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b. 1951, Netherlands

John Körmeling Biography

John Körmeling born in 1951 in Amsterdam (NL), lives and works in Eindhoven (NL).

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John Körmeling studied architecture at the Technische Hogeschool in Eindhoven. Visual art, architecture, urban and rural planning, design, ...: Körmeling's designs and realisations cannot be classified into a single realm of thought.

Architecture is something to which Körmeling gives the widest possible definition: it involves all sorts and sizes of space, starting with the space inside one's head. Furthermore, according to Körmeling, cars and the infrastructure that accommodates them are the real determinants of a town's design. A town has to develop from its intersections; any town that turns its back on its roads becomes a ghost town. Körmeling's contributions to a city are artistic interventions and creative solutions to parking problems and traffic jams. For the Panorama 2000 project, Körmeling developed a 'drive-in' wheel for cars. Cars, clamped on the wheel, were lifted 100 feet into the air: no worry about a parking place as the visitor could see the exhibition from the air. Körmeling's projects, some totally unrealisable, are never stripped of humour.

John Körmeling had solo exhibitions at De Pont, Tilburg (NL) and Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (NL). In 2004, Körmeling had a major solo exhibition at the Power Plant in Toronto (CA), for which the notorious drive-in wheel was re-installed.

Recently John Körmeling designed the Dutch Pavillion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai (CN). Known as Happy Street, the pavilion consists of 26 elevated small buildings, designed after various Dutch architectural styles, along a main pedestrian strip that curves in a figure eight. Each house is a mini pavilion in itself, exploring themes such as energy, water, space and other urban issues to achieve a 'Better city, Better live'.

Text courtesy Zeno X Gallery.

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Huis Buiten de Schaduwgrens, Muiderslot (House Outside the Shadow Limits, Muiderslot) by John Körmeling contemporary artwork sculpture
John Körmeling Huis Buiten de Schaduwgrens, Muiderslot (House Outside the Shadow Limits, Muiderslot), 1989 Scale model; plaster, iron, iron wire and styrofoam
80 x 29.5 x 25 cm
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Redderspost, Knokke-Heist (Lifeguard Station, Knokke-Heist) by John Körmeling contemporary artwork sculpture
John Körmeling Redderspost, Knokke-Heist (Lifeguard Station, Knokke-Heist), 2015–2019 Ccale model, plaster, iron wire, wood
19 x 51.2 x 32 cm
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TE KOOP by John Körmeling contemporary artwork sculpture
John Körmeling TE KOOP, 2020–2022 Cotton, silkscreen
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Minimaal Meten (Minimal Measuring) by John Körmeling contemporary artwork sculpture
John Körmeling Minimaal Meten (Minimal Measuring), 2022 3D print in plastic, wood
20.1 x 98 x 42 cm
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Fruitstad (Fruit City) by John Körmeling contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
John Körmeling Fruitstad (Fruit City), 2021 Plastic, paper, pencil
45 x 55 x 40 cm
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Brug van Glas, Ponte dell'Academia, Venetië (Glass Bridge, Ponte dell'Academia, Venice) by John Körmeling contemporary artwork sculpture
John Körmeling Brug van Glas, Ponte dell'Academia, Venetië (Glass Bridge, Ponte dell'Academia, Venice), 1985 Scale model; glass, plexi dome, marble and blue limestone
21.5 x 65 x 21 cm
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Happy Street, Pavilion of the Netherlands, World Expo 2010 Shanghai by John Körmeling contemporary artwork sculpture
John Körmeling Happy Street, Pavilion of the Netherlands, World Expo 2010 Shanghai, 2007–2009 Iron, plaster, polystyrene, paint
31.8 x 105.2 x 55.4 cm
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