Paul Panhuysen

Artist, musician, performer, organizer, Paul Panhuysen (1934, Borgharen – 2015), after having studied painting and monumental design at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, and art sociology at the University of Utrecht, was, successively, the director of the Fine Arts Academy in Leeuwarden, and a curator and head of education and public relations for the Den Haag City Museum and for the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. In addition, he continued to paint and make collages.
In 1965 he founded the artist group “De Bende van de Blauwe Hand.” This group, which was closely related to Fluxus, presented exhibitions, environments and happenings in museums and galleries. Starting in 1965, he presented “situations” meant to involve the audience, and in 1968, he started the Maciunas Quartet, who are still making experimental music as the Maciunas Ensemble. In the early seventies, Panhuysen worked as an advisory artist with urban development teams (o.a. in Zoetermeer, Lunetten, Maaspoort) and developed systematic ordering systems and mathematical series that he has continued to use in his work as an artist. In addition, Panhuysen's work shows a predilection for found objects and the element of chance. To an increasing degree, Panhuysen has been concentrating on sound art, which has come to occupy an important place in his visual art work. He has presented his Long String Installations, which are played in concerts personally and in exhibitions as automats,worldwide in festivals since 1982 . These installations are set-up in indoor or outdoor spaces for anywhere from 1 to 40 days, using specific properties and architectural prospects of the location.
Since 1989 Panhuysen developped artworks in which he confronts the audience with the creativity, intelligence and communicational skills of animals, especially of birds.
In 1980, Panhuysen founded Het Apollohuis, and since then till 1997, he has been the director of this internationally oriented podium where artists from divergent disciplines did present their work. In 1996 he received the Cultural Award of Noord-Brabant and in1998 he became Companion of the Order of the Dutch Lion. In 2004 Panhuysen received in the category Digital Musics from PrixArs Electronica an Honory Mention for the composition A Magic Square of 5 to Look at / A Magic Square of 5 to Listen to.

See also Maciunas Ensemble.

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Paul Panhuysen - Duo Geloso (vinyl LP)
Black Truffle
The first release to document the variety and playfulness of the concerts that Arnold Dreyblatt and Paul Panhuysen's Duo Geloso performed throughout Europe in 1987-88.
Paul Panhuysen - Long String Installations (3 vinyl LP)
Edition Telemark
(last copies available!)
68.00 59.00 €
3 vinyl LP edition presenting solely unreleased recordings of Panhuysen's famous long string installations. It documents the period 1982-2012, and includes a posthumous track from 2017. With liner notes by Rolf Sachsse and Stephan Wunderlich, and richly illustrated inner sleeves.
Paul Panhuysen - Twenty-Three Carillon Sudokus - Number Made Visible – Number Made Audible (vinyl LP)
Edition Telemark
This recording is the sonic counterpart to Dutch artist Paul Panhuysen's last visual work Oog & Oor—a colorful design whose structure was built from sudoku puzzles. Panhuysen used the same principle to compose these sudoku-based pieces in collaboration with carillonneur Rosemarie Seuntiëns.
Paul Panhuysen - Pendulum Change Ringing (vinyl LP)
Edition Telemark
First vinyl LP edition by Dutch sound and visual artist Paul Panhuysen since 1986 (sound installation).
Paul Panhuysen - The Game & the Rules (+ CD)
bilingual edition (English / French)
Les presses du réel – Music & Sound Arts – Ohcetecho (sound arts)
The first monograph on the multiple activities of the artist / musician / performer, with numerous illustrations, texts, and an audio CD.

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