- About the artist
Herman Dirk van Dodeweerd (Amsterdam,18 September 1929), known as Armando, is a Dutch painter, sculptor and writer. He was born in Amsterdam but he moved to Amersfoort during the Second World War. After the liberation (1945), he studied art history at the University of Amsterdam. His first solo exhibition was held at the Galerie Le Canard, Amsterdam, in 1954. In this period he also started to write poetry. His paintings and drawings were influenced by the CoBrA art group and Debuffet. In 1958 he was one of the founding members of the Nederlandse Informele Groep.
After joining the Situationist International (SI), he attended their conference, held in Munich between 17 and 20 April 1959. He wrote, along with Anton Alberts, Constant and Har Oudejans, the First proclamation of the Dutch Section of the SI. Although he was expelled from the SI in 1960, he proceeded to contribute to other Situationist publications like the Situationist Times. He also contributed to Podium, Gard Sivik, De Nieuwe Stijl, and Barbarber.
He lived in Amsterdam, Amersfoort and until 1989 also in Berlin. On 22 October 2007 a large fire struck the Armando museum in Amersfoort and burned thirteen Armando paintings.Since 2014 the Armando Collection found a new home in the Museum Oud Amelisweert near Bunnik (NLD). The MOA frequently organises exhibitions, featuring works of Armando and works of other artists.