David Lynch in his studio, 2018.
An extensive exhibition by the American artist and filmmaker David Lynch will open in the Bonnefantenmuseum in November 2018. Lynch (1946, Missoula, Montana, US) was raised by parents who were keen on travelling, and he led a nomadic life from a young age. When he was fifteen, his first mentor was the father of a childhood friend, the painter Bushnell Keeler. Through Keeler, Lynch became interested in a book by American artist and teacher Robert Henri (1865-1929), 'The Art Spirit', which was to become the guiding principle in his work as an artist. A planned three-year study with the Austrian artist Oscar Kokoschka fell through because the artist did not turn up, so Lynch returned to the United States and enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia to study painting. It was there that he took the first step in combining two worlds. His desire to create 'moving paintings' resulted in the short stop-motion animation Six Men Getting Sick (1967), which he projected onto a sculpted screen. In subsequent years, Lynch refined his visual idiom and made a number of short films. In 1977, he created the Surrealist Eraserhead, his first feature film after a creative process of five years. The multifaceted and distinctive worlds of Lynch keep recurring in his later films, from the shady scenes in Blue Velvet (1986) to the unconscious repetitions in Lost Highway (1997) and the mysteriousness of the masterly series Twin Peaks (1990-1991).
Alongside producing his famous film works, David Lynch has always remained active as a visual artist. The exhibition in the Bonnefantenmuseum presents the many aspects of the underexposed yet versatile artistry of Lynch. Besides a selection of his early short films, including the important academy work Six Men Getting Sick (1967), there will be paintings, photographs, works on paper, installations, sound installations and sculptural works. The Lumière film theatre in Maastricht will focus on David Lynch's film oeuvre during the exhibition period. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, including a written contribution from Stijn Huijts, artistic director of the Bonnefantenmuseum. The exhibition will run from November 2018 to April 2019.
(Photo courtesy of Bonnefantenmuseum.)