Annet Van Der Voort
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Photographer Annet van der Voort currently calls her atelier a floral laboratory. Here she observes the transformation of tulips, which she keeps in order to use them in their various states of expiration for her art. Her technique for producing images is modern and completely without camera. In a complex process, she scans the wilting splendor and in doing so creates a special visual space that best corresponds to her understanding of vanitas, the philosophical idea of the transience of everything mundane. Her scanograms are a modern variation on the floral painting of Holland’s gilded age.

Tulips became objects of desire in the seventeenth century. Their bulbs were auctioned at the highest prices. To show how the bulbs would flower, splendid paintings of the flora were commissioned. A true cult emerged around the floral status symbol, and thus the tulip made its way into the halls of art history. Today the flower paintings and contemporary still lifes rank among the zenith of Dutch painting.

The tulip growers outdid themselves with new color variations, but the highest goal was to create a black version. An absurd idea, it may seem – but perhaps logical when one considers the tulip’s ephemerality: blossoming beauty destined to deterioration.

Van der Voort’s work has a particular connection to that of Amsterdam’s painter Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750). Both include insects, butterflies, and other small animals in their floral compositions as essential elements. But what Ruysch employed to heighten the sense of reality, Voort consciously uses to establish a living counterpoint, to create equilibrium with the tulip’s wilting splendor.

Horst Klöver
Annet van der Voort was born in The Netherlands. In 1987 she began her studies in visual communication at the Fachhochschule in Dortmund and received her designer’s degree in 1993. She taught classes at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1998 and 1999. In addition to her artistic work, van der Voort is also a freelance publicist. She lives and works in Drensteinfurt, Germany.

Collections (Selection)

Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
European Polaroid Collection, Prag, Czech Republic
Industriemuseum, Dortmund, Germany
National Museum of Photography, Bradford, UK
Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Stadtmuseum, Münster, Germany
Gasunie, Groningen, Netherlands
La Filature, Mulhouse, France
Various private collections

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2019 Deutsches Marinemuseum, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
2016 AnzenbergerGallery (with Pawel Zak), Vienna, Austria
2017 Galerie, Aelderhooghe, Aalden, Netherlands
2013 Arbeit & Leben, Düsseldorf, Germany
2012 Städtische Galerie, Markdorf, Germany
2011 Kunstmuseum, Ahlen, Germany
Städtische Galerie, Iserlohn, Germany
2010 FotoFreo, Fremantle, Australia
Photaumnales, Beauvais, France
2009 DGB, Berlin, Germany
2008 Kreismuseum Wewelsburg, Büren, Germany
2006 Stadtmuseum, Münster, Germany
2005 Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
2004 Botschaft der Niederlande, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003 Fotofestival Odense, Denmark
1998 Museet for Fotokunst (with J.Jensen), Odense, Denmark
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany
1997 Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1995 Galerie Im Kabinett (with E. Vargas), Berlin, Germany
1992 Alte Synagoge, Essen, Germany
1991 Bundesgartenschau, Dortmund, Germany

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2019 Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece
2018 Kunstverein, Sundern, Germany
2017 Museum of Modern Art, Tbilisi, Georgia
2016 Stadtmuseum Münster, Germany
2015 Landesmuseum Hanover, Germany
2014 Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
Museum Ratingen, Ratingen, Germany
2013 Centro Cultural, University Lima, Peru
Deutsches Hygienemuseum, Dresden, Germany
Deutsches Naturkundemuseum, Berlin, Germany
Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, Australia
FORM Gallery, Perth, Australia
2012 Städtische Galerie, Lüdenscheid, Germany
2011 Getxophoto, Bilbao, Spain
2010 Beter dan God, Enschede, The Netherlands 
2008 Septembre de la Photographie, Lyon, France
2007 Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
La Filature, Mulhouse, France
Kunstspeicher Würzburg, Germany
2006 Langhals galleri, Prague, Czech Republic
Gasunie, Groningen, Netherlands
Festival of photography, Kaunas, Lithuania
2005 Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands
Imagine China Gallery, Shanghai, China
2004 Photofestival Exposure, Hereford, UK
2001 Nikolaj Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
1999 Monat der Fotografie im Ruhrgebiet, Dortmund, Germany
1998 Zomer van de Fotografie, Antwerp, Belgium
Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
1997 Mois de la Photo, Montreal, Canada
1995 National Museum of Photography, Bradford, UK
1990 Salon des Refusés, Dortmund, Germany

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

The Wall, Berlin, Germany, 2019
Im Hospiz, Münster, Germany, 2017
Begegnung Konfrontation, Goch, Germany, 2013
Zukunft Leben, Berlin, Germany, 2013
Pilbara Stories, Perth, Australia, 2013
Vanitas, Munich, Germany, 2012
Ganz privat – Familie, Lüdenscheid, Germany, 2012
Vanitas, Munich, Germany, 2012
Window of my Eye, Bönen, Germany, 2011
West, Heidelberg, Germany, 2009
Identité(s) 08, Lyon, 2008
Zwei Welten, Heidelberg, 2008
Rencontres de la Photographie Arles, Arles, 2007
Traces & Omens, Cat., Groningen, 2005
Rencontres Photographie Arles, Arles, 2005
Das Leben und die letzten Dinge, Freiburg, 2005
Odense Foto Triennale 2003, Odense, 2003
Leben im Hospiz, Münster, 2002
Mythos Zeitenwende, Herbert Knorr (ed.), Unna, 2000
Winterpoesie, Herbert Knorr (ed.), Arnsberg, 1999
IDentiteit, Cat., Antwerp, 1998
Gesichter und Dinge, NGBK, Berlin, 1998
The Dead, National Museum of Photography, Bradford, 1997
Von Angesicht zu Angesicht, Christoph Stiegemann (ed.), Paderborn, 1996
Deutscher Photopreis, 1993
Landesgirokasse Stuttgart (ed.), 1993
Anne Frank war nicht allein, Berlin and Bonn (with Volker Jakob), 1988

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