Hans Op de Beeck: Sea of Tranquility
Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 8, 2018 – June 9, 2019
Hans Op de Beeck’s video piece, Sea of Tranquility, is now on view at the Het Scheepvaart Museum, Amsterdam. The fictitious cruise liner in the film was designed by Op de Beeck, following a short residence at Saint-Nazaire, France in 2008. During this time, the artist became intrigued by the remarkable story of this harbour town whose shipyards produce the world’s largest cruise liners. It seemed to Op de Beeck that the Queen Mary 2, then just completed, was, like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, a suitable metaphor for our belief in spurious values and in such concepts as work, leisure time and luxury consumerism.