Kaïn and Abel
Sam Peeters

March 30, 2012 – June 10, 2012 This exhibition has ended
Dutch artist Sam Peeters (1976), a member of the Dutch illustrators collective Lamelos, has been invited to take part in the fourth edition of Kunsthal Light. He will be creating a mural depicting the traditional Bible story of the brothers Cain and Abel, an ancient story that has been portrayed regularly throughout the history of art.

Peeters will be creating a contemporary comic version of the drama that took place between the two sons of Adam ad Eve, a drama including everything from sacrifice, jealousy and murder to betrayal and exile. This wall-sized cartoon illustration will be visible from outside the Kunsthal along the museum's front slope. As of 22 March, everyone passing will be able to see Peeters at work.

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Stories with a Twist

Sam Peeters particularly loves old myths and exciting dramas. In his cartoons, he tells stories effectively, experimenting with different reading directions, clichés, metaphors, use of colour, and clear flow of lines and layout. His work is characterised by humour and cartoonesque-style illustrations. The series of drawings that Peeters is going to make for the window will portray the conflict between Cain and Abel in absurd, dryly comical images. Cain was a hard-working farmer. His brother, Abel, was a shepherd who, full of regret for the error of his parents' ways - their eating of the apple that caused them to be banished from the Garden of Eden - offered God his best sheep as a sacrifice. When Cain saw this, he subsequently offered God his best harvest, but the offering was not accepted as God did not feel that Cain had given it joyfully. Cain killed his brother in a fit of rage after which God punished him by making him a fugitive and a wanderer.

Artist talk

On Friday 30 March at 5.15pm, the exhibition will be opened with an Artist Talk with Sam Peeters.

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