gods gifts - the big church of Veere - 2000

During the 2000 season Bart Drost - invitated by the foundation Delta Cultural - a series of three exhibitions in the Grote Kerk in Veere, under the title "God's Gifts.

He invited eight (known to him and unknown to him) fellow artists to make a contribution to God's Gifts 1,2 and 3. During each part three artist have the main role and the other six figure in the background. This resulted in a series of exhibitions with works that often arose in situ. First at all there had to be respect for (the possibility of) the building.


part 1 - moving men

Bart Drost together with Kees van Gilst and Pierre Deloeul formed the main attraction in Godgeschenken, Part 1. He placed the men from Innocent India - his India project that was shown in Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen in 1999 - on trolleys that the visitors were able to drive freely around the middle part of the church.


part 2 - drawings

For the second part of God's Gifts, Drost made a number of large-sized chalk drawings on paper in his Vlissingen studio.


part 3 - what difference a hat makes...

In 1997, Drost commissioned Van Dalen Schoenen to produce the 'Decembermannetje', a multiple in an edition of 80 pieces, which was placed in all shop windows of the retail chain as a promotion during the December month. The male alternately wore three headgear: a Santa Claus miter, a Santa hat, and an end-of-year fire arrow. Afterwards, Drost received a large number of December males in return and in 2000 he made his own hat for these males, in the context of the series "God's gifts" in the Grote Kerk in Veere, with the idea 'What difference a hat makes', in other words "Clothes make the man."

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Bart Drost

free artist

Graafseweg 183a
6531ZR Nijmegen
The Netherlands