SmithDavidson Gallery presents the new solo exhibition ‘Parallels’ - showing new & unseen works, by renowned Dutch artist Marie Cecile Thijs (1964).
Marie Cecile Thijs shows glimpses of alternate universes; real enough to be within our grasps but also fleeting like in a dream. Futuristic or historic, surreal or fantastical, no solution is finite and remains open to
the spectator’s interpretations.
In presence of the artist Saturday, March 19 - From 5.30 - 8 PM Prinsengracht 570, Amsterdam
Exhibition days : March 23 - May 7, 2022
In Marie Cecile Thijs’ latest series ‘Green Scenes’ she constitutes a clear new direction, working towards abstract images and experimenting with new techniques including moving images.
Imagine a parallel world where our planet has been transformed into a green sphere. A planet on which there is no place for human intervention. Society has adapted to this alternate reality where animals and plants have regained control, having conquered space and time. They have shaped this world, creating a symbiosis and becoming autonomous beings, establishing a consciousness similar to our own. A new world, in which human society is no longer the driving force.
In this exhibition, Marie Cecile Thijs presents her imagination of this alternate universe in spacetime with a whole new body of work. Iconic series including ‘Amazons’ and ‘Food Portraits’ will of course also be on view.
Marie Cecile Thijs is a Dutch photographer generating international interest from both private and institutional collectors.
Works by Marie Cecile Thijs have been acquired for the collections of The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Museum Rotterdam, The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) San Diego, the National Museum of History and Art in Luxembourg (Mnha) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia. Her work has also been included in recent group exhibitions including the 2022 International Art Biennale Beijing, China, KunstHal Rotterdam & Museum de Fundatie Zwolle The Netherlands. 10 Corso Como Shanghai, China; Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana,
Turin, Italy and Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, The Netherlands presented recent solo exhibitions
of the artist.
and contemporary art
Marie Cecile Thijs (1964) is a Dutch photography artist and has been working as an autonomous artist for over twenty years. Portraits of people, animals, flowers and food, all bearing the unmistakable signature of the artist. Stillness is key. Her work shows influences reminiscent of
old masters in painting, while at the same time her personal interpretation is purely contemporary. She plays with her subjects, bringing them to life or freezing them in time and space. Objects become characters. They become detached from their original context, and assume a completely new identity. In her work the unusual is usual. Marie Cecile Thijs lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.