Artwork Data




Eugène van Lamsweerde






h. 400 cm

Artwork Location


Paleistuin, Den Haag

City district


GPS data

52.08176286393, 4.3038448989502 View on map

Artwork Description


In the pond of The Hague's palace garden stands a gleaming stainless steel sculpture: an abstract sculpture with a slender posture. On a tall pedestal lies a beam with an undulating top, like the arm of a pair of scales that has been broken through. At the highest point of the beam, an element reminiscent of a pennant has been affixed.

The sculpture was made in 1987 by van . The sculptor/painter is mainly active in France, where he lives and works. Nevertheless, he made it into the Dutch press in May 2006. Together with his niece and her husband, he had organised an exhibition in Tilburg. Van Lamsweerde provided the three-dimensional additions to the refined, stylised work of the famous photographers duo Inez van Lamsweerde (1963) and Vinoodh Matadin (1961).

Hanging on pale pink walls, Van Lamsweerde's portrait photographs of model Amanda Moore produce long, thin, jagged blades of steel. From the head of the model, who is in a state of half sleep, seem to sprout tangible thoughts or ideas from a dream world.

Incidentally, it was not especially for this exhibition that Van Lamsweerde produced fragile, thread-like sculptures. In the early seventies, the first forms that point in that direction emerged in his visual language. The hermetic closed volumes with which he composed his geometric abstract sculptures in the sixties were then replaced by slender forms. This made his sculptures more transparent and lighter. This trend continued, especially in his smaller sculptures. At exhibitions, he shows constructions of long and short, thick and thin metal wires, which he combines with plates and rods. Van Lamsweerde draws, as it were, with metal in space.