Art in corona times 81b. Graduation Show 2021; Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

THIS IS PART 2 OF 2 OF A TOUR OF THE GRADUATION SHOW 2021. CLICK HERE TO SEE PART 1

Sienna Matijas

Continuation of a visit i made to the Hague Royal Academy (KABK) to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch)

Sienna Matijas

Due to time shortage i only made pictures of a limited number of presentations.

Sienna Matijas

As i have written already quite extensively about the show in VLR, i just leave you with the pictures, without comments.

Sienna Matijas
Sienna Matijas
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Wumen Ghua
Wumen Ghua
Wumen Ghua
Wumen Ghua
Serene Hui
Serene Hui
Serene Hui
Serene Hui
Serene Hui
Juliana M. Hernández
Jakob Ganslmeier
Jakob Ganslmeier
Jakob Ganslmeier
Jakob Ganslmeier
Anca Bârjovanu
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim

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

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Art in corona times 81a. Graduation Show 2021; Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

THIS IS PART 1 OF 2 OF A TOUR OF THE GRADUATION SHOW 2021. CLICK HERE TO SEE PART 2.        

I visited the Hague Royal Academy (KABK) to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the Graduation Show 2021. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch).

Hattie Wade

Due to time shortage i only made pictures of a limited number of presentations.

Hattie Wade

As i have written already quite extensively about the show in VLR, i just leave you with the pictures, without comments.

Sina Dyks
Sina Dyks
Sina Dyks
Sina Dyks
Sina Dyks
Peter Pflügler
Peter Pflügler
Peter Pflügler
Peter Pflügler
Peter Pflügler
Ayiley Hammond
Ayiley Hammond
Sophia Maria Favela
Ellen Wittkampf
Ellen Wittkampf
Ellen Wittkampf
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Joseph Palframan
Joseph Palframan
Joseph Palframan

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

Joseph Palframan

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Art in corona times 80. Popel Coumou, Paper and Light; Fotomuseum, The Hague

This is without doubt one of the finest exhibitions on show in The Hague at the moment.

Photographer Popel Coumou (1978) has made an installation for the Fotomuseum (Museum for Photography) in which she focuses on the modern architecture of the next door Kunstmuseum (formerly Gemeentemuseum) and the Fotomuseum itself.

At the same time she shows the way she works, which very much implies the use of paper and light, as the title of the show suggests.

Basically she makes paper collages of architecture, of which she makes photographs, as she also does with handmade still-lives.

That already gives a different idea of what reality, space and architecture are.

In this show she presents amongst others the collages themselves, with light shining through them, heightening the illusion of real space and architecture.

On the other hand she has also made life-sized collages in the exhibition space itself, by which, as a visitor, you become part of this world of illusionistic architecture.

Her work is firmly based on an essentialist modernism in which all redundant elements are eliminated. 

Sharp graphic lines and abstraction define her works.

Nevertheless, and in the best modernist tradition, her work is full of wonder.

Her works also come to life in this show because of the changing light, which is, of course, part of architecture and space in general too.

Struck by the work, the show took me far more time than i expected.

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Art in corona times 79. Show curated by Robbin Heyker; Superweakness, The Hague

Anatole de Benedictis

What is a strong exhibition?

Anatole de Benedictis

Is it an exhibition in which the audience is enriched with knowledge and philosophy?

Mara Alsters

Is it an exhibition in which the audience will be completely overcome by an extraordinary aesthetic experience?

Mara Alsters

Is it an exhibition in which all works of art take their proud place in a solemn parade of greatness?

Daniele Formica

Is it an exhibition in which all works are hanging and standing orderly in line to give the audience an idea of objectivity?

Daniele Formica

Is it an exhibition in which the audience will be so terribly moved by what they have seen, that a selling point of handkerchiefs at the exit will be commercially viable?

Bram De Jonghe

Is it an exhibition in which the gloves will be off and the audience will be knocked out?

Bram De Jonghe

Is it an exhibition in which the audience will feel socially and democratically connected and will be better citizens?

Bram De Jonghe

Is it an exhibition in which the curator will lead like an autocratic Mahler-conductor?

After a lost but a zillion times copied painting by Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905)

Is it an exhibition which gives a view on post-colonialism, gender-inequality, the destruction of ecosystems and blackness and whiteness?

Mirthe Klück

Is it an exhibition which proves its integrity by unreadable introductions which include all words necessary to be contemporary?

Bernice Nauta

Is it an exhibition which is so exhaustively educational that the audience will feel happy like in a kindergarten?

Bram De Jonghe

At Superweakness curators are asked to make a “weak” exhibition.

Wim De Pauw

In this case it was artist Robbin Heyker’s (1976) turn.

Wim De Pauw

The original idea of the series at Superweakness was to make exhibitions without much fuss, and that will be on show for only one or two days.

Wim De Pauw

That part of the super-weakness is lost already in this show, as it lasts some two weeks.

Philip Akkerman

Besides, it is of course up to you as an audience to see if this exhibition is so weak that it will not enrich your knowledge, philosophically or otherwise,

Camila Oliveira Fairclough

that you will not be overcome by the aesthetic experience,

Robbin Heyker

that you will find no solemn greatness in the works of art,

Ton Schuttelaar

that you will have no idea of objectivity while looking around,

Daniele Formica

that you need no hanky for your emotions,

Wim De Pauw

that you will not be knocked out,

Wim De Pauw

that you feel as disconnected as always,

Wim De Pauw

in which the curator has no conductorial aura,

Wim De Pauw

that will give you no view on anything at all,

Henk Visch

in which there is nothing to read to tell you what you see, and that doesn’t try to educate you.

Henk Visch

Go and tell me later (why should i always do the dirty work telling you); it is at Willem Dreespark 312, The Hague and open on Saturday June 26 13:00-19:00 hrs; Thursday July 1 13:00-18:00 hrs and on Friday July 2 13:00-19:00 hrs.

Henk Visch

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Art in corona times 78. Mickey Yang, Upaya; KM21, The Hague

To write an article for Villa La Repubblica about Mickey Yang’s (1988) present show (amongst others) i visited KM21 in The Hague. Click here to read the article in VLR (in Dutch).

As i’ve written quite extensively about the exhibition in VLR i leave you here with these few pictures.

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Art in corona times 77. Mel Chan, Chrysanthemums and Prince Edward; SinArts Gallery, The Hague

To write an article for Villa La Repubblica about Mel Chan’s present show (amongst others) i visited SinArts Gallery in The Hague. Click here to read the article in VLR (in Dutch).

Chrysanthemums and Prince Edward is still on show over the next weekend, so you have to hurry to see it.

As i’ve written quite extensively about the exhibition in VLR, i leave you here with these few pictures; suggesting you’ll see the rest in real.

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Art in corona times 76. Shigeo Arikawa, Parade of Pumpkins; Galerie Helder, The Hague

Our eyes and brains seem to co-operate as a perfect team.

Our eyes can cover a wide panorama in around and in front of us, and our brains immediately give the interpretation of what we can see in terms of our tasks of survival.

However, as you can see in Shigeo Arikawa’s (1982) present show at Galerie Helder, as soon as some change in your vision occurs, your perception becomes blurred, and you need your personal experiences  and feelings – the tools that are always there even when you think they are not – to re-interpret what you are seeing.

In his most recent works Arikawa gives you a helping hand if you are able to read his lips.

However apart from that, there is in these works also a wonderful lyrical, almost dreamlike aspect, but, well, that is of course my interpretation. Go and have a look yourself to have your own!

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Art in corona times 75. Robe bleu, fond rouge; Quartair & West End project space, The Hague

Philip Akkerman

To write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the group show Robe bleu, fond rouge i visited both Quartair and West End project space. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch)

Philip Akkerman

As i have written extensively about the exhibition in VLR, i leave you here with some pictures. The show is still open over the weekend, which is your last chance to see it!

Philip Akkerman
left: Machteld Rullens; right: Morgan Betz
Machteld Rullens
Luuk Kuipers
Wieteke Heldens
Kees Andrea
Kees Andrea
Kees Andrea
Jan Wattjes
Judith van Billderbeek
Jan Wattjes
Luuk Kuipers
Marion van Rooij
Marion van Rooij
Mirthe Klück
Marion van Rooij
front, left to right: Marion van Rooij, Jan Wattjes; back: Luuk Kuipers
left to right: Judith van Bilderbeek, Morgan Betz, Marion van Rooij, Mirthe Klück
Judith van Bilderbeek
Rob Knijn
Rob Knijn
Annemieke Louwerens
Annemieke Louwerens
left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, Nies Vooijs, Annemieke Louwerens
left: Pietertje van Splunter; right: Nies Vooijs
Pietertje van Splunter

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Nies Vooijs

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Art in corona times 74. Ioana Ciora & Kevin Schuit, Badtime; Baracca, The Hague

Baracca has turned to a less moveable place, a garage at Isabellaland at the northern edge of town.

Last weekend (June 5-6) there were drawings on show, communally made by Ioana Ciora and Kevin Schuit.

The drawings show a Felix the Cat-like main character, who is twisting in all directions to survive a non-co-operative world, but who is smiling against all odds. The works were made on the basis of sketches on torn-off scraps of paper.

We discussed the plight of young artists, who have to be as elastic as Felix the Cat these days, being kept busy and put in a rat race by society, while there are so many more important things to be done. Badtime is part of a series of short running shows in the garage at Isabellaland 824, in between two blocks of flats.

As information online about Baracca  is very historic – to put it mildly – it might be wise to contact Baracca’s Ibrahim Ineke (ibr.ineke at gmail.com) and ask him to keep you posted about new events.

After all, it is in these small initiatives that the real underground is still trying to deglamourise society.

Ioana Ciora and Baracca’s Ibrahim Ineke in front of the Baracca garage.

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Art in corona times 73. Voorhout Monumentaal 2021; Lange Voorhout, The Hague

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

To write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Voorhout Monumentaal 2021, i went to Lange Voorhout to see the public sculpture show there. Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

As it happened only two sculptures in the show – by Ewerdt Hilgemann (1938) and by Joncquil (1973) – were worth taking some more pictures of.

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

One of Hilgemann’s so-called Implosion Sculptures is on show.

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

These are welded geometrical shapes, which are vacuumed.

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

As such they look like post-modern statements about a worn-out modernism, where chance plays a role again.

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Double

Surrounding shapes and colours mix in the crumpled surface of the sculpture, making it part of the surroundings itself.

Joncquil: Le moule qui rit

Joncquil’s Le moule qui rit (The laughing mould) –a title derived from the French cheese spread La vache qui rit (The laughing cow) –  refers to both le moule, French for “the mould,” and la moule, French for “the mussel.”

Joncquil: Le moule qui rit

As such it is also referring to Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) and his Pots of Mussels. Of course Lange Voorhout is full of shells, moulds if you wish, but as an absurdist object in The Hague’s chicest avenue Le moule qui rit also works very well, apart from its references.

Joncquil: Le moule qui rit

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Joncquil: Le moule qui rit

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