These are some of the pictures I took at the Centraal Museum (Utrecht) in 2014.
Taking pictures in spaces like this is for me a kind of pilgrimage (in the sense explained by Proust/Ruskin). Colour, darkness and contrast, as well as texture are important (I want an effect which reveals the forces behind/through the image). Also the framework, underlined or obliterated (as a parergon, in Derridean sense). I don't intend this as an academic, instructive exercise, quite on the contrary. I think the images should "speak" entirely by themselves (the truth is in their auras, and more than ever if the aura is lost). This is also an attempt to release the images from all the discursive networks that supposedly support them as officially sanctioned cultural artefacts (and if these networks were not official, my intention would be the same). The images should haunt us to the extent that we fail to name them, as dream impressions or memory failures.
The works photographed here include:
***The Human Tripod (Marlene Duras/1988, Oil on canvas/180x90);
***Girl with Ranunculus (Theo van Doesburg/1914, Oil on canvas/80x80cm);