Groninger Museum acquires work by Folkert de Jong

17 March 2010

With the financial support of its sponsor, the BankGiro Lottery, the Groninger Museum has recently acquired a work by artist Folkert de Jong: The Sculptor, the Devil and the Architect (2006). At present, De Jong is one of the most outstanding Dutch artists who has emerged on the international scene. The work will be on display in the solo exhibition Folkert de Jong - Circle of Trust. Selected works 2001-2009 at the Groninger Museum until 11 April.

Folkert de Jong is well-known for his life-size group sculptures made of polyurethane foam and Styrofoam, a material commonly used in the building industry for insulating purposes, in architecture, and as a construction material for Hollywood film sets. This newly acquired work can be regarded as an important link in the artist’s transition from working with Styrofoam to the die-cast process of working with polyurethane foam. Earlier, the museum had already acquired a polyurethane foam work by De Jong entitled Infinite Silence, The Way Things Are and How They Became Things (2008), which the artist made especially for the Groninger Museum. He also endowed the museum with a number of drawings.

The Sculptor, the Devil and the Architect is a multi-layered and visually intriguing example of De Jong’s main theme: the history of art and his position as an artist within Modernism. He produced The Sculptor, the Devil and the Architect for the group exhibition Lang Leve Beeldhouwkunst (Long Live Sculpture), held in the Middelheim Museum, near Antwerp, Belgium. Not much of De Jong’s work can be found in Dutch public collections. The majority is accommodated in collections abroad, such as the Saatchi Collection in London and Dakis Joannou’s Deste Foundation in Athens. The Groninger Museum is proud to have two substantial and complete groups of figures in its permanent collection, showing two important phases in Folkert de Jong’s work.

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