Strongman Is Here - Maori Art Exhibition
Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Strongman Is Here - Maori Art Exhibition Amsterdam Reviews
Jul 10, 2007
This temporary exhibition is absolutely worth a visit. Situated on the corner of the Rembrandtsquare and the Amstelstraat, the exhibition houses around thirty sculptures made by Kerry Tanekaha.
The moment you step into the exhibition area, there's several words that come to mind: peaceful, mystery, nature and pure are some of them. The space is dimly lit, sounds of nature are playing in the background, and in front of you are ten foot tall, single piece wooden structures. Carved and formed in every imaginable shape, these sculptures have an aura of magic around them; as if made in ancient times as important artifacts by a long extinct and forgotten religion, hidden from the outside world. Some pieces are identifiable as creatures; stingrays, manu's (birds), snakes and lizards. Other pieces are based on spirals and other natural forms. Several pieces have inlaid stones, feathers or ropes or have patterns carved into them.
All of the sculptures are made from Kauri wood. These trees grow up to fifty meters tall and live on for thousands of years. Now a protected species, Kerry's sculptures are made of wood dug up from the swamps, sometimes more than 40.000 years old.
The best thing about this exhibition, besided the cost (it's completely free!), is the fact that you are allowed to touch everything. Wow! This adds a whole new dimension to art exhibitions. Instead of passive behaviour, you're encouraged to touch the sculptures, feel them, experience them. Touch the pieces, feel the massiveness of the sculptures, the immense weight. Feel that this is real, and imagine the work the artist put into it. Being able to touch and feel the sculptures is awesome and indisputable the best feature on an art exhibition ever.
The exhibition is open from 11am to 8pm, every day except for tuesdays. Open until July 29th, so be quick! After this date, the exhibition will travel on to other cities, including Tokyo and Florence. Check out Kerry Tanekaha's website for more information: www.strongmanishere.com. Go and see the exhibition, it's worth it! You won't be disappointed.
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