On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands arrived at the Lange Voorhout in Den Haag to view the exhibition, Vormidable: Contemporary Flemish Sculpture. This special exhibition is being held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of cultural cooperation between Flanders and The Netherlands.
According to a press release, via the Museum Beelden aan Zee, the exhibition:
“…has over thirty-five participating artists showcasing various themes. Some explore the limits of sculpture by making use of elements borrowed from theatre and performance art, others are primarily engaged with the human condition. In this, probably more traditional, side of Flemish sculpture, the human image recurrently returns, visualizing feelings of angst, doubt and uncertainty.
Other artists seek a more sensory perception of sculpture. A one-person prison that locks for a minute brings a physical experience. As does a transparent plastic in which the visitor assumes a sculptural pose that endures due to a vacuum: the person is ‘suspended’ in the sculpture and breathes through a plastic tube.
Analogous to Belgian surrealism, artists and curators play with the notion of scale in this exhibition. Sculpture of monumental size is on display along the Lange Voorhout in The Hague, while the human scale is presented in Museum Beelden aan Zee – and, in the last exhibition room, dozens of scale models and miniatures are on show.”