Tobias Gerber & Diederik Gerlach, Kunsthalle; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

“Unmöglich scheint immer die Rose,
Unbegreiflich die Nachtigall.”

From: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, West-östlicher Divan (West-Eastern Diwan), Stuttgart 1819, p. 126

Diederik Gerlach

Tobias Gerber (1961) and Diederik Gerlach (1956) are presenting their works at the moment at Galerie Maurits van de Laar.

Tobias Gerber
Tobias Gerber

Gerber shows plaster works and videos while Gerlach shows paintings and drawings.

Tobias Gerber
Tobias Gerber
Tobias Gerber

Both share a link with both Germany and the Netherlands, and with memory and remembrance.

Tobias Gerber
Tobias Gerber
Diederik Gerlach

Although their works are quite different, there is a resemblance in their fine sense of humour and in the way they avoid any sentimentality.

Diederik Gerlach
Diederik Gerlach
Diederik Gerlach

They don’t want to recreate a better past, instead .they both seem to have a deep understanding of the past being very much, so to say, the ‘organism’ that builds the present.

Diederik Gerlach
Diederik Gerlach
Tobias Gerber

However, there is a lot of mystery between the present and the past and each work shows the absurdity of remembrance itself, rather amplifying the mystery than solving it.

Tobias Gerber
Diederik Gerlach

Well, after all, what else can one do?

Diederik Gerlach

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag.

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