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Willem de Rooij: intolerance

Exhibition: 18 September 2010 - 2 January 2011

From the museum website, 21 July 2010

Dutch artist Willem de Rooij (*1969) combines images – in media as diverse as sculpture, film or text. Where earlier film installations had a sculptural quality, recent exhibitions of his work became artpieces in their own right, often incorporating found material or appropriated works of art. ‘Intolerance’ consists of a temporary installation and a three-fold publication, both produced for the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

The installation can be read as a three-dimensional collage, which showcases and confronts a group of paintings by 17th century Dutch artist Melchior d’Hondecoeter with a group of 18th century ceremonial objects from Hawaii. This confrontation results in a visual study of the triangular relationship between early global trade, conflict and mutual attraction.


During the course of the exhibition Intolerance, a three-part catalogue, will be published by Verlag Feymedia, edited by Willem de Rooij and Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer for the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and designed by Martha Stutteregger.

496 p., 340 color, 60 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-3-94-145923-6

Volume 1: Intolerance
Willem de Rooij and Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Juliane Rebentisch

Volume 2: Melchior d’Hondecoeter (1636-1695)
Marrigje Rikken, Lisanne Wepler

Volume 3: Hawaiian Featherwork
Adrienne Kaeppler