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ARTHUR SPRONKEN BIO

b. 1930

Arthur Spronken was born in Stream, Limburg in 1930. He pursued formal artistic training from 1948-1952 at the Art Industries School in Maastricht with the encouragement of Paul Smalbach, a family friend who had helped his mother escape the war. At the school he developed his talent through stone sculpture, drawing and studies of anatomy. His love for sculpting flourished and his admiration for Italian art drove him to pursue a year’s training at the Academia delle Bell Arti in Milan in 1954. There he was under the instruction of the world renowned Italian sculptor Marino Marini. Marini’s passion for the figure of the horse along with childhood stories of his grandfather’s horses played an influential role in directing Spronken towards sculpting the torsos of horses.

 

Upon his return to the Netherlands, Spronken began sculpting religious figures in wood. By 1961 the wood had evolved into bronze and the religious icons to distorted horses. Despite his classical training he allows figurative freedom in his work. He sculpts his horses in contorted positions, floating and spinning freely through the air. His artistic break came in 1963 when he was awarded first prize by the Troisième International Biennale des Jeunes Artistes at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris for sculpted art.

 

Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions

1996 Scheveningen, Museum Beelden aan Zee

1995 Butte aux Bois, Lanaken K. H. Bärwald, Maastricht

1993 K. H. Bärwald, Maastricht1991 Singermuseum, Laren

1988 European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht

1987 Tikanojan Taidekotti, Vassa, Finland

1987 European Fine Arts Fair, Maastricht

1983 Frans Halsmuseum, De Hallen, Haarlem

1983 Raadhuis, Heerlen

1982 Noordbrabants Musuem, ‘s-Hertogenbosch Middelheim, Antwerp

1981 Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo

1981 Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht Stokstraat 30, Maastricht

1979 Rijksmuseum Het Catharijneconvent, Utrecht

1978 Philips Ontspanningscentrum, De Zonnewijzer, Eindhoven

1976 Kasteel d’Erp, Baarlo

1975 De Vaart, Cultureel Centrum, Hilversum

1975 Kunstpalast Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf

1975 Kunsthandel Ina Broerse, Laren

1974 Provinciehuis, de Boshof en Port Natal, Assen

1974 Bouvigne, Breda1974 De Keukenhof, Lisse

1973 Stokstraat 30, Maastricht

1972 Schouwburg, Meppel

1971 De Krabbedans, Eindhoven

1971 Cultureel Centrum, Venlo

1971 Gemeentehuis Park Jagtlust, Bilthoven

1971 Stokstraatkwartier / Stadswallen / Dejong-Bergers, Maastricht

1971 Kasteel Drakensteyn, De Lage Vuursche

1971 Stadtspark, Weert1971 Raadhuis, Heerlen

1970 Congrescentrum, Den Haag1970 Charlottenborg, Kopenhagen

1970 Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Kopenhagen

1970 Bellfires, Hapert

1970 Raadhuis, Marl

1970 Frans Halsmuseum, De Hallen, Haarlem

1970 Slotspark, Gavnø, Denmark

1970 Frans Halsmuseum, De Hallern, Haarlem

1969 Centraal Museum, Utrecht1969 Het Weefhuis, Zaanjijk

1969 Frans Halsmuseum, De Hallen, Haarlem

1968 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1968 Bussen langs beelden, Haarlem

1968 Kasteel Ooidonk, Bachte-Maria-Leerne, Belgium

1967 Cultureel Centrum, Venlo

1967 Schalkwijk, Wijkcentrum, Haarlem

1967 Goois Museum, Hilversum

1967 De Keukenhof, Lisse

1966 Economische Hogeschool, Tilburg

1966 Stadspark, Kerkrade

1966 Park Sonsbeek, Arnhem

1966 Stadswandelpark, Eindhoven

1966 Museum voor stad en lande, Groningen

1966 De Zonnehof, Amersfoort

1965 Frans Halsmuseum, Vishal, Haarlem

1965 Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

1965 Gemeentemuseum, Weert

1965 Frans Halsmuseum, Vishal, Haarlem

1965 Stadskantoor, Beverwijk

1964 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1964 Nederlandse Ambassade, Bonn

1964 Frans Halsmuseum, Vishal, Haarlem

1964 Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Kopenhagen

1964 Oratorium des Domes, Salzburg

1964 Frans Halsmuseum, Vleeshal, Haarlem

1964 Kasteel Hoensbroek, Hoensbroek

1964 Suermondt Museum, Aken

1964 Schloss Mosbroich, Leverkusen

1964 Provinciaal Begijnhof, Hasselt

1963 Maatschappij tot bevor dering van de schilder-en tekenkunst, Leeuwarden

1963 Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht

1963 Musée de l’Art wallon, Luik

1963 Beelden op Belmonte, Wageningen

1963 Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem

1963 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1963 Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

1963 Nationaal Hoger Instituut en Koninklijke Academie voor Schone, Antwerp

1963 Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht

1963 De Keukenhof, Lisse

1962 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1962 Schinnen

1962 Oratorium des Domes, Salzburg

1962 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1962 Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft

1961 Middelheim, Antwerp

1960 Heerlen Raadhuis, Tilburg, Utrecht, Almelo, Leeuwarden, Alkmaar, Deventer

1960 Kasteel Hoensbroek, Hoensbroek

1960 Stedelijk Museum Het Prisenhof, Delft

1960 Suermondt Museum, Aken

1959 Kasteel Hoensbroek, Hoensbroek

1959 De Krabbedans, Eindhoven

1958 Provinciaal Begijnhof, Hasselt, (B)

1957 Kunsthandel Dejong-Bergers, Maastricht

1957 Kansalis Teatteri, Helsinki

1956 Suermondt Museum, Aken

 

Works in Public Spaces 

Amsterdam - Horse (Burg. Hogguerstraat)

Assen - 1972 - La Voltigieuze (Westerbrink)

Blerick - 1982 Siberia (Tuindorphotel Park on the Scholtis Coopmans Street)

Driebergen - 1968 unknown title (Horst Avenue)

Eindhoven - 1965 Flying (or Floating)

Amazon Beeldenroute Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhoven - 1968 plastic on the facade of the Town Hall (Town Hall Square)

ofEmmeloord - 1984 Horse (Medemblikpad)

Geldrop - The Guardian (on Johan Peijnenburgweg)

Geleen - Centauer (BiblioNova, Herenhof 1)

Gulpen - 1992 Two Streams (Marktstraat)

Haarlem - 1967 The Sun Fighter (Market Square)

Heerlen - 1968 Title unknown (Henri Dunant Street)

Heerlen - 1985 Fountain (The Overloon, headquartered DSM )

Heerlen - 1987 Ir. CEPM Raedts (Douvenrade)

Heerlen - The Sun Rider (stored)

'S-Hertogenbosch - 1971 Horse Torso (Brabantlaan)

Province House (Noord-BrabantHilversum) - 1968 Horse and Rider (Diependaalselaan)

Maastricht - Ship Figurehead (Stokstraat - Plankstraat)

Maastricht - 1973 Amazon on horseback (The Spa)

Maastricht - Julius Solvay (Kommelplein, formerly Dominikanerkerkplein)

Maastricht - Faunus (Maasboulevard)

Oirschot - 1981 Elements (Market)

Schiphol - 1967 The Sun Rider (On the second floor above departures 2)

Sittard - 2000 bust

Toon HermansTilburg - 1972 Prancing Horse (On the patio of primary school "The Key", Eilenbergstraat)

Utrecht - 1969 Flight (along the Einsteindreef)

Utrecht - 1985 Julius Sulway ( Moreelsepark )

Utrecht - 1995 Paardje (Crossing Apollo Recherche / Volga Recherche)

Utrecht - portrait Jean Sibelius in VredenburgVlaardingen - 1970 Composition (Maasboulevard)