The Painted Bird: Dreams and Nightmares of Europe
Exhibition at Marres Maastricht
March 10 – Aug 13 2017
Initiator and curator, with Gijs Frieling
Nineteen artists transformed Marres into a baroque palace with spectacular murals. The artists painted all rooms, corridors, the stairwell, even some floors and ceilings of the historic Marres House. Having a surface area of 750 m2, the painted house depicted a series of beautiful and frightening environments, including a high-tech clone supermarket, the last surviving piece of primeval forest, a spider wall papered portrait corridor and a Berlin love and hippie fest. The artist Gijs Frieling directed the modern Gesamtkunstwerk. Frank and Kim Koolen David Bots developed a comprehensive soundtrack, and Charlott Markus and Kalle Mattsson made a dazzling publication, comprising both the making of materials as well as offering images of the final result.
Artists: Marie Aly, Cian Yu Bai, Bonno van Doorn, Kim David Bots, Gijs Frieling, Natasja Kensmil, Klaas Kloosterboer, Mirthe Klück, Frank Koolen, Fiona Lutjenhuis, Charlott Markus, Kalle Mattsson, Jan van der Pavert, Tanja Ritterbex, Sam Samiee, Charlotte Schleiffert, Derk Thijs, Sarah Verbeek, Helen Verhoeven, Evi Vingerling and Job Wouters.
The Painted Bird was a collaborative project by Marres and all the participating artists. Additional funding came from Fonds 21, the BankGiro Lottery Fund and a crowdfunding campaign.