This summer the Aa Church presents a unique exhibition of works by visual artist and designer Henk Stallinga. The exhibition comprises a series of installations that the Der Aa Church has managed to bring to Groningen before they travel to Japan. This exhibition makes its global debut in Groningen: some of these works have never before been displayed.
The exhibition's most recent and prominent work is the Earthquake Monument. This installation takes the form of a high, round space in which over five hundred subtly swaying clocks cover the entire wall surface. The motion of the clocks makes the surface area appear to undulate. Surrounded by these swaying clocks the viewer can almost physically experience time and space flowing into each other – an alienating, disorientating sensation. This installation reflects current events in Groningen. It makes us intensely aware of how the foundations of our very existence can be shaken.
Giant circle of light
Another monumental installation - Chain Reaction - is coming to Groningen from France. This light sculpture is a giant seven-metre circle of light formed by a chain of 144 interwoven circular lamps. The intensity of the lamps gradually changes from a subtle glow to a clear, bright light. The glass circle of light completes one revolution every twenty-four hours, which gives the viewer an impression of the passing of time. Chain reaction also forms an essential part of the dance performance Extremalism by the Ballet National Marseille and the ICK Amsterdam (International Choreographic Arts Centre). Chain Reaction functions here as one of the dancers in the choreography. The light sculpture also takes on this role at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam during the Holland Festival on 12 and 13 June 2015. As well as these two large installations, six other striking works created by Stallinga will be on display in the Der Aa Church.
Henk Stallinga (1962) founded Studio Stallinga in 1993, just after he graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He has run the studio with Annemarie Galani since 1998. Henk Stallinga's work is included in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Louisiana Museum for Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam as well as in various international private collections.
In 2017 a major retrospective devoted to the work of this Dutch visual artist and designer is being presented in Japan. Some of the new installations made for this exhibition have never previously been on show. They will be displayed for the very first time in the summer of 2015, against the historic backdrop of the nave and chancel of the Der Aa Church.
During the exhibition a special edition of the Earthquake clocks will be on sale.
The clocks are 25 cm in diameter and are numbered and signed by Henk Stallinga.
The unique clock costs € 35.
Saturday 18 July to Sunday 23 August 2015
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday 28 July closed for concert by Temple Church Choir from Londen.
Admission: € 4 for adults, € 3 for children up to the age of 16 and donors of the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken.