Art in corona times 35. Werner van der Zwan, Ruben Golstein & Eva Sigurðardóttir, Lost in a one way space; …ism, The Hague

“Who are we?” is one of the most essential questions for young artists, especially if they have decided to co-operate.

Co-operation itself is the best strategy in a multi-disciplined art world with compulsorily multi-tasking young artists.

Werner van der Zwan (1995), Ruben Golstein (1994) and Eva Sigurðardóttir (1993), freshly graduated artists from different art academies, met each other at …ism and decided to co-operate in an art project over there.

The result was on show last weekend and it had become a multi-facetted installation varying from poetic dreams, visual thoughts about the place and neighbourhood, to radical noise.

The front room was full of reminiscences of billiards, while in other places objects started moving and making noise by themselves.

Except for being in one space there didn’t seem to be a common programme, but as long as each artist can add his/her own voice to the whole, which happened here, there is no problem.

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Art in corona times 34. Artist Support Fair, Geen bloem zonder wortel (No Flower Without a Root); Quartair, The Hague

Lambert de Jong

What a good event this was, last weekend at Quartair!

Petra van der Schoot
Rik Buter
Caro Rambonnet

It stressed the exceptional position of The Hague in the field of the arts, but it also indicated that that doesn’t happen just like that.

Bertus Gerssen
Marjolijn van der Meij (with a nod to George Stubbs)

Less than thirty years ago The Hague was a provincial backwater.

Ton Schuttelaar
Annemieke Louwerens

Bringing it where it is now, has taken a lot of energy.

Sogo Show
Ingrid Rollema

However, art life in The Hague is still very vulnerable.

Nies Vooijs
Zeger Reyers

Main point is that it should be recognised that the development of a blossoming artistic life in The Hague is up to its artists and its artists’ initiatives and not to the local authorities’ hobbies.

Machiel van Soest
Rens Krikhaar
Geeske Harting

Therefore it is heart warming to see artists trying to take back the initiative.

Mekhila Harrison
Riet Vooijs

Of course this can only be a beginning, and in itself the event was modest in almost everything.

Paul de Jong
Jordan Herregraven
Tejo Philips

175 works of art were put up for sale, each for E300 or less, and so the works on show were small.

Erik-Jan Ligtvoet
Erik-Jan Ligtvoet

However, what it lacked in dimensions, it won in diversity.

Harold de Bree
Gino Anthonisse

This diversity is one of the best assets of art life in The Hague.

Hein van Liempd
Wieteke Heldens

Here i show you thirty of the works i found most interesting and best photographable.

Zahar Bondar
Topp & Dubio

A very personal choice of course, but that’s the risk of reading Villa Next Door.

Jeannette Slütter
Ilona Senghore
Jessica de Wolf

By the way, while writing these words, extra measures were announced by the government to cope with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, so, the title of the open letter that accompanied the event Don’t forget the artists! has become even more urgent.

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Art in corona times 33c. Thijs Jaeger, Rik Laging & Joeri Woudstra, Wolpertinger; Heden, The Hague

Joeri Woudstra

Thijs Jaeger, Rik Laging and Joeri Woudstra went to look for the Wolpertinger.

Joeri Woudstra
Joeri Woudstra

In vain of course, and quite inefficient as the Wolpertinger doesn’t exist.

Joeri Woudstra

So what have these three darn boys been doing?

Joeri Woudstra

Well, what have you been doing of late?

Joeri Woudstra

And have you done it efficiently?

Thijs Jaeger, Rik Laging, Joeri Woudstra

If so, how much time did you save with it to be able to be inefficient?

Thijs Jaeger, Rik Laging, Joeri Woudstra
Thijs Jaeger, Rik Laging, Joeri Woudstra

Or are you efficient in your inefficiency as well?

Thijs Jaeger, Rik Laging, Joeri Woudstra

Anyway, you have at least one thing in common with Jaeger, Laging and Woudstra: the fact that you didn’t find the Wolpertinger either.

Rik Laging

But then, they give you prove that they have at least the Wolpertinger in their minds.

Rik Laging

Having a Wolpertinger in your mind may be highly inefficient, but having the impossible in your mind may bring you further than having your mind dictated by other’s efficiency.

Rik Laging

But who says your mind is being dictated by other’s efficiency?

Thijs Jaeger

Never mind, and have a look at Wolpertinger at Heden.

Thijs Jaeger
Thijs Jaeger, Rik Laging

(Click here and here for two other present exhibitions at Heden)

Rik Laging

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Façades of The Hague #119

The so-called Panoramaflat building, Laan van Meerdervoort corner Conradkade.

One of the most elegant modernist apartment buildings in The Hague, it was designed by architect Piet Zanstra (1905-2003) and built in 1960-62.

Although Zanstra was known as a moderate functionalist in architecture, his most famous building is probably a radically functionalist studio-apartment building in Amsterdam, which was, when it was built in the early 1930s extremely modern.

Zanstra was a very versatile architect, and, although there is always a sense of solidity in his buildings, they are very different in their aesthetics.

The Hague has more buildings designed by Zanstra.

One of his most remarkable designs however, the city council chamber and municipal information centre of 1972 next to Old Town hall, has been replaced by an extremely kitschy shopping centre.

The white Panoramaflat building with its neatly designed windows and its plinth, has a fine modernist sculptural quality.

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All pictures were taken in March 2017.

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Art in corona times 33b. Haagse Heritage (“Hague Heritage”); Heden, The Hague

Marijke de Wit

Heden asked eighteen Hague artists to each show a work of their own that hasn’t been exhibited before and that is of special value to them.

Anne Forest (detail)

It has resulted in a heterogeneous exhibition of eighteen works in the central space of the gallery.

Philip Akkerman (detail)
Mirthe Klück

For those, like me, who are familiar with Hague artists, this is a good chance to see both familiarity and surprises.

Gino Anthonisse (detail)
Thomas van Linge

For those who are not familiar with these artists, this show could be a bit of an introduction, although it is much too small to give a real introduction to the rich diversity of artists who live and work in this town.

Marleen Sleeuwits (detail)

As such the title Haagse Heritage (partly English) is a misnomer, except if it is the title of an upcoming series. [Update: Heden just told me this is the second of an ongoing annual series – BP]

Boris de Beijer
Pim Piët (detail)

Another aspect you might miss is a list with short statements about reasons why the artists have chosen a particular work.

Tim Hollander
Thomas van Rijs

That would have given more meaning to the whole presentation and to the diversity of the works.

Lilian Kreutzberger (detail)
Sjoerd Knibbeler

Apart from that it is a fine group of works presented in a balanced way.

Arianne Olthaar (detail)

As photographs always lie, and as i couldn’t make satisfying pictures of three works in the show, it would be better to take a look yourself.

Thomas Raat

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Art in corona times 33a. Amber Jansen & J.W. Kaldenbach, Vroeger boven Heden (“Formerly above Heden”); Heden, The Hague

Amber Jansen, J.W. Kaldenbach

The apartment above Heden gallery has been cleared.

Amber Jansen

Part of it has become a studio and another part has become a space that will be used now and then by Heden for exhibitions or other artistic events.

In the apartment used to live a family.

J.W. Kaldenbach

Amber Jansen and photographer Jan Willem Kaldenbach have investigated the apartment before and during its stripping more or less as if they were archaeologists.

Now they show the results in the apartment (and in the gallery), not as an act of nostalgia, but rather to isolate the found objects and the views in the apartment-as-it-was stripped of their nostalgia.

The objects and views can be revalued on their own merits.

Still, the presentation isn’t completely without nostalgia as something of the artistic history of the premises is shown.

In the 1960s it housed Gallery Atelier Lissabon where exhibitions of works by Hague artists were put up by Jansen’s and Kaldenbach’s father (in law), of which some parafernalia are on show, as well as from the printers who were related as well.

Amber Jansen, J.W. Kaldenbach

The objects and pictures in the show are collected in a book with the same title as the show, Vroeger boven Heden (“Formerly above Heden” or “Formerly above Now” or “Formerly over Now”).

Amber Jansen, J.W. Kaldenbach

Probably the new found freedom of the objects without a nostalgic context works better in the book than in the former apartment.

J.W. Kaldenbach
J.W. Kaldenbach

The space itself could be quite useful to the gallery in the future, as the atmosphere is quite different from the gallery’s.

Amber Jansen

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Art in corona times 32. Willy De Sauter & Jan van Munster; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Jan van Munster

To open the season Galerie Ramakers shows works by Willy De Sauter (1938) and by Jan van Munster (1939).

Willy De Sauter
Willy De Sauter
Jan van Munster

Both octogenarians make works that seem to contain a lot of energy, in spite of their minimalist language.

Jan van Munster
Jan van Munster

Earlier this year (sometime before the Covid-19 crisis) i have written extensively  about amongst others De Sauter’s work in Villa La Repubblica (click here to read the article – in Dutch).

Willy De Sauter
Willy De Sauter

There are both older and more recent works by De Sauter on show.

Willy De Sauter
Jan van Munster

Van Munster’s Energy field of the 1990s makes a great coupling with a triptych by De Sauter.

Jan van Munster
Jan van Munster, Willy De Sauter

It almost literally spans a field of energy between different works by De Sauter.

Jan van Munster, Willy De Sauter
Jan van Munster
Willy De Sauter

Other presented works by Van Munster are his highly polished spheres and spheroids that seem to absorb the world around them to store it in their bulbous shapes.

Jan van Munster

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Façades of The Hague #118

Two gables, Jacob Catsstraat, of the redesigning project by Álvaro Siza (1933) of part of the late 19th century Schilderswijk, a by the end of the 20th century strongly impoverished working-class neighbourhood.

The project was completed in 1993.

There are reflections on the brick façades of windows of apartment blocks of the other side of the street.

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Bertus Pieters

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Art in corona times 31. Susanna Inglada & Charlotte Schleiffert, Parom(e)is; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Susanna Inglada

Both Susanna Inglada (1983) and Charlotte Schleiffert (1967) recently had a residency abroad, Inglada in Rome and Schleiffert in Paris.

Susanna Inglada

 

Susanna Inglada

 

Susanna Inglada

They both show their works at the moment at Galerie Maurits van de Laar .

Susanna Inglada
Susanna Inglada
Susanna Inglada

Inglada came home with works full of convulsive bodies and faces, mainly of men. Her impressive works may remind you of a nightmare about Cinecittà, but made with the same excellence.

Susanna Inglada
Susanna Inglada
Susanna Inglada
Susanna Inglada

This is what happens behind the scenes, in the shades, the margins and the minds of La Grande Bellezza.

Charlotte Schleiffert
Charlotte Schleiffert
Charlotte Schleiffert

Schleiffert was drawn to nature and apart from some wonderful drawings with more or less classical themes and subjects, she also surprises with quite a few colourful landscapes, mostly with trees and woods.

Charlotte Schleiffert
Charlotte Schleiffert
Charlotte Schleiffert

They have a fairytale-like quality full of expectation.

Charlotte Schleiffert
Charlotte Schleiffert
Charlotte Schleiffert

Quite different and interesting aspects of Schleiffert’s art appear in these small drawings.

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Art in corona times 30. Bas Wiegmink & Sigrid van Woudenberg, Come into my World; Galerie Helder, The Hague

Bas Wiegmink

The present duo-exhibition at Galerie Helder of works by Bas Wiegmink (1977) and Sigrid van Woudenberg (1967) proves that it is hard to be a counterpart to Van Woudenberg’s drawings.

Bas Wiegmink
Bas Wiegmink

It is not that Wiegmink doesn’t try hard.

Sigrid van Woudenberg
Sigrid van Woudenberg

In his colourful works there seems to be a constant struggle between culture and nature, between the ratio and the dexterously unpredictable mind.

Sigrid van Woudenberg
Sigrid van Woudenberg

His works look like dreams of blurred perfection.

Bas Wiegmink
Bas Wiegmink

However in Van Woudenberg’s works, maybe because she sticks to black and white on paper, the human ratio seems to have been given up already.

Bas Wiegmink
Bas Wiegmink

Her works have an almost intoxicating quality under which even the most toxically colourful works by Wiegmink seem to succumb.

Sigrid van Woudenberg
Sigrid van Woudenberg

All together this is a very tempting duo-show to open the new cultural season, in spite of a second Covid-19 wave.

Sigrid van Woudenberg

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