On March 24, 1991 the exhibition Echoes of The Jungle of Marius van Dijk opened in Galerie Maurits van de Laar. It was the first exhibition in a long series that continues to the present day. In those thirty years, the gallery developed, just like the group of artists of which Robine Clignett, Diederik Gerlach, Marcel van Eeden, Erik Pape and Dieter Mammel have been represented by the gallery from the beginning. Drawing gradually became the common thread in the gallery program.
This focus on drawing did not rule out painting, spatial work or installation art. Some highlights were Zeger Reyers' spectacular installation with porcelain plates 'Hard Water' and 'Air Conditioning' in which he transformed the gallery into a greenhouse with winter rye. Christie van der Haak's installations Fabric, Blason, Stunned, and the duo show with Elmar Trenkwalder in which his sculptures were surrounded by Van der Haak's patterns also stood out.
Over the years, collaborations, exchanges and friendships have developed in the gallery between artists, curators and collectors. Thus the gallery developed into what it is today, a group of people who are related to each other and who inspire and support each other. Maurits van de Laar is sincerely grateful, and celebrates the gallery's 30th anniversary with the goup exhibitions: EQUIPE 1 and EQUIPE 2.
EQUIPE 1 consists of:
Cedric ter Bals, Paul van der Eerden & Romy Muijrers, Jan Brokof, Christie van der Haak, Susanna Inglada, Henri Jacobs, Dieter Mammel, Marjolijn van der Meij, Erik Pape, Zeger Reyers, Sebastiaan Schlicher, Elmar Trenkwalder, Ronald Versloot, Peter Vos, Dan Zhu, Dirk Zoete