First encounters in art, nature, archaeology around the ENCI-area
You are kindly invited for the opening of the exhibition ‘PIONEERS’ on Friday 1 September at 5.30 pm, at the RHCL/ the ‘Archive in Maastricht
‘PIONEERS’ is a theme-based exhibition to mark the 23rd Annual Meeting of the EAA/ European Association of Archaeologists in Maastricht. The exhibition is devoted to the fascination for discovering, excavating and showing treasures that have been hidden. The artworks ensure that hidden treasures are tangible and perceptible. Up, until now, the works of the seven pioneering artists have never or hardly ever been shown to the public or have been forgotten, some have been buried and excavated as an archaeological treasure. Attention is also focussed on Mountain/Image, a related project that the Jan van Eyck Academy wished to implement in the late 1980s. In collaboration with the RHCL/‘Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg’, the Province of Limburg (Ad Himmelreich, conservator) and Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. Curator: Krien Clevis.
Location: RHCL, St. Pieterstraat 7, Maastricht
Opening: Friday 1 September at 5,30 pm, by Lita Wiggers (director RHCL), governor Theo Bovens and Lex ter Braak, director Van Eyck.
Opened during normal opening hours of the RHCL, free admission, until 3 November 2017
With: Kristina Benjocky, Krien Clevis, Jasper Coppes, Bart Lodewijks, Chaim van Luit, Astrid Mingels en Rod Summers.
In this special exhibition, works from artists are showcased who wandered or have been working in and around the plateaus of the ENCI-area. The show includes artists, who have generated independent projects in the past years, as well as artists who have discovered and mapped the complete area in the 1970s and 80s. The artists have worked literally and figuratively in ‘the hidden’; share a common interest in the sensation of discovering and digging to hidden places. By means of this, a location acquires a special meaning. These artists are the pioneers of the ENCI-area and the direct location of Mount St. Pieter and the Cannerberg; it is the first meeting between art, nature, archaeology and heritage. These are works that have not or have barely been shown to the public, or have become oblivious, sometimes even literally buried underground and been excavated like an archaeological treasure. The artists involved in this project are between 30 and 75 years old. They are or were (partly) connected to the Van Eyck Academy, which itself organised a related project titled ‘BERG EN BEELD’ (Mountain/Image) in 1988. These aspects offer a historical perspective on the encounters between art, nature, archaeology in Maastricht and surroundings, and specifically in the ENCI-area. The exhibition in a parallel project to ‘TRANSITION ZONE’ and is organised in the context of the EAA-conference.