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16 dm² - an essay

catalogue number: hdv 1975.042.5
creation date: 1975
classification: works on paper
work type: collage
medium: point of departure is a folded map (opened 59.8 × 47.5 cm) showing a square of 40 × 40 cm divided in 16 squares (each 1 × 1 dm) horizontally numbered A, B, C, D and vertically W, X, Y, Z; inside each square the location of all plants are marked and numbered 1 etc. The result is 473 plants, dried, mounted on paper and stored in cellophane envelops; with 2 photographs and a handwritten text by herman de vries. The map is dated 5/6-9-1975
dimensions: 473 sheets each 31.5 × 22.5 cm
signature and inscriptions: []
current repository: collection herman and susanne de vries
current repository number:
collecting history:
related works: the collage series was shown for the first time in Galerie Magazijn, Groningen in 1976; to accompany the exhibition an edition was issued: 1 dm² uit "16 dm²" - een essay (Galerie Magazijn : Groningen 1976)
the complete installation was published in 1979 as a book 16 dm² - an essay (Edition Lydia Megert : Bern 1979)
photo/scan: studio herman de vries/George Kolbe Museum, Berlin
rights & reproduction: herman de vries
exhibition history
1976 'herman de vries. 16 dm² - an essay + collages, tekeningen grafiek en publicaties vanaf 1961', Galerie Magazijn, Groningen
2014 'herman de vries. all', Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam
2017 'herman de vries. chance & change', Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León
2020 'herman de vries. how green is the grass?', Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin
published references
exhibition catalogue herman de vries. all (Stedelijk Museum Schiedam : Schiedam 2014) no image repr., 88.
exhibition catalogue herman de vries. chance & change (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León : León 2017) 11, images repr. on pages between [93-97].
exhibition catalogue Cees de Boer, 'ein universum auf 16dm², in herman de vries. how green is the grass? (Georg Kolbe Museum : Berlin 2020) 50-55, images repr. on pages 68-73.