Art in corona times 64. Ton van Kints & André Kruysen, What’s on; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Ton van Kints

Galerie Ramakers presently shows works by Ton van Kints (1955) and André Kruysen (1967). In Villa La Repubblica i wrote an article about one of the sculptures on show by Kruysen, Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

André Kruysen
Ton van Kints

Kruysen shows new works.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

As i’ve written quite extensively about one of the presented sculptures by Kruysen in VLR, i leave you here with some pictures of the other works on show.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

For one reason or another the works by Kruysen fit very well with Van Kints’s.  

André Kruysen
Ton van Kints

Works by both artists show a craftsmanship with a kind of what-you-see-is-what-you-get mentality.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

However, what you get are not just the materials but also the ideas and the individual characters of the works.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

With both artists this creates a kind of tension between the pragmatism of their practice and the eloquence of the characters they create.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

Van Kints shows the sequel to his so called 1+1 series in which he has piled up older works to make new ones. 

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

The way he piles them up differs per work, rendering new characters.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen, Ton van Kints

Sometimes they work as reliefs, sometimes they are more fully fledged pieces of sculpture.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

In the sequel he has added bee-queen cells (which are usually built by bees on the lower edges of their combs), as Van Kints has become a keen beekeeper.

Ton van Kints, André Kruysen
Ton van Kints

This adds an interesting new element to the new series.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

The combs are extremely small pieces of natural architecture.

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

As such they fit in very well with the works, at the same time they are a kind of foreign body, as if the works have been colonised.  

Ton van Kints
Ton van Kints

For those who find visiting galleries is still a bit risky under the present circumstances, i added a few more pictures than i would usually do.

Ton van Kints
André Kruysen

Still i recommend wholeheartedly to go and see these works for youself.

André Kruysen
André Kruysen

Click here to read the article about André Kruysen’s work in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)

André Kruysen

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

Bertus Pieters

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Art Rotterdam 2020; Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam

Fiona Lutjenhuis, Prospects & Concepts

Art Rotterdam has become the strongest contemporary art fair in the Netherlands.

Fiona Lutjenhuis, Prospects & Concepts

Tobias Lengkeek, Prospects & Concepts

Dennis Muñoz Espadiña, Prospects & Concepts

As for its quantity, it isn’t too big or too small and quality standards have become quite high.

Wouter van der Laan, Prospects & Concepts

Wouter van der Laan, Prospects & Concepts

Mylan Hoezen, Prospects & Concepts

Although there are no radical statements, this year’s fair can’t be called dull.

Maud van den Beuken, Prospects & Concepts

Lisandro Suriel, Prospects & Concepts

Lorena van Bunningen, Prospects & Concepts

Maybe the art world has shrunk back a bit by all kinds of radicality that seem to do more harm than good to the world, as things don’t look particularly happy-go-lucky either.

André Kruysen, NL=US Art, Rotterdam

André Kruysen, NL=US Art, Rotterdam

Gijs van Lith, MPV Gallery, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Of course an art fair isn’t a stage for philosophy, but the tendency is very much on what makes us human and what we value in life.

Gijs van Lith, MPV Gallery, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Raphaël Barontini, Espai Tactel, Valencia / Barcelona

Carel Visser, BorzoGallery, Amsterdam

Anyway, don’t let Ciara stop you from going to take a look for yourself, as it’s worth it.

Sanlé Sory, Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam

Hiroshi Nomura, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Hiroshi Nomura, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

I leave you here with some details that caught my eye amongst the many things that may catch yours.

Susanna Inglada, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Susanna Inglada, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Charlotte Klobassa, Zeller van Almsick, Vienna

Natascha Libbert, Gallery Vriend van Bavink, Amsterdam

Marcel van Eeden, Barbara Seiler, Zürich

Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam

Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam

Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam

Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Division of Labour, London

Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Division of Labour, London

Warre Mulder, Whitehouse Gallerry, Lovenjoel

Niek Hendrix, Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam

Remy Jungerman, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

Leandros Ntolas, Prospects & Concepts

Leandros Ntolas, Prospects & Concepts

Oscar Peters, Prospects & Concepts

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to all artists and galleries.

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See what you know; Quartair, The Hague

Ilona Plaum

In the present exhibition at Quartair, painting is identified with space, knowledge, the act of painting and the self.

Ilona Plaum

Wieteke Heldens

Wieteke Heldens

Robbin Heyker

Nies Vooijs

In fact this would apply to any discipline in visual and other arts, but of course painting is one of the basic and most traditional of the visual arts.

Pietertje van Splunter

Pietertje van Splunter

left to right: Wieteke Heldens, Pietertje van Splunter

Robbin Heyker

Ilona Plaum

Ilona Plaum

That doesn’t mean that all works on show are paintings in a sense that they are pieces of canvas or panels with pasty pigments on them.

Jeroen Hofhuizen

Jeroen Hofhuizen

Raymond Cuijpers

Raymond Cuijpers

Raymond Cuijpers

For instance André Kruysen’s works are sculptures and Delphine Courtillot makes ceramics.

Raymond Cuijpers

left to right: Nies Vooijs, Ilona Plaum, André Kruysen

Nies Vooijs

Nies Vooijs

Nies Vooijs

Nies Vooijs

Even Ilona Plaum’s painting-like works are in fact prints and in one of her works Wieteke Heldens doesn’t use paint but a marker.

front to back: Nies Vooijs, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker

left to right: Wietke Heldens, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker

left to right: Robbin Heyker, André Kruysen

André Kruysen

André Kruysen

Indeed the way paint is used by the other artists is very personal and is very well presented in this spacious exhibition.

left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker

left to right: André Kruysen, Wieteke Heldens

front to back: André Kruysen, Nies Vooijs

André Kruysen

front to back: André Kruysen, Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers

front to back: Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers

Quartair, with its columns, is not always an easy space to create effective exhibitions but this one makes very good use of all sightlines and there is a very good dialogue between sculpture and painting, or rather between the spacial and the flat.

front to back: Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers

left to right: Raymond Cuijpers, Delphine Courtillot, Nies Vooijs

Delphine Courtillot

Delphine Courtillot

left to right: Ilona Plaum, Delphine Courtillot

As for its composition, arrangement, variety and quality this is certainly one of the best exhibitions in Quartair.

left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, Delphine Courtillot, Robbin Heyker

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Content of all photographs courtesy to all artists and Quartair, den Haag

Bertus Pieters