In 1988 the Dutch Gran Pavese Foundation launched a unique outdoor exhibition of 50 exclusive works of contemporary art - huge textile prints (2x3m) presented as flags on the dikes of Holland.
50 Artists from all over the world designed their very individual interpretation of medium 'flag'. Among them Bridget Riley (UK) and Alighiero Boetti (Italy); Ay-O (Japan); Bazile and Messager (France); Keith Haring and Bill Copley (USA); Hanne Darboven (Germany); Rob Scholte (Netherlands). The list is long, the diversity of techniques, themes and interpretations is rich and colorful. Combined the 50 flags offer a unique view into the modern art of the late eighties. Each flag has been produced in a limited edition of 10 and IV. The artists have signed and numbered their respective flags on a Gran Pavese certificate.
The colorful exhibition attracted crowds of visitors to Neeltje Jans, a coastal landmark in the province of Zeeland. From there the exhibition travelled the world, to places like the river borders of Frankfurt, the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the Chinese Wall, Paris and the Museum of Contemporary ART MUHKA in Antwerp, Belgium.