For decades Hans Walgenbach dutifully conserved invitations to gallery openings as he received them. With the passing of time, the many hundreds of thousands of formal requests that he amassed have shaped into a collection of tangible relics from an otherwise intangible history. After sitting on it for what seemed like an eternity, Rib and Walgenbach finally decided to recruit helping hands and dust off this archive together.
Young locally based international artists Faysal Mroueh, Isabelle Sully, and Micha Zweifel were invited to rummage unguided through Walgenbach’s archive. The long-expired invitations originally meant for Walgenbach and his contemporaries years ago are now given a second opportunity to request participation in present exhibitions and spaces. Mroueh, Sully and Zweifel attempt to (re)produce history from the remains they scavenged seemingly at random and present their own interpretations of the moment enshrined by the collection.
Walgenbach is a veritable arts institution in Rotterdam in his own right. In the past he stood in the midst of the city’s happenings and operated as the director of the Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam (CBK). Nowadays he has retreated to quiet Charlois and tends to his art bookshop where he also presents solo-exhibitions mostly by artists who he has supported in the past in his role as director of CBK. Faysal Mroueh, Isabelle Sully and Micha Zweifel are visual artists based in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Answering to our loan request, neighbouring second-hand shop Robin Hood facilitated the support structure for this exhibition.