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Photographer Annet van der Voort currently calls her atelier a floral laboratory. Here she observes the transformation of tulips, which she keeps in order to use them in their various states of expiration for her art. Her technique for producing images is modern and completely without camera. In a complex process, she scans the wilting splendor and in doing so creates a special visual space that best corresponds to her understanding of vanitas, the philosophical idea of the transience of everything mundane. Her scanograms are a modern variation on the floral painting of Holland’s gilded age.
Tulips became objects of desire in the seventeenth century. Their bulbs were auctioned at the highest prices. To show how the bulbs would flower, splendid paintings of the flora were commissioned. A true cult emerged around the floral status symbol, and thus the tulip made its way into the halls of art history. Today the flower paintings and contemporary still lifes rank among the zenith of Dutch painting.
The tulip growers outdid themselves with new color variations, but the highest goal was to create a black version. An absurd idea, it may seem – but perhaps logical when one considers the tulip’s ephemerality: blossoming beauty destined to deterioration.
Van der Voort’s work has a particular connection to that of Amsterdam’s painter Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750). Both include insects, butterflies, and other small animals in their floral compositions as essential elements. But what Ruysch employed to heighten the sense of reality, Voort consciously uses to establish a living counterpoint, to create equilibrium with the tulip’s wilting splendor.
Horst KlöverBioAnnet van der Voort was born in The Netherlands. In 1987 she began her studies in visual communication at the Fachhochschule in Dortmund and received her designer’s degree in 1993. She taught classes at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1998 and 1999. In addition to her artistic work, van der Voort is also a freelance publicist. She lives and works in Drensteinfurt, Germany.CollectionsStaatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
European Polaroid Collection, Prag, Czech Republic
Industriemuseum, Dortmund, Germany
National Museum of Photography, Bradford, UK
Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Stadtmuseum, Münster, Germany
Gasunie, Groningen, Netherlands
La Filature, Mulhouse, France
Various private collectionsExhibitions
2019 Deutsches Marinemuseum, Wilhelmshaven, Germany 2016 AnzenbergerGallery (with Pawel Zak), Vienna, Austria 2017 Galerie, Aelderhooghe, Aalden, Netherlands 2013 Arbeit & Leben, Düsseldorf, Germany 2012 Städtische Galerie, Markdorf, Germany 2011 Kunstmuseum, Ahlen, Germany Städtische Galerie, Iserlohn, Germany 2010 FotoFreo, Fremantle, Australia Photaumnales, Beauvais, France 2009 DGB, Berlin, Germany 2008 Kreismuseum Wewelsburg, Büren, Germany 2006 Stadtmuseum, Münster, Germany 2005 Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France 2004 Botschaft der Niederlande, Copenhagen, Denmark 2003 Fotofestival Odense, Denmark 1998 Museet for Fotokunst (with J.Jensen), Odense, Denmark Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany 1997 Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1995 Galerie Im Kabinett (with E. Vargas), Berlin, Germany 1992 Alte Synagoge, Essen, Germany 1991 Bundesgartenschau, Dortmund, Germany
2019 Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece 2018 Kunstverein, Sundern, Germany 2017 Museum of Modern Art, Tbilisi, Georgia 2016 Stadtmuseum Münster, Germany 2015 Landesmuseum Hanover, Germany 2014 Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany Museum Ratingen, Ratingen, Germany 2013 Centro Cultural, University Lima, Peru Deutsches Hygienemuseum, Dresden, Germany Deutsches Naturkundemuseum, Berlin, Germany Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, Australia FORM Gallery, Perth, Australia 2012 Städtische Galerie, Lüdenscheid, Germany 2011 Getxophoto, Bilbao, Spain 2010 Beter dan God, Enschede, The Netherlands 2008 Septembre de la Photographie, Lyon, France 2007 Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France La Filature, Mulhouse, France Kunstspeicher Würzburg, Germany 2006 Langhals galleri, Prague, Czech Republic Gasunie, Groningen, Netherlands Festival of photography, Kaunas, Lithuania 2005 Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands Imagine China Gallery, Shanghai, China 2004 Photofestival Exposure, Hereford, UK 2001 Nikolaj Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark 1999 Monat der Fotografie im Ruhrgebiet, Dortmund, Germany 1998 Zomer van de Fotografie, Antwerp, Belgium Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany 1997 Mois de la Photo, Montreal, Canada 1995 National Museum of Photography, Bradford, UK 1990 Salon des Refusés, Dortmund, Germany