Hans Kooi

1948 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Hans Kooi is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the Netherlands, like other well-known artists such as Saskia Van Der Made, Roelof De Roo, Alexander Tovborg, Henk de Looper, and Vibeke Mascini. Hans Kooi was born in 1948.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Hans Kooi's work is available for viewing at Galerie Denise René | Espace Marais in Paris, France. Hans Kooi is currently exhibiting at Galerie Denise René | Espace Marais in Paris with the exhibition Hard edge (12 March 2020 - 07 May 2020). Hans Kooi's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is espace et tension, une selection d'artistes contemporains, which took place at Galerie Denise René | Espace Marais in Paris, France (11 December 2019 - 06 March 2020).

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has been recognised as an artistic and cultural capital for centuries, for instance through the international influence of celebrated artists such as Jan van Eyck in the fifteenth century. In the 1600s, the Dutch Golden Age saw the emergence of such illustrious artists as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh is considered as one of the most significant forerunners of the post-Impressionist period and is seen today as an extraordinary, unprecedented painter that has influenced the art sphere regardless of any era or movement. At first established as a magazine, De Stijl was a movement that established abstract art in the Netherlands, driven by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. De Stijl artists would espouse a visual language solely composed of geometrical shapes, and the movement also had a significant influence on modern architecture as well as design. Gerrit Rietveld was a prominent architect and designer who embraced the ideals and the essence of De Stijl in his work. Willem de Kooning was also a Dutch national, though he relocated to the United States in the earlier years of his life, and his work was predominantly influenced by the Abstract Expressionism movement thriving in New York City in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Hans Kooi

Born in 1948, Hans Kooi was predominantly inspired by the 1960s. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s represent an extremely powerful era which engendered an important number of breaks and challenged the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, predicaments such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society ensued, with revolutionary philosophies and movements evolving in a cradle of inventiveness. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly gathering polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. Delving further into some of the ideas inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists like Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – decidedly relating to Minimalism, with a fundamentally ruled-based approach, emptied of any emotional aspect. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily seduced by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often linked to the human condition. globally, an important number of art movements resounded with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Hans Kooi

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