Wand / Wall (Installatie II) [1988]

Mixed media (wood, steel, neon etc.), 6 parts, total dimensions 10 x 2,1 x 1,5m

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Wall / Installation 2 : a 10 m long by 2.1 m tall row of six evenly spaced objects: a letter E, a section of a wooden lifeboat, a billboard with neon lettering, an ‘abstract piece of art’, a window (glassless but with a working ventilation fan), and a cupboard with wire-suspended shelves. They were all made from scavenged materials except the window, which was ordered from Hofman Maasdijk carpentry factory (where father Van der Ende works). The aim in this project was to probe the idea of ‘typologies’ within sculpture.
The installation was based on an extensive series of sketches which addressed the question: what could be 1m20 wide and 2m10 high and stand up by itself? From the hundreds of resulting options, six were selected on the criteria of visual quality, presence, diversity, appeal and challenge. The selected objects were placed close together in a row to form a wall-like obstruction which effectively cut the room in half.
The WdKA Maaskant Prize jury report states that this project was a decisive factor in awarding Ron van der Ende the prize in 1990.


Auto (Constructie 1 / Hispano Suiza) [1988]

Canadian Ceder and Limewood structure on a steel frame, 4.8 m x 1.7 m x 1 m
(Formerly in the collection of Hans Sonnenberg, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Photo: Hans Wilschut. [1988] Taken during the ‘It’s Boring But It’s True’ Exhibition at Dionysus Gallery in Rotterdam.

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Portrait with Auto in the ExpoHenK exhibition space in Delfshaven Rotterdam. photo by Mark weemen [1988]

Hispano Suiza

The Hispano-Suiza h6c Targa Florio speedster with tulipwood bodywork
was designed by Marc Birkigt for André Dubonnet, an accomplished aviator and racing driver, in 1924. A wooden frame and veneers fastened with brass rivets resulted in a lightweight body suitable for racing and touring.

Auto was the first project after art school and the first occurence of the Car theme. This object marked the start of a fruitful, decades-long cooperation with Hans Sonnenberg of Delta Gallery, Rotterdam. 

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Body and wheel-wells of Auto/Hispano Suiza under construction.


Ruimteschip 1 – 4 1989/90

Mixed media (wood, steel, neon etc.), 4 works each with its dedicated transport crate.
photo: Mark Weemen.

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Spaceship 1 [1989]

perspex, wood, aluminium, fans, lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes, 1.4 x 1.5 x 0.5m plus black flight case (collection of the artist)

Spaceship 2 [1990]

wood, steel, lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes, hair dryers, organ pipe whistles 1.6 x 1.7 x 0.9 m. plus wooden case (private collection, Oosterhout, NL)

Spaceship 3 [1990]

wood , steel, light, sound installation and two sound loops, 1,6 x 1,8 , 0,8 m. plus aluminium flight case.

Spaceship 4 [1990]

wood, plastic, neon, lights and radio. 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.8 m. plus yellow transport case.

Platform 1 [1995]

Stainless steel, industrial construction material, wood, fluorescent light. H. ca 1m
(collection of CBK, Rotterdam, NL) 

Platform 2 [1995]

Copper, wood, Meccano, Bakelite boards, fluorescent candle bulb, blinking red leds. H. ca 1m
(collection of the artist) 

Vliegtuigmotor (Aircraft Engine) [1995]

Wood, salvaged materials. Height ca 1,60 m


Rapid Intervention Vehicle 3 (Dynatrac Low Profile Tractor) [1992]

Wood, HPL, rubber, steel and light, 95 x 45 x 20cm
(collection of Hans Sonnenberg, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Photo: Mark Weemen

The Rapid Intervention Vehicle series was based on a second hand bookstore copy of Jane’s Airport Equipment.

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Rapid Intervention Vehicle 1 [1992]

Wood, steel, HPL, aluminum and rubber,  140 x 60 x 80cm
Photo: Mark Weemen

Rapid Intervention Vehicle 2 (Fresia Tow Tractor) [1992]

Wood, HPL, synthesizer components, light, moving parts,  100 x 45 x 50cm
(collection of the artist)
Photo: Marc Weemen


s.t. (Renault 5) [1988]

Ink drawing on paper, 24x20cm.
(collection of the artist)

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Walvis (Miyamoto Musashi slaying the Whale) [1989]

2.3 x 1.4m, permanent marker on canvas, denim, rope, steel and tape.
(collection of Guus Vreeburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

s.t. (Construction Sketch) [1989]

Felt pen on paper, 40x30cm.

This was the last of three proposals for a large improvisation with scaffolding materials. The structure contains a suspended ‘theatre’, shaped like a spaceship hull. It was not realized.
These were the first proposals that would require execution by a team of builders rather than by a single artist.
(collection of the artist)

Knikkerbaan [1990]

Marble Track , steel, aluminum, rubber, electric motors and lights. Functioning marble track in a wooden box lined with aluminum. One of 44 boxes fitted to the Hotel Fantasia cabinet which was a large scale Dionysus Gallery special project.

Bulldozer series [1992]

Large Shovel-Ripper, Shovel-Ripper and Shovel, Lacquer paint on MDF board.

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Aircraft Engines of the World [1991]

9 paintings, oil on canvas, unframed, in different sizes.
The images were derived from the library book Aircraft Engines of the World. (Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie, Hoevelaken, NL, Artoteek Rotterdam, NL, private collection, Aalst, BE)
Photos: Mark Weemen


Brug [1993]

wood, steel, concrete and paint. 2m40
(Photo: Jean Marc Spaans)

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Fabriek [1993]

steel, zinc, wood, glass, lights and a sound system playing a whale sounds loop. ca 2 x 2 x 2m

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Seinpaal (Semaphore) [1993]

steel, concrete, programmed lights. 1m9 in height


Tunnel [1996. with Freek Drent]

For The Happy Room  group exhibition in the Expo HenK exhibition space.
Salvaged wood, wallpaper, old maps, miniature train set, rented ‘kiddy-ride’ train track. dim: 4 x 5 x 3m
(temporary project)

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Auto [1993. with Expo HenK]

Modified truck, flight simulator, aquarium integrated in front windscreen, working industrial ventilator and extremely loud soundhorn, etc. Exhibited at Galerie ’93 Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL. (temporary project)

Expo HenK started out in 1988 as an artist run space housed in De Fabriek in Delfshaven. From 1993 the Expo HenK group (Don van Basten, Peter Breevoort, Freek Drent, Ron van der Ende, Hans Eijkenboom, Roel Meelkop, Arjo Rozendaal and Joop Witteveen) produced a number of large installation type artworks in collaboration.

The name Expo HenK is an abbreviation of Expositieruimte Hakken en Kwasten (Exhibition Space Hacking and Dobbing)

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Collages [1993/84]

Paper collages from a series of studies.
(collection of the artist)

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Huis [1993. with Expo HenK]

House : by Expo HenK Collective
Salvaged wood and window panes, steel shelving units, etc. Height: 7m.
(Caldic Art Collection / Museum Voorlinde, Wassenaar, NL)

A large sculpture made for Kunstrai 1994. The ExpoHenK group at the time of construction consisted of Don van Basten, Peter Breevoort, Freek Drent, Hans Eijkenboom, Ron van der Ende, Roel Meelkop, Arjo Roosendaal and
Joop Witteveen. During the Kunstrai art fair, the sculpture was accessible to the public. It provided a platform overlooking the exposition thereby divulging the art fair’s resemblance to a cube farm.
Huis was purchased by Joop van Caldenborgh / Caldic Collectie. The work was adapted for outdoor placement in woodland on Van Caldenborgh’s estate near Wassenaar, Netherlands. The sculpture exhibition on the estate includes many important works and is open to the public by appointment. The photo was taken in 2006, 12 years after construction, when we were about to do some renovation work.

The original ‘mitered fish’ ExpoHenk logo by Freek Drent.

Filing Cabinet [1993]

Computer sketch for a collaborative project. A4 C-print. Never realised.

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Collages (invites) [1993-97. with Freek Drent]

Collaborative designs for invitations. Printed matter.

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Interieur [1994. with Expo HenK]

Interior : by Expo HenK Collective
Salvaged wood and other materials. dim: 8 x 8 x 4.4m
(temporary project)

Bar [1995. with Expo HenK]

Large collaborative installation by Expo HenK Collective.  Salvaged materials, shelving units, fridge, toilet, wax cabinet, lights, moving parts and sound, etc. dim: 7 x 4 x 3m
(collection Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands)
Photo: Hans Wilschut

This was possibly the largest, most complicated and most absorbing of the ExpoHenK collaborative projects. It took three months to construct. Through the mediation of Wim van Krimpen, the installation was acquired for The Groninger Museum by Frans Haks, its director.
The Groninger Museum had only recently opened its striking new pavilions, whose construction Haks had championed.
The backbone of Bar was an industrial pallet rack that allowed the eight artists to add parts and respond to one another’s work.
In the upper left corner, Van der Ende added a first rough prototype of the subsequent wooden boat series.

Sign (Small) [1996] Collabotation for an ExpoHenK logo

Mixed media, ca 230 x 230 x 20cm

Sign (Large) [1996] Collabotation for an ExpoHenK logo

Mixed media, ca 900 x 140 x 50cm

E [1996]

For the Expo HenK Large Sign Collaborative Logo.  Salvaged wood, glass, light. 1,40 x 1,20 x 0,60m
(collection of the artist)

Boot [1996. with Expo Henk]

Ship : by ExpoHenK Collective.  PVC inflatable. Length: 17,5m
(Boot was a semi permanent installation in the Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands. The image shows a technical drawing by Ron van der Ende)

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Industrieel Landschap [1993-1997 with Freek Drent]

Industrial Landscape was a long running project that started in 1993 as an idea to design chess pieces and spiralled into a collection of 16 intricate sculptures. The project focussed on industrial architecture and the artists visited many industrial sites, most notably in Romania during a three week trip. A booklet was produced under the same name as the project, which can be found in the bibliography section.
Steel, wood, salvaged materials, Romanian ‘legos’, a chopping block, etc.
(some of these sculptures are held in the Artoteek Rotterdam’s collection or in the artists’ collections.)

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Vuurtoren [1997/98. with Expo HenK]

Light House  was the last large Expo HenK Collective project. Concrete, bricks, mortar, steel, glass, revolving light, polyester boat. Total height: 9 meters.
(Light House  was demolished in 2015 when the pool was repurposed .)


Portrait with Towed Barge 1  in 1996.

The switch to salvaged wood

“Until 1995 I had intentionally worked from a deliberate dilettante perspective. My assumption was that things must be best when tried for the first time. The problem here is that, unless you are all thumbs, doing many different things over a period will give you a level of skill whether you want it or not. Before long I was making components for sculptures that looked practically factory-made. A viewer of the work could no longer visually perceive the actions that went into making the object, so that the work had a static character. I wanted to find a way to make my skills work for me in a dynamic, open-ended way. I also wanted to work with materials that were in a different universe from hardware store materials or – perish the thought – art supplies… By exploring in depth the possibilities of a weathered, organic and inherently imperfect material like salvaged wood, I could now specialize and direct my skill in a way that the viewer would be able to trace.”

Sleepschip 1 [1996]

Towed Barge 1  Salvaged wood, length 135 cm
(private collection, Delft, Netherlands)

Sleepschip 2 [1996]

Towed Barge 2  Salvaged wood, length 135 cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Sloep [1996]

Longboat  Salvaged wood, length 60 cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Sleepboot 1 [1996]

Tugboat 1  Salvaged wood, length 120 cm
(Bouwfonds Collection, Hoevelaken, Netherlands)

Sleepboot 2 [1996]

Tugboat 2  Salvaged wood, length 120 cm
(private collection Rotterdam, Netherlands. Formerly in the collection of Johan de Bliek, Antwerp, Belgium)

Sleepboot 3 [1996]

Tugboat 3  Salvaged wood, length 120 cm
(Concordia Collection, Rotterdam, Netherland)

Duikboot (MAMA) prototype [1997]

Submarine (MAMA) prototype  Salvaged wood, length 210 cm
(collection of Anna van der Ende, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Duikboot 1 [1997]

Submarine 1  Salvaged wood, length 170 cm
(Caldic Collection/Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar, Netherlands)

Duikboot 2 [1997]

Submarine 2  Salvaged wood, length 170 cm
(Caldic Collection/Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar, Netherlands)

Duikboot 3 [1997]

Submarine 3  Salvaged wood, length 170 cm
(Caldic Collection/Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar, Netherlands)

Duikboot 4 [1997]

Submarine 4  Salvaged wood, length 170
(Caldic Collection/Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar, Netherlands)

Duikboot 5 [1997]

Submarine 5  Salvaged wood, length 170 cm
(Bouwfonds Collection, Hoevelaken, Netherlands)

Duikboot 6 [1997]

Submarine 6  Salvaged wood, length 170 cm
(private collection, Netherlands)

Duikboot 7 [1997]

Submarine 7  Salvaged wood, length 170 cm
(private collection, Netherlands)

Duikboot 8 [1997]

Submarine 8  Salvaged wood, length 170 cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Spits 1 [1997]

Salvaged wood, length 230 cm
(collection of Barney Agerbeek, Leerdam, Netherlands)

Spits 2 [1997]

Salvaged wood, length 200 cm
(private collection)

Spits 3 [1997]

Salvaged wood, length 175 cm
(Caldic Collection, Wassenaar, Netherlands)

Spits 4 [1997]

Salvaged wood, length 185 cm
(private collection)

Duikboot 9 [2002]

Submarine 9  Salvaged wood, length 170 cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Mimic Diagram [1999]

A design of 240 m colored neon lines placed over a milled drawing in light blue Trespa sheets installed in the ceiling of the central reception hall of the Doelen in Rotterdam. (part of the ‘makeover’ project for the central reception hall of the Concert & Congress Centre De Doelen, Rotterdam, NL. Mimic Diagram was taken down in 2009)
photo Bob Goedewaagen [1999]

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The Conductors [1999]

8 archive photos from the history of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Doelen institute printed on transparencies and applied to large sheets of safety glass. The images merge with the ‘brutalist’ rough concrete pillars of the reception hall of the Doelen aided by specially installed lights (part of the ‘makeover’ project for the central reception hall of the Concert & Congress Centre De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Folding Screens [2000]

100 metres of folding screens for the Doelen. Honeycomb panels, wood, Formica, aluminium.
(part of the ‘makeover’ project for the central reception hall of the Concert & Congress Centre De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

1999RonvanderEndeGarderobe FS
1999RonvanderEndeRollingReceptionDesks1 FS
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Doelen Reception Desks   [1999]

2 Wardrobe units. 27,5 meters each. Granite, Plywood, Formica, Flightcase materials.
18 Rolling Reception Desks. Plywood, Formica, Flightcase materials.
(part of the ‘makeover’ project for the central reception hall of the Concert & Congress Centre De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

1999RonvanderEndeDoelenshop FS
1999RonvanderEndeRPHOshop FS
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Shopping Units [2000]

Rolling shopping units for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Doelen.
Glass, stainless steel, wood, formica, lighting, etc. 2 x 1 x 1m.
(part of the ‘makeover’ project for the central reception hall of the Concert & Congress Centre De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands)


Kadett [1999]

Salvaged wood, 90 x 40 x 20 cm
(private collection Brooklyn, New York, United States. Formerly part of the collection of Johan de Bliek, Antwerp, Belgium)

Globe [2000]

Salvaged wood, 90 cm diameter plus pedestal
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands )

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Ron van der Ende aged 22 with bleached hair in the Wijnhaven studio [1987] photo by m. weemen

Sketch for Auto.

The first Galerie Delta invitation for Ron van der Ende in 1989 features a portrait in the Wijnhaven studio from 1987. photo by m. weemen

Auto at Galerie Delta in 1989. photo Mark Weemen

Clipping from Het vrije Volk newspaper of May 31 1989.
photo Arie Wapenaar

Photo for an invite for Galerie Delta 1993. Ron van der Ende and Freek Drent amidst their work. Double exposure photo by Mark Weemen

Photo at Cargo Marseille in 1994. Freek Drent, Roel Meelkop and Ron van der Ende are seen preparing to dismantle and transport home the ExpoHenK group project Interieur together with works by the eight individual artists. Exhibiting internationally was then largely a low budget, diy affair. Similar shows were staged in England and Germany.

Self portrait in front of the Fabriek sculpture on Art Rotterdam art fair in the Kunsthal in 1993.

Hans Sonnenberg at the Delta booth on Art Cologne 1994.

Gulf, Europoort [ca 1965]
photo by Dick Lemcke (Stadscollectie Rotterdam)

This photo was among the source material for the Industrial Landscape collaborative project with Freek Drent, and appeared in the accompanying publication as well as in the Factory Set book of 2013. It shows the construction of refineries at Europort. Together with
the Botlek seaport, they formed one of the largest petrochemical industrial areas in the world. The large industrial installations on the south bank of the vast Nieuwe Waterweg canal were always visible on the horizon when Van der Ende grew up in the village of Maasdijk, to the north.

Gespiegeld Schip [1998]

Mirrored Ship  : magazine clipping and color copy on a4 size paper.
(collection of the artist)


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