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BART
NIJSTAD

inner horse - exhibition in progress

During his working period at Drawing Centre Diepenheim, Bart Nijstad creates a steadily growing exhibition consisting of drawings, paintings, murals and performances. Nijstad is experimenting with different ways to share with visitors his artistic work process and the application of drawing in it.

Bart Nijstad’s head is a repository for comic strips, movie scenes, paintings and other image fragments. He tries to structure and make sense of this complex chaos by drawing. The fragments of memories that appear more or less unconsciously on paper during his drawing sessions form the basis for paintings and murals.

During his working period at the Drawing Centre, Nijstad will search for everyday scenes in Diepenheim to further add to the wondrous archive in his mind. There he brings together two worlds: the earthly and banal where his material mother birthed and nurtured him, and the spiritual where a dreamed mother with a reptilian head sends him warnings and allows him to experience things unspeakable.

Nijstad’s work evokes a sense of discomfort and dislocation. He shows us figures that do not or should not exist. But through his interpretation, they become images in which reality and fiction merge into a humorous, absurd and sometimes grotesque representation of our daily lives. Nijstad sketches a world with intimately hugging lizards, a nation of robot knights, and horses that turn into humans (or vice versa).

Period I:
Exhibition in development
October 6 to November 19, 2023

From October 6 to November 19, 2023, Drawing Centre Diepenheim will be open every Friday through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

During this first period, you can follow the development of the exhibition live and engage in conversation with Bart Nijstad, giving you an insight into the artist’s artistic working process.

Period II:
Completed exhibition
November 25, 2023 to January 14, 2024

From November 25, 2023 to January 14, 2024, Drawing Centre Diepenheim will be open every Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

During this second period, the exhibition is completed and you can come and admire the final result of the working period.