herman de vries

herman de vries 1931

Lives in Eschenau, Germany. Works in Eschenau, Germany.
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herman de vries works and lives with his wife Susanne in Eschenau, Germany. He writes his name in lower-case 'to avoid hierarchy'. de vries started painting in the late 1950s. He categorises these paintings as 'informal'. Using no figuration or color, the paintings are his first steps towards randomness as a principle of order. This principle aims to achieve absolute objectivity, and has had a central role throughout his artistic career. Later, his concern for the (disrupted) relation between humanity and nature takes a leading role in his work. www.hermandevries.org

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Documentary herman de vries, Hollandse Meesters
herman de vries at work in his workshop, 2010
Documentary herman de vries, Hollandse Meesters


1949-1951 gardening school, Hoorn 1951-1952 agricultural work in France 1952-1956 Institute for Research in Plant Diseases, Wageningen levensgebeurtenissen & tentoonstellingen | life events & exhibitions (selected): 1953 "beginning of my life as an artist" informal drawings and monochrome paintings 1956 'what is rubbish?' 1956-1962 informal collages [more information] 1959-1963 white paintings [more information] 1960 white is superabundance [= wit is overdaad] white objects 1961-1964 [revue] nul = 0 1961-1968 Institute for Applied Biological Research in Nature, Arnhem 1962 random objectivations [more information] white, other editions and reprints in 1967, 1980 and 2012 the music of sound 'nul', Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1964 revue integration 1965 first experiments with language 'there are no contradictions' 1967 travels to Eastern Europe and Russia 1968 'argumentstellen' 1969 travels to Algeria, Sahara, Tunisia and Turkey first psychedelic experiences 'die lust zur zerstörung ist zugleich eine schaffende lust' 'what is rational?' 1970 travels to Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India and the Seychelles moved to Eschenau the real works 1971 travels to Southern India and Ceylon susanne 1972 'my poetry is the world' chance and change [more information] experiments with film and photography 1973 travels to Morocco, Rio de Oro, Mauretania and Senegal 'a random sample of the seeings of my beings' chance fields 1974 travels to Nepal, India, Thailand and Laos eschenau summer & temporary travelling press publications 'to be all ways to be' 1975 poésie actuelle 'here & everywhere' 'exposition complète de luang-prabang' the poet in his poetry 1976 travels to India 'this & no thing' 'documents of a stream' 'le jardin sans jardinier' 'true philosophy is immediate actual' 1977 the dust of some roads & a leaf from a tree no-name or no name 1978 travels to Sikkim 'the earth museum' 1979 film notes 16 dm² das grosse rasenstück [more information] 1980 'werke 1954-1980', Groninger Museum 'gestern nicht kunst angefangen' 'all' 1981 long stay in Los Acevinos, La Gomera 1982 les très riches heures de herman de vries 'here' travels to Morocco 1982 to present natural relations [more information] 1983 to present from earth [more information] 1984 mind moving film and publication 'belladonna' 'die marokkanische sammlung' travels to Senegal 1985 scottish diary, first journal [more information] 1986 to present the meadow/die wiese 1989 das verschlossene paradies 'erfahrungsfelder' human life 1991-1995 integration. journal for mind-moving plants and culture le témoin 1992 'terre, vie et poésie', Mouans-Sartoux 'the real works', Edinburgh 'remember gustav theodor fechner' 1993 botanical works sanctuary Stuttgart 1995 'physics & metaphysics are one' 1996 'this' 1996-2007 mesa 1997 sanctuary Münster 1997-1998 Watergoed, Weerribben (Overijssel) 1998 to present tuindorpcollecties tilburg [start slideshow] 1999 'ambulo ergo sum' Digne-les-Bains 1999 sanctuary zeewolde [start slideshow] 1999-2003 bois sacré and sanctuaire de roche rousse, Digne-les-Bains 1999 to present 'traces' in Digne-les-Bains [start slideshow] 2001 'philosophische bemerkungen' 2002 'wynfrith me caesit - herman me recreavit', Düsseldorf 'different & identic', Lausanne 2003-2005 'sacred space', created for the State of Sabotage territory in Baldrockistan (Australia) [start slideshow] 2006 'spuren' in the Steigerwald [start slideshow] 2007-2010 steigerwald cosmology 2008 'trees museum', The Hague [start slideshow] holy days veritas existentiae 2009 'unity', Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo 'all this here', Schloss Moyland and Kunsthalle Schweinfurt (2010) 2010 'es ist da', Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin 2011 'i am', Kunstvereniging Diepenheim 'searching for the source' 2012 to present three gardens for Diepenheim [start slideshow] 2013 im winter auf dem grossen knetzberg • ein journal 2014 'all' and 'no thing', Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and Ketelfactory, Schiedam the water lilies, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim [start slideshow] from the laguna of venice - a journal - 'ZERO. Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-1960s', Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 'ZERO. Die internationale Kunstbewegung der 50er und 60er Jahre, Gropius Bau, Berlin 2015 'ZERO. Let us Explore the Stars', Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam herman de vries represented with 'to be all ways to be' The Netherlands at the Biennale Arte 2015, Venice sanctuary natura mater, Lazaretto Vecchio, Venice 'basic values', Erasmus Huis, Jakarta. The exhibition travelled to Amsterdam and Sittard 2016 'sculptures trouvés', Ernst Barlach Haus, Hamburg 2016-2017 'le sommet des philosophes', project as part of the 'traces project' around Digne-les-Bains (Villard des Dourbes) 2017 sanctuary for HEART, Herning/DK 'chance & change', MUSAC, Léon (SP) 2018 'ultimate freedom', BorzoGallery, Amsterdam 2018 herman de vries was awarded the Gerhard Altenbourg Price 2019 2019 'all all all', BorzoGallery at PAN, Amsterdam