Valkhof Museum

De Olifant

Until 30 March 2025 from 11:00 to 17:00

Exhibition

Bronsgieterij De Olifant. Lang een bruisende ontmoetingsplek voor ambacht uit Nijmegen, de regio en ver daarbuiten. In een kleurrijk samenspel laten gevestigde namen en voor een groter publiek nog te ontdekken talenten zien hoe divers en impactvol de nalatenschap van de bronsgieterij is.

Creatieve broedplaats

Wie Nijmegen een beetje kent, weet het bronzen olifantje op de gevel aan de Priemstraat aan te wijzen. Het is een erfenis van de kruidenierswinkel In den Olifant die er in de 19e eeuw zat. Vanaf 1979 veranderde deze locatie in het kloppende hart van ambacht: kunstenaarscentrum en bronsgieterij De Olifant. Dertig jaar lang was het een smeltkroes van creativiteit en een ontmoetingsplek voor mensen met eenzelfde passie. Een plek waar technieken werden verfijnd, kennis werd doorgegeven en jonge talenten zich konden ontpoppen.

Culturele vezels van Nijmegen

Er vloeide een breed scala aan kunst uit voort. Het werk van de kunstenaars, met De Olifant als kleine thuisbasis, had impact. De sporen ervan zien we vandaag, 11 jaar na de sluiting van de bronsgieterij, nog steeds terug. Ze vullen de galerieën, huizen en straten van ons land en ver daarbuiten. Op diverse plekken in de openbare ruimte van Nijmegen zijn beelden te vinden. In de vaste opstelling van Beelden aan Zee kom je De Engel van Ed van Teeseling tegen. Het monumentale werk van Cor Litjens staat op vele plekken in Nederland, zoals het Landschap met Bergen dat te vinden is bij het Revalidatiecentrum Overtoom in Amsterdam. We realiseren ons te weinig hoe het ambacht van bronsgieten zich diep genesteld heeft in de culturele vezels van Nijmegen.

Herkenning of kennismaking

De beelden in de tentoonstelling vertellen het verhaal van de bronsgieterij: de geschiedenis, de ontwikkelingen in techniek en de nieuwe, vaak rauwere toepassingen. Van gerenommeerde kunstenaars zoals Ed van Teeseling, Huib Noorlander en Andreas Hetfeld tot nieuw talent zoals Nuhrzehra Ulukaya. Voor sommigen een feest van herkenning, voor anderen een kennismaking met een Nijmeegs ambacht.

Visitor information

Access

Included in the museum ticket.

Netherlands Museum Pass valid

Date

Until 30 March 2025 from 11:00 to 17:00

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Location

Valkhof Museum

Keizer Karelplein 33
6511 NH Nijmegen
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024 - 36 08 805

Open today from 11:00 until 17:00

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Sun - Fri 11:00 - 17:00
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