Mario ter Braak in De Buitenplaats

Museum De Buitenplaats presents:

Mario ter Braak

De Ordering

Lichamen and Ondingen


From December 12, 2015, Museum De Buitenplaats in Eelde presents a solo exhibition by Mario ter Braak (Hengelo, 1960). Mario ter Braak has 77 paintings, from private and museum collections. De Ordening – Lichamen and Ondingen is the first major retrospective exhibition of this artist in the Netherlands. It is a comprehensive retrospective of his work and provides a fascinating overview of his oeuvre from the early 1990s to the present.


Mario ter Braak is one of the most famous painters from the north who studied at Minerva academy. With his work he gives new meaning to the meaning of the genre of still life painting. His tone and colorful paintings are about how we perceive, the conventions of the painting and they refer to art historical motifs. He appeals to look differently by showing the most famous differently. How people communicate, but also the Groningen Fish Market are sources of inspiration for Ter Braak.


As a subject he mainly chooses fruits, a timeless and trendless object. The fruit grows according to the principle of symmetry, but due to the influence of environmental factors, for example, no potato is the same in shape as the others. A painting by Mario ter Braak also develops from that elementary principle. His affinity with the rational square is therefore often the beginning of the symmetrical order. With an intense sense of composition and material, he uses the realistic visual language, whereby perception gets an extra dimension through the play with language.


The exhibition takes its title from the work Lichamen and Ondingen, which he made for an exhibition "Trompe l’oeil" in Italy. "Lichamen" are volumes that take up space and he sees "Ondingen" as volumes that offer space.


The core collection is presented in a special setting designed by artist Marieke de Jong, inspired by Ter Braak's concept and the location of Museum De Buitenplaats. For the interior design, she designed a form borrowed from the geometric gardens of the Museum, with the organically built museum hall serving as a framework.



The exhibition is accompanied by a special publication, which, like the exhibition and Mario ter Braak's work, is designed from the visual center, or the heart. Four essays describe the work and method of Mario ter Braak from different perspectives. The catalog is published in Dutch and English.

January 13, 2016