De Reis
Pieter Baan Müller, 1987

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The installation 'De Reis' ('The Journey') is Pieter Baan Müller's ode to his terminally ill VW Beetle, when it was finally consigned to the scrapyard. 'De Reis' consists of five paintings and two monitors on plinths. The screens of both monitors show frontal images of the blue Beetle, with other windscreen wipers visibly and audibly working - apparently the only things that were working when the mortally afflicted Beetle was written off. The difference between the two screened images is that the one on the right is just out of focus while the left one is sharply in focus. As the plinths, painted in black and white motorway stripes, suggest, the little car finds itself on the road. On the road to where? The paintings, four of which hang on the wall between th monitors, picture its journey, which starts in the mist and rain but gradually moves towards the light, into bright clarity. Then follows the revelation: on the other wall of the room there hangs another painting, this time depicting the ascension into heaven of the Beetle. The rather touching anecdote of 'De Reis' could also be interpreted in a broader sense, as a possible metaphor for the journey which is life, everyone's life... Read more...

  • Date: 1987
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: installation - multi-channel video installation, everyday life, life, modern life, technology, travel, installation - sculpture