Once more, with feeling: a social perspective on 40 years of Land Art in Flevoland
September 5, 2017–January 7, 2018
Opening: Sunday, September 3, 3pm
In the Dutch Flevoland polders, over the past 40 years, seven major landscape artworks have been realized by internationally renowned artists. Seven new artists have been inspired by this Flevoland Land Art and have created new works of art, which were realized on-site. In Once more, with feeling, presented at KAF Expo in Almere (the Netherlands), the seven landscape artworks and performances come together in an exhibition that celebrates forty years of Land Art in Flevoland. The exhibition is both a tribute as well as an invitation for visitors to actively use these public artworks as special places. Once more, with feeling will be opened to the public on Sunday, September 3 at 3pm.
Land Art artists: Marinus Boezem, Antony Gormley, Paul de Kort, Daniel Libeskind, Robert Morris, Richard Serra, Piet Slegers
Land Art Live performance artists: Feiko Beckers, Melanie Bonajo, Gilles de Brock, Zhana Ivanova, Cindy Moorman, Maria Pask, Rory Pilgrim
The seven Land Art projects are monumental works made of steel, concrete, stone, trees and earth. These are places in the landscape where people go to enjoy a special experience. Whether it is the meditative admiration of the artwork itself, the celebration of a wedding, the experience of a performance or concert, or simply a picnic or a daily walk with the dog. 40 years ago, the first Land Art project from this extraordinary collection was realized: Observatory by Robert Morris nearby the city of Lelystad. Subsequently, every decennium new works were created, with PIER+HORIZON by Paul de Kort in the Noordoostpolder as the most recent addition (2016).
Since 2014, seven new artists have been inspired by the Flevoland Land Art for the research program Land Art Live, and have created new works of art that were realized on-site. Artists who do not work with steel and concrete themselves but rather engage in social processes, human experiences and political issues. Artists who adhere to the principles of Land Art, which saw the making of a temporary artwork in a remote place as a way to escape from the constraints of the art world.
In Once more, with feeling, presented at KAF Expo, the seven landscape artworks and performances come together in an exhibition that celebrates forty years of Land Art in Flevoland. Monumental sculpture, photography and video—historical documents, volatile moments and social issues: an opportunity to experience everything in one place in space and time. In addition, the exhibition is an invitation. Not just to visit the Land Art in Flevoland itself, but also to actively use these public artworks as special places.
Production and organization: Land Art Flevoland in collaboration with KAF
Curator: Martine van Kampen
Thanks to: Province of Flevoland and Fonds 21
The original Land Art works are: Observatory (1977) by Robert Morris in Lelystad, Earth Sea (1982) by Piet Slegers in Zeewolde, Sea Level (1996) by Richard Serra in Zeewolde, The Green Cathedral (1996) by Marinus Boezem in Almere, Polderland Garden of Love and Fire (1997) by Daniel Libeskind in Almere, Exposure (2010) by Antony Gormley in Lelystad, and PIER+HORIZON (2016) by Paul de Kort in Noordoostpolder.