Irony and ambiguity mark the pictorial work of the Dutch artist René Daniëls (Eindhoven, 1950). Picabia, Magritte and Broodthaers are frequently cited as the referents of an oeuvre that overcomes the friction between abstraction and figuration. On the occasion of the show's inauguration, the curator, Roland Groenenboom, introduces some of the highlights of this monographic exhibition.
Afterwards, in a lecture entitled René Daniëls revisited, the art critic Dominic van den Boogerd discusses some of the recurring themes found in Daniëls' oeuvre: his fascination for the picture as a "fleece" and for painting as a play of appearances and disappearances. In addition to recalling the memories and experiences of critics and historians who witnessed the development of the artist's work from up close, van den Boogerd analyses the impact of Daniëls' art on a younger generation of artists who greatly respect him and consider him to be an important forerunner.
Roland Groenenboom. Curator of the exhibition René Daniëls. Una exposición es siempre parte de un todo mayor (Museo Reina Sofía, 2011). An independent curator, he has worked at the Witte de With in Rotterdam and at the MACBA, two institutions where he has organised exhibitions of Paul Thek, Tacita Dean, Fischli Weiss, Raymond Pettibon, and Dias Riedweg. Since 2005, he has curated, at different institutions, stanley brouwn. works 1960-2005; Feed My Lambs (with Tacita Dean and Peter Fillingham), Dias Riedweg – FUNK STADEN and, most recently, SONIC YOUTH etc. : SENSATIONAL FIX.
Dominic van den Boogerd. Director of De Ateliers, in Amsterdam. Since 1983 he has worked as art critic for publications such as HP/De Tijd, Metropolis M, Parkett, Frieze, De Witte Raaf, Stedelijk Museum Bulletin and Art Papers.