William Kentridge, 10 Drawings for Projection; Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

I visited Eye Filmmuseum to write a review about 10 Drawings for Projection by William Kentridge (1955) for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

These pictures were made with the intention to give myself a mnemonic of what i had seen and experienced.

Even while trying to make a choice from them for this blog, i felt being under the spell of these ten impressive animations.

Inadequate as they are i hope these pics will inpire you to see the exhibition too; and don’t forget to take your time!

Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)!

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to William Kentridge and Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

Bertus Pieters

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Lieven Hendriks & Thomas Trum, Modern Pictures for Modern Rooms; Billytown, The Hague

Lieven Hendriks

Modern Pictures for Modern Rooms was an exhibition in London in 1936 showing art buyers how to live with modern painting in a modern interior.

Lieven Hendriks
Thomas Trum

It happened to be the same year Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times was released;1936 was in the middle of the world wide economic crisis.

Lieven Hendriks
Lieven Hendriks

In Modern Times people are struggling to take part in the rat race for survival in times of modernism, while in London a gallery tried another strategy to sell modernist art to survive the crisis in a country with a predominantly conservative taste.

Lieven Hendriks

More than 80 years later we live in a post-postmodern era but we still feel the tremors of the great social, economic and artistic modernist age that was the 20th century.

Lieven Hendriks

Rianne Groen – who closed down her gallery in Rotterdam only recently – co-operated with Billytown – the Hague platform that constantly struggles for new perspectives – to make a new Modern Pictures for Modern Rooms show with Lieven Hendriks (1970) and Thomas Trum (1989), in which she tries to take a fresh look at what decoration means in the context of art in daily life of the post-postmodern present.

Lieven Hendriks

Billytown’s space is hardly the place to create a cosy living room, but with some adaptations a place with familiar elements which suit a former school building was created as an environment for Hendriks’ and Trum’s works.

Lieven Hendriks

Abstraction (which historically became the hallmark of modernism) is clearly a principle of Trum’s lively material improvisations, while Hendriks brings back abstraction into hyper-reality with his trompe l’oeil paintings.

Lieven Hendriks
Thomas Trum

With its big windows the art doesn’t just seem to give context to Billytown’s space but also to the reality of street life outside the gallery.

Thomas Trum
Thomas Trum

Trum’s monumental One Purple Line seems to become part of the square outside Billytown.

left: Lieven Hendriks, right: Thomas Trum

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Lieven Handriks, Thomas Trum and Billytown, Den Haag

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Melle de Boer, De laatste romantische schilder (The Last Romantic Painter); The Kitchen, Billytown, The Hague

Schneeige Nacht!
Ihr dunklen Schläfer
Unter der Brücke
Von Zerbrochener Stirne
Tropft kristallner Schweiß euch

(Snowy night! / You dark sleepers / Under the bridge / From your broken foreheads / Crystall sweat drips) Georg Trakl (1887-1914), Fragment 11

As you have seen in this blog (and if you haven’t, subscribe to Villa Nex Door!) Melle de Boer (1972) and your blogger met in his studio last spring to discuss his new paintings and painting in general.

Little did i know that an exhibition of his new paintings would follow so soon in Billytown’s Kitchen.

Its title The Last Romantic Painter may sound both tongue in cheek and pathetic, but that doesn’t mean this show isn’t serious stuff.

It might be tempting to compare De Boer’s paintings to his drawings and his work as a singer-songwriter, but let’s not do that, as there are no drawings or songs in this exhibition.

His paintings try to strike a balance between the escape from reality (whatever that is, in any guise or disguise) and the embrace of the reality of painting.

Many details of the works may work associative, on the other hand they are pure paint and brushstrokes etc.

In these paintings the nights may be snowy, the foreheads may be broken or the sweat may even be crystal, but in the end the paint dictates its own way of thinking.

I was quite happy seeing this exhibition, also knowing that the best has yet to come.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Melle de Boer and Billytown, Den Haag

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Façades of The Hague #92

Haan (Cock) by Jan Snoeck (1927-2018), Dr. J. Presserstraat corner Escamplaan.

The sculpture was placed in 1984.

Snoeck was a prolific artist who made many sculptures for public space, many of them with his recognisable tiles in lively colours.

In spite of their popular outlook his public sculptures (like this one) usually are a bit edgy as well.

This one, a bit tucked away in the bushes at an anonymous street corner, clearly needs some thorough restoration for its original shiny brilliance to return.

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All pictures were taken in March 2017.

Bertus Pieters

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Graduation Festival 2019; Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

I visited the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague to write a review about the graduation exhibition for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

At the moment the original Academy building is being restored.

It is a state monument built in the 1930s and as such it needs to be handled with the utmost care.

As i have written quite extensively about the show in VLR i just leave you to see this visual safari in the building. Enjoy!

Diego Grandry
Diego Grandry
Diego Grandry

Stella Hyunji Kim
Stella Hyunji Kim
Stella Hyunji Kim

 

Hein Budding
Alex Avgud
Alex Avgud
Pien Post
Pien Post

Jamy Osinga

Co Knol
Co Knol
Co Knol
Daniela Rosca
Nael Quraishi
Nael Quraishi

Linnéa Gerrits

Miriam Schreiner
Miriam Schreiner
Aliaksandra Puhachova
Rinella Alfonso
Jinbin Chen
Jinbin Chen
Jinbin Chen
Boris Windmeijer
Boris Windmeijer
Boris Windmeijer

Evy van Schelt
Evy van Schelt

Ziko Assink

Sonja Steiner
Sonja Steiner

Zahar Bondar
Zahar Bondar
Zahar Bondar
Zahar Bondar
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff

Nils Addink

Natasha Papika
Natasha Papika
Alfons Nauw
Alfons Nauw
Alfons Nauw
Yukari Nakamichi
Yukari Nakamichi
Yukari Nakamichi
Ana Oosting
Ana Oosting
I-Chieh Liu
I-Chieh Liu
Jonathan Cho
Jonathan Cho

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Content of all photographs courtesy to all artists and the Royal Academy of Art, Den Haag

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Een nieuwe lente, een nieuw beeld (A New Spring, a New Vision); Galerie Helder, The Hague

Channa Boon

Under a somewhat anachronistic title former teacher at the Royal Academy in The Hague Jan van der Pol has been given the opportunity at Galerie Helder to make an exhibition with some former students of the Academy.

Rob Knijn
Rob Knijn
Eva Klee

For a change Van der Pol didn’t choose young and promising but midlife and – as we may hope – midcareer.

Eva Klee
Rob Knijn
Rob Knijn

Channa Boon (1967), Eva Klee (1970), Rob Knijn (1966) and Arianne Olthaar (1970) are very different artists indeed and it is as if Van der Pol has tried to create a very wide ranging ensemble, reaching to the stars as well as to the intimacy of a home and walking the tightrope between reality and imagination (which is what art is usually about).

Arianne Olthaar
Eva Klee

Olthaar shows a combination of the past and present in a scruffy space, once glittering and trendy, awaiting its final demolition, while Knijn, in some recent works, brings the world of stars and almost dreamy abstraction back to the reality of a framed painting on a wall, although even that doesn’t seem to be real reality.

Eva Klee
Rob Knijn
Channa Boon

Boon distorts reality with reality itself, blurring the already shaky line between reality and interpretation, while Klee defines the home as a small secluded clay space where the mind shapes its own raw bulbous forms, the human spirit as a clay pitcher.

Rob Knijn
Eva Klee
Eva Klee

It is a short running but interesting exhibition, coinciding with the opening of the graduation festival at the Royal Academy and The Hague Contemporary Art Weekend, only on show over the weekend.

Channa Boon

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Content of all photographs courtesy to all artists and Galerie Helder, Den Haag

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