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Solo show: Dik Bouwhuis - Tourist Landscapes (over)

14 July 2006 until 26 August 2006
  Dik Bouwhuis -  Tourist Landscapes
Dik Bouwhuis GALERIE ROTHAMEL - Frankfurt

Fahrgasse 17
60311 Frankfurt/Main
Germany (city map)

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tel +49 - (0)69 - 21 97 66 91

You and your friends are cordially invited for the art closing on Saturday, August 26, at 6 p.m.

The artist will be present.

Since 1999 I'm exploring the international tourist landscape and I expect to explore the international tourist landscape the next twenty years. By that time the Mediterranean coastal area will gradually have been developed into the largest urbanisation of Europe. A linear city, inland of limited size but with a length of thousands of miles. From the south of Portugal to the south of Greece and beyond. A landscape under continuous construction since WW II. The forecasts of Blue Plan (United Nations Environment Programme-Mediterranean action Plan) shows us that in twenty years 205 million semi-permanent residents will have settled in this landscape, joined by 350 million tourists each year.

It becomes visible as a chain of light around the Mediterranean Sea at night photos from NASA satellites.

A landscape which is incomparable to a regular city because the social landscape is foremost a landscape of leisure time.

It's also a temporary landscape. The tourist masses transform the landscape in high season in a kind of everyman's land. When the season is over, they leave it thus creating the largest ghost town on earth, a kind of no man's land.

I consider this touristzone as a collective intellectual and emotional landscape. A promised landscape of great expectations and deep desires. It is the landscape of our dreams.

Dik Bouwhuis

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