‘In the tracks of Jan Schoonhoven II: Basic simplicity’

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.


A basic simplicity is evident in Schoonhoven’s choice of materials: mashed paper, cardboard, newsprint and white wall paint. This choice should be seen in the economic and social context of the time in which the work was made, and fits the artist’s personality. With contemporary artists, too, there is a tendency to choose materials and a feel in their work that is far from sublime or perfect. Seemingly contradictory to the current zeitgeist, this should be considered a reaction to the excess and pretence of our hedonistic society.


Dominique De Beir (Fr)










Point-type: waxed, perforated paper rolls, aluminium racks ,2015, Image: Dominique de Beir

Dominique de Beir perforates paper, quickly, accurately, in a continuous movement and using a wide arsenal of tools: from screws, mounted beneath her boots that she uses to stomp and dance on cardboard; to pins and needles which she attaches to her fingers. In the exhibition perforated paper rolls from the textile industry will be shown, which are further treated by Dominique De Beir with perforations, pigments, wax and paraffin wax, and are placed in racks of perforated aluminum.


Rik van Hazendonk









100 brushstrokes – In stock: acrylic paint on linen strips, 220 x 110 cm, 2014/2015

The strips of linen topped with a few brushstrokes, or the rectangular monochrome painted linen cloths expose, in a sensory manner, the basic elements of painting. The orderly presentation is a system within itself and may be seen in terms of spatial planning and ranking, such as by the placement of tools over a workbench or towels in a kitchen cabinet. However, it is never unambiguous.


Hans Houwing







untitled: chicken mesh, 22 x 22 x 13 cm, 2015 

Hans Houwing, for whom Schoonhoven is an idol, has been making objects with metal mesh since 1991. Generally the works are created by cutting up the wire before mounting the (often bent) pieces back together. After nine years of working mainly with fine stainless steel mesh, with a mesh size of 1 mm, his work has transferred to (square and hexagonal) aviary mesh, wire netting, chicken wire or ‘penny mesh’ and ‘dime mesh’. Currently, Hans Houwing is working with all of these wire sorts, as well as a firm chrysanthemums wire with a mesh size of 12.5 cm. The work is concrete and yet evocative.


Bas van der Wal









t.r.u. 12: water, mud, canvas (cotton) – 96 x 72 x cm – 2015


There is harmony in the idea that sheer human effort combined with the influence of the elements (fire, water, earth, air) may form a physical image.

When an idea, brought to its implementation, is blown by the wind, scorched by fire, consumed by earth or faded by the sun, it demonstrates our role on earth; relatively small and dependant, yet nevertheless blessed.



Sunday 13 December, 15:00 by Marga Schoemaker -van Weeszenberg, curator of Museum Prinsenhof Delft, exhibition Kijk, Jan Schoonhoven.


Side events


Friday, 11 December 17:00

Preview, guided tour by the curators, free entry.


Lecture (English)

BEYOND WASTE. Sustainable urban futures towards circular economies by Libera Amenta, PhD MSc.

The exposition focusses on the use of simple materials. The lecture translates this to the field of recycling and sustainability in architecture.  Developments in urban architecture will be addressed.

The exact time and date of the lecture will be announced on this place.


Wednesday 13 January 2016, 14:00-17:00

Children workshop (Dutch spoken)

When do you think art is worthless?

A workshop that allows children to look, philosophize and create through the exhibition: in the tracks of Jan Schoonhoven II: basic simplicity, led by Myra Hillebrink.

Sign up for the workshop via: info@het-luisterrijk.nl, cost is 4 euros (with Delftpas 2 euros), minimum age is 7 years.



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



Kadmium is open to visitors from Tuesday to Friday, 10 to 5:30 pm. On Saturday from 11 to

5 pm and on Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. Admission is free.