Germaine Kruip Netherlands, b. 1970

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Germaine Kruip has garnered international attention by exhibiting works in a multitude of genres—including sculpture, architecture, and performance—at many leading museums and art events, such as the Stedelijk Museum, the Sydney Biennale, the Art Basel and Frieze Art Fairs, and Independent Brussels. In formal terms, Kruip’s practice resembles abstract art and minimalism, and yet conceptually, her pieces evoke a strong spiritual tradition. She accentuates the tension between physical appearance and spiritual essence. Her objects’ simples shapes and intrinsic neat color tone and its emphasizes the original corporeality of the medium, ultimately highlights underlying meanings and the fundamental nature of the figure. Her kinetic work of art consists of  light, motion, and geometric motifs that expands the possibilities and the spectrum of abstraction. The installation demonstrates outstanding formative aspects, while also achieving a remarkable aesthetic by balancing objects and their reflections, using shades and phantasmal visions caused by artificial lighting and natural radiance. Kruip triggers a dramatic effect that transforms both the piece and its environs into a stage, and ultimately constructs a spiritual and meditative space.

 

Germaine Kruip lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium. She has held solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2003); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam (2002); and De Vleeshal, Middleburg (2006). She has participated in group exhibitions such as Kunsthalle Münster, Münster (2012); and S.M.A.K(Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Gent (2008). She has presented a wide range of genres from sculpture to performance at international venues such as KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016), Sydney; Art Basel, Basel (2012, 2008); and Frieze, London (2005). She was educated at DasArts, Amsterdam and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. She lives and works in Amsterdam and Brussels.

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