On Riki Mijling
Exhibition & Book Presentation, 17 February 2019
Dutch sculptor Riki Mijling (1954, Nijmegen, the Netherlands) works in a rich tradition of non-objective, post-minimalist sculpture. The twentieth century art genealogy shows a forceful line of abstract-geometry, with pioneers such as Kasimir Malevitjs, Vladimir Tatlin, Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg.
Developments in art since the mid-1960s show how artists expanded on this legacy, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In the United States artists like Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Robert Morris burst onto the scene, causing a landslide with their minimalist approaches, a radical simplification of forms and dissolving 'meaning' in the traditional sense.
And in the Netherlands too, artists sought for new forms of expressiveness, for a formal and linguistic reduction, no-longer connected to representation and story-telling. With her sculpture––and her works on paper too––Mijling expands on this rich tradition of essentialism, developing a characteristic and unique visual language.
Mijling pairs a reductionist approach with a warm, 'charged' character of her sculptures in waxed steel, Cor-Ten steel, glass and stone. It distinguishes Mijling from so many contemporaries and admired forerunners, and raises the question whether the concept of 'minimalism' is, in Mijling's case, still applicable.
The non-referential, archetypical forms of Riki Mijling’s sculptures lead back to basic elements, to universal significance of timeless forms. Unmistakably 'Mijling’ is a quest for an ideal line, for pure form and a new experience of space, of the balance between matter and non-matter.
The Riki Mijling Foundation is proud promotor of the monograph published by international renowned publisher Kerber Verlag.
Riki Mijling. Vormen van Betekenis / Forms of Meaning
Galerie Schoots + Van Duyse,
Napoleonkaai 15, 2000 Antwerpen
Download the press release (in Dutch) here.
Sunday 17 February 2019
Galerie Schoots + Van Duyse
2000 Antwerp (Belgium)
Festive presentation of the new monograph Riki Mijling. Void/Volume, with a lecture by editor/author Antoon Melissen
Opening of the exhibition Riki Mijling. Vormen van Betekenis / Forms of Meaning, Word of welcome by Roland Janssen and Stijn Coppejans; short introduction by Antoon Melissen, curator of the exhibition
As the very first Belgian gallery, Schoots + Van Duyse presents a rich selection of Riki Mijling's works from the years 1995-2019, including her newest, monumental works in Corten-steel.
Mijling's works are contrasted by such diverse positions as Bob Bonies, Guy Vandenbranden, Jan Dibbets, Walter Leblanc, Bram Bogart, Gaston De Mey en Jan Schoonhoven. A selection which, in its diversity, shows how artists have found 'Forms and Means' in their desire for reduction and 'silencing'.
The Riki Mijling Foundation offers collectors a Special Edition, consisting of a copy of the newly published monograph plus a unique, hand signed art work on paper. This, in an edition of 80 copies, and for the special price of € 150 (excl. shipping).
Contact the Foundation for more information.
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