In the beginning of 2023 the renowned American artist Philip Haas (born 1954) takes over Museum Flehite. The historic museum building will be transformed into Haas’ immersive and enticing creative world. Whether through sculpture, painting, performance, installation, architecture, photography or film, the work of the prize-winning artist forms an operatic, sensuous and poetic dialogue with the history of art. The exhibition "Sculpture Breathes Life: a Philip Haas Retrospective" runs in the winter and spring of 2023. This will be the first time Haas’ work is presented in the Netherlands.
The exhibition is at once a full retrospective, including maquettes of his celebrated 2012 sculptures "Four Seasons", and at the same time, a presentation of new work. Large-scale multimedia installations and outdoor sculptures have been made specially for the occasion, in which Haas engages with the city of Amersfoort, the canals and the historic wall houses where Museum Flehite is located.
Philip Haas (born 1954) is an American artist and filmmaker, best known for his 2012 sculpture exhibition "The Four Seasons" and his 1995 film "Angels and Insects". He describes his process as 'sculpting by thinking', creating a contemporary visual vocabulary all of his own. The pioneering work of Haas has been on display in museums, including the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), Dulwich Picture Gallery (United Kingdom) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). His sculpture has been exhibited in the public domain in the Piazza del Duomo (Milan) and the Gardens of Versailles (France). He is recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His feature film "Angels and Insects" was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or and an Academy Award. Now his work will be shown in the Netherlands for the first time.