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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The renovated Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden

Leiden’s municipal Museum De Lakenhal was reopened this year after a renovation of some years.

A few days ago i visited the museum to see the renovations.

Marjan Teeuwen
Marjan Teeuwen

Two new and modern exhibition rooms were added to the stately 17th century building for exhibitions of present day art.

Marjan Teeuwen
Marjan Teeuwen

At the moment photographs by Marjan Teeuwen (1953) and Karin Borghouts (1959) are on show.

Both deal with architecture, its demolition and its rebuilding.

Both spaces are quite beautiful, with a curved ceiling and a panorama window on one end.

The new wing has its own entrance and is, as such, not really connected to the rest of the museum; which doesn’t mean there is no modern and contemporary art on show in the main building.

Roy Villevoye

The rest of the museum tries to find a link between the history of the city and its art and artists from both Leiden and elsewhere.

Roy Villevoye

Roy Villevoye‘s (1960) Preparations (2009) aptly shares a room with the Lakenhal’s most prestigious treasures: the great works by Cornelis Engebrechtsz (c. 1462-1527) and his famous pupil Lucas van Leyden (1494-1533), both from Leiden.

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Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz

Engebrechtsz, for all his artistic shortcomings, was a great colourist, composition designer and storyteller and his two great triptychs (amongst smaller works) in the Lakenhal are no less than masterpieces.

Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz

Their wealth of rhythms, colours and themes may remind you of the polyphonic music of the time.

Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz
Cornelis Engebrechtsz

It was a great joy seeing them again (and indeed to see Villevoyes stunning work again).

Lucas van Leyden
Lucas van Leyden
Lucas van Leyden
Lucas van Leyden
Lucas van Leyden
Lucas van Leyden
Lucas van Leyden
Lucas van Leyden

The most famous work in the room is of course Lucas’ Last Judgement triptych (1527), which fortunately survived the massive iconoclasm later that century.

Jan Steen

Leiden also boasts a small but interesting collection of 17th century art, connected to Leiden, in its wonderful rooms with 19th century skylights.

Jan Wolkers

The so-called Pape Corridor shows works by novelist Jan Wolkers (1925-2007) who also was a prolific visual artist and who was born in Oegstgeest near Leiden and as a youngster he worked and painted there.

Jan Wolkers

His visual works on show are very much historic documents now.

During the 16th and 17th centuries Leiden became rich and important for its cloth industry and sales, for which Lakenhal was originally built (‘Lakenhal’ means Cloth Hall).

Some of that wealth can still be seen in the present museum.

Christie van der Haak
Christie van der Haak

The museum recently presented some new cloth designs, amongst others by The Hague artist Christie van der Haak (1950).

Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg (late 16th century)

Floris Verster
Gert Germeraad
Gert Germeraad
Gert Germeraad

Lakenhal also has an important collection of works from the first half of the 20th century, interspersed with contemporary works like this moving portrait of the hapless Marinus van der Lubbe (1909-1934; also from Leiden) by Gert Germeraad (1959).

Bram van Velde
Jacoba van Heemskerck
Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

Mark Dion

Only few artefacts will remind you of Leiden’s academic history, amongst others a phantom cabinet by Mark Dion (1961).

Erwin Olaf

Another point of some local historic chauvinism is Leiden’s heroic role during the Dutch Revolt (1568-1648), which inspired the museum to commission a monumental photo work by Erwin Olaf (1959), which is probably more impressive than all other works in the room.

The museum breaths a sense of history connected to the present day.

Mattheus Ignatius van Bree (19th century)

Renovated it has become pleasant, clearly structured, light and more diversified.

Gustaf Wappers (19th century)

It doesn’t pretend to be cosmopolitan and it isn’t geared to big blockbusters, which is a relief in between all those art museums in the country which try to be interchangeable international entrepreneurial art depots.

Willem Thibaut (late 16th century)

The Lakenhal Museum can be proud of what it has become.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and to Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden

Bertus Pieters

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Stormy Weather; De Kerk (The Church)/Museum Arnhem

I visited the exhibition Stormy Weather at Museum Arnhem, presently accommodated in De Kerk (The Church, St. Walburgiskerk in Arnhem) to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

Stéphanie Roland

As i’ve written already quite extensively about the exhibition in Villa La Repubblica, i leave you here with some impressions and with the strong recommendation to go and see it all for yourself.

Mary Mattingly
Mary Mattingly
Mary Mattingly
Maarten Vanden Eynde & Musasa
Gayle Chong Kwan
Gayle Chong Kwan
Gayle Chong Kwan
Britta Marakatt-Labba
Marianne Nicolson
Marianne Nicolson
Brook Andrew
Brook Andrew
Brook Andrew
Steve Rowell
Frauke Huber & Uwe Martin

Frauke Huber & Uwe Martin
Moffat Takadiwa
Moffat Takadiwa
Moffat Takadiwa
Mary Mattingly
Marianne Nicolson
Marianne Nicolson
Maarten Vanden Eynde
Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman
Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman
Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman
Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman
Ursula Biemann
Ursula Biemann
Ursula Biemann
Ursula Biemann
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Serge Attukwei Clottey
Serge Attukwei Clottey

Click here to read the review of this exhibiton in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)

Some stormy weather in Arnhem, when i left the exhibition…

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and to Museum Arnhem

Bertus Pieters

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William Kentridge, 10 Drawings for Projection; Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

I visited Eye Filmmuseum to write a review about 10 Drawings for Projection by William Kentridge (1955) for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

These pictures were made with the intention to give myself a mnemonic of what i had seen and experienced.

Even while trying to make a choice from them for this blog, i felt being under the spell of these ten impressive animations.

Inadequate as they are i hope these pics will inpire you to see the exhibition too; and don’t forget to take your time!

Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)!

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to William Kentridge and Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

Bertus Pieters

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Krijn Giezen and others, An Unusual Stroll; GEM, The Hague

Semâ Bekirovic

Krijn Giezen (1939-2011) was one of my teachers at the Royal Academy in The Hague.

Krijn Giezen

When he started teaching by the end of the 1970s, there was a kind of split between traditional craftsmanship and (traditionilised) conceptualism at the Academy, and there was little room for individual artistic development.

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

Both sides took themselves extremely seriously and Giezen, as a newcomer, didn’t seem to fit in very well.

Bram De Jonghe
Chaim van Luit

He appealed to the inventiveness and imagination of his students, which was quite unusual at the time (and which is still, or again, a sensitive point at the Royal Academy and in education in general).

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

He didn’t care very much for technique or aesthetics, contrary to what we had learned so diligently.

Chaim van Luit
Chaim van Luit

“Make a chair!” he told us, for our first assignment.

Chaim van Luit
Krijn Giezen

Students who were all thumbs, like me, were initially shocked, but soon it became clear that it was nowhere necessary at all to construct a piece of furniture.

Krijn Giezen
Bram De Jonghe

His ways of seeing and working didn’t influence me immediately, but later on they did so undeniably.

Semâ Bekirovic

As a teacher he was easy going, accessible, good humoured and never imposing himself as the master who knows all.

Semâ Bekirovic
Krijn Giezen

That is also how his work looks like.

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

Giezen was very inquisitive about the playful en inventive aspects of humanity, again, not interested in technique or aesthetics, and extremely uninterested in financial and eternity values.

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

It is this warm-heartedness that shimmers through the present show of his work at GEM.

Krijn Giezen
Krijn Giezen

As a former student i just hope present viewers will feel the same pleasure i had looking at his works.

Paul Geelen
Semâ Bekirovic

His pictures, documentation and objects are accompanied by works by artists of the present generation: Semâ Bekirović (1977), Paul Geelen (1983), Bram De Jonghe (1985) and Chaim van Luit (1985).

Paul Geelen
Paul Geelen

An excellent choice as there is a good dialogue between these and Giezen’s works.

Chaim van Luit

It also goes to show that Giezen’s works are still very much of our time.

Krijn Giezen

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Content of all photograph courtesy to all artists, the estate of Krijn Giezen, the owners of the works and GEM, Den Haag

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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

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Maria Lassnig, Ways of Being; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Körperbewusstsein (Body Consciousness), 1949

I went to see the retrospective exhibition of works by Maria Lassnig (1919-2014) at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW (in Dutch).

Zwei Formen übereinander (Two Forms on Each Other), 1952

I leave you here with this non-representative selection of works, as i’ve written already quite extensively about the show in VLR.

Tachismus 4 (Tachism 4), 1958
Napoleon und Brigitte Bardot, 1961
Selbstporträt als Astronautin (Self-portrait as an Astronaut), 1968-69
Stilleben mit Apfelsäge (Still Life with Apple Saw), 1969
The Murder of ML, 1973
Selbstporträt mit Maulkorb (Self-portrait with Muzzle), 1973
Self-portrait with Butterflies, 1975
Die Atommütter (The Atomic Mothers), 1984
Jungfrau mit Stier (Virgin with Bull), ca.1988
Raketenbasis, Missiles I und II (Missile Base, Missiles I and II), 1989
Wangen-, Stirn- und Kinnsensationen (Cheeks, Forehead and Chin Sensations), 1996
Nasenfilter (Nose Filter), 1998
Die Illusion von meiner Tierfamilie (The Illusion of my Animal Family), 1999
Zwei Arten zu sein, Doppelselbstporträt (Two Ways of Being, Double Self-portrait), 2000
Ideenfischer (Idea Anglers), 2001
Die Trauer (The Mourning), 2003
Die unschuldige Blick (The Innocent Gaze), 2008
Vom Tode gezeichnet (Drawn by Death), 2011 (detail)

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Carel Visser, Genesis; Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag

Scrapbook

I visited Museum Beelden aan Zee to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the present exhibition with works by Carel Visser (1928-2015). Click here to read the review (in Dutch)

Scrapbook

It’s a serious  lack of education if you’ve never heard of Carel Visser.

Rainbow, 1980

In that case make sure to take the shortest way to Beelden aan Zee to see this show soon!

Water, 1981

I leave you here with some pictures as i’ve written quite extensively in VLR about the show.

Landscape, 1982
Untitled, 1994
Architectural cactus, 1953
Cactus, 1953
Cactus, 1953
Inchworms, 1954
Insect, 1950
Sculpture with shells, 1982
Boris, 1995
Flying fish, 1993
Flying fish, 1993
Skeleton, 1953
Skeleton, 1953
Mating birds, 1953
Pyramid, 1982
Two birds, 1954-1994
Chocolate box, 1993
Little horse, 1951
Dromedary, 1952-1953
Slaughtered hare, 1952
Mammuth, 1995
Charlie I, 1985
Breakfast plate, 1986
Speedy Six, 1988
Sagging, 1990
Fruit bowl with shoulder blades, 1988
Untitled, 1982
Female swimmer, 2001
Two sisters, 1992
Woman, 1950
Man with glove, 2004
Two sisters, 1999
Untitled, 1971
Double step pyramid, 1948
Auschwitz, 1957
Open cube, 1969
Vol de nuit, 1956
Removal, 1957-1999
Ship with lamp, 2000
Untitled, 1999
Traveling, 1992

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the owners of the works and Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

 

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Freedom, The fifty key Dutch art works since 1968; Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle

I did not visit Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the exhibition Freedom as it was during my holidays. However, as it happened to be an extraordinary show i decided to write a review anyway. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

Erik van Lieshout

As i didn’t plan to write a review i only made a few pictures just for the fun of it, so what you see here is not really representative of the experience as a whole.

Navid Nuur

All the more reason to go there and see it all for yourself!

Navid Nuur
Melanie Bonajo
Melanie Bonajo
Michael Tedja
Michael Tedja
Seymour Likely

Marlene Dumas
Natasja Kensmil
Marcel van Eeden
Marcel van Eeden
Maria Roosen
Folkert de Jong
Folkert de Jong
Folkert de Jong
Marc Mulders
Marc Mulders

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

Atelier Van Lieshout

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists, the owners and to Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle

 

Bertus Pieters