Centraal Museum, Utrecht
4 March 2016 until 21 August 2016
Over the course of the four seasons, Hans Wilschut (Ridderkerk, 1966) photographed four panoramas from Utrecht’s Dom Tower. The panoramas in these two halls offer a view of the inner city, the suburbs, the city perimeter, and the province of Utrecht. Wilschut affords us a view of the city that a human eye could never see. As each panorama consists of 60 to 90 photographs taken from three different viewpoints (from 40, 70 and 95 metres high), the resulting image is crystal clear both close up and in the distance. Just like his 17th-century counterpart Pieter Saenredam, famous for his detailed depictions of cityscapes and church interiors, Wilschut combines different perspectives and slightly adapts them to form a single coherent whole. Wilschut originally trained as a painter and it is as a painter that he approached this work. The summer panorama, looking north, is reminiscent of a sparkling Ruisdael image, with lots of cloud dynamics. The contours of Amsterdam are just visible on the horizon. In the hazy spring panorama, the trees along the canals are just starting to bud. Wilschut chose to orient the winter panorama towards the west, to capture the quality of clear days and low-angle illumination. He made the autumn panorama facing east, towards the forested Utrechtse Heuvelrug. With these expansive panoramas, Wilschut seeks to blend historical Utrecht with the future Utrecht, and to show how the city relates to the surrounding world. Ultra Vision is a contemporary cityscape with a modern conception of the age-old panorama.
ABOUT Hans Wilschut
Hans Wilschut lives and work in Rotterdam, Netherlands
In his urbanized landscapes, Hans Wilschut shows a recent interest for areas that are changing because of the pressure of globalization. Social and cultural changes, increased activities of tourism, the shifting of the world economy and the demographic growth, which have caused differences and dramatic changes in culture and nature.
On the edge of the public and private domain, round ravel borders of cities, Wilschut investigates the areas where changes occur and are made manifest. He does not strive for an objective reproduction of reality. This gives his work a post-documentary character. His urban still lives have most of all a lyric character.
His images respond to a world in flux and undergoing globalization.