NEWSLETTER | November 2023

PAN AMSTERDAM | Galerie Helga Hofman | Booth 110  

November 19 until November 26

PAN 2023, the reknowned Amsterdam Art fair  will open its doors on November 19 until November 26. This year there will be several new portrait sculptures from Ivan’s ‘Krieger 2023’ series on view at Galerie Helga Hofman ( Stand 110) as well as one of the bronze dancers. 

‘Freyrs Krieger’ (The Warriors of Freyr) is an ongoing collection of portraits centered around agriculture, aiming to depict the intricate interplay between humanity and nature, encompassing both their symbiotic harmony and occasionally parasitic dynamics. This series was conceived in 2020 as a subsequent endeavor to the installation ‘Freyrs Vergeltung.’ It draws its foundation from an exhaustive exploration of the landscape and historical nuances of Northern Germany.





One of the bronzes from the  sculpture series ‘Protogenoi’ will be on view at Galerie Helga Hofman. This series is based on the fascination for aircraft, and in specific, the construction and evolution of flying machines. earthbound materials constructed in such a way it explores the laws of physics. the series ‘protogenoi’ is based upon the primordial deities created out of thin air, coming from kaos, formed in such a way that heaven and earth are created. the original works are made from aluminum elements coming from the airplane industry, using rivets for its joinery. casted in bronze.

DATE | Sun, Nov 19, 2023 – Sun, Nov 26, 2023

LOCATION | PAN 2023 | Galerie Helga Hofman | Stand 110

RAI Amsterdam, Parkhal.
Galerie Helga Hofman | Booth 110

11.00 – 18.00 hours   Sunday 19 november
11.00 – 18.00 hours.  Monday 20 november
11.00 – 18.00 hours.  Tuesday  21 november
11.00 – 18.00 hours.  Wednesday 22 november
11.00 – 20.00 hours.  Thursday 23 november
11.00 – 18.00 hours.  Friday 24 november
11.00 – 18.00 hours.  Saturday 25 november
11.00 – 18.00 hours.  Sunday 26 november

Installation of ‘Europa’ at private collectors estate

Toscana, Italia

On june 10th 2023, the large bronze sculpture ‘Europa’  was placed on the second part of the work, the travertine Bull (zeus). The work was commisioned a year prior by a collectors couple . The request was simple, make us a great sculpture which belongs here . The Villa with the magnificant view is located in Tuscany, Italy. The sculpture stands central to the entrance lane, overlooking the valley.


The sculpture captures the moment in which Europa jumps ashore. The myth of Europa and Zeus originates from ancient Greek mythology. Europa, a Phoenician princess of extraordinary beauty, caught the eye of Zeus. Disguised as a magnificent white bull, Zeus approached Europa while she was playing on the shores of Tyre. Intrigued, she climbed onto his back, and he swiftly swam across the sea to Crete. There, Zeus revealed his true identity and they became lovers. 

The bronze is casted with the lost wax method, with its original sculpture being constructed from elements found in italian ruins, the wood coming from a tuscan barn, the steel found in the industrial valleys around the travertine caves. The same cave as where the second part of the sculpture, the white bull originates from.

Looking back at the Lieu d’Art Contemporain

The duo exhibition“Vers la Lumière”  with Pieter Ceizer and Ivan Cremer 

In collaboration with the Dutch Embassy, the L.A.C. (Lieu d’Art Contemporain)  hosted the typographer Pieter Ceizer and sculptor Ivan Cremer for an exhibition last summer. The exhibition opened on July 1st and was planned to close at Septmber 31st, but got extended with a month due to the succes in the region. 

If you have missed it, below are  some impressions of the work and opening. 

“Into the light” is a tribute to the South of France and the inspiration this region has given to legendary artists over the centuries. As Matisse, Signac, Cézanne and Van Gogh who came here fascinated by the spectacular landscapes, the generous climate and the abundance of light which gave the region an influential place in Modern Art. The founder of L.A.C., the Dutch painter Piet Moget, was fascinated by the region in the late 1960s and spent over fifty years of his life painting the reflection of water, sky and light. His minimalist paintings exude the serenity and power of nature. This became the primary inspiration for this exhibition.

Word and letter artist Pieter Ceizer interprets the theme “Into the Light” in a philosophical way with large paintings as “one-word poems” and abstract, colourful lettering compositions in metal or wood. Ivan Cremer embodies light in a more physical way with raw and dynamic materials. Linking the work of the earth with his “series of heads” to the myth of the Phoenix, and its eternal cycle of death and rebirth in the journey towards the light.