The museums are open again after a long time, and National Museum Week is around the corner. This is the perfect moment for Lucas De Man to delve into the stories behind five iconic works of art from the permanent collection of Dutch museums. De Man discusses the work and lives of three progressive female artists: Thérèse Schwartze, who portrayed the elite of the Dutch aristocracy in the nineteenth century, the famous sculptor Barbara Hepworth, for whom he travelled to St. Ives in Great Britain, and Ferdi, the queen of Flower Power in the arts.
Shinkichi Tajiri and Ferdi with her Hortisculptures in Baarlo, 1968. Photo: © Leonard Freed/Magnum Photos, courtesy Brigitte Freed
Watch Ferdi's episode live on Saturday, April 9 at 10pm on NPO 2.
The final episode of this series focuses on Ferdi Tajiri-Jansen, or Ferdi. She was the queen of Flower Power in the arts. In the fifties she roamed through Paris on her motorcycle, was taught by Ossip Zadkine and by her later husband Shinkichi Tajiri. With her welding skills she produced colourful and bold sculptures in the sixties - with an erotic touch. Such as the Wombtomb, which is part of the permanent collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Man en Kunst can be seen on Tuesday, April 5 through Saturday, April 9 at 10:10 p.m. and April 9 at 10:00 p.m. at AVROTROS on NPO 2. (Source AVROS TROS)