. To be seen up to and including 21 September 2021.
As soon as the museums are allowed to open their doors again, Rijksmuseum Twenthe will present the collection exhibition ‘After the hunt!’ in which they take stock of ten years of collecting. Highlight of the exhibition is the newly acquired work ‘View of Hampstead Heath: Child’s Hill, Harrow in the distance’ from 1824, by the English landscape painter John Constable. This exhibition will also feature Armando’s Preussich 1983/84 (Prussian) and Der Feldweg 1-1-17 (The dirt road), both from the Rijksmuseum Twenthe’s collection. Armando was a great admirer of the work of the English romanticists, so it very special that these works now can be seen together in this exhibition.
Preussisch 1983/84, 170 x 170cm, collectie Rijksmuseum Twenthe
Eingekreist 22-8-97, 198x198cm, collection Berliner Volksbank
Eingekreist (Surrounded) is Armando’s contribution to the WIR. Nähe und Distanz (WE. Nearness and Distance) anniversary exhibition, featuring works from the art collection of the Berliner Volksbank. On show until 27 June.
For more information: kunstforum.berlin/aktuelle-ausstellung/
Der Feldweg 16-2-17, 140x240cm, collection Armando Foundation
In the national theme year ‘Ode to the landscape’, Museum Flehite in Amersfoort will be hosting the multi-faceted exhibition Across the fields and on the roads, featuring landscape paintings and drawings from its own collection and that of the municipality of Amersfoort, from 20 February to 24 May 2021. In addition to work by inter alia Gerrit Benner, Armando’s canvas with its appropriate title Der Feldweg (The dirt road) can also be seen.
Waldstück 29-10-01, 200x200cm, collection Museum Voorlinden
Armando’s Waldstück (woodland), on display at the exhibition Deep-rooted – trees in Dutch painting at the Dordrechts Museum from 19 November 2020 to 5 April 2021, together with works by inter alia Jan Toorop, Jacoba van Heemskerck, Jacob van Geel, and Pyke Koch.
Torso 2005, edition 1/3, 200x82x68cm, collection Armando Foundation
After the sculpture exhibition of Pépé Grégoire, Armando's Torso has been moved to a beautiful new place in the Piet Oudolf garden at the Singer Museum Laren.
Das Tier (Animal) 13-3-91 dimensions 198x250cm, collection Museum Jan Cunen
From 4 October 2020 to 31 January 2021, the exhibition Mieke Bal – Art by necessity will be on display at the Museum Jan Cunen in Oss.
What makes art a necessity? According to Mieke Bal, ‘it makes sense, it is even necessary, to look at the world from the perspective of art.’
Guest curator Jeroen Lutters made a composition of Mieke Bal’s most important video installations, combined with work from the museum’s own collection, by inter alia Ronald Ophuis, Martine Stig, and Armando.
Das Ziel (The Goal) 17-6-94, oil on canvas, 180x180cm, collection Armando Foundation
75 years freedom in art
This is the title of an exhibition opening at the City Museum (Stadsmuseum) in Doetinchem on 22 September 2020.
A key theme of the exhibition is the power and the significance of visual art and photography during and after the Second World War. Again and again, Armando manages to express this determining period in his life with full conviction and in an impressive manner.
In addition to Armando, works by Otto Pankok, Jo Spier, Lucebert, Eugène Brands, Anton Heyboer, Henk Peeters, Kadir van Lohuizen, Michael Wolf, Pauline Nijenhuis, Günther Uecker and Kira Fröse, among others, are also on display here.
The exhibition will last until 28 March 2021.
For up-to-date information and opening hours: www.stadsmuseumdoetinchem.nl
PAINT IT BLACK
Armando’s NUL installation “Zwart Water" (Black Water, collection Museum Kröller- Müller) from 1964 is a basin filled with water in an almost completely darkened room. It is the centrepiece of the 'Paint it black' exhibition at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo.
In addition, works from the museum’s own collection by inter alia Jo Baer, Ger van Elk, Ad Reinhardt, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Louise Nevelson, Francesco Lo Savio and Tony Smith can also be seen here. Black also plays an important role in these works.
From 19 Sep 2020 to 28 Feb 2021
Relocation of Der Bogen (The Arch)
On the low loader....
via the sky....
on it's new spot.
On Monday 17 August 2020, at the initiative of the municipality of Amstelveen, Armando’s sculpture Der Bogen was moved from the Stadsplein to a new location, ‘because it deserves a better place’. After a vote by the residents of Amstelveen, this became the Stadstuinen (the City Gardens).
3 of the 4 Armado's on display in Deventer, from l to r: Melancholie, Rotes Bild, Untitled
EICAS, a preview.
In anticipation of its definitive establishment at Nieuwe Markt in Deventer in 2021, Eicas now allows you to take a sneak peek in its temporary accommodation at Polstraat 6A in Deventer, with works by Zero-artists Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven, Armando, Jan Hendrikse, and herman de vries. A temporary exhibition with contemporary non-figurative art can also be seen here. The Armando Foundation gave 4 works by Armando on loan.
Espace criminel 12/1959, collection Armando Foundation
The Armando Foundation has loaned the 1959 Informal artwork ‘Espace criminel’ to the Chabot Museum for their exhibition Kunst stelt alles voor (Art Represents Everything). The exhibition also includes modern masters from its own collection and from the collection of the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum.
Up to 29 November 2020
Photo by Sigrid Bruijel
Gestalt (Figure), Kopf (Head), and die Beine (The legs) can still be seen by the water at the Flehite Museum in Amersfoort until 1 September 2020.
Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen presents the exhibition Relations & Contrasts. In addition to works by inter alia Karel Appel, George Baselitz, Willem de Kooning and Markus Lüpertz, 10 impressive works by Armando from the collection Hans and Cora de Vries can be seen until 14 June 2020.
Das Rad (The wheel) 1989, edition 2/3, 180x160x61cm, now on show at a private location in Heerenveen.
In the context of an update or prolongation of the exhibition ‘Tekens van vrijheid’ (Signs of freedom) at the Limburgs Museum in Venlo, one of Armando’s works on display here, Sandro Botticelli’s conversion 1979, 210x150 cm (2x) is switched for the canvas Körperlich (Physical) 1982, 255x155cm. Espace Criminelle (Criminal space) 9/1957, 116x91,5cm can also be seen here.
Prolonged until 10 May 2020.
Kopf (Head) 1989, 150x90x85cm, collection Armando Foundation
Until 4 May 2020, 4 statues from the exhibition "Armando in Amersfoort" will remain on show on the terraces in front of Museum Flehite: die Beine (The legs), 2 Gestalt (Figure) sculptures, and the above-mentioned Kopf (Head).
Die Brücke (The bridge) 2016, 160x190cm, collection Armando Foundation
Photo by Thomas Walter
As painting on loan, Die Brücke (The bridge) has found a lovely home at Huis Schuylenburch in The Hague, the residence of the German ambassador in the Netherlands
Passage criminel 6/56, 121,8x91,5cm, collection Museum van Bommel van Dam
SIGNS OF FREEDOM
Around the commemoration of 75 years of freedom, the Limburgs Museum and Museum van Bommel van Dam bring Signs of Freedom. This exhibition shows probing, spectacular works by artists and film makers who reflect on the freedom gained after 1945.
From 18 October 2019 to 8 March 2020
Der Tisch (The table) 2013, bronze, 134Bx210Lx160Hcm, edition 1/3,
collection Armando Foundation
Armando in Amersfoort
This autumn, Museum Flehite celebrates Armando’s ninetieth birthday with an exhibition at three locations.
In two rooms, the museum shows works by Armando from the core collection that is in the possession of the municipality of Amersfoort. The museum garden features 4 of his sculptures, originating from the collection of the Armando Foundation. In the Elleboogkerk close by, five works are shown that recall the fatal fire that destroyed the Armando Museum, which was housed in the church, in October 2007.
From 19 October 2019 to 26 January 2020
Photo by Conny Meslier
Around Armando’s 90th birthday (2)
When he said ‘I just feel at home here’, Armando meant that he felt good about the final accommodation of his private collection at the Chabot Museum in Rotterdam. This collection is publicly shown for the first time from 19 September 2019 to 1 March 2020.
On the opening day of this exhibition, Sinfonia Rotterdam will give a concert with accordionist Oleg Lysenko (Ukraine, 1974) who appeared on stage with Armando many times. Under the direction of guest conductor Ivan Hut, the symphony Apocalypse of the 20th century (2018) by the Russian composer Alexander Nagajev (1947) will have its world premiere.
More info: www.chabotmuseum.nl
Der Feldweg (The country lane) 24-5-17,140x240cm, collection Armando Foundation
Around Armando’s 90th birthday (1)
From 18 September to 17 November 2019, Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen organises the exhibition ‘Armando', a collection of paintings, drawings, and ceramics.
More info: www.jvdtogt.nl/verwacht-armando/
Fahne (Flag) 1981, 240x155cm, collection Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
This Fahne (flag) is part of the exhibition Virtuoso! Israels to Armando, from 29/6 to 3/11 2019 at the Frans Hals Museum.
On 22 September 2019, Cherry Duyns and Oleg Lysenko will put on the performance “I heard that people were listening", a special tribute to Armando, at De Kleine Komedie in Amsterdam
ARTZUID Annex Amstelveen guides the visitor inter alia past Armando’s Der Bogen (The arch), a bronze sculpture with a width of 10 metres, made on a commission from the municipality of Amstelveen in 2015.
Sketch and artist’s impression in preparation of Der Bogen (The arch).
In addition to works by inter alia Flanagan, Quinn, Claassen and Kapoor, Armando is present with 3 statues on the 6th edition of ARTZUID: a two-and-a-half-kilometre art route with 80 objects, this time compiled by Cintha van Heeswijk, Michiel Romeyn, and Jhim Lamoree.
From 17 May to 15 September 2019
A Krieger (warrior) and a Gestalt (figure) will be part of the art route here.
Der Baum (The tree) 18-1-01, 200x200cm, collection Armando Foundation
From 30 March to 15 September 2019 the exhibition ‘Dreaming of trees’, which includes 3 works by Armando, will be held at the Gorcums Museum
Armando at Museum Voorlinden has been prolonged until 5 May 2019.
Landschaft (Landscape) 1-10-05, 155x250cm,
collection Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar
Landschaft (Landscape), on show until 12 May as part of the exhibition Freedom – the fifty Dutch core artworks from 1968 at museum de Fundatie, compiled by Hans den Hartog Jager, who as a writer also pointed out the importance of Armando’s work in several publications.
Die Leiter (The ladder) 1992, private collection
In addition to work by On Kawara and Joseph Cornell and many others, Armando’s sculpture ‘die Leiter’ (The ladder) (1992) can be seen at the exhibition ‘Language and Art: Takashi Hiraide and the Artists’ in Sakura (Japan) at the Kawamura Memorial DIC until 14 January 2019
Der Zaun (The fence) 10-12-07, 155x200cm, NN Group Art Collection
The exhibition Out Of Office can still be seen at Singer Laren until 7 April 2019.More than 150 rarely exhibited artworks from Dutch corporate collections, including Armando's Der Zaun (The fence) from 2007.
Out now: the catalogue accompanying the special exhibition at Voorlinden.
A substantial, lavishly illustrated 114-page book with textual contributions by inter alia Suzanne Swarts and Cherry Duyns.
Opening night: Saturday 3 November 2018
Voorlinden presents a splendid retrospective in memory of Armando. Absolute highlight is the room with Fahne (Flag), die Leiter (The ladder), and die Hand (The hand). Here, Armando's intriguing story is summarised in headlines. Until 10 March 2019.
Slot Zeist, sculpture exhibition 'from the Outside to the Inside', from 9 October to 31 December 2018
Der Arm (The arm) 1988, dimensions 16x106, 5x21,5 cm,
collection Armando Foundation
What once started in 2015 as a playful exchange between the sculpture garden the ‘Anningahof’ in Zwolle and the Municipality of Zeist has meanwhile grown into a phenomenon: the sculpture route ‘From Castle to Centre’.
With the sculpture exhibition 'from the Outside to the Inside', this sculpture route is given an extension within the walls of the Castle, where inter alia these two sculptures by Armando can be seen.
Torso 2007, 109x93x76cm, collection Armando Foundation
Rote Blume (Red flower) 18-3-11, 150x150cm, private collection
18 september 2018
If he had lived, Armando would have celebrated his 89th birthday today, hence this exuberant flower.
Todeslandschaft (Landscape of death) 29-5-18, 150x150cm,
collection Armando Foundation
Museum Voorlinden shows remarkable paintings that Armando made just before he died
On Tuesday 18 September, Armando (1929-2018) would have celebrated his 89th birthday. On this occasion, Museum Voorlinden shows a number of very recent works of this iconic Dutch artist. They date from 2018 and are called ‘Todeslandschaft’ (Landscape of death). The works will only be on display for a short time: from 18 September to 2 November 2018. This little presentation is a foretaste of the big homage to this multi-talented artist and which can be seen from 3 November 2018
(text: website Voorlinden www.voorlinden.nl)
Boundaries evoke associations with inside and outside, with power and classifications. They determine our perception of the world. The Dutch artist Armando (1929 – 2018) explored and crossed boundaries at the same time. In his polarising art, he shines a light on the defining and crossing of boundaries, taking the observer along in what is in between.
The exhibition will be opened on 27 September 2018 at 17:00
Landschaft (Landscape) 22-1-07, 155x200cm, collection museum Voorlinden
Retrospective at museum Voorlinden, autumn 2018
Armando is one of the most important post-war artists of Europe. For many decades, he worked on his highly personal and amazingly versatile visual and literary oeuvre. The uncomfortable merger of beauty and evil, melancholy and power (or the lack of it) are recurrent themes in his work. Voorlinden had scheduled a retrospective of Armando in the spring of 2019.
This show would be built around his ninetieth birthday. On 1 July, however, Armando (1929-2018) died in Potsdam (Germany). The scheduled retrospective has now been brought forward and can be seen from Saturday 3 November 2018 to Sunday 10 March 2019. In cooperation with the Armando Foundation, Voorlinden shows a grand overview with work from the Zero period from the 1960s until his last works.
(text: website Voorlinden www.voorlinden.nl)
Der Feldweg (The country lane) 1-1-17, 140x240cm, collection Rijksmuseum Twenthe
Ars longa, vita brevis
Ars longa, vita brevis (‘art is long, life is short’) is the new collection presentation of Rijksmuseum Twenthe, with 'the human condition’ as its central theme.
Human life in nine episodes
The museum has invited nine artists, who will each furnish their own room while using the museum collection in relation to a new or existing work by the artist. In this way, a total of nine successive cabinets will come into existence, in which the artists use their installations to tell the story of ‘La condition humaine’, the human condition in the 21st century.
The nine artists who will furnish a cabinet for Ars longa, vita brevis are Bart Hess, L.A. Raeven, Berend Strik, Philip Vermeulen, Anne Wenzel, Peter Zegveld, Karin Arink (in cooperation with Renée Kool), Armando, and Siliva B. Their installations follow the different stages from a human life, beginning with lust in the first room and ending with ‘memento mori’ in the last room – human life in nine episodes.
Rijksmuseum Twenthe, until spring 2021
Armando in China
‘Between Abstraction and Reality’, paintings and sculptures at the Guangdong Museum in Guangzhou, China. Until 28-8-2018.
Armando’s Gestalt (Figure) in the Oudolf sculpture garden of Singer Laren
Piet Oudolf is a well-known representative of 'The Dutch Wave', a school in landscape architecture that uses natural plant communities, art and time (the seasons) as sources of inspiration. Among other things, Oudolf is known for his design for the Highline in New York City and the Millennium Park in Chicago. He also was awarded several prizes and honours for his work, including the gold medal for ‘Best of Show’ at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2000. On 3 June 2018, he received the Singer Prize 2018.
Armando to Mondriaan to Wolter
Because of an extensive renovation of its building, Museum Flehite will organise an exhibition in the Rietveld Pavillion at the Zonnehof in Amersfoort this summer from 19 May to 23 September. In this new context, the museum shows work from its own collection, plus some paintings by Mondriaan and Armando – two artists who have a special link with Amersfoort. Here Armando's Rotes Bild (Red painting) 19-8-10, oil on canvas, 150 x 150cm, private collection.