Krijn Giezen and others, An Unusual Stroll; GEM, The Hague

Semâ Bekirovic

Krijn Giezen (1939-2011) was one of my teachers at the Royal Academy in The Hague.

Krijn Giezen

When he started teaching by the end of the 1970s, there was a kind of split between traditional craftsmanship and (traditionilised) conceptualism at the Academy, and there was little room for individual artistic development.

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

Both sides took themselves extremely seriously and Giezen, as a newcomer, didn’t seem to fit in very well.

Bram De Jonghe
Chaim van Luit

He appealed to the inventiveness and imagination of his students, which was quite unusual at the time (and which is still, or again, a sensitive point at the Royal Academy and in education in general).

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

He didn’t care very much for technique or aesthetics, contrary to what we had learned so diligently.

Chaim van Luit
Chaim van Luit

“Make a chair!” he told us, for our first assignment.

Chaim van Luit
Krijn Giezen

Students who were all thumbs, like me, were initially shocked, but soon it became clear that it was nowhere necessary at all to construct a piece of furniture.

Krijn Giezen
Bram De Jonghe

His ways of seeing and working didn’t influence me immediately, but later on they did so undeniably.

Semâ Bekirovic

As a teacher he was easy going, accessible, good humoured and never imposing himself as the master who knows all.

Semâ Bekirovic
Krijn Giezen

That is also how his work looks like.

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

Giezen was very inquisitive about the playful en inventive aspects of humanity, again, not interested in technique or aesthetics, and extremely uninterested in financial and eternity values.

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

It is this warm-heartedness that shimmers through the present show of his work at GEM.

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

As a former student i just hope present viewers will feel the same pleasure i had looking at his works.

Paul Geelen
Semâ Bekirovic

His pictures, documentation and objects are accompanied by works by artists of the present generation: Semâ Bekirović (1977), Paul Geelen (1983), Bram De Jonghe (1985) and Chaim van Luit (1985).

Paul Geelen
Paul Geelen

An excellent choice as there is a good dialogue between these and Giezen’s works.

Chaim van Luit

It also goes to show that Giezen’s works are still very much of our time.

Krijn Giezen

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Content of all photograph courtesy to all artists, the estate of Krijn Giezen, the owners of the works and GEM, Den Haag

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