February 7  – 10, 2019

Van Nelle Fabrik, Rotterdam


HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY is proud to present at Art Rotterdam a duo booth by the artists WIETEKE HELDENS (NL) and NILS NOVA (CH).

The two artists, basically known for their work as painters, succeded in showing how our zeal to systematize, organize, and impose meaning on events can drive the course of any story, whether on the canvas or in real life. Supporting a tendency towards obsessive-compulsive behaviours and perceiving potential clues everywhere they look. Repetitive elements of weight, paint daubs, spots and lines or drawing inspiration by the endless representations of the horizon from Matyushin, Ellsworth Kelly and Blinky Palermo to the artists of Romanticism. A search for form and meaning in a chaotic existence, and the fragile nature of the human mind.

Nils Nova’s work is based on a subtle use of imagery – applying a wide range of media such as photography, video, painting and performance.  One of the main themes in his art is the obsession with the ‘déjà-vu’, ‘mirroring’ and the `trompe l’oeil’.  His work has been displayed at the Venice Art Biennale (2009) and the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale (2014).

Wieteke Helden’s work is at glance both abstract and conceptual.  At the same time, every task obsessive and compulsive.  Laws and mathematical formulas are the starting point but the inability to turn off feelings, thoughts and emotions, prevents the paintings from being generic and distant.  She recently won the prestigious award ‘Royal Prize for Dutch Painting’.