Saturday, February 24

A Dutchman from Trujillo unveils ‘The Blue Dream’

The Palacio de los Barrantes Cervantes does not currently have any exhibition. Part of this sample, entitled ‘The blue dream’, gives content with striking plates to the large glass wall that is at the entrance of these facilities. Until April 17, you can see that vertical sample full of blues and whites, colors that contrast with the granite wall behind.

In addition to this collection of 180 hand-painted units, there are just over 160 plates that occupy the three exhibition rooms. They are divided into many other themes, such as light, darkness and life, according to sources from the organization.

The person in charge of this exhibition project is the Dutch artist Hommarus W. Brusche, who settled 22 years ago in a unique spot. It is a country house in Pago de San Clemente, in the municipality of Trujillo, where time stands still and the silence interrupted by the sounds of nature takes center stage. Perhaps the only drawback of this idyllic place is the poor condition of part of the road that leads to his house and his studio, called Buenavista.

“As a creator, a new work has been created” with this exhibition, explains the author

The exhibition has the support of the Obra Pía de los Pizarro Foundation, whose headquarters are the Barrantes Cervantes. Its president, Hernando de Orellana Pizarro, assures that the artist, although he comes from the Netherlands, has already been impregnated with the warm blood of the city of Trujillo. Therefore, “he is one more neighbor next to us and he has turned the Palace into his house and we are delighted,” he says.

Hommarus remembers that he and his wife came to Spain looking for a rural area. In addition, he recognizes that her youth was spent, together with her father, in the field. One of the first areas they saw in Extremadura was Valle del Jerte and they fell in love with the region. After a long search and continuous travel, they managed to buy their current home.

Hand-painted ceramic plates on the glass wall draw visitors’ attention.

During these two decades, they have straddled Amsterdam, where he has taught Fine Arts at two academies, and Trujillo. Although the family unit tries to find a balance between city and nature, this author is clear that he does not miss the Dutch capital. “This place is like my youth. Also, here – in Trujillo – I feel younger.” He reiterates that he values ​​silence and solitude. In fact, with a certain irony, he considers his studio as a monastery, where he secludes himself, as if he were a monk, to create.

This artist exhibited for the first time in the city of Trujillo in the year 2000, in the San Francisco convent, with the intention of publicizing his work. 22 years later he returns to show his work again in the municipality of Trujillo. This last occasion has not been without some difficulties, since ‘The Blue Dream’ was scheduled in 2019. However, the pandemic and the renovation of the Palace have caused it to be delayed until 2022.


The Dutch author already knew these installations, after seeing different exhibitions or works. He admits that the glass wall caught his attention, in addition to the Foundation’s philosophy of opening the building to the public to offer culture. It also highlights the rehabilitation carried out. For all these reasons, he is delighted to make this exhibition. “I try to find a dialogue between my work and the space where I exhibit,” he explains, and considers that it is achieved in these rooms.

The plates occupy three rooms of the Palace with the themes of light, darkness and life.

Despite the inconveniences, this exhibition has materialized, which is already part of the history of these facilities due to its peculiarities, Orellana Pizarro remarks. What is most striking are those dishes. Each of them are unique.

The idea of ​​using this support was born almost by chance and product of necessity. Hommarus W. Brusche explains that he built his studio in his current home in Trujillo. Shortly after, he was closed for a while. When he went back in, all his material and walls were full of mold, with great humidity. In addition, it affects that he has always been a paper artist. So he had a new studio to work in that he couldn’t use. “It was a catastrophe.” Given this circumstance, the possibility of drawing on plates arose and “now I am very happy”. For their elaboration, he entrusts them to the artisans of Alfarería Rodríguez de Trujillo. Once in his hands, he begins the creation. He assures that he paints directly on that ceramic support. He favors blue, a color that connects him with the Netherlands.

Another important part of the exhibition is the plates, which have been collected from 2010 to 2016. He points out that before he used to make a drawing every day. It was a way of being connected to his work and not just teaching. “They are an inspiration from what I see every day or hear on the radio. They are things of everyday life », she points out.

This artist, accustomed to making exhibitions in many different places, inside and outside of Spain, has been surprised by how this show turned out. He considers his plates and pictures as if they were words that have formed new sentences. “As a creator, a new work has been created,” he adds.

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