Petra Revisited

9 October 2013 until 23 March 2014

Gerti Bierenbroodspot in PetraGerti Bierenbroodspot in Petra
The artist at work in her studioThe artist at work in her studio

Meet the artist on 15 and 16 March

Come to the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and meet the artist! Gerti Bierenbroodspot will be at the museum to welcome friends and collectors on Saturday 15 March and Sunday 16 March. On both days she will be present in the Petra Revisited exhibition room from 11 until 17 hours. You’ll also have a chance to talk to the artist about her decade of living and working at Petra. Among the paintings and sculpture on view, works from her own collection will now be available for sale. 

Bierenbroodspot in Petra

"And then I saw Petra… it was like stepping into my own paintings, and more… it was like a very slow progress of stepping into metaphors of archaeology, architecture and mythology and tried to capture and put into another space (that of a lardge piece of rice-paper) these phenomena of the unconscious mind." 

Painter and sculptor Gerti Bierenbroodspot spent a decade working in Petra. In Leiden's exhibition, a separate hall is dedicated to the series of sculptures and monumental paintings she created there. Most of these come from private collections. Some of the paintings are now displayed to the public for the first time.

Gerti Bierenbroodspot’s quote comes from Judith Weingarten´s The Archaeological Worlds of Gerti Bierenbroodspot, published in 1998 by Waanders Publishers.  

Selection of artworks

Entrance to the SiqWatercolour and tempera on Chinese rice paper | 2000
Sphinx of al-BatrahOil paint, watercolour and gold on canvas | 2013
Signature WorkWatercolour on rice paper, marouflage on canvas | 2013
Valley of Turkamaniya TombWatercolour and bitumen on Chinese rice paper | 2000