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Ansuya Blom in the farmhouse Oud Amelisweerd

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From March 23 to June 30, 2024, the solo exhibition of the Dutch Ansuya Blom (Groningen, 1956) can be seen at Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd. In the historical rooms of the country house, the series …daß dieser Mensch… can be seen for the first time in such a comprehensive way, in an installation specially designed for the exhibition. Several of Blom’s films can also be seen, including the previously unseen Misty Man (2024). The exhibition is part of a five-year cooperation project with the Hartwig Art Foundation.

Over the past forty years, Ansuya Blom has built a body of work in which she explores the limits of the inner world of experience. This can be seen in her exhibition Ansuya Blom • Solo, where she unravels people’s complex relationships with themselves, others and the outside world through drawings, collages, films and installation.
For example, Blom shows much of the series …daß dieser Mensch…. In 1988, the artist started this series of collages and drawings depicting the relationship between the inside and the outside. The silhouette of a person forms the basis on which Blom always draws and paints in a different way. So far, additions have been made to the series. In the rooms of Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd, the drawings can be seen in a large installation, especially through the farmhouse. The installation splits through the rooms, but also forms a common, connecting thread.

The Foggy Man
The never-before-seen film Misty Man paints a portrait of a man accused of theft. The film alternates 8mm images from the 1950s with more recent recordings made by Blom in Surinam and the Netherlands. We hear a woman reading a letter from Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault’s book Disorderly Families (1982). This book consists of letters from the archives of the Bastille: often pleas to the judge to imprison spouses or children for torturing the family. Additionally, a voice can be heard reading a Native American battle song from the White Horse Society of the Dakotas.
In addition to Misty Man, the black and white films SPELL (2012) and Hither come down on me (2007) will also be shown.

Publication
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of Ansuya Blom’s work, published by Jap Sam Books and designed by Studio Kader’s Carolina Aboarrage. Curators Laurie Cluitmans, Patrick Flores, Hendrik Folkerts, Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide and Monika are involved in the exhibition. Szewczyk. The book is on sale in the museum shops of Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd and Centraal Museum.

Ansuya Blom
Ansuya Blom studied at De Ateliers ’63 and completed a master’s degree in psychoanalytic studies. His interest in the human psyche is reflected in his work as an artist. Blom’s films have previously been shown at IFFR and IDFA, but also at MOMA in New York. His works are part of the permanent museum collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Tate Modern in London, among others. The Centraal Museum also has several of Blom’s drawings and collages. A selection of them can currently be seen in the museum’s permanent collection display, the Central Collection.

Country house Oud Amelisweerd
Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd Foundation is an initiative of Stadsherstel Utrecht. The Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd Foundation ensures public access to this unique national monument and builds an interesting program in the fields of art, science and history together with Utrecht creators and institutions.

The five-year program of the Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd Centraal Museum is a partner project with the Hartwig Art Foundation. Ansuya Blom is the Fifth artist of this series. Artists Amie Dicke, Marijke van Warmerdam, Hannah van Bart and Han Schuil were previously welcomed in the farmhouse. Rory Pilgrim’s exhibition will follow in autumn 2024.

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