Façades of The Hague #99

Statue by Kees Verkade (1941) of Louis Couperus (1863-1923), Lange Voorhout, made in 1998.

Verkade is a prolific sculptor of the human figure.

Couperus is arguably the most important Dutch novelist of the Fin de Siècle and the period before WWI.

He was a sensitive stylist whose most important titles have been translated into English.

AS FAR AS I AM SOMETHING,
…, I AM A HAGUER

A real dandy, Couperus loved a stroll in Lange Voorhout, in his day the most distinguished street of the Netherlands.

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All pictures were taken in March 2017.

Bertus Pieters

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Niels Post, On Spam, Comment Spam #67; The Balcony, The Hague

Spam are the purulent pimples of the advertising disease we are all suffering from. Niels Post (1972) makes it a feast of superfluity.

What irritates you in your email box or in the internet as spam, becomes something strange and unintelligible when posted in a more monumental way in a space where nothing seems to be for sale.

In spite of the superfluity of spam Post works with great dedication on the clarity of his works. Post makes a subversion of a subversion.

At the moment The Balcony shows a spam work by Post on its shop window in Herenstraat, one of those wonderful small initiatives in The Hague.

Herenstraat is used by many people as a passage way between their work and the railway station.

Do they notice? And what do they notice?

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Bertus Pieters

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Tirzo Martha, The Dematerialisation of the Five Commands in the Five Senses; Public Sculpture Gallery, The Hague

Today a new work was installed in the public sculpture gallery in the city centre, commonly known as the Sokkelproject (“Pedestal Project”).

The work is by Tirzo Martha (1965) (you may remind his wonderful show at Museum Beelden aan Zee last year) and is called De dematerialisatie van de vijf geboden in de vijf zintuigen (“The Dematerialisation of the Five Commands in the Five Senses”)

It promises to be a valuable addition to the whole series.

It is a collage of different objects, that could be seen as a totem amidst the crowd in the city centre.

With its guardian on top it may in a way remind you of Femmy Otten’s And Life Is Over There in the same gallery.

The sculpture will be officially unveiled next Thursday (29 August 2019) in front of Town Hall and the Public Library.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Tirzo Martha and Stroom, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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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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Bertus Pieters

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Façades of The Hague #91

Small sculpture, probably representing Hop-‘o-My-Thumb, by Tom Otterness (1952), Harteveltstraat, in front of Museum Beelden aan Zee.

Otterness, who started his career with amongst others the questionable video Dog Shot Film in 1977, made this far more endearing small sculpture (2004) as part of a number of fairy tale figures along the coast next to the museum.

The small sculpture used to stand in front of the museum’s entrance, but was recently removed to stand more near his fellow sculptures, pointing towards the museum (as can be seen in the last pictures).

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First four pictures were taken in March 2017, last three pictures were taken in June 2019

Bertus Pieters

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Façades of The Hague #73

 

The façade of Museum Beelden aan Zee (Sculptures by the Sea museum)  is one of the most remarkable in The Hague for such a significant building, in that it hardly exists.

Built in a dune and under a 19th century neo-classicist pavilion it only has a modernist but unassuming entrance (in Harteveltstraat) and a concrete perimeter.

It was built in 1992-94 and designed by Wim Quist (1930) for the Scholten sculpture collection.

Its real architectural value is very much in the inside and it is one the best museum buildings for sculpture imaginable.

Also for its interesting exhibitions it deserves far more prestige than it presently has.

 

Nevertheless its outside is also interesting in that it doesn’t want to be obtrusive.

It has about the same colour as the sand and it also looks like a kind of protection of the small dune area with the old pavilion on top.

In the southwest corner of the museum area sits a sculpture by Igor Mitoraj (1944-2014)

Seen from the beach the museum is hardly visible.

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All pictures were taken in March 2017

Bertus Pieters

 

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