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.
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 informed by the previous. There is a balance between beauty and the grotesque where the paintings nearly reach saturation point in an endeavour to see how much information an image can hold before it collapses.
The exhibition shows impressive paintings and will be visible at the gallery during the summer.
Click here to visit the overview page of James Aldridge.
The gallery has a collection of works by Eugène Brands. During fall, from October 7 till November 11, a new exhibition with his works will be visible.
Click here to see more works of Eugène 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 red written reference to Rotterdam saying VAN NELLE. Also, don’t forget to take a look at the Museumpark when visiting Boijmans, where the building of Het Collectiegebouw (The Depot) has started.
A bigger book, the large David Hockney book existing of 600 pages, is available! It is signed by the master himself.
The book is 70 x 50 cm. (open 70 x 100 cm.), is supplied with a standard designed by Marc Newson.
An extra guiding book is included as well. The bigger book, standard and the accompanied book together cost 2.000,-. It will be delivered and montaged at your favorite place in the house or office!
New paintings of Armando arrived at the gallery.
Above you see ‘Das Blatt’, an oil painting of 1.5 x 2 meters.
Click here for the complete overview.
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.
Also, last week the photographer Hans de Bruijn visited the gallery and made a portret of Christian and his family with some of his favorite works of Brands.
At the moment Sjoerd Buisman and Klaas Gubbels are participating (on special request of curator Rudi Fuchs) at ARTZUID 2017, the international sculpture biennial in Amsterdam.
One of the exhibited sculptures is the chess piece on the table, a large limited edition sculpture made by Klaas Gubbels in collaboration with Christian Ouwens Gallery. This fifth edition of ARTZUID is visible from May 19 until September 17, 2017.