Pietrasanta: Heart of Italian Marble For several years now, Eja Siepman van den Berg has been working with craftsmen from the renowned Italian center of sculpture, Pietrasanta. Michelangelo himself recognised the beauty of the Carrara white marble extracted from the quarries around Pietrasanta. Not only did he use it for his own sculptures but he also worked in the marble quarries himself.
Five centuries ago Michelangelo travelled by foot and mule to the region of Pietrasanta, selecting the marble blocks for his work. Towns at the foot of these mountains have since attracted internationally acclaimed sculptors like Jean Arp, Jacques Lipschitz and Isamu Noguchi.
Henry Moore, who owned a house here in the 60's and 70's, reveled when he first saw the marble quarries of Pietrasanta: "I was like a little child seeing the window of a sweet shop."
Tradition and Innovation Today, however, Pietrasanta is not only known for its traditional craftsmanship. After all, tradition here goes hand in hand with the most modern digital techniques. That is one of the reasons why Eja Siepman van den Berg collaborates with the renowned Studio Stagetti, in Pietrasanta.
Photos: Eja Siepman van den Berg at Studio Stagetti and Studio SEM, Pietrasanta
A New Monograph on Eja Siepman van den Berg with the Allure of a Catalogue Raisonnee
The International Context
A Complete and IllustratedOverview of her Oeuvre
In preparation A New Monographic Publication, Expected 2022
Eja Siepman van den Berg Kerber Verlag (Bielefeld/Berlin) Hardcover, 28.5 x 22.5 cm ca. 192 pages, ca. 150 ills. in color. Design: Marc Koppen, Eindhoven
Eja Siepman van den Berg holds a unique position in both Dutch ánd European art. From the early 1970s onwards, she has positioned herself in an elaborate contexts of figurative sculpture.
At first sight, the human body is Siepman van den Bergs 'prime subject'. But on a closer inspection, Siepman van den Berg transcends the merely figurative. Her body of work responds to more fundamental matters of sculpture, to the meaning of scale, symmetry and proportion--a mathematical approach to the organic-- and to the intrinsic qualities of her materials, bronze and stone.
This explains Eja Siepman van den Berg's affinity with both the giants of classical figuration ánd abstraction.
This publication will trace the development of Siepman van den Berg's distinctive visual idiom, in the context of both contemporaries and forerunners. It positions her as a true advocate of craftsmanship ánd more conceptual approaches of sculpture, of both tradition ánd renewal.
The Projectruimte Hoofdstraat 17 in Beetsterzwaag is a exhibition space and international culture platform.
The stately block-shaped building at the centre of Beetsterzwaag was erected in 1837 as 'Grietenij van Opsterland'. A 'grietman' was then the name for mayor. A 'Grietenij' was a forerunner of the current Dutch municipality in Friesland. After 1851, with the introduction of the municipal law, the building was used as a town hall.
Nowadays, a fresh wind blows at the former 'Grietenij': art and culture have now taken the place of law and administration.
The exhibitions at the Projectruimte Hoofdstraat 17 are known for their versatility, with attention for painting, sculpture, ánd other art forms.
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Also sculptures by Eja Siepman van den Berg can be seen at the project space, in the context of a wide variety of national and international artists.
A sculpture garden shows some of her works in a permanent and intimate setting. To find out more about current exhibitions, please visit the exhibitions page of this website.
See also the Multi Media page of this website for an impression of the activities in Beetsterzwaag.
Impressions of an afternoon in honor of Eja Siepman van den Berg, winner of the Wilhelminaring 2017
Sunday June 3, 2018, in Apeldoorn, a celebration and unveiling of a sculpture took place, in honor of Eja Siepman van den Berg, winner of the 2017 Wilhelminaring.
This, in the presence of Corrie van der Veen, Chairwoman Stichting Wilheminaring, and Chairman of the Jury, Wim Pijbes.
At the CODA Museum Apeldoorn director Carin Reinders opened an honorary exhibtition, presenting a rich choice from Eja Siepman van den Berg's body of work.
The Wilhelminaring is a national oeuvre prize that has been awarded every two years since 1998 to a prominent Dutch sculptor. It is one of the most important art prizes in the Netherlands. The prize consists of a specially designed ring, De Wilhelminaring, a poem, an exhibition in the Coda Museum and a commission for a work in the Sprengenpark in Apeldoorn.
Please click on the image below to download a free publication on Eja Siepman van den Berg, published at the occasion of the Wilhelminaring 2017. With an introduction by Wim Pijbes, chairman of the jury.
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