Navid Nuur, 'RE/FLECT/OR', 2018

Center of The Hague: Spui - Grote Marktstraat - Kalvermarkt

Unveiling: Wednesday 19 December 2018, 18.00 hrs
Preceded at 17 hrs by a special program in the Central Library (Spui 68) with Navid Nuur and André Kruysen >> read more
Location sculpture: intersection Spui/Grote Markstraat (in front of Primark)

On Wednesday 19 December 2018, just two days before the shortest day of the year, the new sculpture RE/FLECT/OR by the internationally renowned artist Navid Nuur will be added to The Sculpture Gallery at the intersection of Spui and Grote Markstraat. The sculpture comes to life through the use of artificial light.

RE/FLECT/OR is a sculpture that resembles a building: horizontal layers alternate with layers of colored reflectors, that generate a completely different effect during the day and at night. At night this effect is particularly strong: the reflectors light up through the lights of the passing traffic and the surrounding shop windows. These moving lights also change the colours of the sculpture.

Navid Nuur: "I started thinking about a sculpture in 2013, after I was invited by Stroom to contribute a work to The Sculpture Gallery. My main concern was to create a sculpture in public space that enters into a relationship with the passers-by, who all have a different perspective. People walk or drive by the sculpture day and night, so when you create a sculpture for an outdoor location it is a good idea to take into account both the day and night rhythm of the passers-by. The reflectors make it technically possible to show different aspects of the sculpture - the work enters into a dialogue with the dynamics of the city. This can be a random sensation or one that you consciously capture with flash photography."

For Navid Nuur RE/FLECT/OR (2008-2018) forms the basis for future works. His installations, drawings and objects are best described as modules of thought. He himself prefers to call them ‘interimodules'. Module for a way of thinking/concept, and interim for the temporary ‘in between'.

More about Navid Nuur
Navid Nuur (Tehran, 1976) lives and works in The Hague. He started out as a graphic designer and illustrator, next he chose a career as an autonomous visual artist and gained international renown with exhibitions in leading galleries and art institutes all over the world. His work is included in many important international collections. Stroom Den Haag has supported the artist from the very early days of his career, both with grants and presentations. Solo exhibitions by Navid Nuur were shown at a.o.: art center Matadero, Madrid; Parasol, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. In 2010 he was the winner of the prestigious Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs; in 2011 he was one of the winners of the Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst and in 2013 he received the Discoveries Prize of the pilot edition of Art Basel Hong Kong. Work by Nuur is included in the collections of a.o. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; S.M.A.K., Gent; Kunsthaus Zürich; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris and Walker Art Center, United States of America.

The Sculpture Gallery in the center of The Hague is a concept and design by P. Struycken. Through its permanent character and yearly commissions it offers a unique format for art in public space and offers a cross section of Dutch sculpture since the early 1990s. Curator of The Sculpture Gallery is André Kruysen. Project supervisor on behalf of Stroom is Vincent de Boer, advisor and coordinator art and public space.

Navid Nuur past exhibitions Stroom (selection)
Jack of Hearts
2005 - 2006
Navid Nuur: The Rise of "RE"
Stroom op Art Amsterdam: Navid Nuur
Radical Autonomy
Up to You
Radical Autonomy / nieuwe werelden van niks

Beelden Magazine, #1, April 2019
AD Haagsche Courant, 20 December 2018
Jegens & Tevens, 20 December 2018
chmkoome's blog, 19 December 2018

Navid Nuur, 'RE/FLECT/OR', 2018
photo: Sander Foederer, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Navid Nuur, 'RE/FLECT/OR', 2018
photo: Sander Foederer, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Navid Nuur, 'RE/FLECT/OR', 2018
photo: Sander Foederer, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Navid Nuur, 'RE/FLECT/OR', 2018
photo: Sander Foederer, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Navid Nuur, 'RE/FLECT/OR', 2018
photo: Sander Foederer, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Navid Nuur, 'RE/FLECT/OR'
photo: © Sander Foederer, Stroom Den Haag
Model Navid Nuur, 'RE/FLECT/OR'
photo: Navid Nuur