Margot Zweers - Things seemed to be square
From courtyard to interior space
Project Binnenruimte is the title of a series of presentations in the museum courtyard. For each edition, an artist is asked to create a work specifically for this space. The courtyard, with its grey tiles and green back wall, is the epicentre of the museum. At first, you see the austere outer walls of the museum halls, and as you turn the historic Oudemannenhuis comes into view. A perfect place for artists to react to the physical space, the collection or the significance of the museum.
Margot Zweers (The Hague, 1989) is the artist of choice for the first edition of this new series. Zweers uses sculpture as a medium to investigate spatial situations and how we perceive them. In her subtle, often poetic installations, she combines abstracted geometric structures and organic forms. By playing with their visual and material appearance - objects that appear to be solid may turn out to be flat and what might appear to be the front might, on closer inspection, be the rear - she asks the spectator to look carefully and consider the difference between observation and physical reality.
For Things seemed to be square, Zweers takes the spatial aspects of the courtyard as a starting point. She combines four 'spatial drawings', based on the courtyard’s layout, with casts of stones and enlarged photographs of hand-kneaded plasticine objects. Through the resulting layered composition, Zweers invites the viewer to rediscover the courtyard.
Margot Zweers (1989, The Hague) graduated from St Joost Academy of Fine Arts, Bredain 2012. She was awarded the St. Joostpenning for her graduation work. From 2012 to 2014, she did an MSc in sculpture at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. She currently lives and works in Breda and Terheijden.
In 2014 Zweers received the Hermine van Bers Art Prize. She has been part of the SOLID collective, which organizes exhibitions of young sculptors’ work, since 2016. She has taken part in various exhibitions in her home country and abroad. In 2018, her work could be seen at 'A Pleasant Walk' (Kasko, Basel) , 'In Thin Air' (Schimmel Projects, Dresden) and 'We, the artists of Breda! (part I) '(NEXT, Stedelijk Museum Breda). For 2018-2019, she has been awarded a Young Talent grant from the Mondriaan Fund.
Publication Things seemed to be square – Margot Zweers
Each edition of Project Binnenruimte is accompanied by a publication about the artist and their work. 'Things seemed to be square - Margot Zweers' (in Dutch and English) includes an interview with Margot Zweers by Brenda Tempelaar. The booklet, available at the museum, has been designed by Rob van Hoesel and published by Stedelijk Museum Breda.
With special thanks to the Vrienden van Stedelijk Museum Breda (Friends of Stedelijk Museum Breda).
Image: Margot Zweers, Things seemed to be square, 2019.
Photo: René de Wit