Marinus Boezem

Born in The Netherlands in 1934, lives and works in Middelburg (NL)

Marinus Boezem

Biography

Marinus Boezem (1934, the Netherlands) belongs, together with Jan Dibbets and Ger van Elk, among the most important representatives of the Conceptual Art and Arte Povera movement in The Netherlands. In the 1960s, Boezem discovered that he could use elusive elements such as air, weather, wind and light as visual materials and made a name with radical, immaterial works that were far ahead of their time. Boezem was one of the initiators of the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Op Losse Schroeven: Situaties en Cryptostructuren’ (1969) at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and took part in the equally influential exhibition ‘When Attitudes Become Form’ at the Kunsthalle Bern in the same year. 

In 1969 he created one of his most famous works of art, ‘Signing the Sky Above The Port of Amsterdam With an Aeroplane, 1969’: exactly as stated in its title, an aircraft’s condensation trails were used to spell out Boezem’s surname in the sky, the ephemeral wording disappearing almost as soon as it was created. In 1971 he made an artwork for television that was broadcast under the auspices of Gerry Shum's legendary Fernseh Gallery. Furthermore, Boezem created numerous works in public space and land art. The Green Cathedral is a beautiful example: 174 Italian poplar trees are planted to reproduce the floor plan and measurements of the Cathedral at Reims, in a flat polder near Almere, the Netherlands. 

In an oeuvre spanning more than sixty years, Marinus Boezem has created a body of work that stands quite independently in contemporary art. His works are part of many important museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; Museum Kröller-Muller, Otterloo; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; and many more public art collections.

Publications:

Boezem, Marinus. 1965 versus 1989. Den Haag: SDU Uitgeverij, 1989. ISBN: 9012-06401-5

Boezem, Marinus. La Lumière Cistercienne Clairvaux. Ludwigshafen am Rhein: Wilhelm-Hack Museum, 1987.

Boezem, Marinus. Polaris & Octans. Rotterdam: CBK Rotterdam, 1998

Boezem, Marinus. The Corcoran Gallery of Art: Marinus Boezem. California: Typecraft, Inc., 1993. ISBN: 0-88675-093-3

Boezem, Marinus. Boezem. Oeuvre Catalogus. Bussum: Uitgevery Thoth, 1999. ISBN: 90-6868-222-9

Marinus Boezem

- Marinus Boezem

Exhibitions

Once More, With Feeling

Almere, 5 Sep '17 - 7 Jan '18

The Materiality of the Invisible

Maastricht, 30 Aug - 26 Nov '17

Verlust der Mitte at S.M.A.K.

Ghent, 20 May - 27 Aug '17

De Tussentijd at Museum Voorlinden

Wassenaar, 1 Apr - 1 Jul '17

From Nirvana to Catastrophe

Tokyo, 3 Mar - 22 Apr '17

Marinus Boezem in the Oude Kerk

Amsterdam, 24 Nov '16 - 30 Apr '17

Curtain Room, Art Basel Unlimited

Basel, 16 Jun - 19 Jun '16

SuperLandEscapes

Rotterdam, 10 Jan - 6 Mar '16

Hemelbestormers

Rotterdam, 4 Dec '15 - 14 Feb '16

TRANSFORMER

Amsterdam, 3 Oct - 14 Nov '15

Spiegeloog

Arnhem, 3 Oct '15 - 3 Jan '16

ADDITION: Pieter and Marieke Sanders

Amsterdam, 19 Sep '15 - 3 Jan '16

Expeditie Land Art

Amersfoort, 19 Sep '15 - 3 Jan '16

O Muse! De Hallen Haarlem Summer Series

Haarlem, 6 Jun - 30 Aug '15

Stedelijk Museum, collection display: monographic gallery

Amsterdam, 1 Jan - 31 Dec '15

Boezem & Co. The City as Stage

Middelburg, 11 Apr - 25 May '15

Art Eco: Attitudes in Belgium

Strombeek, 9 Jan - 12 Feb '15

The Absence of the Artist

Amsterdam, 27 Nov '14 - 17 Jan '15

Sky! - in Dutch Art since 1850

Haarlem, 21 Jun - 7 Sep '14

TRACES

Amsterdam, 31 May - 18 Jul '14

A Decade Upstream

Amsterdam, 30 Nov - 19 Dec '13

Love Illumination

Amsterdam, 19 Oct - 23 Nov '13

Mapping the Horizon

Amsterdam, 19 Nov '11 - 7 Jan '12

Della Scultura Rustica

Amsterdam, 8 Sep - 13 Oct '12

When Attitudes Become FormBern 1969/Venice 2013 (Fondazione Prada)

Venice, 1 Jun - 3 Nov '13

Ik Hou Van holland (Stedelijk Museum Schiedam)

Schiedam, 21 Sep '13 - 6 Sep '15

De Kunst van het Kiezen (De Vleeshal)

Middelburg, 1 Jul - 21 Oct '12

Land Art (Hamburger Bahnhof)

Berlin, 26 Mar '11 - 15 Jan '12

TS 2 (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)

Amsterdam, 11 Jun - 21 Oct '11

A Volo d'Uccello (De Vleeshal)

Middelburg, 17 Sep - 23 Oct '10

In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960-1976 (MoMA)

New York, 19 Jul - 5 Oct '09

Age of "Tokyo Metropolitan Art Gallery" 1926-1970 (Museum Of Contemporary Art Tokyo)

Tokyo, 1 Jan - 1 Feb '05

Dertig Jaar Nederlandse Videokunst (NIMk)

Amsterdam, 11 Jan - 8 Mar '03

Stedelijk Museum in de Nieuwe Kerk I

Amsterdam, 27 Feb - 21 Oct '02

De Voorstelling (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, curated by Queen Beatrix)

Amsterdam, 9 Dec '00 - 4 Feb '01

Marinus Boezem. Het vroege werk 1960-1975 (Kröller Müller)

Otterlo, 1 Jan - 31 Dec '99

Marinus Boezem. Panorama. (De Vleeshal)

Middelburg, 11 May - 27 Jun '99

Degli Uccelli (De Vleeshal)

Middelburg, 1 Jan - 31 Dec '89

Marinus Boezem, Vice-Versa (Musée Saint-Pierre Art Contemporain)

Lyon, 1 Jan - 31 Dec '88

L'Uomo Volante (De Vleeshal)

Middelburg, 1 Jan - 31 Dec '78

Boezem (Art & Project)

Amsterdam, 1 Jan - 31 Dec '70

Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (Works - Concepts - Processes - Situations - Information) (Kunsthalle Bern)

Bern, 22 Mar - 27 Apr '69

Op Losse Schroeven: Situaties en Cryprostructuren (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)

Amsterdam, 15 Mar - 27 Apr '69