Spring Blossom 2018: Artist Talk Navid Nuur
de ateliers, Amsterdam
10 April 2018, 5 - 6pm
The way in which Navid Nuur relates to material, the space around him and his observations therein, can almost be regarded as devout. In Nuur’s sculptures and paintings, a very personal visual problem becomes the central question. Here, form is not necessarily the result of the idea, but materializes through a subjective program of requirements in which intuition has the upper hand. Major soloshows were recently held at Be-part (Waregem, 2017), International Criminal Court (The Hague, 2016, permanent), Dundee Contemporary Arts (Dundee, 2014), Trafo House (Budapest, 2014), Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht, 2013), Parasol Unit (London, 2013) and Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2013). Navid Nuur is represented by Gallery Max Hetzler (Berlin/Paris), Galeria Plan B (Berlin/Cluj) and Gallery Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam).
de ateliers, Amsterdam
The Best Dutch Book Design (selection)
5 March 2018
A panel of professional judges made a selection out of the 342 submissions. 33 books distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship.
The panel consists this year of designers Yolanda Huntelaar and Michaël Snitker, Freek Kuin (creative director Robstolk printers), Marije Sietsma (CEO Publisher Loopvis) and Suzanne Bogman (Head of Publications Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam).
The Best Dutch Book Design
Centre d'édition contemporaine, Geneva (dual show)
22 March - 5 May 2018
Eruption from the Surface. The Origami Principle in Art (group show)
Marta Herford, Herford
24 February - 3 June 2018
Flower buds, wings, and even DNA: the world consists of complex folds, bends and crushes. While folding techniques already have a long cultural history, they are now being rediscovered by science and technology. In spatial experiments, as a game with the senses or with artistic experiment set-ups, this exhibition develops an impressive cosmos of contemporary reflections on the dynamic relationship between surface, space and materiality.
Origami forms a bridge between mathematics and art, between planning and chance, between order and creative chaos. These principles are imitated, reflected and further developed by the artists. Unlike classic sculptural approaches, they create spatial constructs without anything being added or removed, solely through the infinite possibilities of deformation of one or several surfaces.
These three-dimensional objects, whether folded, bent, arched, drawn or on the canvas, playfully take over the exhibition room. This gives rise to filigree works, space occupations or conceptual spaces between sensual perceptibility and surprising perspectives, between rebellious opposition and collapsing form.
Marta Herford, Herford
The Gift (permanent installation)
International Criminal Court premises in The Hague
The sculpture ‘The Gift’ by artist Navid Nuur marks the entrance of the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The artwork is situated in the public area by the entrance in the dunes of The Hague.
A jury unanimously chose Navid Nuur’s design because its apparent simplicity contains clear universal imagery and has iconic value.
Navid Nuur: ‘The design radiates a sense of security, confidence, energy and strength. I wanted to do justice to the diversity and complexity of the cases dealt with by the ICC and at the same time relate at a profound level to the essence of what it means to be human and the universal emotions that connect us as people.’
The work of the ICC evokes emotions of joy and victory, but grief and loss play an equally big part. The stainless steel sculpture is based on the shape of salt crystals found in tears. Tears are a universal expression of emotions of happiness, triumph and relief, but also sorrow, pain, anger anddisappointment. Salt crystals are also found in the sea that connects all continents and sand dunes with which The Hague is inextricably linked. So the sculpture not only symbolises human emotions, but also the connection of continents and the natural setting of the host city.
Nuur entitled his work‘TheGift’to emphasise the ICC’s importance as an institution for international criminal law. The Court is a gift to the international community because it helps apply humanity’s gift for restoring societies. The artwork is also a gift in the literal sense: a gift from host nation the Netherlands to the ICC, to celebrate the opening of the new premises. The sculpture is situated at the corner of Oude Waalsdorperweg and Van Alkemadelaan in The Hague.
The International Criminal Court was established in 2002 as a permanent court for prosecuting and trying suspects of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The court is based in The Hague: city of peace, security and justice. More information on the ICC can be found atwww.icc-cpi.int.
Designs by three finalists were presented to a jury formed by the Director of Museum De Pont, the President of the ICC, the Secretary-General of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a representative of the Mayor of The Hague. Navid Nuur’s design‘The Gift’was unanimously selected as the host nation’s gift to the ICC.
Navid Nuur, The Gift, 2016