domingo, 30 de octubre de 2016


Poen de Wijs

Poen de Wijs (Dutch artist) 1948 – 2014
De Grote Volksverhuizing (The Great Migration), 2007
acrylic on canvas 
120 X 150 cm.
signed Poen de Wijs
private collection

The music is in front, as a “rat-catcher”: A children’s procession. The bandeonista, dressed like a fool, seduces the children from different cultures, loaded with their dearest possessions, to migrate. To what place?
Our generation is the first one to experience fully the GLOBALISATION. We all travel around the globe, through the digital media we are in contact with the whole world. The whole world is “on the move”. The GREAT MIGRATION, that is what happens now. Fantastic and fascinating new possibilities! Exciting, but also threatening for those who want to stay conservative, who fly into “retaining one’s private culture” and nationalism, hiding in fear for of the unknown.

The artist (in the classic Iconography, the companion of Love) is in the lead. He is dressed like a fool and makes music.
The personal touch in this painting is the move of Poen’s stepdaughter Sarah, from France to his home in the Netherlands.

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