The line up: The power of drawing

Koen Taselaar, Extended yingyang tittitwister (detail), 2014
Koen Taselaar, Extended yingyang tittitwister (detail), 2014

Of all forms of art, drawing is perhaps the most accessible. Who has not, at one time or another, made a drawing? Artists, too, produce no end of drawings and sketches in all sorts of styles and forms. There is so much to discover in the field of drawing within today’s art discourse. That is why Centraal Museum is organising a major exhibition on the art of drawing from 1950 until today: The line up.

Diversity in drawing

Centraal Museum owns a remarkably rich collection of twentieth century drawings, which continues to be expanded in the current millennium. This collection forms the basis for an exhibition that aims to demonstrate the huge diversity in drawing techniques, ideas and images, and to show how artists today relate to drawing. Local, national and international talent will be presented, combining work by young artists just starting out with experienced and established artists.

In the past few years, exhibitions have been organised regularly where drawings were sorted according to typology, origin, technique or visual idiom. Centraal Museum prefers to invite the public to share its wonder at the sheer diversity of the phenomenon, and therefore presents the full breadth of the art of drawing.

An intimate encounter with the artist

As a medium, a drawing is intimately connected to the artist. To retrace the lines drawn by the artist with one’s eyes is like following his or her hand as it draws. That is why the ancient discipline of drawing remains as young and fresh as ever. Pen, pencil, crayon and marker are still powerful tools for the imagination.

The exhibition The line up emphasises drawing as an activity. So it’s not so much about the resulting image, but more about the artist’s approach to and process of drawing. The exhibition explores the huge diversity to be found in these respects. Featured artists include Philip Akkerman, Armando, Constant, Florette Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Susanna Inglada, Paul Klemann, Natasja Kensmil, Iris Kensmil, Marijn van Kreij, Mark Manders, Erik Odijk, Mathias Poledna, Anna Ridler, Jan Schoonhoven, Mounira al Solh, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Koen Taselaar & Michael Tedja. The exhibition is curated in collaboration with the Utrecht artist Robbie Cornelissen (1954).

The line up runs from 22 September to 18 November 2018.


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