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Max Feiko Reneman (1923 - 1978)

Lot 418: The Insektensekte, photographs and ephemera

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

June 8, 2021
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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- SIXTIES - AMSTERDAM, THE MAGIC CENTRE - DESKUNDOLOGISCH LABORATORIUM (EXPERTOLOGY LAB) - INSEKTENSEKTE - RENEMAN, Max (Dutch 1923 - 1978). The sect of the insects (Insektensekte), Reneman's file.

A. Five archetypal photographs relating to the Insektensekte:

1. JARING, Cor (Dutch 1936 - 2013). Still from the 'Vlinderopera' [Butterfly Opera] by the Insektensekte, c. 1968. Vintage gelatin silver print, with the photographer's copyright stamp in green ink (on the reverse). Some wear to the margins. 24 x 30.2 cm.

2. JARING, Cor (Dutch 1936 - 2013). Max Reneman in white lab coat with kite 'Air Peace', 1969. Vintage gelatin silver print, with some wear to the margins. NB In this outfit Max Reneman visited John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their room in Amsterdam Hilton to appoint them as honorary members of the 'Insektensekte' and hand over the Butterfly flag, together with Hub Mathijsen and Theo Kley, members of the 'Sect of the Insects'. 30.2 x 23.5 cm.

3. JARING, Cor (Dutch 1936 - 2013) (attr. to). Prof. M. Bleu, 1972. Vintage gelatin silver print of Max Reneman with blue plastic torso, butterfly glasses and gilt butterfly necklace, with title in blue pen 'Prof M Bleu' written by Reneman (on the reverse). Slightly soiled, good condition. 24 x 18 cm.

Added: Gelatin silver print by W. Dettling of a Laboratory installation for the production of the 'Immuun-blauw', with his copyright stamp (on the reverse).

4. TELEGRAAF - KOSTER, Nico (?, Dutch 1940). Max Reneman with gilded butterfly necklace with Theo Kley and Cor Jaring standing in the snow under a flying flag of the Insektensekte. Gelatin silver print, with copyright stamp of 'Dagblad De Telegraaf' (on the reverse). Discoloured and with wear to the margins, one corner dog-eared. 30 x 20 cm.

5. N.N. Max Reneman with wig and butterfly bow in his hair, 1972. Colourprint of Max Reneman with painted face, dress, wig and bow. Mounted on paper, framed behind glass. Good condition. 13 x 8.7 cm.

B. Ephemera, a small collection consisting of:

- Six drawings in pen by Max Reneman;

- Program of the "Vlinderopera. Een beestachtig werk gespeeld door de Alarmisten, begeleiding Het Resistentieorkest, het geheel onder leiding van de 'Insektensekte', eerste repetitie". One sheet of paper mounted on cardboard, decorated with drawings and pictures. a.s.o.

- A typed letter signed by Ir. M. van Hofweegen to 'Insektesekten' [!], dated '12 juli 1969', concerning an invitation to contribute to a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Nederlandse Vegetariërsbond in Krasnapolsky hotel in Amsterdam;

- Lyrics of the song 'Moeder waar zijn de vlinders gebleven?;

- Embroidery patterns and one embroidery on butterflies;

- De Gruyter's vlinderboekje, a mini booklet, a present from the grocery De Gruyter as 'Snoepje van de week';

- Two original butterfly crowns;

- Six lithographed masks; - A triptych portrait of his daughter Chiara Reneman with mask and butterfly t-shirt;

- The cover of Muziekparade no. 147 with John and Yoko with the Butterfly flag as a blanket and gilt butterfly necklaces;

- A self-made beer mat on the reverse of a Heineken beer mat;

- Special butterfly signet by Opland, clipping from De Volkskrant on the occasion of 'Vlinderdag';

- Five butterfly stamps from Vietnam;

- Portrait of Henri Charrière "Papillon" with a butterfly tattoo;

- Postcards, newspaper clippings

Artist or Maker

SIXTIES - AMSTERDAM, THE MAGIC CENTRE - DESKUNDOLOGISCH LABORATORIUM (EXPERTOLOGY LAB) - INSEKTENSEKTE - RENEMAN, Max (Dutch 1923 - 1978).

Literature

Boxsel, M. van. De encyclopedie van de domheid: Deskundologie. Domheid als Levenskunst. Amsterdam, Querido, 2006, pp. 214-215

Juffermans, J. Handboek der Deskundologie Deel 1. [N.p., c. 1972]

Provenance

The estate of Max Reneman

Notes

Vlinderopera: Museumnacht (Museum night) on 3 November 2018 in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam was dedicated to the exhibition 'Amsterdam Magical Center' and the sixties. The 'Vlinderopera (Butterfly opera)' by the 'Insektensekte' was performed again during the night for the first time in fifty years.

Immuun Blauw: According to Max Reneman (Prof. M. Bleu) the 'Deskundologie' does not solve our problems but frees us from them, "ins Blaue hinein": "Het aldaar te ontdekken Immuun-Blauw werkt bevrijdend: alleen al het kijken naar een flacon met dit middel (gedurende enkele maanden 2 maal daags) helpt".

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