Art in corona times 33b. Haagse Heritage (“Hague Heritage”); Heden, The Hague

Marijke de Wit

Heden asked eighteen Hague artists to each show a work of their own that hasn’t been exhibited before and that is of special value to them.

Anne Forest (detail)

It has resulted in a heterogeneous exhibition of eighteen works in the central space of the gallery.

Philip Akkerman (detail)
Mirthe Klück

For those, like me, who are familiar with Hague artists, this is a good chance to see both familiarity and surprises.

Gino Anthonisse (detail)
Thomas van Linge

For those who are not familiar with these artists, this show could be a bit of an introduction, although it is much too small to give a real introduction to the rich diversity of artists who live and work in this town.

Marleen Sleeuwits (detail)

As such the title Haagse Heritage (partly English) is a misnomer, except if it is the title of an upcoming series. [Update: Heden just told me this is the second of an ongoing annual series – BP]

Boris de Beijer
Pim Piët (detail)

Another aspect you might miss is a list with short statements about reasons why the artists have chosen a particular work.

Tim Hollander
Thomas van Rijs

That would have given more meaning to the whole presentation and to the diversity of the works.

Lilian Kreutzberger (detail)
Sjoerd Knibbeler

Apart from that it is a fine group of works presented in a balanced way.

Arianne Olthaar (detail)

As photographs always lie, and as i couldn’t make satisfying pictures of three works in the show, it would be better to take a look yourself.

Thomas Raat

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to all artists Heden, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters


Anne Forest, I am with name; Heden, The Hague

Two years ago Anne Forest (1983) had an exhibition in Heden about which i wrote that her work had “matured considerably,”  that her style was “immediately recognisable” but “also manoeuvrable.”

Well, in her present show at Heden one could say she is still manoeuvring at different levels.

In two paintings she seems to make more of a perspective space around her figures and there she enters uncertain terrain that seems to be alien to her icon-like style.

Are these the margins of her style?

That is all the more important as her best works create a space of their own around them by themselves.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Anne Forest and Heden, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters