Armando Lichthof | Museum Beelden aan Zee

Armando Lichthof

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Armando Lichthof

With the Armando Lichthof, museum Beelden aan Zee honors the recently deceased artist Armando. In the coming months, one of the patios of the museum, the Lichthof, is the stage for the works of Armando, which museum Beelden aan Zee has acquired over the last twenty years.

With the Armando Lichthof, museum Beelden aan Zee honors the recently deceased artist Armando. In the coming months, one of the patios of the museum, the Lichthof, is the stage for the works of Armando, which museum Beelden aan Zee has acquired over the last twenty years.

Armando (born as Herman Dirk Dodeweerd in Amsterdam September 18, 1929, and passed away on July 1, 2018 in Berlin-Potsdam) was a very versatile artist. He played the violin in the Tata-Mirando orchestra, and was known for the VPRO television program Herenleed (together with Cherry Duyns). He also painted, drew, wrote poetry and prose, was Chef art editors of The Hague Post, and he wrote columns for the Dutch newspaper NRC. Above all, he was a sculptor.

In 1997, Beelden aan Zee bought her first Armando, a monumental Kopf in bronze which was created that same year. Thanks to the donation of a collector's couple, this collection was expanded considerably with a Kopf (1999), a Gestalt (1998) and a Rote Schale (2003).

General themes in the visual work of Armando are guilt, the Second World War, the memory and a predominant sense of melancholy. As a sculptor, Armando used a bespoke visual language of large forms and their very expressive skins. The human figure is continously distorted into a very essential form: a block, 'koppoter' (a figure with a head but without a body). This sculpture therefore has some affinity with CoBrA. A mixture of the authentic, such as one finds for example in the playful child, and a consciousness that only makind is capable of, gives the images a strange presence. There is an unbearable lightness of existence that has always surprised Armand, and has been a driving force behind all his artistic work.