The Netherlands - Stedelijk Museum Schiedam - Rinus Van de Velde18/05/2012
The Lost Bishop
12 May - 2 September 2012
The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam will present the first solo exhibition in a Dutch museum of the work of Rinus Van de Velde, The Lost Bishop. This young Belgian artist creates large-scale charcoal drawings, in combination with text on the wall or on the drawings themselves. Especially for this exhibition, Van de Velde has produced a drawing measuring 9 x 3 metres on an aluminium stand-alone wall, which depicts, along with several other works on paper, the legendary chess match between the two great chess masters of the 20th century, Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. However, this world event is presented within Van de Velde's universe, art-directed in his own specific way after an interval of 40 years.
In his new series The Lost Bishop, Van de Velde depicts the famous match of the century between chess masters Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, who competed for the world title in 1972. The match was held in Reykjavik at the peak of the Cold War. It was a confrontation between two chess players and two social systems: the individual Bobby Fischer from the US battling against the Soviet-Russian hegemony, this time embodied by Boris Spassky. Fischer lost the first game due to a disastrous bishop sacrifice: the lost bishop. Following this, he did not turn up for the second game.
Rinus Van de Velde (Leuven, 1983) studied at Sint-Lukas College in Antwerp, after which he followed a post-academic programme at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts/HISK in Ghent. The young Belgian artist was soon sufficiently proficient to exhibit his work in London, Istanbul, Paris, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Berlin and New York. He is now represented by galleries in Amsterdam, Berlin and Antwerp. His work has also been incorporated into the collection of the Flemish Parliament and into various museum and private collections.
Image: Rinus Van de Velde