Tim Walker, Cierra Skye in thistle bubble, pearl in mouth, 2015, The Nicola Erni Collection, Zwitserland

Museum world première: the Noordbrabants Museum displays work by Tim Walker, inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights

20 June 2017

This autumn will see the Noordbrabants Museum exhibit The Garden of Earthly Delights, a striking series of images from internationally renowned photographer, Tim Walker (Guilford, 1970). The impressive photographs, inspired by the mysterious visual language of Hieronymus Bosch, were commissioned by the Nicola Erni Collection. The Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, is the first and currently the only museum to be showing the complete collection of 26 larger-than-life images. The exhibition will run between 4th November 2017 and 25th February 2018, and is designed by Shona Heath. A publication will be issued on the occasion of the exhibition.

Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch

In January of 2015, British photographer, Tim Walker received a commission from The Nicola Erni Collection to produce a series of works of his own choosing. He was given carte blanche with an agreed upon budget. For this dream project, Tim Walker decided to draw inspiration from an artist who'd fascinated him since childhood: 15th century Dutch master, Hieronymus Bosch. Walker spent a year working on the collection, a photographic response to The Garden of Earthly Delights (circa 1495-1505, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid). The ominous tone in the images is new for both the photographer himself and for fashion photography at wide, where beauty, health and glamour are the main tenets.

Set design by Shona Heath

In defining the images, Walker isolated visual elements he finds to be typically Bosch: the bubble with veins, the shell, the strawberry, the vines and the snakes, intuitively creating a Boschian world with the help of set designer, Shona Heath. The composition was created in front of the camera. The photographs were shot at the Eglingham Hall estate in Northumberland, one of Walker's favourite locations to shoot. The images capture pieces from the 2015 Valentino Couture autumn collection, which was inspired by Roman renaissance paintings and is reminiscent of the dress depicted in the Hieronymus Bosch painting, Adoration of the Magi (1490-1500, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid). Thirteen high-profile models were cast, including Guinevere von Seenus, Anna Cleveland and Dutch model, Jelle Haen.

About Tim Walker

Tim Walker lives and works in London. He studied at the Exeter College of Art in Oxford. As an apprentice at British Vogue, he was involved in creating the Cecil Beaton Archive. Following graduation, he was assistant to Richard Avedon in New York. Walker photographs for numerous international fashion magazines, including British, American and Italian Vogue, W Magazine and LOVE Magazine.
Tim Walker has enjoyed successful exhibitions at the Bowes Museum (2013), Somerset House (2012) and the Design Museum, London (2008). Several publications cover his work: I Love Pictures (2007), Pictures (2010), The Lost Explorer (2011), Story Teller (2012) and The Granny Alphabet (2013). Tim Walker has received multiple accolades, including the Infinity Award of the International Center for Photography and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society. Photographs by Tim Walker are held in permanent collections at The Victoria and Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery in London. In May of this year, it was announced that Tim Walker will photograph the 2018 Pirelli calendar. Dutch newspaper the Volkskrant described the already widely discussed series as a 'surreal Alice in Wonderland'.

Hieronymus Bosch at the Noordbrabants Museum

In March of this year, the Noordbrabants Museum announced that three million Euros are to be invested in new projects over the next five years. The resources come from proceeds from the exhibition Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of a genius visited by 421,700 people from the Netherlands and abroad. The museum is aiming to become one of the most visited museums outside of the Randstad. Special focus will be given to Vincent van Gogh and Hieronymus Bosch; two internationally renowned artists who, thanks to their ties to Brabant, will be the subject of both major and minor exhibitions.

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