A personal story
In this first online exhibition we showcase several artworks from the ING Collection that explore the theme of Resilience. This deals with how we live through the challenges that each era faces. As always, times are changing. But it's how we, nature and society respond to that change that matters most. Being resilient is about embracing change and moving forward.
The quests of artists to capture resilience
Over time artists have visualised a changing world. What does nature look like after a forest fire? How does society respond to a pandemic? Or closer to home, how would you adapt if moving to another country? It all has to do with being resilient.
"To be progressive is to be versatile. Nature might be the most progressive of all. Always growing towards the light and creating the best environment for itself."
Tabor Robak (1986)
Tabor Robak, also known as 'Pixelangelo', is considered to be the Michelangelo of digital art. His 15 metre-wide digital artwork Northstar simulates an infinte walk in nature. Robak has always enjoyed a nice walk in the woods and sees the natural world as the perfect antidote to the bubbling anxiety of modern life. Ironically, he decided to capture this feeling in an endless virtual experience.
Anne Geene (1983)
Anne Geene uses her photographs to investigate and understand the world around her – all with the precision of a scientist. In Modifications, Geene explores the concept of versatility. Unlike animals (and people), plants have no pre-set final form. The leaves in this picture were picked from a tree in Berlin that stands in the shade most of the day. Consequently, its leaves grow around the corner to where it's sunny.
Jeppe Hein (1974)
Through his artwork Fragmented Circle, Jeppe Hein asks us to have a good look at ourselves. But there's a twist. Just as in the rest of Hein’s work, a dialogue with not only yourself, but also your surroundings, is key to the experience of seeing. But here's the catch: the reflective surface that he provides is flawed.
Wout Berger (1941)
Ruigoord 3 is part of a series made by Wout Berger in 2003 around Ruigoord, which is an artists' commune on the edge of Amsterdam. The photos in this series by Berger show a fascination for nature that is able to survive against all odds. As Amsterdam grew, it would reclaim polluted land in the areas surrounding Ruigoord by covering it with sand. Berger was inspired by the cornflowers and dandelions that bloomed in this inhospitable environment.
Fernando Sánchez Castillo (1970)
With Proposal, Fernando Sánchez Castillo proposes an alternative model for the Statue of Liberty, one which is more in sync with the times. This iconic monument, which stands for freedom, depicts a different woman today than what the artist had originally conceived. Sánchez Castillo is interested in the idea of transformation and how images can rise and fall in importance in today's world where reality seems so easy to manipulate.
Evelyn Taocheng Wang (1981)