In the Quist wing on the ground floor of the museum, you will find a fantastic selection from our permanent collection. It's a wonderful mix of paintings, photos, and sculptures by Brabant artists with an international body of work, such as Mark Manders, Henk Visch, René Daniëls, Jolanda van Gennip, and JCJ Vanderheyden. Right now, you can also marvel at a number of recent acquisitions of works by Thomas Trum, Eelco Brand, and Gijs van Lith, among others.
Who are these artists?
Thomas Trum (Rosmalen, 1989) created the huge work Two Orange Lines especially for the garden gallery: two lines in orange paint which he placed in two continuous movements, directly on the wall. Sadly, this artwork could not be preserved. This gave us the perfect excuse to purchase another of Trum's pieces: One Purple Line 06. To find out more about this acquisition, click here.
Jolanda van Gennip
She applies the paint to the canvas layer upon layer, often over a period of months: the work of Jolanda van Gennip (Terheijden, 1965) emerges organically. Van Gennip never follows a sketch or a preconceived idea; the thick crust of oil paint is formed spontaneously. The result: a paint explosion, with such weight, depth, and intense colours that it holds the gaze for minutes at a time.
Having started out as a painter in the mid-1990s, Brand soon swapped the brush for the computer. Eelco Brand (Rotterdam, 1969) makes 3D animations in which he conjures up beautiful, imaginary landscapes. His video trilogy is an homage to sons of Brabant Vincent Van Gogh, Jheronimus Bosch, and Jan Sluijters. The first part of the trilogy earned Brand the inaugural Will en Jan van Hoof Art Prize Noord-Brabant, in December 2018.
Gijs van Lith
The creative process, rather than the finished result, is central to the work of Gijs van Lith (Eindhoven, 1984). Both the choice of painting materials and the working method are crucial; the final result may depend partly on, say, the structure of a grid on which Van Lith is painting. Van Lith paints layer upon layer, but sometimes scratches and scrapes 'down to the bone.' Because of this, his canvases are often dotted with craters and holes, build-ups of paint, or bare patches.
The work of Iranian-born American artist Ali Banisadr (Tehran, 1976) was first shown at Het Noordbrabants Museum in 2019. His solo exhibition was a resounding success. We are hugely proud to have been able to add Banisadr's painting Red to our permanent collection – with support from the Renschdael Groep. Banisadr depicts, in his own, utterly unique way, the apocalyptic atmosphere and fantastical figures to be found in the works of Bosch and Bruegel. His vivid and dynamic artworks are a mix of order and chaos, of beauty and horror.
Is it a photo? A painting? The work of Femke Dekkers (Rijsbergen, 1980) plays tricks on your perception. To see the ingenuity of her photo compositions, you have to get right up close to them. From ceramic and paper, to wood and paint: by using a variety of materials, Dekkers creates a world of endless experimentation. In this artist's space, she explores photography and three-dimensional work, as well as paintings, in a single image.
Brabant native Leon Adriaans (Helmond 1944-2004 Sint-Michielsgestel) was an artist. His art was a true soul quest. Or, as he himself put it: 'Art, for me, is the lifeblood itself, the untravelled regions of the soul, the quest for insight.' Adriaans painted on a motley assortment of materials, from cattle feed sacks to oilcloth and rough planks. He made rough bases for his work from cattle feed sacks glued together. This was a curious choice, and a means of setting himself apart from, and rebelling against the prevailing laws of art.
Paintings, graphics, texts, installations, and photo and video art: the oeuvre of JCJ Vanderheyden ('s-Hertogenbosch 1928-2012) is very much part of the landscape of post-war art in the Netherlands. For over fifty years, his studio in the old centre of 's-Hertogenbosch was the place where his paintings and photographic works of dividing lines, horizons, and airplane windows came to life. The dominant themes of space and distance formed a continuous quest for the intersection of blue and white. During the creative process, Vanderheyden always asked himself just one question: 'What am I seeing? And how can I depict it so that others see it the same way?' With his distinctly visual intelligence, the artist transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary.
What you see is what you get: a maxim that Annemarie Busschers ('s-Hertogenbosch, 1970) takes quite literally in her portraits and self-portraits. From birthmarks and scars to bags and wrinkles: in meticulous detail, she fleshes out on the canvas everything that makes us human, laying bare the subject and their skin. For Busschers, these traits tell the story of a person's life. Acrylic, pencil, epoxy, wood, paper, felt, and linen: Busschers has a knack for combining her treasure trove of materials to astonishing effect. The result? Powerful, richly textured portraits.
Once we learn to read and can name the things around us, we often lose our childlike sense of wonder and playfulness. Not Mark Manders (Volkel, 1968). The multidisciplinary artist is supremely skilled at creating confusion: that moment when you don't know what you're looking at. This is the very thing that makes his work so intriguing. In his oeuvre, which has no clear beginning or end, Manders explores our relationship with things.
Jan de Bie ('s-Hertogenbosch, 1946-2021) had an artistic career that spanned more than forty years. De Bie went to art school in 's-Hertogenbosch and, slowly but surely, built a diverse body of work, translating his rich imagination into images. He also became a master of graphic techniques such as woodcutting and lino-cutting.
Will and Jan van Hoof Art Prize Noord-Brabant
This prize is awarded each year to a Brabant artist of proven talent. As well as being a mark of recognition, the prize is also a stimulus: the winner receives a grant or commission for the collection of Het Noordbrabants Museum. This prize is a collaboration between the Will en Jan van Hoof Fund and Het Noordbrabants Museum. Previous winners were Jenny Ymker, Michaël de Kok, Margriet Luyten, Eelco Brand and L.J.A.D. Creyghton.
The Garden Gallery provides a well-deserved podium for young and talented Brabant artists. This exhibition series is an opportunity for us, as a museum, to showcase the dynamic art climate in Brabant.