2016 — Boijmans van Beuningen (project Rotterdam)

Maarten Bel’s work is inspired by his daily activities. He observes and collects impressions, situations and objects. The resulting personal archive is ‘digested’ by the artist and re-emerges in a variety of forms, including drawings, books, performances and workshops. Bel describes himself as a ‘bouncer’: he decides which ideas remain and which ones get rejected and what form they take. Humour is indispensable in this process.

Bel’s installation ‘Cabinets’ is like a museum within a museum. His personal collections are displayed in a ‘cabinet of curiosities’, which also serves as a podium for the artist and other invited performers.
(text by Noor Mertens)