Henk Visch – kathmandu triennale

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The well-known sculptor Henk Visch surprises us for the Kathmandu Triennale with a multitude of drawings made on colorful papers. The artist responds to the city with a series of drawings which relate to different forms of sensuality and eroticism. The artist’s encountered these imageries first within many temples in the region. The core of these drawings are notions of proximity, touch, intimacy... In a broad range of lines with different intensities, the artist explores while drawing the entire spectrum of intimacy. On the terrace of his location a sculpture in sand is made representing a stylized figure.



Henk Visch is an artist who expresses himself in different disciplines. He started as a draftsman and printmaker, but concentrates from 1981 also at the sculpture. The images of Henk Visch range from monumental wooden structures and large polyester form into small figures of found material.

Visch followed from 1968 to 1972, a program chart at the Royal Academy of Art and Design in 's-Hertogenbosch. From 1974 to 1982 he worked in Boxtel, where he drawings and etchings made. He worked from 1982 to 1983 Ateliers PS I in New York. From 1983, Visch was well known for his sculptures, which he exhibited in the factory in Eindhoven and later in the Amsterdam gallery the Living Room. He worked in 1984 at the Ateliers Internationales de Fontevraud-l'Abbaye in France at the invitation of the FRAC.

From 1984 to 1987, Henk Visch lecturer at the Amsterdam rijksakademie and from 1987 to 1991 at the Maastricht Jan van Eyck Academie . From 1995 to 2001 he was a professor at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildende Künste in Stuttgart and since 2005 at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Muenster. In the summer of 2013, Visch was a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) in Beijing.

In 1988 he represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 1991 he was awarded the art prize of the city of Darmstadt and in 1992 he was invited to participate in Documenta IX in Kassel. He received the Visual Art Prize 2001 of the Department of North Brabant of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund. From 1996 to 2011, Visch made every Monday a drawing for the column Mirza in the Volkskrant.