The Highlights that are on display at museum Voorlinden cannot be described – one must undergo them.
Leandro Erlich designed his Swimming Pool especially for Voorlinden. He gave his work all the characteristics of a real swimming pool, including the recognizable pool blue on the walls, the typical lamps and even a real stairway through which you seem to be able to descend. And yet as a visitor you can walk on the bottom without getting wet. Erlich frequently plays with the eye. He transforms everyday spaces into absurd situations. Erlich wants to create an experience that makes the viewer think about the reality around him. The work only really functions in its use by the public. Without people, the work is not complete, according to the artist.
The sculpture Open Ended by the American artist Richard Serra weighs almost 216 tonnes. The corten steel work is 4 metres high, 18 metres long and 7 metres wide.
This is a piece full of contrasts: both heavy and elegant, industrial and organic, stately and playful, convex and concave. Six vaulted steel plates moulded together form a maze. Open Ended is a work best experienced by walking through it.
Ron Mueck creates hyperrealistic human figures which he details with utmost craftsmanship. They seem to be made of flesh and blood, but their scale turns them into fairytale giants. With Couple under an Umbrella (2013), the artist depicts ordinary people, but exactly twice our size. His figures are clearly individuals. Yet they are not portraits of existing people. They have something universal: every viewer can identify with them, despite their irregular size.
Damien Hirst climbs up and down the ladder to work on his large canvasses using blobs of paint and rough brushstrokes. You can feel the artist’s energy and joy. The pink and white dots of the blossom lie on chocolate brown branches against a sky-blue background. Hidden Secret Blossom (2019) is a celebration of the ephemeral beauty of the cherry blossom.
These 23 chairs are part of Fairytale – 1001 Chairs comprised of 1001 chairs from the Qing dynasty in China (1644-1911). It is a social piece that Ai Weiwei created for the 2007 edition of Documenta, an art event held in Germany once every five years. Through his blog Ai Weiwei invited 1001 Chinese citizens to Kassel for twenty days. Together, these people formed a representative sample of the country’s population. Most of them had never before been outside the confines of their own community, let alone that they dared to dream of a trip abroad. The artist feels that personal experiences are the foundation necessary for social change.
Due to maintenance work, the lifts are not on display at the moment.
The museum has in built-in elevator that comes up just a little bit higher than a grown-up’s ankle, on a scale of 1:7,5. The lift cabin disappears to an unknown destination in a building that does not have any storeys. Cattelan plays a game of copying and scaling, which allows the spectator to look at reality from a different point of view. The moment of recognition is immediately followed by the feeling of alienation, which is exactly what the artist is aiming for.
The artwork Skyspace by James Turrell is currently not open because we cannot comply with the 1,5 metres measures.
James Turrell (1943) designed a Skyspace (2016) especially for museum Voorlinden. Through the square opening in the roof you can see the sky like you’ve never seen it before. James mainly creates works of art with light, investigating fundamental questions about perception and making seeing almost tangible.
At special moments, it is possible to experience the Twilight programme of Skyspace. For this Skyspace, James Turrell put together a light programme that is precisely tuned to the Wassenaar twilight. The soft, natural light contrasts with the bright, almost tangible colours of the lamps. We’ll be happy to inform you when the time comes via our newsletter and website.