Les Deux Garçons Galerie Wilms

Les Deux Garçons


Both Michel Vanderheijden van Tinteren (1965) and Roel Moonen (1966) graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts in Maastricht in plastic design. That is also where they met. The duo, who live in Landgraaf (L.), have worked together since 2000 by the name of Atelier Les Deux Garçons.

Les Deux Garçons’ field of activity is quite wide. Always striving for perfection in the choice of material and finishing, they make collages, paintings, bronze statues, free-style assemblages and, very prominent, sculptures of taxidermy (stuffed animals). These are absurdistic, sometimes moving sculptures with materials they find at the taxidermist but for instance also at auctions and antique dealers. Not exactly avoiding the theatrical, they frequently present their deer, lambs, piglets and other animals as Siamese twins or multiples and with attributes like toy guns, banknotes and perfume bottles which to them are symbols of fear, fate and transcience.

Humour certainly plays a role, sometimes even morbid humour. Nevertheless, their work also incites to reflection. To Les Deux Garçons themselves it stands for the earlier made choices in life which have to be dragged along and which sometimes could be a hindrance for the future too. This explains the choice of a title like ‘L’adieu impossible’ (‘The impossible farewell’), which was also the name of their first exhibition at Jaski Art Gallery in 2008. ‘La Fragilité’, the second show, in 2009, explains the same, just like the third one, ‘L’Éphémère tangible’ in 2011.

Les Deux Garçons are becoming well-known in this country and abroad. Their works have also been shown at the famous design fair ‘Salone del Mobile’ in Milan, the Haags Gemeente Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Ludwig Forum Aachen, at the exhibition ‘Contour and Continuity’ at three Delft museums and at the exhibition ‘Bloedmooi’ at the Schielandshuis in Rotterdam, together with names like Jan Fabre, Jean Paul Gaultier and Maison Givenchy.

Museum aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, Netherlands
“AFFECTIONS”, Galerie Wilms, Venlo, Netherlands

PAN Amsterdam, Gallery Jaski Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tefaf, Vlassak Verhulst Gallery , Maastricht, Netherlands

” Pronken ” Stedelijk Museum, Zwolle, Netherlands
Solo Exhibition at LKFFArt & Sculpture Projects , Brussels, Belgium

“Requiem”, Theatre aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, Netherlands
“The Making of a Requiem “, Solo Exhibition at Gallery Stevens, Maastricht, Netherlands

Museum Stads Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Museum De Stads Gallerij, Heerlen, Netherlands
Museum Schunck, Heerlen, Netherlands
“Contour / Continuïteit” Museum “Het Prinsenhof “, Delft, Netherlands
Museum Ludwig Forum, Aachen ” Grenzen “, Germany
Museum ” De Princessehof ” Leeuwaarden, Netherlands
” Bloed mooi “, Museum Schielandshuis, Netherlands

2001 – 2012
Gallery March, Stuttgart, Germany
Gallery Lutz, Delft, Netherlands
Pecha Kucha, Netherlands
Solo Exhibition at Galerie Lutz, Delft, Netherlands
Solo Exhibition at Gallery Jaski Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Solo Exhibition at Gallery Art Kitchen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Solo Exhibition at Gallery Jakobs, Aachen, Germany
Solo Exhibition at Gallery Leo Castelli, New York [ Pinokkio in the Big Apple ], United States
Solo Exhibition at Gallery Lindenberg, New York / Avivson Parijs, United States

2000 – 2016
Regular presence on art fairs such as Kunst Rai Amsterdam – Art Cologne – Tefaf Maastricht – Art Paris – Art Basel – Art Monaco – Pan Amsterdam – Art Rotterdam…

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