Façades of The Hague #81

Façade of a city residence, in Lange Voorhout.

In the 17th century Baron Van den Boetzelaer, who signed the command to lift the protection of the De Witt brothers, which led to their cruel murder, lived here.

In the early 18th century it was redesigned and rebuilt more or less to its present state by an unknown architect in a prestigious late Louis XIV style.

During the second quarter of the 18th century it was owned by the Anglo-Dutch Stephanus Laurentius Neale, who introduced coffee cultivation in the Dutch colony of Suriname and who became exceedingly rich.

Some years after he sold the palace in 1752, he owned four coffee plantations with more than 200,000 coffee trees, 200 sugar cane fields and (yes, you expected it!) more than 450 slaves.

In the mid 19th century Princess Sophie, daughter of King William II, lived here.

The building is a state monument and used as a prestigious office building.

© Villa Next Door 2019

All pictures were taken in March 2017

 

Bertus Pieters

 

Façades of The Hague from #72 onwards: https://villanextdoor2.wordpress.com/category/facades-of-the-hague/

Façades of The Hague #1 – 71: https://villanextdoor.wordpress.com/category/facades-of-the-hague/

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Robbie Cornelissen, Dirk Zoete & Rik Smits, This Must Be The Place; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Rik Smits

I visited Maurits van de Laar’s gallery a few days ago to write an article about a work by Rik Smits (1983) for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

However, the present exhibition is much bigger than just that work.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

This Must Be The Place shows works by Smits, Robbie Cornelissen (1954) and Dirk Zoete (1969), all three of them very good draughtsmen.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

As the title implies, the works on show all have a strong sense of place, which results in a kind of inner landscapes, cityscapes and architectural interiors.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits
Rik Smits

Zoete is the only one who explicitly depicts human beings in his landscapes, which seem to be very simple, especially compared to Cornelissen’s and Smits’ works.

Dirk Zoete
Dirk Zoete

However, that simplicity is deceptive as the concepts of his works are extremely balanced, such that there is no place for hidden details, but plenty of room for interpretation.

Dirk Zoete
Dirk Zoete

His figures and animals are very lively and his compositions could be described as both melodic and rhythmic.

Dirk Zoete
Robbie Cornelissen

Cornelissen’s works, monumental as they sometimes may be, are probably best described as inner spaces.

Robbie Cornelissen
Robbie Cornelissen
Robbie Cornelissen

Knowledge and culture often play a referential role.

Robbie Cornelissen
Robbie Cornelissen

Even linear perspective itself retains its more or less intellectual aspect as if inherited from Renaissance artists.

Robbie Cornelissen
Rik Smits

Apart from two sculptures, Smits shows some impressive drawings, most of them cityscapes.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

It might be enticing to some to refer to Smits’ empty cities and buildings as dystopias, but i think his architectural capriccios show buildings as individuals and cities as living organisms, which is a much wider scope than the trendy dystopia idea.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits
Rik Smits

Generally it is a very full and brilliant show.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

Be sure to take your time when visiting as the works are full of detail.

Rik Smits

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Evelina Rajca, Speculative Ecologies and Intelligent Energy Harvesting Entities; Stroom, The Hague

In Stroom’s Ondertussen (In the Mean Time) series Evelina Rajca (1984) shows some of her works of her project Speculative Ecologies and Intelligent Energy Harvesting Entities.

I must say i didn’t fully grasp the exhibition’s accompanying text.

As far as i can correlate the text with the works on show she is interested in self regulatory systems in non-living objects, or the systems that keep them “alive”, and how these systems can be improved, and especially how they can improve themselves.

The objects on show are interesting and may give you a taste of what she is working on.

Some of you may have experienced the wonderful noise making work on the wall already in 2016 at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie.

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Evelina Rajca and Stroom, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Nishiko, Repairing Earthquake Project; Stroom, The Hague

I visited Nishiko’s presentation of her Repairing Earthquake Project at Stroom to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As i’ve written extensively about the show in VLR, i leave you here with some more pictures without further comment, with the remark that if you didn’t see the exhibition as yet you should do so soon.

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Nishiko and Stroom, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #80

Façade of a house with apartments and a shop on the ground floor, Wagenstraat.

The white plastered probably late 19th century gable with apartment windows is not very interesting.

The shop front however, maybe even modernised not long after, is exceptionally colourful and elegant, with tiles, coloured glass and fine carpentry and it is a small miracle it survived the decades.

It is rather bewildering that it doesn’t have any monumental status (either municipal or state), or are there too many recent restorations?

© Villa Next Door 2019

All pictures were taken in March 2017

 

Bertus Pieters

 

Façades of The Hague from #72 onwards: https://villanextdoor2.wordpress.com/category/facades-of-the-hague/

Façades of The Hague #1 – 71: https://villanextdoor.wordpress.com/category/facades-of-the-hague/

Joseph Montgomery, Joe; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

Joseph Montgomery (1979) has a second marvellous exhibition at Dürst Britt & Mayhew.

I wrote a review about the first one in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch) way back in 2015 and i think aspects about which i wrote generally still stand.

As both Frits Dijcks in Jegens & Tevens and Eline van der Haak in Den Haag Centraal wrote very sensible words about it (both in Dutch) in which i find a lot of what i feel about the present exhibition, i will keep it short here.

The exhibition in 2015 was a show in which Montgomery was presented as a new artist in a pretty new gallery.

This exhibition is clearly a more outspoken one.

There are no collages this time, although Montgomery’s work remains more or less collage minded.

His works are very recognisable but the works on show also have very different personalities.

Montgomery gives you the idea that the works have been dictated by their materials, as any character has a material base – and the works are characters indeed!

Willem Hussem

In the front gallery some works by Willem Hussem (1900-1974) are exhibited, which is a great and good surprise, with the gallery’s promise that more of his works will be on show next year.

This is this year’s last photo blog of an exhibition as VND’s camera is obviously a bit fed up with the season’s darkness. So see you next year!!

© Villa Next Door 2018

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Joseph Montgomery, the estate of Willem Hussem and Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters