Fantasio- de Appel
Wall drawing 2013
29 jun 2013 — 15 jun 2014
de Appel arts centre
Opening: Vrijdag 28 juni, 18:00 – 21:00 uur
For this drawing, Jan Rothuizen went back to the late 1960s. The present location of de Appel arts centre was then one of the first pop temples in The Netherlands, the renowned Fantasio. Together with Paradiso and the avant-garde Shaffy Theater, in the years 1968-69 Fantasio was the most important place in the underground and youth culture in the country, famed (and notorious) not only across Europe but also overseas. Popular bands like Pink Floyd performed here, and it was the cradle of the Dutch soft drug culture. Rothuizen takes you on a guided tour of this tumultuous period in the building’s history, drawing on popular myths, recollections of visitors, and factual sources.
The artist Jan Rothuizen (NL , 1968) is a storyteller on paper. He talks with people, observes them, does research, until he has made himself at home in a subject. Then he analyzes a place or a city in his drawings, in texts and images. He surveys the reality of his subject sharply, playfully, and with the requisite humour, never losing sight of its complexity.
The legendary concert by Pink Floyd in Fantasio, May 31 1968, is available on YouTube.
Tekst: de Appel arts centre