Info ‘The Royal Card Collection’ by Carina Wagenaar
During the Masterly The Hague festival Carina shows new works that refer back to the age-old card game displaying royalties which always played an important role.
In the three new large medallions you can see images from the heart-series.
Each of them symbolizes an important man or woman from world history; something that originated historically and over the centuries in the development of the card game.
Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts symbolizes Judith, from the story about the woman from Judea. This Biblical story about Judith is one of which the power of the woman transcends that of the man. By using a trick, she could dismantle the attacker of the people.
She is usually depicted as lovely and very feminine, which is also the case here. With her charm, she can achieve a lot.
King of Hearts
The King of Hearts is symbol to Charlemagne or Charles the Great, also known as the father of Europe. He was the first Medieval emperor from the 7th and 8th centuries and is known as one of the most important rulers of the West.
Put down as an undoubtedly strong personality and a big cool man who holds the world and faith with a lot of charisma.
Jack of Hearts
The Jack of Hearts represents an important French military man from the 13th and 14th century. This Étienne de Vignolles, aka La Hire, fought against the English in the army of Jeanne d’Arc. He played an important role in the 100-year war and is therefore seen as a competent, combative and skillful man.
Bijenkorf Shop Window
To promote Masterly The Hague, two other major works of Carina can be seen in the window display of the Bijenkorf in The Hague.
Next to the portrait of Prince Maurits of Orange, one can enjoy the large medallions ‘Scarabee’ and ‘Battle of Life’ that make a wonderful combination together.
How beautiful to see old masters and new art and design can connect!
The life-size medallions of Carina Wagenaar
Dutch artist Carina Wagenaar uses everyday objects to create new stories. In this way she builds these art objects or large modern cameos which provide extra soul to the environment. Her works are internationally highly appreciated.
If you look closely at the content of the large medallions you will end up in a new world. Under half-round acrylic glass and constructed from all kinds of well-known and lesser-known objects, there are enough details in these works that everyone has their own associations with.
Telling stories, creating new worlds and wondering people is something Carina Wagenaar likes to do. There are plenty of storytelling and themes to work with. For example, she has made a series based on human processes. Periods that everyone experiences in a similar way and that forms every person. Titles such as “Personal Identity” and “Faith” refer to this.
Everyday stories also attract her attention. Such as the situation in the world in the work “Can we flush it” and “Same Source Frequency” in which she often makes people think about what they are actually seeing. She invites the spectator to take a good look and absorb the details. It is the art of zooming in and out.
In 2016, she made a rigorous decision to come out with her work after working on her ideas in her cocoon for a number of years. She did that in art and design loving Milan. A month later she presented her work in New York, followed by Paris and London – with Paul Smith. She has work in a gallery in Florence, was on display in the Hamptons NY and presented in Dubai.
Her interest in history brought her to a new theme in her work. As with the shape of the medallion, in which you would like to preserve something from the past, she combined ancient Egyptian wisdom with new ideas and modern objects and materials.
Last year, work was inspired by historical figures from the Dutch Golden Age, about Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, and Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange and Stadholder of the Netherlands. Two important aristocrats who have meant a lot for the international development of art and culture in the Netherlands at the time. Something that is still in our DNA.
These large works contain many details about their life, personality and appearance and were shown during the first edition of Masterly in The Hague and last April in Milan, after which these life-sized medallions were noticed by colleagues from Russia and China. Recently photos of her work have also been displayed in the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London.
In the meantime, more attention is being paid to Wagenaar’s work in the Netherlands. She has previously exhibited in the Kazerne in Eindhoven, during Salon Residence in the Singer in Laren and with various high-end interior architects in Rotterdam, The Hague, Stompetoren and in Amstelveen.
In September Carina will again exhibit during the second edition of Masterly The Hague in Den Haag. Here she will present new medallion artworks which refer to the ancient card game in which images of the royalty have always played an important role. A nice combination with the City Palace “Royal” where these works can be seen and in the “Royal City” which the city of The Hague may call itself – since the establishment of the royal family.
Masterly The Hague
19 – 22 September 2019
Lange Vijverberg 14_15_16 & Lange Voorhout 44 (Citypaleis ‘Royal’)
Museumkwartier Den Haag