Scheltens & Abbenes. Zeen

15 Mar 2019 – 5 Jun 2019

Foam Fotografiemuseum

North Holland, Netherlands


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Artist duo Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes are the sum total of a still-life photographer and the creative craftsmanship of an artist.


In the spring of 2019, Foam will present the largest museum solo exhibition of the artist duo Scheltens & Abbenes so far. The duo is seen as the most progressive still-life photographers in the Netherlands today. Maurice Scheltens (1972) and Liesbeth Abbenes (1970) have managed to build an international artistic practice at the intersection of commissioned and autonomous photography.

The exhibition draws the visitor into a sense of wonder at the things we encounter in daily life. In their studio, Scheltens & Abbenes analyse the essence of things by subjecting their anatomy to a meticulous and painstaking examination. Object come to life by lifting them from their everyday context, framing and zooming in on them, to thereby penetrate to their innermost core: a colourful powder patch, the sharp crease in a men’s shirt, rivets on a lorry. In addition to this installation, the exhibition consists of a large number of works that provide insight into the extensive body of work ofcreated by Scheltens & Abbenes of the last eighteen years.

The exhibition will be opened on Thursday 14 March by Ernst van der Hoeven, co-editor in chief and artdirector at MacMuffin, Magazine on the Life of Things. You are welcome from 17.30 hours onwards. 

Exhibiting artists

Maurice Scheltens

Liesbeth Abbenes


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