The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, December 12, 2018

First major monographic exhibition on Gerard Fieret since his death opens in The Hague
Gerard Petrus Fieret, Untitled, 1965-1975.

THE HAGUE.- Almost no other body of photography is as strange and idiosyncratic as that of Gerard Fieret (1924-2009). This outstanding photographer was an obsessive recorder of everything that came his way: people, animals, street scenes and himself. Most especially, however, he loved to photograph women – models, students, young mothers, dancers and waitresses – or just parts of their bodies, such as breasts, feet or long legs, in isolation. Although his non-stop photographic activities were concentrated into a period of just ten years (1965-1975), Gerard Fieret generated an enormous oeuvre. In the Netherlands he is seen as a pioneer of photography as a form of autonomous visual art. Over recent years his work has also attracted increasing international interest. Even so, he is less well-known to the general public than contemporaries like Paul Huf and Ed van der Elsken. In collaboration with the Le Bal photographic centre in Paris, the Hague Museum of Photography is now holding the first major monographic exhibition on Gerard Fieret since his death.

In career terms, Gerard Fieret was often his own worst enemy. Wim van Sinderen, curator at the Hague Museum of Photography, recalls countless unheralded visits by Fieret. He would drop in to stealthily add his signature to works already in the collection, call past to donate bin bags stuffed with photographs or come to deliver long, hand-written letters full of paranoid accusations. Fieret was equally capricious concerning the preparation of exhibitions and publications, interfering in such a way as to make life almost impossible for curators and publishers. Nevertheless, the Hague Museum of Photography managed to organise a major exhibition in honour of his eightieth birthday in 2004 and in 2010 the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag acquired his estate. The possessions he left comprised around a thousand different objects, including two jerry cans filled with hundreds of negatives previously believed to be lost. The acquisition expanded the museum’s already large Fieret collection to total approximately 2500 objects and photographs. In addition to images from that collection, this exhibition includes photographs on loan from private collectors, the Special Collections of Leiden University Library, Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Kahmann Gallery in Amsterdam and Deborah Bell Photographs in New York.

Turbulent life
Gerard Petrus Fieret was born in The Hague on 19 January 1924 and had a shaky childhood. After his father abandoned the family in 1926, Fieret was brought up by his mother and two elder sisters, but also spent periods with foster families and in children’s homes. As a young man, he was conscripted to perform forced labour in Nazi Germany. At the end of the war, he returned to The Hague and was enrolled for a year at the Hague Academy of Art (today’s KABK). However, it was not until 1965 that Fieret turned his energies to photography; up to then, his output had consisted mainly of gouaches and portraits in charcoal. Henri van de Waal (1910-1972), Professor of Art History at the University of Leiden, was one of the earliest admirers of Fieret’s photography. It is thanks to him that Leiden University now possesses the world’s largest collection of Fieret’s work and that his photography came to the attention of institutions like the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, which held the first major one-man exhibition of his work in 1971.

Idiosyncratic oeuvre
Gerard Fieret’s photographs are distinguished by odd choices of subject, apparently casual compositions and an explicit or covert eroticism. He ignored photographic conventions, both when taking his shots and in the darkroom. His work reflects the zeitgeist of the 1960s and ’70s, with its abhorrence of academic rules and glorification of nudity as a symbol of liberty. His photographs do show a degree of similarity to those of Dutch contemporaries like Frans Zwartjes, Sanne Sannes and Anton Heyboer, although Fieret hated being compared to anyone else. As soon as he recognized anything of his own style in other people’s work, he would invariably hurl accusations of plagiarism or even outright theft. Not surprisingly, therefore, a prominent feature of virtually all Fieret’s photos is the rubber stamps and signatures with which he painstakingly attempted to safeguard his copyright. His photographs reveal his tendency to repetition and indefatigable urge to experiment. In search of interesting effects, he played with the rules of the various photographic development and printing processes. He threw nothing away, not even obvious failures. At the same time, he rarely printed a negative more than once and, on the odd occasion when he did so, none of the prints are ever identical. A Gerard Fieret photograph is invariably a one-off.

Secondary displays
The Hague Museum of Photography’s main Gerard Petrus Fieret exhibition is accompanied by two other related displays. The first is a presentation of portraits showing Fieret through the eyes of other photographers, such as Koos Breukel, Willem Diepraam, Ferenc Molnar and Roger Cremers. The second takes the form of a wall sculpture commissioned by the museum from Dutch artist Monika Dahlberg (b. 1975). Incorporating Fieret’s photographs and displaying them in a totally new way, the piece is a tribute to Fieret’s oeuvre. Dahlberg trained at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen and her work includes collages offering a humorous, no-nonsense commentary on the media culture of today. Often intimate, sensual or erotic, her works usually make for uncomfortable viewing.

Documentary films
The exhibition includes a completely restored and digitised version of Jacques Meijer’s 1971 film Gerard Fieret, fotograaf.

In addition, the NTR (Dutch Public Service Broadcaster for Information, Education and Culture) plans to rebroadcast Frank van den Engel’s mesmerising 2009 documentary Foto en copyright by G.P. Fieret. To coincide with the exhibition, the film is scheduled to be shown during Het Uur van de Wolf on NPO2 at 22.55 on Thursday 25 May.

Today's News

May 20, 2017

Exhibition of new paintings by Gerhard Richter opens at Albertinum in Dresden

Saving Pakistan's lost city of Mohenjo Daro

Art community remains divided over Caravaggio found in French attic

Palm Beach Modern sets major house records on May 6; Sam Francis painting tops $600,000

US war photographer Stanley Greene dies aged 68

Stedelijk Museum presents a snapshot of Rineke Dijkstra's photographic and video work

Provenance exhibition shows challenges of tracing the path of ownership of artwork

Gladstone Gallery opens exhibition of new work by Shirin Neshat

Kunsthaus Zurich presents an overview of the development of Mexican graphic art

Sotheby's to offer the most important space artifact to ever appear at auction

Paul Kasmin Gallery exhibits drawings, sketches and paintings by Mark Ryden

Monumental sculptures by artist Nick Hornby at Glyndebourne Festival 2017

Director of Smithsonian's Asian Art Galleries announces plan to retire

John F. Kennedy's signed Senate ID card sells for $20k at auction

Exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia presents works by Jean Dubuffet and Fabrice Hyber

Nicosia convention targets trade in 'blood antiquities'

Exhibition at the Bowes Museum offers an insight into the woman who created the museum

Lehmann Maupin's first exhibition with Wangechi Mutu opens in Hong Kong

Historic curiosities celebrate both art and science in 'Object Lessons' at Manchester Museum

Exhibition examines mechanisms of demarcation and marginalisation

Exhibition brings together an ensemble of newly commissioned and existing pieces by fifteen artists

Exhibition of Danish artist Tal R's work over the past two decades opens at Louisiana

First major monographic exhibition on Gerard Fieret since his death opens in The Hague

Nationalmuseum presents a new aspect of Dawid's art at Gripsholm this summer

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- The Morgan receives a major Renoir drawing unseen for over 50 years

2.- Recording console built by Elvis Costello and used to record Stairway to Heaven stars at Bonhams sale

3.- On December 9, estate jewelry & more goes up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals

4.- French museum chief hits back at call to return African art

5.- David Castillo Gallery to present works by a stellar group of artists at Art Basel Miami Beach

6.- Ancient Chinese painting auctioned for almost $60 million at Christie's Hong Kong

7.- Exploring the watery remains of France's sunken Roman port of Olbia

8.- Exhibition examines eroticism in paintings and drawings of the male and female nude

9.- Thieves nab Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting from Vienna auction house

10.- Israeli archaeologists unveil rare stone mask dating to the Neolithic

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful