Rosa Sijben

Zouden Zullen Zijn
2015
Installation of 100 polyester blocks
90 x 35 x 45 mm

In several areas within the house [Museum van Loon, Amsterdam], Rosa Sijben uses the same object to create a number of different situations. The form and function of these objects are not immediately recognisable, in the same way that we encounter items in the museum of which we can only guess their original uses.

The volumes acquire different meanings depending on their number, placement and location. They refer to the reality of this exhibition, but also blend with the past of the exhibited house. In doing so, they casually expose the two parallel exhibition cultures that take place here.

In some places the volumes function in tandem with the territories demarcated by the furniture. Their positioning and bright colour restrict our freedom of movement in similar ways. In other locations they hint at utensils, appear vulnerable or fulfil a decorative function. The Zouden Zijn Zullen pieces emphasise the inherent contradiction evoked by the museum’s furnishing: it is inviting and ready for use, and yet we maintain a respectful distance. They are playful, beautiful and confusing and have suspiciously much to do with the world outside of the museum.”

– Bernke Klein Zandvoort, curator

www.rosasijben.nl
Zouden Zullen Zijn
2015
Installation of 100 polyester blocks
90 x 35 x 45 mm