In the tracks of Jan Schoonhoven I: Mysticism

13 December 2015 to 14 February 2016

For Delft we can safely call Schoonhoven the Vermeer of the 20th century.
Concurrently with the Schoonhoven exhibition at Museum Prinsenhof Delft in Prinsenkwartier, the shared accommodation of both organizations, Kadmium will organize two exhibitions highlighting the mystical and the basic character of his work successively, using the work of contemporary artists.

The white as a basis for the mystical experience.
Kurt Leonhard

In contrast to their apparent basic simplicity the works of Schoonhoven evoke an extraordinarily complex and hard-to-grasp wealth of experiences. The white in which they have been executed contributes to the mystical nature of his work. In the artist’s personal life there are relationships with ‘the sublime’ as well, such as his fascination with church architecture, cathedrals and the Catholic Church.
This sub-exhibition will show work of contemporary artists that sheds light on aspects of the mystical experience evoked by Schoonhoven’s work.


Joachim Bandau (D)

Untitled 12.08.2011 photo Joachim Bandau

Joachim Bandau is known as a sculptor and as the painter of Schwarzaquarelle, which consist of many layers of transparent black watercolour paint on paper. In relation to the work of Schoonhoven, Bandau is showing three light watercolours of 1 x 0.70 m, in which two planes have been painted – evenly, extremely thinly and in the same colour, i.e. the same dilution of black watercolour paint. A central plane and a surrounding plane are made visible by the meeting of the dried edges of both planes. The visible line seems to have been drawn in one movement – but has actually been created as a result of painting. The form of the continuous line suggests a volume. However, space and light have been drawn in the plane – calmly and with the controlled speed of the brush. The painterly moment.

-translation Simon Benson, October 2015

Willy de Sauter (B)

Diptych chalk layers on panel 2012  photo Willy de Sauter

Robert Ryman asserts that the making of art yields ‘a miracle’ – the art of Willy De Sauter is no exception.

Willy De Sauter does not imitate nature, but it is nature that provides the fickle beauty for his uncompromising artistic production that appears in an unparalleled way by the light of the world.

– Luk Lambrecht.

Yumiko Yoneda (J/NL)

Birth of Silence  modeling paste, plaster, polystyrene  2013 photo Erik de Vries

The images of Yumiko Yoneda have a recognizable form. They are round, white or gray, silent and have a profoundly tense organic volume. They are deliberately placed in the space, creating a spiritual “garden”.

Bram Zwartjens

R.O.II  Caseïneop linnen- 100 x 140 cm  2013  Foto: Bram Zwartjens ]

A basic pattern of geometry can often be found in the works of Bram Zwartjens. Abstraction and figuration are reflected and are connected as two opposing poles. He says about his inspirations: “Philosophy, science and art are trying to fathom the mystery of existence, each with its own system of formation…just as nature unfolds her creativity in her patterns, so my ideas unfold within the laws of my materials”.

zondag 1 november, 15:00 door Sandra van Beek, auteur van Ik een nieuwe Mondriaan? Ik ben een ouwe Schoonhoven!


Side program
Preview with the curators of the exhibition; Friday 30 October, 17:00; free entry

Lecture on Ad Dekkers (1938 – 1974) by Piet Augustijn, former curator of contemporary art of the Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, wednesday 25november, 20:00, Dutch spoken. Free entry.


A folder in Dutch and English with background information of the exhibition and the artists will be available for 2 euros

1 november  t/m 15 december (dinsdag t/m zaterdag 10:00 – 17:30, zondag 12:00 – 17:00)