The Grote Kerk inspires! The Kerk Binnenstebuiten project is a joint initiative of the Grote Kerk and Blind Walls Gallery. Artists make new paintings for the construction fence, inspired by the rich interior of the church.
Zenk One (Robin Nas) was inspired by two gravestones in the church of Henricus Coerman and Johan Backx.
Robin depicts Henricus as a goat, with symbols referring to traveling skills, heavenly spheres and the divine light. Johan is depicted as a “sitting” lion, with symbols that represent fertility and strength.
Just like Zenk One, Mara Piccione takes inspiration from the gravestones: “In my design, the abstract shapes have a symbolic character; I emphasize the Carpe diem spell more than Memento Mori. While Memento Mori is about transience, Carpe Diem is about life as an individual in the here and now; something that belongs more in this day and age ”
MonkeyBird Crew were inspired by the floral ornaments that can be seen on the marble suits of armor in the “Princes’ Chapel” and the colorful vault paintings. They depicted this in their work by covering the clothes of the monkey and the bird with various plants and flowers. A striking feature of the work is the ruined architecture in the background of the painting.
Nina Valkhoff found her inspiration in two animals that can be found in the church: the lion and the lamb. The lion stands for strength, power and wariness; the lamb symbolises innocence and is seen in Christianity as the bearer of man’s sins. Nina plays with this symbolism in her work by depicting the animals in the same size, to eliminate the dividing line between prey and predator.
This project was realized with the support of the Municipality of Breda, Breda Marketing and Ondernemersfonds Breda.