2009 Lakenhal/Scheltema

, Leiden, Netherlands

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photo's: Floren van Olden (opening) and Jeroen Doorenweerd One painting and 3.000 classical music LP's Jeroen Doorenweerd (1962, Terneuzen) entertains with auditory and visual observations in De Lakenhal and in Scheltema. Since 1991, Doorenweerd has been working on projects in public space, with a focus on the relationship between works of art, design, architecture and landscape. Especially for this project, he returns to the museum for a short while, after a long absence. In the gallery of De Lakenhal that shows 17th-century paintings, Doorenweerd uses wood and linen to create an enclosed space that affords a view of a painting; a river view by Jan van Goyen. Outside this space, state-of-the-art sound equipment is set up with Doorenweerd’s own collection of classical music on vinyl. Museum attendants will put a new record on the turn table for each new visitor. In Doorenweerd’s view, a museum offers peace and quiet, concentration, edification. On the one hand, his installation is a large and bold statement; on the other hand, it restores the perception of the art of painting to its very essence, to a perception of utter concentration. Together with De Lakenhal, Doorenweerd also developed an installation in Scheltema. Doorenweerd built a meditation room, where visitors are invited to sit, and even attend lessons by meditation teachers. In the room next to the meditation cube a work called 'home entertainment' is installed. This piece presents a selection of video footage of live performances by rock bands such as Dead Moon, Sonic Youth, The Stooges and The Fall on a retro seventies 'video-wall' consisting of 15 old, non flatscreen, tv's.