Stedelijk Museum

Herstelde stoel 1964

Herstelde deur 1964

Herstelde deur 1964

Obstakel 1968

Weight of a modern artpiece, 1968  en Golden Fiction are works in which Engels questions the value of art (keyworks about economic value of art).

Weight of a modern art piece, 1968,woodt, formica, aluminium fittings, scale, text plate,122 x 250 x 50 cm.

Golden Fiction 1968,Aluminium, wood, formica, text plate, 125 x 250 cm.

It is not overstating the matter to say that the central motif of Engels’ art is the meaning of being an artist. All of the constants we have found in his work have to do with this theme. In his work the various conceptions of the artist are interwoven into a complex whole. On the one hand the artist is nearly elevated to divine omnipotence, as in the last examples named: because the artist proclaims that his product costs a certain amount it is art. Like in ‘Golden Fiction”, on the other hand Engels is not afraid to make use of the most banal notions of the modern artists. His modern art piece ( the clothes of the emperor) of 1967 comes close to endorsing the public’s prejudice that the artists is a charlatan who cheats whoever wants to be cheated while collecting a pretty penny for it, as often as not from out taxes.

Bad constructed canvas

Bad Constructed Canvas, 1967, (hommage a Engels), wood, formica, canvas, transparant plastic cover, hinges and Textsign

a modern art piece the clothes of the emperor

Clothes of the Emperor ( a modern art piece) 1968

coll stedelijk place for no

Museum Jan Cunen

Economic sculpture Pieter Engels
Economic Sculpture 1990
Remembrandt Pieter Engels 1987

Remembrandt 1987, after Rembrandt’s selfportrait 1629