Beyond the Horizon

17 December 2008 until 3 May 2009

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---Extended until 3 May due to success---

'Beyond the Horizon' is an exhibition with many new works by artist Gerti Bierenbroodspot. She was inspired by the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities when creating that new work. This leads to a 'Bierenbroodspot-archeoworld' as it were: a remarkable mix of contemporary art and archaeology.

Painted canvases, sculptures and poetry

The exhibition is a total experience of painted canvases metres high, sculptures and poems, combined with some objects from the museum's collection. Bierenbroodspot recreates an Egyptian tomb, sculptures of gods, mummy masks and Greek and Roman helmets, among other things. The Mediterranean world from antiquity has long been the ultimate source of inspiration to Bierenbroodspot. To make the new work of ‘Beyond the Horizon', she first worked for weeks in the museum and depots. Then she gave the ideas and sketches form in her studio in Italy.

Timeless beauty of antiquity

In her recognisable expressive, powerful style, Bierenbroodspot incorporates the timeless beauty of antiquity into her new works. A selection of older work is also on display as part of  'Beyond the Horizon'. This includes items on loan from the ING art collection and some private collections. The exhibition thus also has a retrospective character.

Dedicated to Frédéric Bastet

Bierenbroodspot dedicated 'Beyond the Horizon' to the recently departed Frédéric Bastet. This former museum curator, archaeologist, essayist and winner of the 2005 P.C. Hooft Prize opened her first exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities in 1980. Bierenbroodspot was the first contemporary artist this museum showed. 

  • Want to see more of Gerti Bierenbroodspot's work? Check out her website.

Extras with the exhibition

  • Publication
    'Beyond the Horizon', a publication written by Gerti Bierenbroodspot, specially created and written for this exhibition. Available at the museumshop (€14.95)
  • Bierenbroodspot's World
    In Leiden on 18 December 2008,  'Bierenbroodspot's World' opens, a site where new work and a selection from Bierenbroodspot's studio can be viewed and purchased. Bierenbroodspot's World' can be found a short walk from the museum in the historic Pieterskerkbuurt district (Lokhorststraat 21; across from the Latin School).