Published: November 7, 2014
Photography: Rob Nypels
Introduction: Joost Zwagerman
Design: Mart. Warmerdam
Size: 22.5 x 24.5 cm
Edition: 37 fc ills., 72 p., hard cover
Price: € 23,50

Illuminations. Coloured Plates – Rob Nypels

In 2009 the Amsterdam photography museum Huis Marseille was the first institution to devote attention to the new work by Dutch photographer Rob Nypels (1951) with the remarkable exhibition ‘Only Gaze a While Longer‘. Nypels lives and works in the Massif Central in the Auvergne region of France. He takes his surroundings as the starting point for a series of landscape photos that are innovative, especially in their imagery. He doesn’t want to record nature as something to absorb from a distance, but as something that you experience from within. In his experiments he explores the landscape, using the soft quality of the portrait lens to have it run together into an abstract and colourful whole. In ‘Illuminations’ – a title taken from the collection ‘Les Illuminations’ by the French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) – Nypels shifts his attention from the natural landscape to the urban space, in which the contours of streets, squares, a funfair or solitary objects in mysterious rooms are vaguely recognizable. Each photo image is like a dream, lighting up in the ‘garden of memory’.

Writer, poet and essayist Joost Zwagerman (1963) wrote an introduction to the photos. Zwagerman: “Rob Nypels possesses an eye that is able to whisper almost inaudibly. When you’re gifted with this rare way of looking, the chances are greater that the immediate vicinity, but also a faraway and vast landscape, or a snowy mountain top, will show themselves in their usually hidden defencelessness. Nypels is indeed able to unveil this defencelessness. This mystique of visible things, as the Dutch novelist Louis Couperus called it, will only be unveiled and recorded when the cautiously observing photographer –­ with a top athlete-like concentration – leaves everything around him undisturbed. Some photographers like to overwhelm. Other photographers prefer to be overwhelmed. Rob Nypels belongs to the latter category.”


BREEZE OF LIGHT – Tessa Verder

Amsterdam Dreamtown. Pijffers & Brizzi

TAT TOO. Krijn van Noordwijk

Landscape of plenty. Korrie Besems

Fortune Flows: Aquarium Oriental. Bjorn Staps

Carousel: Into the Mountains. Thomas Elshuis

Upset down. Paul Bogaers

Surface to surface. Richard Galpin

DJ. Krijn van Noordwijk

The Innocent Abroad /
Jasper de Beijer



- post: february 15, 2019

This year we will again participate in the KunstRAI Art Amsterdam, which lasts from Thursday 18 to Monday 22 April – a day longer than usual (2nd Easter day)! You can find us at booth 24. We show work by four artists.

Roos Holleman will be represented with a special edition entitled An Inordinate Fondness, on the occasion of her book The Center of Attention, to be published in April. We’ll show a monumental painting plus a multiple of Jan Maarten Voskuil, in response to the publication in March of his monograph Round Trip. Robert Zandstra will be represented with a series of drawings in response to the leporello Stage of Being, which was published in September 2018. Finally we’ll show new paintings by Seet van Hout.