“A future now past”, Willem Harbers solo 2021


Solo Willem Harbers at gallery Franzis Engels
21.01.2021 – 06.03.2021

“Yes, that is something that intrigues me about your work as well. Maybe you’re not a “mad scientist” after all, but rather an archaeologist of sorts who has come from the distant future, bringing with him material remains or “evidence” from our contemporary civilization which he dug up somewhere in an effort to understand mankind in the early twenty-first century. Because this man from the future has to somehow identify meanings, functions, and connections—which is not always possible from the remote future perspective—he has to invent them anew based on the few bits and pieces of information that he has already. I guess that’s why your work sometimes appears both archaic and futuristic at the same time. And that’s where I can see affinities between your works and those of Panamarenko and Auke de Vries. You all seem to be talking about contemporary society from a more or less outside position, as though you were looking at us from an entirely different perspective and commenting on the absurdities you discover in our culture, trying to figure us out—but not really grasping everything, so that your perspective is somewhat off. But this being “off” is what makes the works so fascinating. That’s what makes your works appear so “in between.” Maybe that’s why they can be read in so many different ways, on so many different levels…”

Gérard Goodrow 2019

Visitors are very welcome but due to Corona only by appointment. Please contact Franzis Engels or Willem Harbers by e-mail. Of course you can also call. All contact details can be found on this website or the website of Galerie Franzis Engels.

Franzis Engels gallery
Nieuwevaart 200
1018ZN Amsterdam

Great review by Edo Dijksterhuis in the newspaper Het Parool. Thanks Edo!

Edo Dijksterhuis review het Parool

‎Wonderful review by Flor Linckens on GalleryViewer. Thanks a lot Flor!


Nice article by Wouter van den Eijkel on Galleryviewer about 5 artists following in the footsteps of Nam Jun Paik and reflecting on new media and technology. I am very honored! Thanks for the nice compliment Wouter.

Centripetor by Willem Harbers

Centripetor by Willem Harbers 2020