Helen Verhoeven, Eleven Women in Circl.ART, Amsterdam

The exhibition Eleven Women of Helen Verhoeven (Leiden, 1974), winner of the eighth edition of the ABN AMRO Art Price, is on view from March 18 to May 23 2019 in Circl.ART, the art project space of ABN AMRO.

Helen Verhoeven

Helen Verhoeven has used this opportunity to create an exhibition of new work, titled Schamerkat at the Hermitage Amsterdam. This exhibition will be on view in the museum through January 5 2020. In conjunction with this installation, Van Imhoff has compiled the exhibition Eleven Women at Circle.ART. In Eleven Women, Verhoeven explores the ever-changing image of woman: as object of desire, temptress, mother or madonna. Verhoeven's paintings, into which she incorporates countless art-historical quotations, reveal only vague distinctions between those roles. On one side of her presentation here, we see the biblical figure Judith, who commits a brutal murder in order to protect her people. In the large adjacent painting, the differing narratives within a butcher's stall inspired by a 17th Century painting allude to both seduction and care. Good and evil; power and powerlessness — it’s difficult to distinguish one from the other. On the other side of the exhibition wall, women appear in the roles of mother and temptress. We are confronted with static, posed figures that look straight at us. With this presentation Helen Verhoeven gives new meaning to the classical and universal theme of the image of woman. 

Read more information on the exhibition in Hermitage Amsterdam 

More about Circl.ART

The ABN AMRO Art Award aims to be a stimulus for talent in the Netherlands. The winner receives an exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam accompanied by a catalogue and a monetary award of 10,000 euros. An acquisition of the artist's work is also made for the ABN AMRO art collection. For more information see this page

More about Circl.ART

Art is constantly in a state of flux. Artists manage to make unconventional connections, dare to dream and more quickly sense, as the 'seismometers' of our times, what goes on in the world around us. Vision and a free way of thinking lie at the heart of a circular economy. Circl.ART is, for that reason, intended as a platform for new developments in art – art that stimulates the imagination and anticipates social and topical themes. At the same time, Circl.ART aims to provide a podium that enables artists to reach a wide audience. This could involve presentations of work from the ABN AMRO collection or other contemporary art that focuses on social topics such as the circular economy, while also showcasing exhibitions of young and rising talent, sometimes in connection with the ABN AMRO Art Award. For more information, see the archive exhibition programme Circl.ART​ (PDF 1 MB).