After a residency in the Van Goghhuis in Zundert in 2012, Loek Grootjans developed the idea of building an asylum for Vincent van Gogh, a gathering place for all major attributes of the grandmaster’s life: drinking water from Zundert, ground on which he was born, mummified pears and fried vegetables from the vegetable garden, found pigment from St. Rémy de Provence. Vincent’s Asylum derives from the ‘Storage for Distorted Matter’ project.
A long-term project by Loek Grootjans. Everything that the artist leaves mentally and physically gets a place in this project. Everything associated with the artist and his world is stored, recorded and archived. That’s how he ‘stores life’. The effort to include everything has always played a major role in Grootjans’ work. The impossibility of that attempt could be seen as a “hopeful” failure.