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in retrospect - 1995 Kajaani ,Finland
My very first experience in the art of Lucien den Arend was an article on earth art I read in the early 1990 's. The work presented in the article impressed me both because it honored the nature and because it was structurally pure.
Later, as I had become acquainted with Lucien and especially after seeing his work in Holland, I began to see relations with Dutch neoplasticism or Russian constructivism as well as with Finnish architecture and design, in both of which Alvar Aalto and the tradition of functionalism are still strongly present today.
The essence of art, whether from the world of Plato's ideas or from the universal beauty of Mondriaan, is based on pure form, color and harmony. As an artist, Lucien den Arend has found the road leading to more ascetic harmony by following many different paths. Kajaani Art Museum is very proud to present these crossing themes and paths in Lucien's retrospective exhibition in summer 1995.
Kajaani Art Museum June 20 1995
Heikki Aranne (director)