Fleur van den Berg

'Making sculptures is my way to deal with the world.'
My works are inspired by ‘La conditione humaine’. I look at the people around me, how they relate to one another and my relation with the people I love. I have difficulties in understanding the dark side of human nature. What makes people capable of doing gruesome things, for example in times of war? We live in a challenging time, an era of information, climate change and migration. Which is true and what is not? What perspective do we have? Everything is interrelated. How do we deal with these challenges?

Fleur van den Berg (1972) lives and works in Leyden, the Netherlands. She graduated in 1995 at textiles monumental at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. She continued her studies at the glass department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam were she graduated in 1998.
She works with glass, textiles, ceramics and many other materials. She makes autonomous sculptures as well as commissioned work in public space.

Exhibitions (selection)
2021 'Rettet den Wald', museum Het Valkhof, NL
2019 The Collection, 50 jaar Gerrit Rietveld academie, glazenhuis Lommel, BE
2019 Mirror mirror, glazen sprookjes, Glasrijk Tubbergen, Tubbergen, NL
2019 ‘I live my life tree cycle’, Terra art projects, Zoetermeer, NL SOLO
2014 Glasmuseum, Immenhausen, D
2013 Glasrijk Tubbergen, Tubbergen, NL
2011 ‘inme outofme’, Le Petit Port/ PP44, Leiden, NL, SOLO
2009 Glas(s) Gerrit Rietveld Academie 1969-2009, Gemeente Museum, The Hague,NL
2008 European Glass Context 2008, Bornholm, DK
2006 De Nieuwe Garde & Jonge Gasten, Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, NL
2005 AD Gallery, Antwerpen, BE, SOLO
2004 ‘Zie de mens… het mensbeeld in de kunst van de 21ste eeuw’, Gorcums Museum, NL
2003 9×9, Budapest galéria, Boedapest, H
2002 X-Change Gallery, Oxford, GB
2002 Sculptural Glass, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, NL
2002 ‘Beeld en evenbeeld’, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Leyden, NL
2001 ‘Fusion’, La Pommerie, Saint Setiers, F
2001 Ernsting Museum, Coesfeld-Lette,D
2001 ‘Introspective’, Museum van Nagsael, Rotterdam, NL, SOLO
2000 La Pommerie, Stichting de Appelboom, Saint Setiers, F
2000 “Touched”, galerie Lutz, Delft, NL
1999 Schröder Gallerie, The Hague, NL, SOLO
1999 ‘Rondneuzen’, Galerie Prima Vista, Leyden, NL, SOLO
1998 “Congraduated 98”, Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, DK
2019 mirror mirror, glazen sprookjes, Glasrijk Tubbergen, NL
2014 ‘even mijn kopje eraf schroeven’, NL
2013 ‘De match’, Glasrijk Tubbergen, NL
2009 ‘GLAS(S), Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam 1969-2009, NL
2008 European Glass Context, DK
2007 Museum van Nagsael, 11 jaar 132 tentoonstellingen, NL
2006 ‘Naar binnen door het raam, naar buiten door de deur’, NL
2006 De Nieuwe Garde & Jonge Gasten, “De Glazen Eeuw”
2004 ‘Zie de mens… het mensbeeld in de kunst van de 21ste eeuw’, NL
2002 9×9, László Földenyi F., NL en H
2002 ‘Drama in esthetische verpakking,Beeld en Evenbeeld’, NL
2001 Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding, erwerbungen 2000-2001, D
1999 Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding, erwerbungen 1998-1999, D
1998 ‘Congraduated 98’, The Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, DK
Nomination Leiden award, wanderen 2019, NL
Stichting Stokroos, 2012, NL
Mondriaan Fonds, poowmoodboom, 2006 NL
audience prize, ‘Kunstroute 2000’, Leyden, NL
Startstipendium, Fonds voor beeldende kunsten, vormgeving en bouwkunst NL
Prins Bernard Fonds, Hugo van Win Glas Fonds, NL
Politiken Fonden education prize, DK
2021 molecular, community Profburgwijk, Leiden, NL
2019 golem boneman (vanaf 2008)
2014 WANDEREN, artistic AR-application for phone, Leiden, NL
2013 ZIELHUIZEN, Cuijk, Makershuis, Den Bosch, NL
2012 Vision, Kunst en Cultuur, Slaaghwijk / Merenwijk Leiden, NL
2011 Kruim, design commission Stevenshof, Leiden, NL
2011 'DroomSpeelMuur', BSO 't Kasteel, Leiden, NL
2009 ‘Hartboom’, Blauwe Periode, Vlaardingen, NL
2008 ‘Een vreemd beest’, Kunstmenu, Stichting Kunst en Cultuur Zuid-Holland, NL
2008 ‘Kinderen Overbruggen’, participatieproject 180 kinderen, Gemeente Leiden, NL
2007 ‘De wortelaars’, De Toonladder Almere, Alliantie Flevoland, NL
2006 ‘poow mood boom’, De Triangel, Aalten, (bijdrage Mondriaan Stichting), NL
‘it all happened before she knew it, but it never really had been different.’
Fleur van den Berg, Mixed Media, Glass
"reaching out, keep on hoping, deparately trying"
Fleur van den Berg, Textile, Mixed Media
golem, boneman
A ceramic sculpture about the cycle of life. Everything we waste comes back in the system. The figure is a creature that originated as a result of human action, a golem, a boneman and takes death with it in the form of dead animals such as birds, rats, mice, bees, butterflies and dragonflies. More information and images at: https://www.fleurvandenberg.nl/golem-boneman/
Fleur van den Berg, Ceramics, Natural materials
berenjas, bearscoat
The ‘bearscoat’ is specially made by Fleur for her lover. All the bears are second hand bears. We humans have a schizophrenic relationship with animals. We often find animals sweet and cute. They appeal to the imagination and we often attribute human qualities to them. We make stuffed animals and they appear in fables, fairy tales, stories and films. We keep pets and connect with them. At the same time, we often eat meat, some wear fur and keep building, which means that animal habitats disappear. The teddy bear is a mutilated caricature of a real bear. She is soft and harmless. The teddy bear is the most loved stuffed animal, an icon. He symbolizes the relationship between humans and animals par excellence. The bears are shaped into a jacket, they form a second skin. It offers protection, but it also hides. She hides her lover in the coat and makes him something else: he becomes a huge animal that you can hug. In addition to being her lover, the man is also a symbol of mankind. The jacket made of 'skinned' hugs, as a fashionable phenomenon, symbolizes the spirit of the times and the dominance of mankind.
Fleur van den Berg, Textile
‘Two minds, one thought’
Fleur van den Berg, Mixed Media, Textile
leeghoofd, fool on the hill
empty headed, and yet, like 'the fool on the hill', he sees it all, knows it all, his brain contains the universe.
Fleur van den Berg, Glass
poow mood boom
sculpture in a primary school
Fleur van den Berg, Wood, Ceramics
tafelhondje, table-dog
'please, look at me'. Dog hanging a a sidetable. sculpture made of wood, textiles glass and wax. 3/3
Fleur van den Berg, Wood, Textile
silent monument
a monument for war victims, on a very small scale 'pile of legs, look like a pile of firewood'. The ends of the legs are polished to shine.
Fleur van den Berg, Glass
dead angels
'dead angels', have they fallen from heaven or are they beaten out of the air like insects? We don't know. Their wings are heavy of glass while their body is light.
Fleur van den Berg, Plastics, Glass
I am literally part of the recycle system, when I die, my body will be burned or decompose and live on as little particles in other things. I have also given life, which makes me part of the reproductive system. With the work 'MADREAEON, ILIVEMYLIFETREECYCLE' I made a portrait of myself as part of the recycle system and as a transferee of life. The posture of the woman is open, without a gene, the legs graceful like a Venus, the arms like branches of a tree. It is also like a blood vessel system, full of life.
Fleur van den Berg, Glass, Glass
'faster, more efficiënt, no time to contemplate....'
Fleur van den Berg, Glass
'drink my blood'
‘believe in me, love me, take me in so we will be connected. 'Everything is connected.’ A selfportet, refering to Christian traditions. The head and hands are cast in crystal glas. The inside is etched the rims polished. Inside there is red wine, diluted with water.
Fleur van den Berg, Glass, Mixed Media
vleugelmens (wingman)
This is how I feel sometimes and words can not really descripe it. Technique: fused glass edition of eight
Fleur van den Berg, Glass
ceramic, glazed, grinded
Fleur van den Berg, Ceramics, Ceramics
ceramic and rustpaint
Fleur van den Berg, Ceramics, Clay
The spherical shapes are inspired by the schematic representations of atoms and molecules. Small particles are everywhere: one moment in a plant, the next in an animal, a person, and sometimes in things too. 'molecular' symbolizes mankind as an inseparable part of the chain of life. It depicts the connection between all things, all live, everywhere. Luckily many people are increasingly aware of the influence of their own footprint
Fleur van den Berg, Bronze, Concrete
she enters a state of liquidity
A woman stretches back in one fluid motion: full of surrender. She is naked and sensual. The arms and the upper part of her body are transformed into water, enhancing the sense of surrender. She becomes part of a larger whole, flows with it. For centuries the woman has been a model, muse, (lust-) object for men. She is often eroticized. This sculpture is based on a feeling from within, not on a representation from the outside. It's time for a different perspective.
Fleur van den Berg, Marble, Synthetic resin
Hey, you there! How is your vulnerability? Are you very open to others or very closed? This person tries very hard to keep everything in balance. Without its head, the heart is fragile and weighs heavy.
Fleur van den Berg, Bronze

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