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"Inside/Outside 1957/1968: 23 Bronze Sculptures by Pearl Perlmuter"
2003-05-17 until 2003-08-17
Kroller-Muller Museum
Otterlo, , NL Netherlands

The Kröller-Müller Museum presents the exhibition Inside/Outside 1957/1968, consisting of 23 bronze sculptures by Pearl Perlmuter. Two works from the museums collection, Funeral Pyre and Wave, will be supplemented with loans from public and private collections. The sculptures will be displayed in one of the museums galleries and in the Rietveld Pavilion in the sculpture garden. During the opening on 17 May Piet de Jonge, Head of Collections and Displays, will give an introduction to the exhibition at 4.00pm. The artist will be in attendance.

The 87-year-old artist Pearl Perlmuter (New York, 1915) contributed to the stylistic and formal renewal of post-war Dutch sculpture. Following her training at the Art Students League in New York and with Ossip Zadkine, Perlmuter moved to Amsterdam in 1946. She made her name through her participation in the prestigious Venice Biennale and the Fourth International Sculpture Exhibition at Sonsbeek Park in Arnhem in 1958. Not until 1966 did she receive her first solo exhibition at Galerie Espace in Amsterdam. From 1968 onwards she made fewer sculptures due to personal circumstances, her activities within the Feminist Movement and her teaching at the AKI.

The theme of struggle is a leitmotif within Perlmuters life and work. This is evident in Resistance, described by the artist as, a clenched fist, meant as a symbol of resistance. Struggle has always been an important theme for me. In America I read a lot about the Spanish Civil War. I was a student with an intellectual background and a strongly developed social conscience. I grew up during the Depression and was familiar with the Jewish question. But for me the Spanish Civil War was the first major event. As the years progressed it became obvious that her fight against injustice was increasingly influenced by Feminism. From 1977 she came into contact with the Association of Amazons (Stichting Amazone) and the Association of Women in the Visual Arts (Stichting Vrouwen in de Beeldende Kunst). Within both organisations Perlmuter fought strongly for the improvement of womens practical conditions for producing art.

The exhibition is accompanied by an eponymous book, published by Galerie Willy Schoots with a text by Ulco Mes, available in the museum shop.

Pearl Perlmuter
Night Riders
53 x 93 x 29 cm  brons (unicum)

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