Ter Bals presents his recent picture novel Tagebuch Oskar von Balz (Diary Oskar von Balz) about which i have already written extensively in Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read that article (in Dutch).
Akkerman, of course, won’t need much introduction as the uncurable self portrait painter.
No doubt Akkerman’s works are self portraits but on the other hand they are not, as they are also reflections on painting and its traditions, from medieval to post-modern, or rather a mix of it.
Looking at them, one may think of different styles but they are always clearly in the first place works by Akkerman, who defies the usual linear idea of history.
That is where he meets his much younger colleague Ter Bals, to whom he has given much space to arrange the show.
Some of Akkerman’s works even drown more or less behind the scene here and there.