Why did we choose for an international exhibition on the theme of "Art meets Craft".


It might be somewhat easy to say that art started as a craft. Of course, the first people made mostly utensils such as spoons and bowls, he made simple figures to honor.

Later this was more complex and detailed some became objects as a primitive form of religious art. Think of the handprints and animal images in the caves of Lascaux, Altamira and lesser known places.


Massimo Fioroni once said: "A workman works with his hands. A craftsman works with his hands and with his mind. An artist works with his hands, his mind and his emotion " There can be added that the work of a craftsman always need it to be functional and the work of an artist should call emotion.


In the middle ages crafts were united in guilds. One of the most famous was the "Guild of Saint Luke" of the painters. There were also Guilds for jewelry makers, woodworkers, leatherworkers, printers and other crafts. However, Virtually every work made in the Middle Ages and Renaissance can be seen as works of art, despite the fact that they initially were functional. Shrines were storage cabinets. Paintings were mostly meant for, but they were always functional. The function was religieous, and iconographic 

The guilds had firm rules within which the members had to work. The individuality took care of unique images. "The Lamb of God" by Van Eyck, "the 100 Virgins" by Memling, but also the "the Jewish Bride" and "The Staalmeesters" by Rembrandt. Even though the work of Vermeer was science based, no one will deny the artistic value of "The Letter". All these works have one thing in common: "They call emphatically on emotion!”


Roughly said; from the 19th century the Art, in the broadest sense of the word, became a more and more emotional expression. Impressionists disobeyed fixed conventions and formed the first group that worked from the heart or the inner world. The search for the right “his or her” light, the atmosphere, the free composition no bondage to structures and searching for freedom of the mind. In short, the artist was free to express his or hers own “inner world” and his or hers “reaction” on emotions of the time he lives in . The currents in the 20th century such as Expressionism, Fauvism, neo-Impressionism, the Stijl and Bauhaus (also seen as Crafts movements), the Abstractisme, (photo) Realism and Conceptual Art. The artist is being individually active and almost no more working on demand. The idea that art must be beautiful is long since left. Art is becoming more important for the individual, both to the artist as to the buyer.


During this exhibition we try to create a picture of what is happening in the sense of what was written above. The visitor will most certainly be invited to delve deeper into the work and to look beyond the superficial, even some form of voyeurism is allowed. Describe for yourself what you feel at a work or object. What do you see in the exposed works. Does it bring you a smile or is there a deep feeling of disagreement. Some evenings are devoted to discussions on the theme of 

 “Art and Craft”.


Drs. Martin Impelmans


Studio ImSpa

Scheepmakerstraat 23

2984 BE Ridderkerk

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