1997/98. With Expo HenK Artists Collective. Concrete, bricks, mortar, steel, glass, revolving light, polyester boat. Total height: 9 meters. Built on assignment for the municipality of Zoetermeer for a new pool complex. Demolished in 2015 when the pool was repurposed. The photo above was taken just before demolition.
Vuurtoren was the last large Expo HenK Artists Collective project.
Ron van der Ende, Arjo Rozendaal, Peter Breevoort and Don van Basten during construction of Vuurtoren.
1995. with Expo HenK. Large collaborative installation by Expo HenK Collective. Salvaged materials, shelving units, fridge, toilet, a cabinet made of beeswax, a large mirror, lights, moving parts and sound, etc. dim: 7 x 4 x 3m. Collection of 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 each other’s work. Note, in the upper left corner, Van der Ende added a model of a wooden boat. This was a rough prototype for the subsequent wooden boat series.
1993. with Expo HenK Artists Collective. Salvaged wood and window panes, old steel shelving units, etc. Height: 7m. Caldic Art Collection / Museum Voorlinde, Wassenaar, Netherlands.
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 the woods at 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. In 2023 the construction is still standing and open for the public to enter.
The mitered fish ExpoHenk logo designed by Freek Drent. The design was used on publications and applied on t-shirts.
1993. with Expo HenK. Modified truck, integrated flight simulator, aquarium integrated in front windscreen containing live fish, working industrial ventilator and soundhorn, etc. Temporary project. Exhibited at Galerie ’93 Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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)