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.
Less than thirty years ago The Hague was a provincial backwater.
Bringing it where it is now, has taken a lot of energy.
However, art life in The Hague is still very vulnerable.
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.
Therefore it is heart warming to see artists trying to take back the initiative.
Of course this can only be a beginning, and in itself the event was modest in almost everything.
175 works of art were put up for sale, each for E300 or less, and so the works on show were small.
However, what it lacked in dimensions, it won in diversity.
This diversity is one of the best assets of art life in The Hague.
Here i show you thirty of the works i found most interesting and best photographable.
A very personal choice of course, but that’s the risk of reading Villa Next Door.
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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Contents of all photographs courtesy to artists and Quartair, Den Haag.
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