Axel van der Kraan (b. 1949) makes woodcut prints showing a densely built-up world from which the human population seems to have vanished. All that remains is a variety of desolate urban landscapes, bunkers and other fortifications.
The artist’s idiosyncratic oeuvre is composed of powerful sculptures, reliefs and woodcuts, all revolving around his fascination with heavy engineering and military motifs like soldiers, knights, horses and tanks.
Thanks to a recent donation to the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag by Axel van der Kraan, it is now possible to present an intriguing array of his woodcuts and reliefs in the Berlage Room.