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 Forêt Palatine, Eva Jospin. 2019-2020. Hout en karton, 540 x 680 cm. Foto: Benoît Fougeirol. Courtesy Eva Jospin and Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve
Forêt Palatine, Eva Jospin. 2019-2020. Hout en karton, 540 x 680 cm. Foto: Benoît Fougeirol. Courtesy Eva Jospin and Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve

Het Noordbrabants Museum

Monumental works by Eva Jospin on display in the Netherlands for the first time

Het Noordbrabants Museum is once again introducing an internationally rising star to the Netherlands: Eva Jospin. Her space-filling installations, made from plain cardboard, depict forests, temples, ruins, and caves. Eva Jospin: Paper Tales takes the visitor through a fairy-tale landscape.

Eva Jospin's monumental reliefs of forests brought her international fame. The sculptures, made entirely from brown cardboard, are impressive both because of their size and because of Jospin's attention to detail. In Jospin’s hands, cardboard is transformed into rocks, stones, and vegetation. Her precise process of cutting and overlaying evokes the magic of illusion and scenery.

Working with cardboard

As Jospin's works of art are made of cardboard, they seem fragile despite their size. The biodegradable cardboard reminds us of the temporary nature of things as well as the vulnerability of the ecosystems surrounding us. Jospin's work also shows the intrinsic value of cardboard: a familiar and trusted material devoid of aesthetic quality, but with unlimited potential. Furthermore, her works also evoke a sense of wonderment as the same cardboard used for these works is used to represent a previous form of itself – namely wood.

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 Nymphées, Eva Jospin. 2019. Karton, gekleurd papier, messing, hout, gips, 330 x 180 x 160 cm. Foto: Benoît Fougeirol. Courtesy Eva Jospin and Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve
Nymphées, Eva Jospin. 2019. Karton, gekleurd papier, messing, hout, gips, 330 x 180 x 160 cm. Foto: Benoît Fougeirol. Courtesy Eva Jospin and Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve

About Eva Jospin

Eva Jospin (Paris 1975) is a visual artist with a background in architecture, and this interest is clearly on display in her work. In 2015, she won the Prix de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts. Eva Jospin has created huge installations throughout France: in the Cour Carrée at the Louvre, at Domaine de Trévarez in Chaumont-sur-Loire, in the Beaupassage in Paris, at the Biennale d'architecture et de paysage in Versailles and at Voyage, an exhibition of public sculpture in Nantes.

On the international scene, she has staged successful exhibitions at the Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern (Eva Jospin - Wald(t)räume, 2019), Palazzo Dei Diamanti in Ferrara (Sous-bois, 2018), the Grand Palais (La chalcographie du Louvre by Eva Jospin, 2017), and Manufacture des Gobelins (Carte blanche à Eva Jospin, 2013), both in Paris.

Renschdael Art Foundation

The term ‘surprising’ can certainly be used to describe the exhibitions that Het Noordbrabants Museum organizes each year in partnership with the Renschdael Art Foundation, which showcase successful foreign artists whose work has never before been the subject of a solo exhibition in the Netherlands. Previous debutants include Scottish artist Georgia Russell, Northern-Irish artist Clair Morgan (2016), Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota (2017), Indian artist Manish Nai (2018), Iranian American Ali Banisadr (2019), and the Chinese artist Shao Fan (2020).

The exhibition is on display from March 13 to September 19, 2021.

Het Noordbrabants Museum
Verwersstraat 41
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