Carl de Keyzer Enters The Victoria and Albert Museum
Roberto Polo Gallery proudly announces that Skipsea, UK (2012) by Carl De Keyzer has entered the legendary photography collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This archival pigment print on fine art paper mounted on Dibond is from his series Moments Before the Flood.
Carl De Keyzer started his career as a freelance photographer in 1982, while supporting himself as a photography instructor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. At the same time, he became the co-founder and co-director of the XYZ-Photography Gallery in Ghent. Magnum nominee in 1990, he became a full member in 1994. Carl De Keyzer, who regularly exhibits his work in European and American galleries and museums, is represented in many important collections, including those of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (S.M.A.K.), the FNAC Collection in Paris, the Centro de Arte in Salamanca, the International Center of Photography Collection in New York, the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. He is the recipient of many awards including the Grand Prize of the Triennale internationale de la photographie in Fribourg (1988), Les Rencontres d'Arles Book Award (1990), the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (1986), the W. Eugene Smith Award (1990), and the Kodak Critics' Award (1992).
In his series Moments Before the Flood, photographed along several thousand kilometres of the European coastline, Carl De Keyzer explores how – due to climatic changes – the continent confronts the difficult to predict threat of rising sea level. The photographer not only focuses on the possible future consequences of this phenomenon, but also studies different alternatives of protection for the coastline over the centuries, as well as investigates how Europe copes with tides and floods today. This photographic "research program", as Carl De Keyzer describes it, reveals the tension resulting from insensibility to the threat and how insufficient is our protection against it.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the world's largest museums, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million works of art. It was founded in 1852, and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Victoria and Albert Museum is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in an area that has become known as 'Albertopolis', due to its association with Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial and the major cultural institutions with which he was associated. These include the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Royal Albert Hall. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Like other national British museums, entrance to the museum has been free since 2001.
Extended on over 12.5 acres (51,000 m2) and throughout 145 galleries, the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum span 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. Its holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The museum owns the world's largest collection of post-classical sculpture. Its collections of Italian Renaissance works of art being the largest outside of Italy. The departments of Asia include art from South Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world. The East Asian collections are among the best in Europe, with particular strengths in ceramic and metalwork, while the Islamic collection is amongst the largest in the Western world.