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Germaine Kruip

°1970, Castricum (NL) – lives and works in Amsterdam (NL) and Brussels (BE)

Since moving from theatre to the art world in the early 2000s, Germaine Kruip has been pursuing several lines of thought and work: her interest in ephemerality and where it condenses briefly into a physical or visual moment; in scenography of uncontrollable or ungraspable phenomena, such as the ever-changing daylight and the passage of time; in ritual and performance as abstracted moments of everyday life; in historical and art historical examples of attempts to reach abstraction by means of geometry – and finally in the desires, theories and ideologies that underlie these attempts.

The language of simple geometrical forms, such as circles or squares has deep roots in the histories of ideas, science, religion and art. Kruip employs these shapes in order to explore the relationship between art and ritual in repetitive gestures, which aim to subtly alter perception. By emphasising the gestural and physical origins of abstractions, she questions whether an absolute abstraction could ever be possible at all.

(courtesy of Stedelijk Museum)

Germaine Kruip had solo exhibitions at venues such as Museum De Paviljoens, Almere; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Vleeshal, Middelburg; and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel. Group shows include Mary Mary, Glasgow; ExtraCity, Antwerp; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Grazer Kunstverein; MIT LIST Visual Center; The David Roberts Foundation, London,; and The Drawing Centre, New York.

Germaine Kruip is represented by the following galleries;
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Sofie Van De Velde, Antwerp 

The Approach, London

Parra & Romero, Madrid / Ibiza  

You can also discover more of Germaine Kruip’s work on her own website