Dimensions175 x 79 x 13 cm (68.9 x 31.1 x 5.1 in.)
Place of CreationAmsterdam
About the Work
“The Birds” (1962) is a signature work of renowned Dutch artist Wim T. Schippers. Using a wide variety of found objects, the artist makes unique combinations that all have his recognizable absurdist style. The work was featured in Frieze Magazine in 2017 (Frieze, Very funny, interview with Wim T. Schippers, No. 184, 2017). HIDDE VAN SEGGELEN presented works by the artist for the first time at TEFAF Maastricht in 2022. His work and presence at the fair received a lot of media attention. Two large installations presented at the fair were acquired by Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar for their permanent collection.
Wim T. Schippers (Groningen, 1942) is an artist, broadcaster, filmmaker, playwright and songwriter and is considered one of the most influential conceptual artists of the Netherlands. He began making art in Amsterdam in the 1960s, where he formed artist groups with Ger van Elk, Willem de Ridder and Bob Wesdorp. In the spirit of Dadaist Marcel Duchamp and in response to the dynamics of painting in the ’50s, they strove to achieve a certain dullness and shapelessness in their so called ‘a-dynamic’ artworks. Further inspired by movements such as fluxus and Pop Art, Schippers also used television and radio as media to express his ideas. His radio programme, Ronflonflon avec Jacques Plafond (1984–91), was one of the most popular in the Netherlands. Schippers is also the author of over 40 plays. His mix of absurdist humour with commercial broadcasts and traditional artistic media is now considered pioneering.