Scheltens et Abbenes
Bouquet V, 2005 © Photography Scheltens&Abbenes
Doingbird, Maison Martin Margiela, Ligne 0, 2008 © Photography Scheltens&Abbenes
Fantastic Man, White Shirts, Margaret Howell, 2007 © Photography Scheltens&Abbenes
Doingbird, Coathangers, Dior, 2007 © Photography Scheltens&Abbenes
Oog, Rijksmuseum, Delirium, De Façon de Venise 1550-1700, 2008 © Photography Scheltens&Abbenes
Hidden Objects, Garbage Bag, 2006 © Photography Scheltens&Abbenes
‘Scheltens & Abbenes: Unfolded’ is the first retrospective exhibition of the photographer couple Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes to be held in a museum. Their oeuvre consists of still lifes featuring virtually every kind of tangible material, from folded shirts and fragile flowers to huge furniture constellations that fill entire rooms.
The whole working process − from concept to execution – takes place in the studio. With a great feeling for subtle distinctions, the artists produce settings in which objects are constantly being rearranged or assembled into harmonious images.
In their work they experiment with converting spatial dimensions into flat surfaces. They explore intensively photography’s potential for creating illusion and push it to the limits.