Arno Kramer at The Model, Sligo and Ballina Arts Centre / by info

Arno Kramer–Current Exhibitions

Arno Kramer & Henk Visch | High Winds Slowly Move
The Model, Sligo 19 August–29 October 2017

Human Chain | Dutch contemporary drawings
Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Thursday 7th September–28 October 2017


Arno Kramer & Henk Visch | High Winds Slowly Move

The Model, Sligo 19 August–29 October 2017


The Model is delighted to present High Winds Move Slowly, a very special two-person exhibition with Dutch artists Arno Kramer and Henk Visch. This show, which is curated and toured by the Museum De Buitenplaats in the Netherlands, marks the first time that these two artists have been brought together in one exhibition. 

The opening reception will be marked by a gallery conversation between Arno Kramer, Henk Visch, and the exhibition curater Patty Wageman. 

The exhibition focuses on the similarities and differences in the work of both artists who have known each other for a long time. Arno Kramer mainly makes drawings and so-called drawing installations, while Henk Visch focuses more on drawings and sculptures. Where Arno Kramer works in Overijssel and Sligo (Ireland), Henk Visch is alternately employed in Eindhoven and Beijing (China). Both due to the mutual relationship and the fact that sculpture and drawing art are well-connected, these aspects to the museum are the reason to present their work together. The work of Arno Kramer and Henk Visch is represented in various museum and private collections.


Both artists experiment with the possibilities of the figurative and the abstract and they explore how this affects the visual area. This will be seen in the coming exhibition. Now the line or a grid plays an important role, then the figure again takes over. At Henk Visch, humans are often image-determining, with Arno Kramer that is often an animal. Sometimes, the image and the more intuitive abstractions clash in an image.


The focus of this exhibition will be on a broad presentation of both work. Visch focuses on sculptures, with Kramer some very large drawings will be image-determining. For the exhibition of Museum De Buitenplaats, new and existing work will be shown. It will be very interesting how Visch's sculptures and drawings will relate to Kramer's work in the exhibition space.


Arno Kramer

Besides the artistry Kramer writes about visual arts. He published, for example, seven poems and a novel. From his last Dutch poetry edition, in 2017, a translation translated from Salmon Poetry Ireland. In addition, he has taught as a guest lecturer at the Academy of Arts and Industry (AKI) in Enschede, and in countries such as England, Scotland and the United States. Since 1995, Kramer has been living in Ireland annually to work on remote locations for new drawings. In Ireland he exhibited in many museums, lectured and lectured and organized Into Irish Drawing. An exhibition also seen in Paris, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

Arno Kramer designed the Drawing Center Diepenheim, where he is a curator from 2008. With All About Drawing, which he started and performed with Diana Wind, he put 50 years of Dutch drawings on the map.


Henk Visch

Henk Visch followed a curriculum from 1968 to 1972 at the Academy of Arts and Design St. Joost in 's-Hertogenbosch. After his studies, he initially made drawings and etching. In 1982, Visch spent a year in Atelier PS I in New York, where he became known for his figurative sculptures. From 1984, the artist has taught at the Amsterdam Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. The work of Henk Visch is located in many major national and international museum collections. Visch has also exhibited at international exhibitions, such as the Documenta in Kassel and the Venice Biennale. In addition, the artist has recently been asked to be the Dutch representative at the Kathmandu Biënnale.


This exhibition is a first presentation in a pilot that focuses on the drawing and in which the museum will work closely with Academie Minerva and the University of Groningen. In this project, presentation, research, practice and training come together.

The Model,
The Mall, Sligo

Human Chain: Dutch contemporary drawings

An exhibition in Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo

September 17th–28 October

Human ChainDutch contemporary drawings is an exhibition of drawings and works on paper by seven Dutch artists who at one point have been resident artists at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle. Selected by Arno Kramer, the artists in the exhibition are: Arno Kramer, Hanneke Francken, Caren van Herwaarden, Anita Groener, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra, Erik Mattijssen and Jacobien de Rooij. The presentation of Human Chain in Ballina Arts Centre in September 2017 will show that there is a huge variety in content and also in technique and sizes of the drawings of these seven Dutch artists.


There will also be a book launch. Salmon Poetry publishes a from Dutch in English translated poetry volume written by Arno Kramer called MORNINGRUSTLE.

Poet and writer John Brown (Belfast)will do the presentation of the book.

Salmon Poetry has published In the Chair from John Brown in 2002. An interview book including 22 interviews with poets from the North of Ireland.

Ballina Arts Centre
Barrett St.

Co. Mayo

Tel: 096 73593