Art in corona times 73. Voorhout Monumentaal 2021; Lange Voorhout, The Hague

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

To write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Voorhout Monumentaal 2021, i went to Lange Voorhout to see the public sculpture show there. Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

As it happened only two sculptures in the show – by Ewerdt Hilgemann (1938) and by Joncquil (1973) – were worth taking some more pictures of.

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

One of Hilgemann’s so-called Implosion Sculptures is on show.

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

These are welded geometrical shapes, which are vacuumed.

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

As such they look like post-modern statements about a worn-out modernism, where chance plays a role again.

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

Surrounding shapes and colours mix in the crumpled surface of the sculpture, making it part of the surroundings itself.

Joncquil: Le moule qui rit

Joncquil’s Le moule qui rit (The laughing mould) –a title derived from the French cheese spread La vache qui rit (The laughing cow) –  refers to both le moule, French for “the mould,” and la moule, French for “the mussel.”

Joncquil: Le moule qui rit

As such it is also referring to Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) and his Pots of Mussels. Of course Lange Voorhout is full of shells, moulds if you wish, but as an absurdist object in The Hague’s chicest avenue Le moule qui rit also works very well, apart from its references.

Joncquil: Le moule qui rit

Click here to read the article in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

Joncquil: Le moule qui rit

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Ewerdt Hilgemann, Joncquil and Pulchri Studio, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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