Gijs Assmann | Marlies Appel | David Bade | Merina Beekman | Simon Benson | Dineke Blom | Marcel van Eeden | Otto Egberts | Helen Frik | Rosemin Hendriks | Tjibbe Hooghiemstra | Nour-Eddine Jarram | Natasja Kensmil | Juul Kraijer | Ronald Noorman | Erik Odijk | Roland Sohier | Elly Strik | Dieuwke Spaans | Juliette Tulkens | Piet Tuytel | Hans de Wit

Arno Kramer

Introduction  1|2|3|4  This larger presentation also includes aspects of drawing that probably have their roots in more traditional styles. I have not taken any populist line. Regardless of how expressive and dynamic some young artists may be, much of such work is merely chaos and debris. It must be mentioned that there is very little abstract drawing. If, for the sake of argument, we were to regard drawing as one of the more popular disciplines, the fact that mainly figurative work is appearing would be explainable, because that is the prevailing tendency in the art world at present. But it may be possible to advance a different reason and that is the remarkable fact that not many Dutch artists are clear-cut draughtsmen. They seem to ‘translate' the issue of the flat surface directly to the painting, to colour and material. Strikingly, it is primarily artists who also make spatial work that display a very autonomous development of the drawing. It is obvious that the growing group of true drawing specialists is producing work of quality.

Figurative drawing is most popular among the younger artists. In more advanced experiments with work on paper, drawings are occasionally part of an installation and thus form a component of a larger whole. To these artists, it seems only natural to generate drawings.

Perhaps it is also natural that a larger overview of Into Drawing Contemporary Dutch Drawings should be allocated a place in the exhibition agenda of the new Apeldoorns Museum/CODA, now that it has again been determined that work in which paper is taken as the point of departure, in the broadest sense, is also a collection and exhibition resource. It is self-evident that the drawing occupies pride of place here.

Because a large body of work by 22 artists has been gathered, attempts have been made to transfer the exhibition to other institutes as well. It is gratifying that four other museums are pleased to accommodate the Into Drawing Contemporary Dutch Drawings exhibition. In July 2005, the exhibition will open in the Limerick City Gallery of Art in Limerick, Ireland. In the spring of 2006, the work will be displayed in the Institut Néerlandais in Paris, where an exhibition of Rembrandt's drawings will simultaneously be on show. At the end of that year, the Instituto Universitario Olandese di Storia Dell'Arte in Florence will present the work, after which Into Drawing Contemporary Dutch Drawings will end its travels in Museum Schloss Moyland in Bedburg-Hau in Germany in 2007.