The Mirror And Lamp Show
March 28 - May 3 2015
Curated by Suns and Stars Exhibitions, Landgoed Jagtlust, 's Graveland
This spring Ton de Boer Gallery stays at the historic country house Jagtlust. The house, the garden and the former inhabitants are imbued with the Romantic principles. The ideological values of the present owner, Natuurmonumenten, are also derived from Romanticism. The title of the exhibition refers to M.H. Abrams' book about Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. "Until the Romantic era, the mind was like a mirror, reflecting the real world. For the Romantics it was more like a lamp, the light of the artists inner soul poured out to illuminate the world". Here lies the origin of the conflict caused by Romantic notions of authenticity and artistic genius.
Photography: Peter Cox