March 12 until June 26, 2016

LOCATIONS: ‘Theehuis (Tea House) / ‘Projectruimte’ (Project Space) / ‘Kunstlab’ (Art Lab)

Odapark is an ambitious and unconventional center for national and international innovative contemporary art, situated in the quiet surroundings of 19-hectare forest/park in the middle of urbanized areas in the south of The Netherlands. About 50 sculptures of international artists are to be seen in the park, at all times and (unique for The Netherlands) free of charge for visitors, as for art we believe that it is meant to be enjoyed by everybody. In the heart of this sculpture park, among old trees and lanes lays the Oda Pavilion, were various exhibitions are organized by two curators (being an artist and an art historian) on contemporary art. Odapark is well known in the Netherlands for the much-discussed exhibitions in an environment that is referred to as ‘one of the most beautiful amongst Dutch art-institutes’.

Odapark is a small institute that combines art and literature and music, and links highly respected and already ‘famous’ artists to young starting talents. It consists of three spatial parts, a historic tea house; a foyer that serves as a café and as a basis for events organized in Odapark; and a lower situated project space, mostly used for installations made on the spot by the featured artists. Over the next ten years, the total landscape and the large original monastery garden will be returned in authentic state and fully refurbished, and this year the opening will take place of a fourth part that’s added and built in the previous months and will be dedicated to art-education. On March 12 we will be glad to open and show you a ‘new’ Odapark, ready for a future in art.

In the exhibition Ecce Homo Erectus (March 12 – May 22, 2016) Odapark reveals the new setting of the Oda pavilion that will determine the future of the art institution, deepened in the field of education and talent-development. The title of the exhibition is that of one of the sculptures from Odaparks sculpture garden made by the English artist duo Doyle & Mallinson. It shows a skull with a crown of thorns and a text in neon that permanently will be shown at the education pavilion. Ecce Homo Erectus refers to the first man-species that stood tall and out. ‘Ecce Homo’ are the words Pontius Pilate pronounced after he showed the scourged and mocked Jezus Christ to the people: look, here’s man…

The Art Lab that is going to strengthen Odapark as a place where everyone between 1 and 100 years old, can learn about, by, with and from art, is presented in this exhibition. In actual space, but also in a deeper perspective for art and Odapark in general. Proud of how we, as a growing institution, survive in a difficult cultural climate. Where art loses data as ‘autonomous’ and is often chained, stripped and burdened by a cross. Ascendant entitled Odapark continues, cherishing partnerships that make us all stronger, and having learned that the more we try to love the storm in the art world in our own way, the faster it lies down.

With this new space Odapark literally pulls into the woods, it crosses the direction of a work of art by Reinier Kurpershoek.  A work that is closely linked to Venray, the town that is traditionally a basis for mental health care. The work consists of one hundred bruised crosses that represent those deceased during admission in one of Venrays care institutions. People who were weak, bowed their heads but still were able to stay upright in the winds of society. Therefor this exhibition points out those that live through tough times, but still manage to stand out tall because there is a hold. Art can be such a hold. Art may even be the opportunity to strengthen society by its capability to open up to others. Towards nature and through art.

The exhibition Ecce Homo Erectus shows mankind as it is. In all its beauty, and all not so beautiful facets. In times of growing uncertainties, it shows the world of shy adolescents, of those confused, tangled and damaged. Of the taunted ones that get up and of the hopeful dreamers that set themselves straight, face the world, straighten their backs and continue to go on. It shows the relentless attempts of the old and young, from beautiful to ugly and from weak to strong, and above all it gives an idea of all the weaknesses that create the strong and vice versa. Shown in paintings, photographs, sculptures, since art is a way to show us our world.


Franco Angeloni (IT) / Silvia B (NL) / Margriet van Breevoort (NL) / Jiří David (CZ) / Rineke Dijkstra (NL) / Mathieu Klomp (NL) / Kiki Lamers (NL) / Doyle & Mallinson (GB) / Jack Reubsaet (NL)