sketch of the ceiling
1965-00-00-0300 1966-02-00-0110 1966-02-00-0120 1966-02-00-0130 1966-02-00-0140 1966-03-25-0180 1966-03-23-0190

7 reliefs for d.w. van krevelen

catalogue number: hdv 1966.062.
date created: 1966
classification: sculpture
work type: relief
medium: plywood elements on chipboard painted with white acrylic paint; the reliefs were arranged on a grid pattern and the selection of relief yes/no was determined at random
dimensions: (7 ×) 79 × 71.5 cm
signature and inscriptions: [titled, signed and dated on the reverse (felt pen)]
current repository: private collection, the Netherlands (acquired through Galerie Wit, Wageningen (2015))
current repository number:
collecting history: collection D.W. van Krevelen, Arnhem (February 11, 1966)
related works:
comment: in 1965, the chemist Prof. D.W. van Krevelen (Director of Research at DSM and AKZO) asked herman de vries to design and make seven 'random objectivations', for installation in a box ceiling in the living room of his villa in Arnhem. The seven works commissioned by Van Krevelen illustrate the visual richness, of the theoretically infinite number of possibilities, resulting from this approach. The first relief dates from December 1965, before de vries began numbering his work. The remaining six reliefs are dated and numbered according to the year (1966) and a work number.
photo/scan: courtesy Nico van Breemen/Galerie Wit, Wageningen
rights & reproduction: herman de vries