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Out of the serie: 2024 Plage d'Agadir




In 2008, Peter Weidenbaum went to Morocco for the second time. This after he had already stayed there once in 2004. Between 2009 and 2011 he created a series of paintings entitled Agadir. The works in this series are built up in a sober color pattern, so that a silence falls over the image. As a result, the work becomes formal and reminiscent of Leon Spilliaert's paintings.

Weidenbaum's Orientalism is far removed from exotic scenes such as harem scenes, figures by palm trees, fiery horses, arabesques, camels, minarets, arch portals and the like. Rather, it is a dismantling of this view of the Arab world.

In the fall of 2023, Weidenbaum repeated his trip to Morocco to work on a new series. He spent 45 days in the south and a kind of drawn or painted diary emerged. The marines originate on the beaches of Agadir. Around evening or early morning, young people gather on the beach to play soccer. The morning or evening light on these painted marines, the location of the figures, and the presence or absence of footballs give an alienating atmosphere to the whole. Are these works about time, about play, or light?