The work of Pieter Laurens Mol (1946) often features references to Vincent van Gogh. Both artists are originally from Brabant. In several works, Mol explores the personal significance of these shared beginnings.
This presentation was on view from 30 January to 17 June 2019.
Memories of Pieter Laurens Mol’s native region in Brabant play an important role in his work. With the works that he selected especially for this presentation, he is keen to also stimulate visitors’ memories.
Mol’s artworks are packed with dual meanings. Numerous works allude to the past, or contain hints towards a painting by Vincent van Gogh. With his presentation, Mol wants to create a refuge during the museum visit: ‘I hope to create resonance, something that invites reflection’.
Mol has arranged the exhibition space to resemble a bedroom, a slumber area. A cot symbolises the artist’s childhood. The two empty birds’ nests on the shelf above the bed are Mol’s reference to Van Gogh. Vincent was fascinated by birds’ nests, as he thought they were miniature works of art.
Van Gogh inspires
Van Gogh inspires, to this very day. His choice of subject, brushstroke and sense of style fire the imaginations of many modern and contemporary artists. An alternating presentation of work by one such artist is always on display at the museum, often together with a work by Van Gogh.
Since 2014, presentations have gone on display featuring paintings by Francis Bacon, Edvard Munch, Frank Auerbach, Willem de Kooning, Peter Doig and Zeng Fanzhi, as well as expressionist works from the Merzbacher Collection.