Text/authors: Jean-Hubert Martin   ..  Editors: Cees de Boer, Colin Huizing (eds.), Birgit Donker (preface)
isbn: 978-90-78088-99-8   ..  € 25,00  .. buy book


• A parallel world to the exhibition at the Venice Biennale

• Shows the works intimately, makes connections and provides a historical, art historical and philosophical context more

The relationship between man, culture and nature is increasingly becoming a subject of (artistic) research within the visual arts - a theme on which de vries has been working for decades. For more than 60 years now he has been developing a highly versatile oeuvre in which art, science and philosophy are confronted with the world’s, and especially nature's reality. The theme of his work is topical in an age in which ecological issues can count on an ever broadening attention from the general public.

de vries’ recent work dominates his presentation in Venice, as it does in the book to be all ways to be. The book’s guideline is a dialogue between de vries and Jean-Hubert Martin about the works on show in Venice. Martin confronts de vries with key concepts such as synesthesis, mimesis, craftsmanship, sound and music, smell, nature and ecology, et cetera, and interweaves the works and thoughts of de vries, with images, texts and other sources throughout his text. more

The book herman de vries - to be all ways to be will be a parallel world to the Venice exhibition, showing the works intimately, making connections and providing a historical, art historical and philosophical context to the readers/beholders so they may discover and open up the world of de vries.

Jean-Hubert Martin (1944) joined the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris in 1971, and was part of the team that established the Centre Pompidou in 1977. After serving as director of Kunsthalle Bern in 1982-85, Martin returned in 1987-90 to the Pompidou as director of the Musée National d'Art Moderne. he has since overseen various institutions including the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, where he organised the Zero exhibition in 2006. His organisation of the exhibition Magiciens de la Terre in 1989, which included established contemporary artists from the West with their peers from across the world, is widely regarded as a breakthrough in reassessing the concepts of contemporary art. more

Cees de Boer (1955) studied Dutch, General Literature, and Philosophy. In 1995, he obtained his PhD with a dissertation on Max Ernst’s collage novels. De Boer is the author of numerous articles and publications about herman de vries, and others.

Colin Huizing (1965) is an art historian and chief curator at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, the Netherlands, where he organises exhibitions on developments in recent and contemporary art, including 'Nul = 0, the Dutch Zero Movement in an International Context', and recently the retrospective ‘herman de vries.all’. Huizing has contributed to and edited several publications on the visual arts. back

herman de vries - to be all ways to be
Graphic Design: Remco van Bladel .. 272 pages .. 24 x 17 cm (h x w) .. hardbound .. English .. supported by Mondriaan Fonds