For the presentation “Our man in Paris. Bogart’s influence on Schoonhoven and his friends” at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, Coppejans Gallery was approached in connection with Jan Henderikse’s participation in this expo. The exhibition is a side-project of the much larger solo exhibition of Bram Bogart and deals with the works of the Dutch Informal Group at the time of Bogart’s stay in Paris.

The artists in this expo are Jan Schoonhoven, Armando, Kees van Bohemen, Jan Henderikse and Henk Peeters. From the mid-1950s they formed an artistic group of friends who were looking for “new” art. Bogart, who had lived in Paris since 1951, was an example for them and an important source of inspiration. In the same year informal art broke through in the French capital and ‘their man in Paris’ reported on this. This presentation, compiled by guest curator Antoon Melissen, shows a selection of twelve works from the years 1956-1959 that mark the birth of Dutch informal painting of which Bogart is the founder.

Coppejans Gallery loaned an informal work by Henk Peeters from 1959 to the expo.

link: expo at Museum Prinsenhof Delft

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