Maureen Paley (Studio M) – Erik Van Lieshout: René Daniëls

14 January – 27 February 2022
image: Erik van Lieshout, Untitled, Portrait of René Daniëls, conté crayon on paper, 2021 - Image Courtesy of Maureen Paley, London

Maureen Paley is pleased to announce a new exhibition by Erik van Lieshout that will be presented across the gallery’s two London spaces. The exhibition will focus on the artist’s latest film René Daniëls (2021) and related paintings and works on paper. This project is also the focus of Van Lieshout’s current solo exhibition at De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art in The Netherlands that runs until 13 February 2022.

René Daniëls (b. Eindhoven, 1950) is one of the most renowned Dutch painters of the late twentieth century. In 1987 his career was abruptly interrupted by a stroke from which he has never entirely recovered. His teenage girlfriend Marleen Gijsen, then married and living in Eindhoven, began to take care of him and has done so until this day. After twenty years Daniëls has begun to paint again, this time on a small scale, first repeating themes from his older paintings and gradually introducing new ones.

Erik van Lieshout (b. Deurne, 1968) produces videos and drawings in which he investigates art, socio-political topics, and himself. In this latest film he has created an intimate portrait of the artist René Daniëls that seeks to ask what it is to be an artist and to search for a dialogue with someone with whom no spoken words can be exchanged. He was invited to make this film by Daniëls’ long-time friend Marlene Dumas in August 2019 when Daniëls received the Culture Prize of the North Brabant Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, for the artistic importance of his work.

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