01 Oct 2023 — 07 Jan 2024

Goodbye to Love

Jinju Lee – Four Questions, 2019, powdered pigment, animal skin glue and water on unbleached cotton 202.5 x 437 cm
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Goodbye to Love: Conversation of all those whose lips are sealed

Featuring works by Hyesoo Park, Jinju Lee and James Webb, the exhibition Goodbye to Love addresses the ways in which we have become lost in our worlds, drifting with our memories, searching for anchors, dealing with loneliness and aching for comfort.

Evening opening 

On December 15th 2023, Marres will hold a special evening opening. Bring your date, because every 2nd ticket is free between 5:00-9:00PM!

Visit the heartwarming exhibition Goodbye to Love together and have your picture taken under the mistletoe.

Whether your love is international, queer, secret or platonic, everyone is welcome for a warm evening out.

Friday, December 15
Open from 12:00 to 9:00PM

Share your memorabilia and stories about love and join this extraordinary exhibition!

At Marres, you can hand in items and their related stories. They will be on (anonymous) display in the love archive Memorabilia of Broken Heart by Korean artist Hyesoo Park. That album that always makes you cry, your ex’s toothbrush, or a sweet note you’ve always kept. They will be registered so you can get your memorabilia back later.

Come in during the opening hours of Marres, House for Contemporary Culture
Tuesday until Sunday
12-5PM

Or visit the website goodbye2love.com to share your stories, memories or heart’s desires in a digital and anonymous way.

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Hyesoo Park

Korean artist Hyesoo Park (Seoul, KR, 1974) has been exploring the complex contradiction Koreans feel between, on the one hand, the pressure to make a career and gain prestige and, on the other, having a fulfilling personal life, for years. Park’s work is often about emotions and especially about masking them. The exhibition features her work Our Joyful Young Days (2022) in which the artist interviews retired factory workers about their first loves.

For Marres, Hyesoo Park is currently preparing a new installation work consisting of stories, memorabilia and filmed interviews about love harvested in the Limburg region. For this, she developed the website goodbye2love.com where you can share your story or memorabilia.

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Hyesoo Park
Photo: Rob van Hoorn
Hyesoo Park – Light of Illusion, 2017, 3.000 gold origami cranes
[left] Mina Ham – A Wedding Cake, 2022, oil on canvas, 53 x 72,7 cm and Dream, 2022, oil on canvas, 53 x 72,7 cm
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Jinju Lee

Jinju Lee was born in Busan, Korea in 1980. She received a BA and MA in Eastern painting from Hongik ­University, where she is currently a professor of Eastern painting. She uses in-depth observations about life and our reality to create detailed images of memory fragments or everyday objects that have symbolic meaning. Lee employs the techniques of Eastern painting that are used to depict details to create scenes that feel intensely foreign, but are actually grounded in the real world. They feature encapsulated memories, floating islands, and introverted landscapes inhabited by solitary figures who are both poignant and unsettling. 

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Jinju Lee with her work Four Questions
Photo: Rob van Hoorn

James Webb

James Webb was born in Kimberley, South Africa, in 1975. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. He is an artist known for site-­specific inter­ventions and installations. His practice often involves sound, found ­objects, and text, invoking refer­ences to literature, cinema, and the mini­malist traditions. By shifting ­objects, techniques, and forms beyond their original contexts and ­introducing them to different environ­ments, Webb creates new spaces of tension. These spaces bind Webb’s academic background in religion, theatre, and advertising, offering poetic inquiries into the economies of belief and dynamics of communication in our contemporary world.

Marres X Kasteel Wijlre
As a parallel intervention, the work ‘There’s No Place Called Home (Maastricht)’ by artist James Webb can be heard in the Marres garden as well as the garden of Kasteel Wijlre. The soft song of a Peruvian meadowlark is a peculiar sound to encounter outside of western South America.

Read more about the series ‘I do not live in this world alone, but in a thousand worlds’ theotherjameswebb.com
James Webb – I do not live in this world alone, but in a thousand worlds (Openings to ecstasy), 2023. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
James Webb with his work I do not live in this world alone, but in a thousand worlds (Openings to ecstasy).
Photo: Rob van Hoorn

Podcast ‘Sensing Art, Training the Body’

In the run-up to a new exhibition at Marres, House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, director Valentijn Byvanck interviews participating artists, performers and curators.

in this episode he sits down with artist James Webb, an artist known for site-specific interventions and installations. His practice often involves sound, found objects, and text, invoking references to literature, cinema, and the minimalist traditions. Webb transforms objects, techniques, and forms by placing them in new settings, generating unique tensions. These tensions merge Webb’s diverse academic influences, encompassing religion, theatre, and advertising, to explore thought-provoking questions about belief systems and communication in today’s world.

Exhibition Overview

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For the press

Partners / thanks to

Marres receives structural support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Province of Limburg and the Municipality of Maastricht.
In addition, Marres wishes to thank the Dutch Embassy in Seoul and the Korean Embassy in The Hague.