Sounds of Silence

Nederlands

Deafening silence in CODA Museum

Prolonged due to success:
14.09.2014 to 01.02.2015

Silence has become a rare commodity. Sound is everywhere; sometimes desired but often unwanted. Every day, people are overstimulated by sounds that place strong demands on all senses. Sounds of Silence offers visitors the opportunity to escape the noise of daily life and to enjoy the silence in contemporary visual art.

Guest curator Wim van der Beek was commissioned by CODA director Carin Reinders to put together a varied exhibition with works by 15 artists from the Netherlands and abroad.

'Eike' - Bertil Nilsson, courtesy Galerie Wilms
'Eike' - Bertil Nilsson, courtesy Galerie Wilms


Sounds of Silence
reveals curious frictions between the sensation of sound and silence. For instance, a painting of a train thundering past or of an explosion witnessed from a great distance can invoke an unexpected hush.

The sensation of overwhelming silence in nature is sometimes coupled with (natural) noises. The idyll of a waterfall is accompanied by the experience of water splattering incessantly, while the silence in an seemingly quiet environment can suddenly be brutally disrupted by a low-passing Boeing 737 or by loud tourists not featured in a painting.

'Sound of Silence' - Daan Oude Elferink
'Sound of Silence' - Daan Oude Elferink
'Family filmstill' - Levi van Veluw
'Family filmstill' - Levi van Veluw
'Colliding galaxies' - Raquel Maulwurf
'Colliding galaxies' - Raquel Maulwurf

Various experiences of silence emerge on different levels. There is the silence of an empty interior in which a silent family sits at the table, like Vincent van Gogh’s potato eaters did at one time. The installation by Levi van Veluw is a precursor of three new films that will premiere in CODA Museum. Interior pieces crumble in slow motion without producing a sound.

In the drawing Colliding galaxies Raquel Maulwurf translates the silence of the universe.

Sounds of Silence encourages visitors to forget and let go of the commotion of everyday life for a while. This exhibition is not only interesting to lovers of modern visual art but to everyone looking for a slower pace of life and inner peace. Sounds of Silence makes the sensation of deafening silence visible and audible in a unique way.

More information about Sounds of Silence (pdf)

'Bright' - Uche Okpa-Iroha
'Bright' - Uche Okpa-Iroha
'Miguel' - Bertil Nilsson, courtesy Galerie Wilms
'Miguel' - Bertil Nilsson, courtesy Galerie Wilms

Participating artists
Levi van Veluw, Sandra Kruisbrink, Rob Sweere, DAANOE (Daan Oude Elferink), Gertjan Scholte-Albers, Ronald Bal, Ineke van Harten, Jan Ros, Bertil Nilsson (UK), Ruben Bellinkx (B), Uche Okpa-Iroha (Nigeria), Truc-Anh (Vietnam), Hidenori Mitsue (Japan/NL), Regula Maria Müller (Switzerland/NL) en Raquel Maulwurf (Spain/NL)

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