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Drawing Spotlight: Madelon Vriesendorp

We are back with our drawing spotlight! This time around, we have Madelon Vriesendorp, with her dream-like drawings that can have you staring at them for hours. 

She is described by Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery Curator) as the creator of “exceptional and multidimensional drawings, a Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art”

Flagrant offense, 1975 

In 1972 she moved to Ithaca and then New York with Rem Koolhaas. While in New York, Vriesendorp co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Koolhaas, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis. Paintings she produced at the time were used for book and magazine covers, notably Flagrant Delit on the cover of Delirious New York in 1978 by Rem Koolhaas.

10 Ans Après l'Amour, 1984
Day and Night II, 1978

She is primary a painter but also a sculptor and a great collector, is a heroine-genius that moves freely from architecture to art, to urbanism, literature to collecting, her fluidity of practice contributes to so many disciplines

Dream of Liberty, 1974

In her work Flagrant Délit, Vriesendorp, demonstrates in a surrealistic form of expression the possibilities provided by architecture; a series of surrealist paintings made in 1975 while living in New York with Rem Koolhaas.

Apres L’amour, 1975.

Iconic and one of kind images, where the personification of objects, buildings and people have the pride of place. Paintings filled with anthropomorphic architectures and infused with surrealism and unprecedented imagination

Freud Unlimited, 1975.

Viesendorp with her immense ability to distort reality transports us to a totally different dimension; a dreamy one where beds become cities, buildings transform to people and objects.

MOMA’S Skyline

All of the drawings were taken from www.madelonvriesendorp.com and some of the biography text from https://www.unflop.it/blog/articles/madelon-vriesendorp

What other architect’s or artist’s drawings would you like to see next?

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