The Golden Plant: She did half the work. He got all the credit!
Although Huub and Adelheid Kortekaas have worked together since they met, only HE got the credit for their art.
From towering flowers made from steel to small gold seedlings – their art is metaphor for people’s desire to grow and bloom. “Every human being has a deep desire to realize who they really are, deep down inside,” says Adelheid in the film.
From this perspective, It’s a little strange that they waited 40 years to rebrand themselves as equal partners, the art duo “Huub and Adelheid Kortekaas”. This short film, The Golden Plant, is a brief look at these two artists from the Netherlands – exploring changes in their personal relationship, which simultaneously illuminate their artistic message.
Interview with Ryan Anderson (Director)
“I first did an interview with Huub in 2007 while I was researching his – sorry, their – work The Monk in Kleeve, Germany. Huub invited me to visit their home in the Netherlands. When I finally made it, ten years later, I didn’t know that Adelheid had been a silent partner all those years. The fact that they put so much effort into rebranding themselves – after 40 years – reflects beautifully the message of their art. With their growing plants and seedling forms, I understand their message to be, ‘Reflect on your life and evolve into who you really are inside’. Their rebranding as an artistic duo is almost performance art. It’s an extension of their physical work but with real world consequences which gives their artistic message so much more authenticity and power.”