We, at Mimi Berlin, visited the local thriftstore the other day. On sale was a collection of caketoppers, vintage, bridal caketoppers. Amongst a group of about 10 plastic figurines, there were ugly but also a nice one; just as in real life. The bride by herself, she is our favorite, and probably made in the sixties. She looks like a doll from the Thunderbirds. We also fancy the happy couple, they look very satisfied and happy. The rest of the caketoppers seem rather uninspired.
“One of the Masterly Women” (Een van de Meesterlijke vrouwen) is an exhibition showcasing “10 avant-garde artists you have to see” at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (open from June 15 until September 8, 2019.) The museum focuses on the period between 1915 and 1960. On show are works by artists such as Charley Toorop (1891-1955), Eva Besnyö (1910-2003) and Frieda Hunziker (1908-1966), all women who represent important trends in art. Next to art from the past you will find work by 10 Dutch female artists from the present, like Robin de Puy and Liselore Frowijn for example.
Our Personal Story
We have a personal story to tell about this artist. As you maybe already know we, at Mimi Berlin, frequently visit thriftstores. Well, the other day we bought a litho that caught our fancy, signed by Frieda Hunziker. We didn’t know her name or work so we looked it up on the interweb. Although we liked the work, we imediately put it up for auction!
A very friendly couple bought the litho from us. They live in Franeker, in the house that Frieda built in the sixties for herself and her son! Since these people found out about the artsy history of their home, they started collecting Hunziker’s work. Isn’t that a nice coincedence with the exhibition opening at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam?! We think it is. And we are very glad that we learned some of the Dutch art-heritage by visiting our local thriftstore.
Hunziker was considered in the 50’s and 60’s as a remarkable and progressive artist. She exhibited regularly at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and was well-known within the art society. At the end of the 50’s, the work of Frieda developed towards abstract expressionism in which the figurative element never completely disappears. Her latest works are vibrant and powerfully colorful and they exude the self-confidence and vitality of Frieda. She continued to paint when she became sick and even until her death in september 1966. Her color symphonies never got a gloomy character.