The gallery is located at Eendrachtsweg 20, across the Museumpark (Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Chabot Museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kunsthal, Sonneveld Huis and the to be built Public Art Depot). Opening hours are Thursday until Saturday from 11:00 until 18:00, or by appointment.
Christian Ouwens Gallery is connected to the ‘KunstKoop’ settlement. With the KunstKoop you are able to purchase an art or design object and pay in monthly terms by means of an (interest-free!) loan of the Mondriaan Foundation.
Christian Ouwens Gallery is a member of the Dutch Gallery Association (NGA).
Christian Ouwens is board member of the Eugène Brands Foundation and chairman of the Dutch Gallery Association (NGA).
The exhibition ‘As Above So Below’ has been a great success and has therefore been prolonged until October 21.
Currently the extraordinary exhibition ‘As above so below’ with new large scale paintings of James Aldridge is visible. The book, made by Christian Ouwens and James Aldridge about this series of paintings, is also available. Maybe even signed!
Years ago Christian Ouwens saw a painting of ten meters long at the restaurant of Tate Modern in London. The canvas envisioned an imaginative world: birds, plants, deers and trees, a symbiosis that lives on in the mind of the viewer. Again and again Ouwens returned to the museum to see the painting, until he eventually decided to contact the artist for a collaboration.
The painting style of the artist forms an unforgettable impression. Inky washes, geometric shapes and soft smoky areas clash with silhouettes, realistic birds and stylised elements. The resulting tension their relationships create remind us what we first see is not always what it seems. The paintings have a distinct language of their own despite their sampling of references and this is something that has continually developed throughout Aldridge’s career, each work is informed by the previous ones. There is a balance between beauty and the grotesque where the paintings nearly reach the saturation point in an endeavour to see how much information an image can hold before it collapses.
The exhibition will be visible at the gallery until October 21.
Click here to visit the overview page of James Aldridge.
Currently we are preparing the book and exhibition of Dave Meijer. These will be presented at the gallery in 2018.
The gallery has a collection of works by Eugène Brands.
During the new year, from January 2018, a new exhibition with his works will be visible, combined with ethnography. The exhibition will be accompanied with a publication.
Click here to see more works of Eugène Brands.
New paintings of Armando arrived at the gallery.
Above you see ‘Seestück’, an oil painting of 1.5 x 2 meters.
Click here for the complete overview.
After high school Bernard Heesen studied architecture in Delft from 1977 until 1984. In 1984 he entered the world of glass blowing at De Oude Horn, a glass blowing factory which was established by his father Willem Heesen in 1977. After assisting his father for a while, Bernard Heesen made the desicion to continue working in glass art and his father Willem assigned the company to him. Nowadays, Heesen’s glassworks are leading in the world of glass art.
See more glass art of Bernard Heesen by clicking here.
A selection of Christian Ouwens’ private collection of Eugène Brands will be published in 10 x verzameld. Also, a corresponding exhibition with the works of the ten private collectors will be visible at CoBrA Museum in 2018.
Prof. dr Ruud Lapré interviewed ten private collectors of Eugène Brands for the book which will appear by the end of this year.
Especially for the publication photographer Hans de Bruijn visited the gallery and made a portret of Christian and his family with some of his most beloved works of Brands.
Our neighbours Museum Boijmans van Beuningen show their beautiful own collection during the exhibition ‘The collection as a time machine’.
Besides works of Mark Rothko, Rob Scholte, Donald Judd and Paul Cézanne, our artist Klaas Gubbels has been given a beautiful leading place within the museum. On the blue painting by Klaas Gubbels from 1995 are his unmistakable table, coffee pot, coffee mug and sugar bowl visible, above you see a reference to Rotterdam saying VAN NELLE in red paint. Also, don’t forget to take a look at the Museumpark when visiting Boijmans, where the building of Het Collectiegebouw (The Depot) has started.