MANMADE / NO HUMAN
Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht presents a retrospective exhibition of fine art photographer Jan Stel from 22 June until 15 September 2019. The exhibition 'Manmade / no human' comprises 75 photographic artworks of abandoned buildings with characteristic architecture; locations that were once bustling with life and activity. The photographer impressively demonstrates the beauty of decay.
Jan Stel explores and photographs desolate places of our time. A forgotten world from which the human presence has disappeared. Over the past twenty years he has photographed numerous locations at home and abroad. The artist has a great fascination for the aesthetics of past glory. It is the essence of his photographic work. The history of precious, authentic buildings, the absence of people and lost craftsmanship play a prominent role. The past left behind is photographed with pure, natural light.
FESTIVE OPENING AND FIRST IMPRESSION:
On June 22, around 4:30 PM, the time is there ... after months of preparation to open the exhibition of "Manmade / no human" to the public. The glass doors were opened after the introduction of the museum director and a short speech by Jan Stel. Please enjoy the exhibition. Cheers!
Immediately upon arrival everyone was welcomed by the "Steel Giant" series, the 3 large format banners made an overwhelming impression on the audience. The - wild style - Steel Giant that I stand in front of is 470 x 200 cm. The banner on the lift has a size of 250 x 520 cm.
The gas holder has had a great attraction for me from the first look and also for others. In terms of photography, the light inside is difficult to capture on the sensitive plate. Furthermore, it is a location that puts all the senses on sharp, be careful, but by giving attention and keeping the fear in balance, a fantastic experience. Many just looked inside and did not dare to enter, just a few entered the gas-holder under my direction.
MUSEUM AAN HET VRIJTHOF: Museum aan het Vrijthof is a young museum located at the heart of the city in one of the oldest buildings in Maastricht; the former retreat of Charles V. This private museum re-opened after major renovations in 2012 and receives no government funding. Museum aan het Vrijthof organizes temporary exhibitions two to three times each year. They are always looking for surprising combinations and unconventional collaborations.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 - 17:30. Monday closed.