Project ‘the disappearance of the guilder’
For this project I have
been given authorisation and collaboration from several banks. I regret that
with the guilder a piece of Dutch culture disappears. This project is my way of
saying farewell to the guilder. Although farewell?
Before I started painting I
have been given much information from the Dutch bank. I was not only inspired
by the designs and colour (the typical Dutch symbols and watermarks of our
money), but also by the history.
For example on my painting ‘Money’ on which
Rembrandt is represented (like on an older note of thousand). This image was of
a self-portrait they thought! Later it appeared that this ‘self-portrait’ was a
piece of work from one of his students. So for many years we have been paying
with a ‘fake Rembrandt.’ On the background of ‘Money’ we see a male choir
singing an ironical song concerning money. That is to say ‘Money’ from Pink
Floyd. The male choir really sang this during a party from my daughter.
The main inspiration source
remains our splendid coloured money with the symbols; The Snip (a one-hundred
guilder note), the Lighthouse, the Sunflower, Spinoza etc...
Pieter G. van den Broek