The Fish Fountain for Stavoren Mark Dion

Stavoren
The sea gives, the sea takes. Stavoren, once a rich Hanseatic city, has much to say on this subject. Floods, maritime trade wars, a port that silted up: the city fell into poverty several times. But again and again it focused on bringing new prosperity by its seafaring and fishing traditions. Folk stories such as 'the Lady of Stavoren' offer vivid tales of that every-changing fate. 'The Fish Fountain for Stavoren' adds a new story, with a nod to a symbolic print by Pieter Bruegel the Elder: 'How big fish eat little ones!' We see how the enormous open mouth of a massive fish swallows up those who venture past its water-spraying lips. Who can escape the lure of the Stavoren fish?
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities
New cultural heritage
in eleven Dutch cities

Mark Dion (United States, 1961) lives in New York City. For his work, Dion delves deeply into the history of a subject or location and, like an archaeologist, retrieves all sorts of hidden things that he exhibits in unusual ways in his installations. As a result, he might dedicate an appropriately designed ‘knowledge centre’ to the seagull, which, in his words, is ‘one of the most hated of birds but also one of the most intelligent.’ Dion typically packages his engagement with the world and his passion for history and science in a way that is humorous without stripping it of its sharp edges. He has many international projects and exhibitions to his name, and major museums such as the MoMa in New York and the Tate Gallery in London include his work in their collection. He has also been the recipient of countless awards.

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