Artist Misha de Ridder (1971) was entrusted with the keys to the Oude Kerk, allowing him day and night access to photograph all areas of the church. He portrayed those parts of the church where light has free play: pillars, walls, niches. The photos are so incredibly sharp that the most minute details are visible. You can see the hairs of paintbrushes, dust particles and irregularities in the stucco. Some images are almost abstract: they are zoomed in so far that it is difficult to contextualize the detail. The austere simplicity of the photographs ties in perfectly with the character of the Oude Kerk, where the Iconoclastic Fury raged in 1566, and with the famous church interiors of the Dutch master Pieter Jansz. Saenredam (1597-1665). At the same time, the work is reminiscent of twentieth-century minimalist painters such as Jo Baer and Robert Ryman. Past and present compete for a place in the viewer’s consciousness. The publication high up close by brings you closer to seven hundred years of hands which constructed and altered the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.
Misha de Ridder will discuss his work with director Jacqueline Grandjean. One of his works, acquired for the collection, is currently on display in the Churchwarden’s room.
artist talk and book launch misha de ridder
20 september 2019, 18:30 – 20:00
Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein (de wallen), Amsterdam
Image: Misha de Ridder, #0095 [high up close by], 2017. Collection Oude Kerk.