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Monograph Eja Siepman van den Berg

A monographic publication on Eja Siepman van den Berg is expected in the beginning of 2020.

Eja Siepman van den Berg holds an unique position in Dutch ánd European art. From the early 1970s onwards, she has positioned herself in the elaborate contexts of figurative sculpture. At first sight, the (female) human body is Siepman van den Bergs 'prime subject'. On closer inspection, however, Siepman van den Berg transcends the merely figurative. Her body of work also responds to more fundamental matters of sculpture, to the meaning of scale, symmetry and proportion--a mathematical approach to the organic-- and to the intrinsic qualities of her materials, bronze and stone.

This explains Eja Siepman van den Berg's affinity with both the giants of classical figuration ánd abstraction. This publication will trace the development of Siepman van den Berg's distinctive visual idiom, in the context of both contemporaries and forerunners. It positions her as a true advocate of craftsmanship ánd conceptual approaches of sculpture, of both tradition and renewal. ​

  • Antoon Melissen, 'Eja Siepman van den Berg'
  • Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld/Berlin
  • hardcover, 28.5 x 21.5 cm
  • ca. 120 pages, ca. 100 illustrations in color.

About the author

Antoon Melissen is an art historian-curator with a special interest in post-war Dutch art in an international context. He published several monographs and catalogue texts for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and David Zwirner Gallery, New York, among others.