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Photography: Korrie Besems
Text: Peter Delpeut
Design: Mart. Warmerdam
Size: 29 x 24.5 cm
Edition: 48 fc ills., 104 p.
Price: € 25,00

Landscape of plenty. Korrie Besems

From June 2010 to October 2011, Korrie Besems (b. 1961) photographed the border zones between leisure and everyday life: amusement parks, golf courses, shopping malls, holiday resorts and retail parks.

Over the past several decades, leisure has become big business. As a result, the claim the leisure industry makes on the landscape of the Netherlands entails long-term consequences for the quality and the appearance of that landscape. Because of changes in recreational needs, such as the growing demand for experiences, emotions and narratives, the requirements now stipulated for leisure landscapes differ from those of the past.

Free time is no longer the time when you ‘need nothing’, but the time when you ‘experience’ things. Partly because of this, the thematization of these landscapes is taking increasingly extreme forms. The Dutch leisure landscape, viewed through Korrie Besems’s lens, manifests itself as one big Land of Plenty, in which fantasy and fairy tales, in great sweeping gestures, have wiped out the history of our centuries-old cultural landscape.

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KUNSTRAI ART AMSTERDAM

- 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.