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Willem de Rooij
Intolerance

18.09.2010 to 02.01.2011

Neue Nationalgalerie

The Dutch artist Willem de Rooij (*1969) combines images in media as diverse as sculpture, film and text. While there was a certain sculptural quality to his earlier film installations, his last exhibitions were completed as individual artworks in their own right that often integrated found objects and appropriated works by other artists. 'Intolerance' consists of a temporary installation and a three-volume publication, both completed especially for the New National Gallery.

The installation can be viewed as a three-dimensional collage that brings a group of paintings by the Dutch painter Melchior d'Hondecoeter (1636-1695) face to face with a group of Hawaiian ceremonial objects from the 18th century. The juxtaposition is a visual examination of the triangular relationship between early global trade, conflict and mutual attraction.