Peter Zegveld, Horse, 2011. Mixed media, 1.6 x 0.7 x 1.2 meters.

Peter Zegveld


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Theatrical producer, producer for Dutch public television, and visual artist, Peter Zegveld included 12 visual and sound works in his recent solo exhibition, which surveyed three decades of his artistic practice. The selections emphasized fun. “Inventions. Surprises. Curiosities. All these things are very important,” Zegveld explains in a video interview. At the entrance to the show, I watched four pre-school children take turns sitting on a saddled plywood bench in Horse (2011). Hitting a big red button, they activated a minimalistic horse marionette, which reappeared as an enlarged shadow on the wall. The shadow horse appeared to gallop—via rotating, projected puppet legs, its movements accompanied by a mechanical, almost cartoon-like sound. It was lovely to watch such a simple construction prompt the children’s giggles, and their parents’ laughter. Inside the exhibition, Brothers (2012) employed a similar strategy, with two faces bursting into a surprising, playful song…see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.