detail of 'ocean of streams'

ocean of streams

catalogue number: hdv 1992.011.
date created: 1992
classification: works on paper
work type: word drawing
medium: coloured pencil on paper
dimensions: 172 × 292 cm
signature and inscriptions: []
current repository: collection Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
current repository number: 4278
collecting history: acquired through Art Affairs, Amsterdam
related works:
comment: in this work thousands of names of rivers and watercourses have been written down in blue pencil, and together they form an 'ocean of streams'. These names provide information about the history of a region. Over time they were used unthinkingly and they lost their meaning. The retention or recovery of knowledge of the world plays a role in many of de vries’s works.
photo/scan: courtesy text Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, Alkmaar
rights & reproduction: herman de vries/Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
exhibition history
1993 'herman de vries. botanische werke und andere neue arbeiten', Galerie Mueller-Roth, Stuttgart
1994 'herman de vries. texts', Art Affairs, Amsterdam
1998 'herman de vries. aus der wirklichkeit', Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm
1998 'herman de vries - reizen 1970-1998. documents of a stream', Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
1998 'herman de vries. moments in a stream (works 1957-1998)' Art Affairs, Amsterdam
2000 'Zeegezichten', Prins Hendrik Stichting, tehuis voor oud-Zeevarenden, Egmond aan Zee [group]
2001 'words and landscape', Art Affairs, Amsterdam [group]
2019 'herman de vries. voor jullie voeten', Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, Alkmaar
published references
exhibition catalogue herman de vries. meine poesie ist die welt - aus der heimat/von den pflanzen (Städtische Sammlungen Schweinfurt : Schweinfurt etc. 1993) no image repr., 82.
exhibition catalogue herman de vries. aus der wirklichkeit (Stadt Ulm : Ulm 1998) image repr. on page 74.