Hans van der Ham

Hermetic City

Alexa Meyerman 

Erik Sep

Jasper de Beijer

Dirk Zoete

Inti Hernandez

Renato Nicolodi

Sandro Setola

Georg Bohle


Curator: Hans van der Ham


Architecture plays a remarkable role in the group exhibition Hermetic City. It is functional by nature: it creates order in the natural chaos and separates the interior from the exterior. When applying this idea to the visual arts world, the door of an artist’s studio can be considered as a boundary between an inner and an outer world. The eight artists participating in Hermetic City use precisely architecture to cancel out this boundary. After all, architecture is pre-eminently linked to everyday life. The artists treat architecture as a visual language; it is a voice with which they can represent their invisible inner worlds to the outside world. These representations take on different forms: from photographs and pencil drawings to models and an interactive installation.

All the artworks of Hermetic City exude an almost romantic longing for 19th century ivory towers, vistas, overgrown ruins, cramped rooms and endless staircases. This results in imaginary universes – either fairytale-like or grim – that initially seem hermetic and inaccessible. However, quite the opposite is true. Although these mysterious worlds cannot be entered physically, mentally the options are unlimited. If you open up your inner world, you can subsequently enter someone else’s inner world too.

Despite the different nature and form, all the Hermetic City artworks invite the visitor to explore unknown territory and enter into dialogues. All of these eight artists let the boundary between the inner and the outer world disappear – each in their own unique way. Human beings are rarely ever present in their creations and this undermines architecture’s functionality. Roads are merely contours and buildings become decorative objects. Hermetic City’s main character is not architecture but the visitor’s imagination.

Above Reality

21 Feb 2015 - 3 Mei 2015 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Order & Chaos

29 Nov 2014 - 8 Feb 2015 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Distance to Zero

6 Sep 2014 - 9 Nov 2014 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Beauty of Violence

26 Apr 2014 - 6 Jul 2014 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Perpetuum Mobile

31 Jan 2014 - 13 Apr 2014 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Behind Images

16 Nov 2013 - 12 Jan 2014 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Beyond Tradition

4 Mei 2013 - 14 Jul 2013 Garage Rotterdam Read on


26 Jan 2013 - 14 Apr 2013 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Into the Labyrinth

10 Nov 2012 - 23 Dec 2012 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Border Lines

1 Sep 2012 - 14 Okt 2012 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Necassarily True

18 Mei 2012 - 8 Jul 2012 Garage Rotterdam Read on

Hermetic City

3 Mrt 2012 - 29 Apr 2012 Garage Rotterdam Read on