Arne Quinze’s first exhibition in the Netherlands is on display at the Kunsthal Rotterdam. The exhibition entitled ‘My Secret Garden’ is also the artist’s first large-scale indoor projection. Quinze, whose works can be found around the world, is known for his large-scale public installations and sculptures that demonstrate his interest in placing artworks in cities so that the art and cities’ inhabitants can coexist.
Quinze’s works are often built from various types of wood. For ‘My Secret Garden’ comprises of two sections, an extraordinary wooden installation and a space that Quinze calls ‘the temple’. Quinze considers a ‘secret garden’ to be a place where we can feel safe and in control of who and what has access to our very own distinctly-bound territory. A ‘temple’, on the other hand, is a place where we can simply be ourselves. Quinze’s piece encourages the viewer to think about how they organize their lives in relation to others. The artist’s most recent works can be seen exhibited in metal display cases. Quinze has introduced light and sound compositions by musicians Danny Mommens and Els Plynnoo.
The exhibition coincides with Quinze’s exhibition ‘Cities like open-air museums’ at the Venetian Galleries and the permanent installation ‘Rock Strangers’ in Ostend, on the Belgium coast. The projects will interact with each other with the film ‘My Secret Garden’ being shown in both Ostend and Rotterdam. This double projection is highlighted even further with the use of live stream, with the Ostend visitors being able to see the visitors in Rotterdam walk through the installation.