1986 pre-grail

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106 rec 1998

the grail and why
to reconstruct


the reconstructions
of the remains of the
holy grail


a short explanation and a bit of background

The Quest

The quest for the grail, symbol of truth and deceit, has had a firm grip on the ceramic life of Jeroen Bechtold.

Where this quest will end, is a question he does not want to –or cannot- answer.

Isn’t it true that the search is more important and more interesting than the actual find…

Doesn’t dreaming make you a thousand times happier than reality?


Mystic Artefact

In the legends and myths of the middle Ages, the grail was a mystic artefact that would bring material and spiritual riches to its owner, but only if he were a pure hero.

In fact the grail was the cup or bowl used at the Last Supper; and later became the symbol for the Saviour with the power to distinguish between the pure and the impure.



The Christian myth

The Christian myth of the grail quite surely is a variation on the Celtic myth of a pot or kettle that provides eternal life, one that has magic powers.

Christianity adapts this story (not unlike nearly everything else) to suit its own political goals: only the meek/pure will inherit the heavens...

In the Christian-dominated centuries that follow, this myth has been interpreted in many different ways.


Various Interpretations

In medieval French literature (12th C) Chrétien de Troyes mentioned it in his romance of chivalry, Perceval: the grail is a holy relic, kept in a well hidden castle.
In German literature the grail is presented as a gem, brought to earth by angels.

The story of King Arthur and the magician Merlin is well known.

German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883) used this motif in the shape of a chalice in his opera Parsifal (1882) .





Modern Day Interpretations

Today we see the motif of the grail in dozens of films, amongst which the Indiana Jones movie the Last Crusade (1989).

The concept of the holy grail as a number of documents, is used by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code (2003), in which he writes about a conspiracy of the catholic church against the Holy Grail.







Jeroen's Interpretation

Jeroen Bechtold uses the idea of the holy grail to express many lines-of-thinking, such as the silliness of humankind to constantly destroy and re-build, the eagerness to go to war, the willingness of some to chop-off heads in order to get to or keep power over many.
"The pure is far-away and symbolized by the gold or platinum insides of these pieces"

"These works are complicated and, like in a Mozart Opera, where different texts and even music can melt into one music, here I can have many lines of story in one object.

Again, these are complicated works and you have to look in order to read the meanings..."

read also: "word versus image", on talking about art on this website