1. UPROOTED (duo show)

    Galerie TZR presents


    UPROOTED: a duo show with Jasper de Beijer and Thijs Zweers


    You are invited for the opening at Friday the 24th of June, from 1800 hrs until 2100 hrs


    As artists, both Jasper de Beijer and Thijs Zweers tend to venture into the unknown. Zweers roams through the virtual realm, ending up deeper and deeper in its vaults and recesses. De Beijer travels into the jungle – both figuratively and literally – in search of the traces of failed expeditions.

    For centuries, the forest has been a major theme in the visual arts, representing artists’ exploration of the subconscious. Behind every tree, every bush unfurls a new horizon: a new landscape to explore. Standing in the forest, the artist tries to distinguish the structure that underlies his surroundings, to resolve its mystery. The artist’s relationship with the forest has a certain dualism. The moment he is able to fathom the mechanism behind its apparent chaos, the landscape loses its sense of mystery. It loses its sheen, and he is forced to wander deeper into the woods in search of the ‘mechanics behind the mechanics’. Man’s constant quest to gain and understand new experiences explains his frantic curiosity and constant dissatisfaction.
    Thijs Zweers sees the digital realm as an autonomous structure that – like a jungle – continues to proliferate and feed on what has come before. Any structure that it once possessed has long since dwindled into a vast horizontal grid, in which everyone is free to cultivate whatever he wants. In this world, exposure is the equivalent of daylight in the forest: across the planet, data turn to face the lit screen. Zweers hews a path through the dense undergrowth, in search of the roots of this immense chaos. He seeks to tame the dynamism of this digital jungle, by capturing its burgeoning images in the tangible and timeless medium of compressed charcoal on paper.
    From the very start of his career, Jasper de Beijer has shown a fascination with voyages of exploration. For his latest project, ‘The Brazilian Suitcase’, De Beijer decided to follow the well-trodden paths of dozens of explorers who have ventured into the jungle in search of lost civilisations. All they ended up finding were the traces of their predecessors. The European interlopers have left an indelible mark on the jungle and its inhabitants, whose world has been changed forever. De Beijer holds a mirror up to the explorer’s face – showing that ultimately, the adventurer always sets forth in search of himself.
    ‘The Brazilian Suitcase’ records three different periods in history. For the final part of this trilogy, De Beijer travelled to the Amazon rainforest himself.



     25th of June – 13th of August 2016



    TZR Galerie Kai Brückner

    Poststraße 3
    Galeriehaus im Hof
    D-40213 Düsseldorf
    T +49 (0)211-9 17 44 89
    F +49 (0)211-91 749 43
    M info@tzrgalerie.de

  2. De Hallen Haarlem: WANDERLUST – in Dutch Art since 1850

    28.05.2016 – 11.09.2016

    In this exhibition the visitor travels to France with Jan Sluijters and to Spain with Leo Gestel, but also to Indonesia with Isaac Israels, to America with Adrian Lubbers and to the North Pole with Louis Apol. Scores of travel-fevered artists vie for attention in this summer show, with attention to painting, travel sketches, sculptural work, but also photography, installation and video. Simultaneously, the Frans Hals Museum will show 17th century paintings that touch on the same subject. 


    Visiting address: 
    Grote Markt 16, Haarlem
    +31 (0)23 – 511 5775
    office [at] dehallen.nl

    Postal address: 
    P.O. Box 3365
    NL-2001 DJ Haarlem
    The Netherlands


    Opening Hours

    Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 – 17:00
    Sundays and bank holidays 12:00 – 17:00

  3. The Brazilian Suitcase – Manaus

    For the third part of his trilogy ‘The Brazilian Suitcase’, De Beijer will travel to Manaus (Brazil) in February. He will go to the heart of the dense jungle of the Amazon forest, where he will confront the reality constructed in his studio and on his computer with his experiences on location.


    About ‘The Brazilian Suitcase’:


    Popular stories about journeys in search of a lost civilisation tend to have a common theme. The adventurers’ expedition into the unknown ultimately leads to their demise. In his latest project The Brazilian Suitcase, Jasper de Beijer has superimposed a number of such accounts to create an artistic ‘blueprint’ of this phenomenon. Many people have been driven by ambition, curiosity and greed to seek the remains of ancient civilisations in the Amazonian jungle. Over the centuries, the process has repeated itself over and over, and these quests have left numerous traces in the once-virgin rainforest. The Brazilian Suitcase presents an imaginary tribe living in the heart of the rainforest. Its members have appropriated the paraphernalia of the European invaders, rearranging this fragmentary information in a distorted reflection of the modern world, and of the West’s longing for lost kingdoms and forgotten gods. The Brazilian Suitcase becomes a perpetuum mobile of confrontation and assimilation, mirroring the artist’s own artistic process.