Land Art. Fernsehausstellung I
The Van Abbemuseum Collection consists of over 2800 artworks. We publish texts and images on an ongoing basis, but this record is currently in the process of being documented.
Gerry Schum filmed the results of eight artists’ works made in nature on his request. He broadcast the footage in 1969 via Schum’s 'Fernsehgalerie' on German television introduced by the artist and Jean Leering (then the director of the Van Abbemuseum).
The footage includes Dennis Oppenheim filmed from a great height, tracing the border between the United States and Canada while riding a motorized sled over the frozen Saint John River; and Jan Dibbets’ ‘perspective correction’ inserted into the TV frame to emphasize the medium’s format, wherein a bulldozer with a plough creates a trapezium shape across Scheveningen beach making the beach tilt, and the trapezium a square. The sea, ultimately, erases all traces.
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