The seven deadly sins
This exhibition is a colourful collection of objects. It is comprised of objects from the Centraal Museum depot, together with a representative selection of work from Studio Makkink & Bey, as well as work by contemporary artists and designers. Studio Makkink & Bey combines them in modern takes of scenes of the famous painting by Hieronymus Bosch. The objects have sometimes quite literally been replaced, but more often an object is used that underlines or refers to the associative meaning.
It is the ‘language of things’. Each object can have different meanings. Some are common knowledge – a hart means love, a mirror vanity – some relate to a time or person – the wolf was a symbol of evil in medieval times. Artists of the visual arts are particularly skilled at combining objects or images, creating a new language and a new story. Just as Hieronymus Bosch has done in his paintings, Frank Halmans in his ‘Vacuum Cleaner Cabinet’, Wim Delvoye in his ‘Installation with 27 Delft Saw Blades’ and Studio Makkink & Bey in this exhibition.
Jurgen Bey is founder and director of Studio Makkink & Bey, as well as the director of the Sandberg Institute. Centraal Museum has a special relationship with Jurgen Bey due to his designs in the collection and the assignments he has realized in Utrecht commissioned by or in collaboration with the museum: interior design of the Kleine Trouwzaal wedding hall and the so-called ‘Utrecht wall’ in the Utrecht city hall.
In the Middle Ages, the seven deadly sins were directly related to Death, Last Judgment, Heaven and Hell. Using images, text and music, artist Klaske Oenema places these concepts in a current context and questions the role of the seven sins within the life of modern man.