Recycling Jesus: Reusing Christian images in contemporary Dutch sculpture
Joost de Wal and Wout Herfkens
“The artist Jacques Frenken is the first in the Netherlands to reuse objects of devotion (plaster saints and crucifixes) around 1965. He symbolizes the ‘farewell’ of the church and ecclesiastical faith in a time of the removel of the religious and socio-political barriers and secularization. The artists of the eighties and nineties see the Christian devotion objects as the ‘propaganda material’ of the church and reuse it, often with other objects, in figurative images, assemblages and installations. From 2000 onwards, the sculptors of a younger generation employ the reuse of a renewed search for meaning and religion. Recycling Jesus documents this quest.”
This catalog was published for the Recycling Jesus exhibition in Het Noordbrabants Museum in 2017. The book includes the sculptures Maternity, 2011 and Take, eat, 2015 / 2016 by Tregot. Main article in English.
Contemporary art in Dutch churches 1990-2015
Joost de Wal
“The Netherlands secularises, the churches are empty, but the interest in our religious culture remains as great as ever. The relationship between art and church has become much stronger in the last 25 years – perhaps against expectation. A striking amount of contemporary art finds a temporary or permanent place in the ecclesiastical space.”
This book contains photographs of two installations by Jan Tregot. On the back cover a photo of an installation in the portal of the Stevenskerk in Nijmegen in 2005.
Handbook for art in the church
Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaker and Anikó Ouweneel-Tóth
“How can you give art a place in your church, in the worship service, on the beamer or in the conversation with young people? And why would you do that? Is quality important? Which costs are acceptable? And how do you avoid disagreement? This handbook deals with all these questions. Very practical, with many examples and information about contemporary artists and images of their work. The authors are from different churches. They complete each other and they sometimes contradict each other. But they have one thing in common: they are all convinced of the important contribution that art can make to the church. The book is an indispensable guide in the landscape of church and art now.”
This book includes an interview with Jan Tregot and two photographs of his exhibition in the Martinikerk in Franeker in 2012.
99+1 Autonomous art in Nijmegen
Nico Huijbregts, Inge Hondebrink and Pascale Companjen
An estimated 350 visual artists work in Nijmegen and surroundings. Nico Huijbregts selected 99 works of art from these oeuvres and wrote a text for each of them. Inge Hondebrink made portrait photographs of the artists. This catalog shows the wealth of contemporary art from the region. Museum Het Valkhof organized an exhibition with all artworks.
Nico Huijbregts wrote a text on Take, eat, 2017.