The summer exhibition of 2007 in the great St. Lawrence
Church Alkmaar in The Netherlands is influenced by Genesis
1, verse 27: Male and female He created them.
From whichever religious or philosophical conviction you
regard the human being, we can agree upon one thing: the human
being is a miracle. Obviously you can search for rational
explanations or otherwise for this miracle, but you can also
look. Look at that miracle. As artist do. They look at the
human being and give their impression of that miracle. In
paintings, statues, photo's, installations and what have you.
Come and look too. Look at people as 20 artists see them.
Unless you do not want to be confronted with this miracle,
the human being. Although that surely would be somewhat miraculous.
Johan van Breukelen is one of the twenty selected artists
taking part in the group exhibition, The Naked Human Being,
in the Grote Kerk, in Alkmaar, The Netherlands.
Since 1989, his photography has been shown in many places
both in The Netherlands and abroad. Examples being: in the
Melkweg and the Faubourg galleries in Amsterdam; the Jansen
gallery in Berlin; and the de Lelie gallery in Antwerp. And
now for two months in a church!
Nudes have always been controversial in the public domain
and today perhaps even more so; certainly if they're displayed
in 'God's House.'
A number of 'God's children,' portrayed by Johan van Breukelen,
can be seen life size in this fabulous exhibition.