De kelder de zolder, 1987
René Daniels lives in Eindhoven (Netherlands) where he was born in 1950. His painting brings together post-expressionist styles with conceptual distancing in the manner of Marcel Duchamp and Marcel Broodthaers. The vibrant and rugged touch of his early work reflects the influence of punk. Daniels would go to concerts and transcribe the energy he accumulated onto canvas. He quickly rose to fame and was exhibited at the Documenta in Kassel and the Paris Biennale. In 1984, he began to use the abstracted shape of the exhibition room as a motif, a motif that was often taken for a series of bow-ties. In 1987, his career was ended by a brain haemorrhage. It was more then twenty years before he would pick up his brushes again. His studio work is exhibited at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, which also organised a retrospective of his work in 2012.