Close this searchbox.
Close this searchbox.


The artist duo Liet Heringa and Maarten van Kalsbeek have been known for their three-dimensional works of art for more than 25 years. Nature and its typical aspects of growth and decay are an important starting point. The couple shows that static, visual art can look like a living natural phenomenon. This week in MASTERS GALLERY.Text: Larissa Schaule Jullens
Image: Tommy de Lange


Our images often look like exotic plants with exuberant flowers. But take a step forward and you encounter skin that shines, wrinkles, bubbles and is anything but natural. The wild colors lapping over and past each other are not even found in the heart of the Amazon. In our Amsterdam studio we go further than conventional sculpting. The images are spatial paintings. The construction is shown in a transparent manner: everything is open and visible. What you see is what you get. But not. Because the amount of baroque details and the accumulation of visual surprises do not allow a complete unveiling of the mystery. And so you keep watching.


The experimental use of materials and the plasticity of our expressive sculptures were the reason for a commission from the TextielMuseum. One of the most common uses of textiles is that of clothing and body decoration. Fabric and figure belong together in a natural way. Also in rites of passage Like birth, marriage and death, textiles play a central, symbolic role. We looked closely at the colorful, dressed-up actors from the Beijing Opera and costumes from India. Closer to home, we thought about the representation of fashion on the catwalk. The frontal view of all these expressions was striking. The Beijing Opera dance costumes are designed to show the front. An aspect that is enhanced by the sideways movement of the dancers. A similar phenomenon can be observed in attracting and courtship behavior in nature. What appeals most to the imagination is the male peacock who shows off his beautifully colored fan to impress the females and entice them to mate. Armor is a statue, just like this peacock. Like an exotic flower and also the crown on the head of anyone who stands under it.

Future Past Glory

See yourself, the cloudy sky and the trees fragmented and reflected in it Future Past Glory. The statue is located in the Beatrix Park in Amsterdam and was commissioned by Stadsdeel Zuid. It's like a peacock, a dragon. You can stand under the statue and wear it like a crown. The side of the image is actually very slim, at the front it creates a special form of depth. It is also reminiscent of Amsterdam ornamental facades that are held up by braces. We show you what it takes to make the front shine. You look between and behind the scenes, as it were. The statue is an ode to urban planner Jakoba Mulder (1900-1988). We now live in a time where you see the construction traces of Jakoba Mulder in the city. That is how our image is intended, namely for the future. You can have a picnic underneath or take wedding photos.

View here the Heringa/Van Kalsbeek website.