• APR 12 - MAY 10, 2008 
AMSTERDAM, April 2 2008 – Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to present the duo exhibition Double Diplomacy of installations by Folkert de Jong (1972, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands) and paintings by Fendry Ekel (1971, Jakarta, Indonesia). The exhibition will be curated by Astrid Honold and runs from April 12 – May 10 2008.
Double Diplomacy expresses the attitude of the two artists towards daily life, the formal aspects of art and the art practice by exploring imagery from historical sources. With its hyper individual and intense reflection on the darkest side of history and contemporary life, the show will serve as a metaphor for our mental attitude towards the social and politic situation of the moment.
Fendry Ekel’s paintings in the show are based on the photographic archive of Mata Hari, the Dutch double spy who was executed soon after the First World War, a troubled period which is marked by its decadency. The installation by Folkert de Jong departs from a historical painting that visualizes the execution of Willem van Oranje in 1584, the founding father of Contemporary Netherlands, by the Frenchman Balthasar Gérard.
Folkert de Jong and Fendry Ekel know each other from early on in their career and share a studio building in Amsterdam. Double Diplomacy will explicitly show their artistic dialogue for the first time.