Winter exhibition 2015
Her de VriesFrom the late fifties, Her de Vries has made boxes which are undoubtly related to the surrealistic movement. Enthousiastic for the avant-garde after the war, he discovered that surrealism was the only art movement which survived the devastating war and was nevertheless alive and kicking. For De Vries, surrealism was the only way to go, with its artistical depth. The boxes and objets by De Vries, with its reciprocal links and without being a epigon of itself, or to became an ‘artistic tric’, posess a pronounced individuality. For this we invented the term ‘style’. It is interesting to compare the artwork of the Dutch poet and writer Cees Buddinh’ with that by Her de Vries. In the early seventies, Buddingh’ made boxes, which were exibited last year in a retropective in the ‘Dordts Museum’. To criticize the impact of art work, it is important to know when it is made. With this we can conclude that De Vries was active in an earlier stage. Besides this, the boxes by Her de Vries are, separately, in colour and considered composition, little pieces of harmony and moreover made beautifully. It is now, after many years of an hidden existance, that almost the complete oeuvre made by De Vries is exhibited for the first time.