Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 172 - 2 March 2019

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 467

Henk Visch (The Netherlands / 1950)
Don't wait for me in a borrowed home (1988)


€ 90 000 - 110 000

This sculpture was cast in an edition of 5 + 1 A.P. Since 1990 copy nr. 2 is at the Stationsstraat in Almere (NL)
Cast at the Koninklijke Eijsbouts Klokkengieterij
Esposizione internazionale d'arte La Biennale di Venezia '43, 1988, Dutch Pavillion "Henk Visch", exh.of this work
With documentation


Forward or backward? Standing or sitting? Action or introspection? The unidentified figure, who is unmistakably human, puts the viewer on the wrong track. Without arms, the posture artificial, he lacks individuality and personal characteristics. The material gives the figure his hard and shiny black look, but he's fragile at the same time.

"Do not wait for me in a borrowed home" (1988) is a figurative representation of abstract properties. It's no individual that is depicted, but an abstraction of general human functions such as walking and standing still, speaking and silencing, thinking and dreaming. The conceptual world of Henk Visch is bursting with a dynamic duality, which is being portrayed in a visible reality, but especially in a metaphorical sense. It's a duality related to a deeper conflict between visible and invisible, inside and outside world, object and subject, ego and non-ego. Abstraction and figuration are not opposed, but reinforce each other within the synthesis of a representation.

In this case Visch uses the motif of "looking back". He leaves it to the viewer and his gaze to determine the meaning of the image. This deeper meaning is not open, but it is referred to by a whole stream of associations initiated by the image. The poetic title already indicates a certain direction. "My work has no direction, but all directions", so the artist says.

The pure line and clear form make "Do not wait for me in a borrowed home" look almost like a drawn sculpture. Initially, Henk Visch only makes drawings and graphic designs. From the 80s, inspired by his stay in New York, he also focuses on sculpture. The fairytale-like line from his drawings remains clearly present, most obviously in his figurative sculptures.

"Do not wait for me in a borrowed home" is the first sculpture Visch made in bronze and with which he represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 1988. This bronze cast had a central place in the Rietveld Pavilion, interacting with a dozen other new works by Visch spread around.

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