Lisa Sebestikova, Forming Fluidity: Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

The installation Forming Fluidity is Lisa Sebestikova’s (1988) first solo show in a museum, presently at Museum Beelden aan Zee.

It is however quite clear that she is ready for such a presentation.

Her more or less abstract sculptures are seemingly free floating in the air.

The whole composition may remind you of objects floating in the sea, subject to the tidal forces.

In fact the sculptures are based on objects Sebestikova found on nearby Scheveningen Beach.

The way she abstracts her subjects looks very much like how natural forces – water, wind, sand – reshape, crush, polish or re-polish objects.

As a visitor you can walk over the carpeted floor, which gives the installation a warm and inviting atmosphere, with muted acoustics.

No half work has been delivered by Sebestikova.

Courageously she has used the whole space of the museum’s so-called Cabinet space (it looks more like a neo-Medieval chapel) making its columns part of the composition.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Lisa Sebestikova and Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

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Quentley Barbara, Now n Then; Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

I visited the Museum Beelden aan Zee to write a review about Quentley Barbara’s (1993) recent sculpture Now n Then for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

As i’ve written quite extensively about it in VLR, i leave you here with some pictures of details and the strong recommendation to go and take a look for yourself.

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

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Quentley Barbara and Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag.

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Façades of The Hague #97

House built mid 18th century, Wagenstraat corner Nieuwe Molstraat.

With its late Louis XIV style façade, it is one of the most impressive of old buildings in Wagenstraat.

August 23rd 1937 John F. Kennedy spent the night here as a twenty year old student during his two months European trip.

In those days the Salvation Army was housed in the building.

Clearly, the young American student didn’t care much for luxury.

Although real Kennedy fans may want to kiss its door steps, the building is a state monument now especially for architectural and stylistic reasons.

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All pictures were taken in March 2017.

Bertus Pieters

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Peter Feiler, Music was my first love; Hoorn & Reniers, The Hague

Peter Feiler’s (1981) present exhibition at Hoorn & Reniers shows some interesting developments since his last show in The Hague some two years ago.

Some of his works are still outrageously baroque, but it is as if he has concentrated more on the central subjects of his compositions.

Music obviously is an important inspiration for his paintings and drawings, not just for their scenes, but also for their rhythms and movements.

Within the context of the exhibition that is even clear in some disturbingly empty compositions only showing some drugs.

The crazy music and festival scenes in combination with these drugs and other paraphernalia seem to have become metaphoric for life in general.

A mad audience collectively want to experience the very extremes of sublime passion and the music bands have to deliver and need their tablets and injections to do so.

Audience and musicians keep each other under their spell, strengthening the vicious cycle.

Apart from these highly dramatic works, Feiler also presents smaller drawings with more fairytale-like scenes.

Harmless though some may seem, these fairytales also influence our dreams, for better or worse.

All in all one may call this a highly Romantic exhibition, aptly staged in this autumn full of disquiet.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Peter Feiler and Hoorn & Reniers, Den Haag.

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The Ballroom; Billytown, The Hague

There is presently a moving bike with a burning candle on its saddle in Billytown.

It turns, moves and makes noise like a spoilt child, constantly trying to catch your attention.

Or is it the embodiment of thinking and creativity, trying to find a way out of the grids, structures and obstacles of life, society and the mind?

As such it could well be the noisy candle-barer of all the works in the present exhibition.

The Ballroom is a show constantly in flux and in the making.

Works may be changed or moved.

Although the exhibition has had an official opening, its end may well be its real opening at the same time.

No names or titles are added, but the works are all made by Billytown’s own artists and are all up to discussion.

One work may be more constant than the other.

The tables can be used for anything, from eating and drinking from, to discussing matters, or just to have a moment of sitting down and looking around.

The works are by Rachel Bacon, Melle de Boer, Kim David Bots, Afra Eisma, Robbin Heyker,

Paul de Jong, Bram De Jonghe, Maja Klaassens, Marius Lut, Bernice Nauta,

Nishiko, Robbert Pauwels, Iede Reckman, Suzie van Staaveren and Marieke van ‘t Zet.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Billytown, Den Haag.

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Art The Hague; Fokker Terminal, The Hague

Art The Hague, The Hague’s own art fair was opened yesterday (2 October) evening and is open next few days and over the weekend.

David Bade, DSM Collection
Aline Thomassen, presentation Museum De Buitenplaats

Art The Hague is quite a small fair – which is fine – and it calls itself quirky (eigenzinnig).

Ingrid Simons, Livingstone Gallery
Joseph Montgomery, Dürst Britt & Mayhew
Ruri Matsumoto, Livingstone Gallery

However, apart from the presentation of the POPinnART collective there is very little quirkiness.

Inter-galleristic (Inter-galactic?) consultation
Andrea Freckmann, Galerie Maurits van de Laar

Of course this fair is a good platform for Hague galleries, and they have very attractive presentations,

Christie van der Haak, Galerie Maurits van de Laar
D.D.Trans, Galerie Ramakers

but apart from that there are only very few surprises.

Pat Andrea, Galerie Ramakers
Christian Thømsen, Har.art Gallery

The overall artistic atmosphere is quite unexciting, even dull, in spite of some very fine presentations.

Pieter Lemmens, Galerie Mia Joosten
Pieter Lemmens, Galerie Mia Joosten

May be next year will be more inspiring.

Top right, in magenta red, the POPinnART presentation

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists, the galleries and Art The Hague

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Façades of The Hague #96

War memorial, Parallelweg.

LIVING TOGETHER / FORWARD TOGETHER / STATION NEIGHBOURHOOD 4 MAY 1988

This is a memorial of the public execution of twelve persons on March 31st 1945 by the Germans as a reprisal for some Dutch resistance actions during the last days of the German occupation.

In memory of the 12 Dutchmen who were shot here by the Nazis on 31 March 1945.

People in the neighbourhood were forced to witness the execution.

The first simple monument was placed in 1946 by local people, which was replaced in 1953 by a marble plaque.

The plaque was destroyed by vandals in 1962 after which the present marble plaque was installed.

Though the monument is oddly placed in between a busy road, a tramway and a railway, it is honoured by the local community annually on Commemoration Day (4th of May).

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All pictures were taken in March 2017.

Bertus Pieters

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MÊKH-web / live 13 years EX-MÊKH; Quartair, The Hague

Kees Koomen

In Quartair the Hague troika Ex-MÊKH (Maarten Schepers, Ellen Rodenberg and Kees Koomen) celebrate a 13 years collaboration which brought them amongst others to Berlin and Athens, apart from different Dutch venues.

Kees Koomen
Kees Koomen
Marian Wijnvoord

In this case they invited three other artists to celebrate with them: Frans van Lent, Niels Post and Marian Wijnvoord.

Marian Wijnvoord
Kees Koomen
Maarten Schepers
Maarten Schepers

It has resulted in an open and communicative exhibition which tries to avoid the idea of permanence.

Marian Wijnvoord
Ellen Rodenberg
Ellen Rodenberg
Ellen Rodenberg

Indeed no artistic statement seems to be permanent in this constellation, not even Schepers’ sculptures or Wijnvoord’s paintings, while Van Lent may enter Quartair any moment to fix things.

Ellen Rodenberg
Niels Post
Niels Post
Maarten Schepers

Koomen permanently works on his diary, while Post shows his next On Spam piece (nr. 68; you may have seen nr. 67 last month at The Balcony, here in town).

Maarten Schepers & Kees Koomen
Maarten Schepers & Niels Post
Kees Koomen

Rodenberg’s mobile work is in constant flux.

Marian Wijnvoord
Maarten Schepers
Maarten Schepers
Frans van Lent

You may know Kees Koomen as my tirelessly blogging colleague, as you also may know Niels Post from the Dutch artistic blogosphere.

Kees Koomen is calling it a day

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Quartair, Den Haag

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Zahar Bondar, I would like to be a dancer to be able to dance with the circumstances; Heden, The Hague

I visited Heden to write a review about its exhibition of works by Zahar Bondar (1992) for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As I have written quite extensively about the show in VLR, i leave you here with some impressions and with a warm recommendation to visit the exhibition.

Click here to read the review about this show in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Zahar Bondar and Heden, Den Haag

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Mybody.com; Nest, The Hague

Christian Jankowski

I visited Nest to write a review about its present group exhibition Mybody.com for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

Christian Jankowski

As I have written quite extensively about the show in VLR i leave you here with some impressions and with a warm recommendation to visit the exhibition.

Alexis Blake
Alexis Blake
Köken Ergun
Köken Ergun
Köken Ergun
Patricia Kaersenhout
Bas de Wit
Bas de Wit
Bas de Wit
Bas de Wit
Bas de Wit
Bas de Wit
Bas de Wit
Bas de Wit
Bas de Wit
Shana Moulton
Shana Moulton
Shana Moulton
Jenny Lindblom
Jenny Lindblom
Jenny Lindblom
Jenny Lindblom
Jenny Lindblom
Jenny Lindblom
Jenny Lindblom
Jenny Lindblom
Jenny Lindblom
Jenny Lindblom
Goiffon & Beauté
Goiffon & Beauté
The Rodina
The Rodina
left to right, Suzie van Staaveren, Christian Jankowski and Bas de Wit
Suzie van Staaveren
Suzie van Staaveren
Richtje Reinsma

Click here to read the review about this show in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)

Christian Jankowski

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Nest, Den Haag

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