Jan Henderikse

(1937  in Delft, The Netherlands)

Dutch artist Jan Henderikse (Delft, the Netherlands, 1937) is one of the key players in European art after 1960. In 1959 Henderikse moved to Cologne, and shortly thereafter to Dusseldorf. While in Dusseldorf, one of the epicentres of the post-war European avant-garde, Henderikse made contact with the circle of international ZERO artists, and engaged in a close friendship with German Zero-artist Günther Uecker. Henderikse visited agenda setting exhibitions such as Monochrome Malereiin Leverkusen (1960),Yves Klein: Monochrome und Feuerand at the Haus Lange in Krefeld (1961), and Lucio Fontana’s first German solo exhibition at the Düsseldorf based Schmela Gallery (1960).

Starting in 1959, Henderikse developed a highly distinctive visual language, focussing on assemblages, readymades and installations. In 1961, together with Armando, Henk Peeters and Jan Schoonhoven, Henderikse formed the Dutch Nul Group, which took part in several major international ZERO-exhibitions. The exhibition Nul at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum in 1962, showed Jan Henderikse’s installation of stacked beer crates, a true milestone in conceptual terms. Henderikse settled in Curacao from 1963–67, working with found objects, coins and photographs. His works from these years are perplexing amalgamations with a large degree of randomness regarding the choice of material. The first assemblages with licence plates originate from Henderikse’s Curacao period. These works, like the first coin reliefs from the mid-sixties, are expressions of a recurring fascination for repetition, multitude and composition by means of a grid.

In 1968 Henderikse moved to New York, working mainly with assemblages of found objects and photographic sequences. Since then his work has continued to focus on conceptually-based photographic objects, multiples and readymades. A retrospective solo exhibition in Schiedam, the Netherlands (2018) and recent contributions to group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Berlin, Dusseldorf, London, Miami, New York and Tokyo, reflect the on-going and mounting interest in Henderikse’s multimedia oeuvre.

The artist currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and Antwerp, Belgium