SCHUNCK Glass Palace
20-09-2020 t/m 06-07-2021
Category: Visual arts
Frieling designed a remarkable landscape of plants, people and objects for SCHUNK’s staircase, as well as his own painted interpretations of various works in Heerlen’s municipal collection which hold a special significance for him. His scenes guide you upwards, like a mountain path, via the various levels, to the top of the Glaspaleis.
A ‘theophany’ is a visible manifestation of a deity to a human being. Amongst other things, the term is used to refer to the apparition of the gods in the myths of Ancient Greece and Middle Eastern civilisations. The choice of this theme is a reference to the work of Aad de Haas. During his first visit to Parkstad, Frieling visited the St Cunibertus church in Wahlwiller, which contains de Haas’ famous stations of the cross. It is one of the many elements expressed in Frieling’s mural. Frieling was also inspired by the staircase itself, in which he saw parallels with the famous glass lift in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. In the story, Charlie travelled skywards by pressing the red ‘Up and Out’ lift button.
Gijs Frieling (b. 1966, Amsterdam) won the Dutch Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst in 1994, the 1999Â Prix de Rome and the 2009 Cobra Arts Prize. He studied at the Rietveldacademie and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Frieling has taught at the Rietveldacademie, the Sandberg Instituut and De Ateliers in Amsterdam and has been a consultant for the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. Between 2006 and 2010 he served in the role of director and main curator for the artists’ collective known as W139 in Amsterdam. Frieling is currently art consultant for the Chief Government Architect for the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. He is also a member of the jury for the Koninklijke Prijs voor de Vrije Schilderkunst.