Marijke Abels

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Marijke Abels
Born (1948-07-30) July 30, 1948 (age 70)
Deventer, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Education Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten

Marijke Abels (born July 30, 1948) is a Dutch visual artist and instructor.[1]

Life and work

Abels was born in Deventer. She creates sculptures of bronze, paper, and photographs. Her work follows the theme of "the complex relationship between humans and animals."[2][3]

She studied at the Vrije Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Nunspeet, Netherlands, where she received formal training in the art of sculpture. Abels was asked to contribute to an exhibition in Heerde in honor of the discovery of Venus of Heerde, a Roman figurine that was found in the area in 1985 and is now on display in the Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegan, Netherlands. However, after a protest from the ChristenUnie/SGP, the plan was abandoned, ostensibly due to worry about the theft of the bronze in the sculptures.[4][5]

The Carousel sculpture in Heerde, Netherlands.

In 2009, Abels's sculpture Carousel was unveiled at the roundabout of the A50 junction in Heerde. The four horses symbolize the four villages that make up the municipality of Heerde; the horses are named after students in the high school and the residents of a nursing home.[6]


  1. ^ "Boetseren met was in Heerde". De Stentor (in Dutch). 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Marijke Abels - Galerie Polhus". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  3. ^ "#5 Phase of marvel -Maxime en Marijke Abels". Kollektief Eper Kunstenaars (in Dutch). 2016-03-18. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Ijgenweis". Visie (in Dutch). 2005-10-10. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  5. ^ " Heerde niet blij met 'afgodsbeeld'". (in Dutch). 2012-06-04. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  6. ^ "De rotondepaardjes van Marijke Abels - Frank Zweegers Kunst". Frank Zweegers Kunst (in Dutch). 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 

External links

  • Marijke Abels's homepage
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