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"Inside/Outside 1957/1968: 23 Bronze Sculptures by Pearl Perlmuter"
2003-05-17 until 2003-08-17
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.
53 x 93 x 29 cm brons (unicum)