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Hindenburgline Project 2012-2018

Hindenburgline Project

— the making of —

With the commemoration of the 1st World War 1914—1918 in prospect, together with Brussels–based writer, poet and historian Serge R. van Duijnhoven we conceived a very interesting project. It is composed by my landscapes of the former battlefields and Serge’s written stories and poems in which the over eight hundred miles frontline  that runs from Nieuwpoort and Ypres in Belgium, through Northern France, towards Verdun and Basel in Switzerland was followed; all in accordance with the described places mentioned in diaries and journals of veterans of the 1st World War.

The starting point for this quest are the poignant and personal notes and diary reports of Odon van Pevenaege, Louis Barthas, John Jackson and Carl Heller, a Belgian, a French, an English and a German-Dutch soldier. Four men who fought for Honor, God and Homeland in the trenches but nevertheless lost their sight of empathy and (co–)humanity. As Louis Barthas [France|1879–1952] wrote in one of his war journals: ‘…common suffering forges the hearts together and makes hatred disappear. Between indifferent people and even opponents sympathy was created. If only we had spoken the same language!’ This quote became the title of our book with contributions of 12 Dutch and Flemish top-writers, published by Rubinstein Publishers Amsterdam.

map design: Attak Powergestaltung 's-Hertogenbosch

April 2013  — Haaren NL
commissioned for Hindenburgline Project | Logo
design: Studio rudo Hartman, the Hague

De letter H is speciaal getekend voor de ondernemingsnaam Hindenburglinie en van daaruit gevat in een grafisch beeld welk refereert aan de opbouw van stellingen, stalen platen, schietposten met daarin de kogelgaten cq terugvallende kogels van de rits licht en zwaar geschut. De pijlvorm verwijst de richting/voortgang naar het verre zuiden. Het uiteindelijke einddoel van de lange tocht. | r.H. april 2013

April 15, 2013  — Haaren NL
commissioned for Hindenburgline Project | Alphabet |
AT Hindenburg | AT Hindenburg Stencil
design: Attak Powergestaltung, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

July 8, 2013  — Oisterwijk NL
Hindenburgline Project | deed of incorporation

with the signatures of solicitor mr. Th. A. de Hair (De Hair Vrijdag Maris notary, Oisterwijk NL), Serge and me, the Hindenburgline Project Foundation is a fact

Aug. 9, 2013  — Haaren NL
first meeting members of the Board

mr. Pim Milo | chairman
mr. Joep Vrijdag
 | secretary 
mr. Frank de Haas
 | treasurer
mr. Serge R. Van Duijnhoven
 | initiator
mr. L.J.A.D. Creyghton
 | initiator
mrs. Jes van der Bijl
 | advice & support

Aug. 10, 2013  — Withuus NL
the  hamlet on the Dutch border

In the early hours of November 10th 1918, as a thief in the night, the German emperor Wilhelm II fled to the Netherlands to ask for asylum. He lived there until his death in 1941.

Next day 11.11… the First World War ended.

April 6, 2014  — Heudicourt-sous-les-Côtes FR
Lac de Madine with the American Monument in the background

June 10, 2014 — Romagne-sous-Montfaucon FR
Memorial de Montfaucon

June 11, 2014 — Romagne-sous-Montfaucon FR
prepare for the next sunrise

June, 2014 — Romagne-sous-Montfaucon FR
Souvenir de Montfaucon

July 26, 2014 — Diksmuide BE
Trench of Death | Dodengang

July 26, 2014 — Diksmuide BE
Chapel | Oud Stuivekens 2

October 18, 2014 — Orbey
Lac Noir

October 21, 2014 — Pfetterhouse
— the famous Kilometre Zéro border stone 

The 800 miles Hindenburgline runs from Nieuport at the coast of Belgium via Ypres through the North of France, via Reims and Verdun, along the Alsace region and the Vosges mountains and ends here with the Km Zéro border stone — on the border of Switzerland .

October 25, 2014 — Côtes d’Echery
German soldiers resort | swimming pool

Nov. 27, 2014  — Wetzlar DE
Leica Camera AG supports Hindenburgline Project
with a new Leica M240

Dec. 20, 2014 — Bray-sur-Somme
Along  the Somme river

Dec. 25, 2014 — Péronne
Fay | village detruits

Jan. 1, 2015 — Reims

Febr. 1|10, 2015  — Kaysersberg FR

Working in the Vosges mountains, by snowchained car and by foot — due to some closed passes.

Febr. 1|10, 2015  — Kaysersberg FR

While staying at a lovely appartment in Kayserberg, this period I visited the snow-covered slopes and peaks of Lac Blanc, Lac Noir, the Col du Bonhomme, the Collet du Linge, the Col de la Schlucht and the Col du Chapelotte. With temperatures up to -16° C — and the occasional snow blizzards — it was freezing cold in the Vosges.

Febr. 1|10, 2015  — Kaysersberg FR

Serge accompanied me the first days of this voyage. We returned with inspiration and tremendous material!

Febr. 1, 2015 — Kaysersberg FR
Restaurant Au Lion d’Or
where Serge ordered a traditional Alsace Sauerkraut dish.

Febr. 4, 2015 — Orbey
Lac Noir

Febr. 7, 2015 — Bionville FR
after a day of photographing in the morning and traveling in the afternoon, a great and warm welcome awaited me at Chambre d’Hotes Le P’tit Bonheur

Febr. 8, 2015 — Badonviller FR
Col de la Chapelotte | Grotte des Poilus

May 13, 2015  — Zondereigen NL
sunrise @ Wire of Death | Dodendraad

the 2000 Voltage fence that separated Holland from Belgium ran through the entire south border of the Netherlands between 1915-1918

June 16, 2015  — Soulzmatt FR
welcome at the B&B — the only one in the village

June 17, 2015  — Soulzmatt FR
the location former Romanian concentration camp

June 17, 2015  — Bionville FR
My 2nd stay at the lovely Chambre d’Hote Le P’tit Bonheur where the owner Louis Hoblingre and his wife cook a great meal for their guests and – when you’re lucky – he performs great folkmusic with his parents.

June 18, 2015  — Badonviller FR
Col de la Chapelotte | French side

Nov. 10, 2015  — Withuus NL
This is one of the last images I took for the Hindenburgline Project. Today it is 97 years ago that—as a thief in the night—Kaiser Wilhelm II arrived @ 06:30h at the Dutch border to ask for asylum. Next day the First World War would come to an end.

Nov. 10, 2018  — Withuus NL

This is the last image for the Hindenburgline Project. Today it is 100 years ago that—as a thief in the night—Kaiser Wilhelm II arrived arrived @ 06:30h at the Dutch border to ask for asylum. Next day the First World War would come to an end.

Jan. 7, 2016 | ‘s-Hertogenbosch NL

Today graphic designers Casper Herselman and Peter Korsman (ATTAK Powergestaltung) presented the final layout of our book. It looks fabulous!

Jan. 29, 2016 | Tilburg NL

Today the printed photographs were kindly delivered by Frits Tybout Artprints Amsterdam for framing by Joris van Pinxteren, master framer and owner of Artomove Framers, Tilburg.

Febr. 23, 2016 | Amsterdam NL

Today the publishers agreement with mr. Dik Broekman (ceo Rubinstein Publishers Amsterdam) was signed. We are very, very pleased with this publishing house!

Ⓒ foto: Paul Joosten, Tilburg

March 20, 2016 | Achel NL|BE

TOMstudents Theresialyceum | workshop landscape photography along the Wire of Death, the high voltage borderfence between Belgium and the Netherlands from 1915—1918.

March 30, 2016 | Halfweghehuys BE

TOMstudents Theresialyceum | workshop landscape photography in the surroundings of the Ypres battlefields.

— rests of grenades found on the fields —

April 15, 2016 | De Pont museum
preparation of wall text for the exhibition at the De Pont museum by Typography Wizard mr. Roland Vos. 
(Vos Reclame Blijft Hangen, Tilburg) 

April 30, 2016 | Tilburg NL
De Pont museum |grand opening


April 30, 2016 | De Pont opening for invited guests

Invited by mr. Hendrik Driessen and the De Pont museum, 
the Friends of the Hindenburgline Project enjoyed a great lunch and a great performance of Serge’s Dichters Dansen Niet with their special program inspired by ‘Hadden we maar dezelfde taal gesproken!’ just before the public opening.

Ⓒ foto: Paul Joosten, Tilburg

April 30, 2016 | De Pont opening for invited guests

Creyghton & Van Duijnhoven receive the first copies of their book “Hadden we maar dezelfde taal gesproken!” 

Ⓒ foto: De Pont museum | Peter Cox, Eindhoven

April 30, 2016 | Tilburg NL
De Pont museum | public opening

June 16, 2016 | an evening with …

students of Theresialyceum present the outcome of the workshops at the auditorium of the De Pont museum.

June 23, 2016 | Rotterdam NL

Hindenburgline Project @ De Donkere Kamer #9 | Rotterdam
a talkshow with hosts Edie Peters & Carel van Hees


Nov. 18 — 26, 2016 | Amsterdam NL

Hindenburgline Project @ Jan van Hoof Galerie
PAN Amsterdam| boot #13

Dec. 2  23, 2016 | ‘s-Hertogenbosch NL

Hindenburgline Project @ Jan van Hoof Galerie
| ‘s-Hertogenbosch

April 6, 2017  May 14, 2017 | Brussels, Belgium

Hindenburgline Project @ De Markten | Brussels
| with an opening  performed by Serge’s 
Dichters Dansen Niet
| hosted & curated by Nora de Kempeneer.

the exhibition is kindly supported by the Dutch Embassy in Brussels

Nov. 11, 2017  Febr. 11, 2018 | Salzburg, Austria

Hindenburgline Project @ Leica Gallery | Schloß Arenberg, Salzburg | curated & hosted by Karin Rehn-Kaufmann.

the exhibition is kindly supported by the Dutch Embassy in Vienna

July 14  Sept. 2, 2018 | Leeuwarden NL

Souvenir @ 25th Noorderlicht International Photofestival
In Vivo Extended


the exhibition is kindly supported by the Mondriaanfund Amsterdam

Nov. 18  25, 2018 | Amsterdam NL

Souvenir @ Jan van Hoof Galerie
PAN Amsterdam | boot #13

Dec. 2  23, 2018 | ‘s-Hertogenbosch NL

Souvenir @ Jan van Hoof Galerie

Sept. 13, 2018 — Jan 6, 2019 | Leiden NL

Hindenburgline Project: 
self-healing ability of Man & Nature
@ LUMC Galerie | Leiden
| hosted & curated by Sandrine van Noort


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