Art in corona times 6. Hoogtij #61 (High Tide Festival #61), The Hague

Usually Villa Next Door doesn’t pay much attention to events like Hoogtij (Dutch for ‘High Tide’). Hoogtij is a seasonal Hague event – always on a Friday night – in which most commercial and non-commercial galleries in the city are open to the public. Gallerists and artists are present and there are always many special events. Due to the circumstances this couldn’t take place yesterday night, so the organisation decided to go online. 22 venues took part in this edition.

So i sat down in front of my computer to see everything. Most of the material can still be seen on the internet. A special event was an interview by Marie Jeanne de Rooij with Jane Huldman, sister, mother and grandmother to many an artist in The Hague.

It is a warm blooded interview, recommended for those who are interested in modern and contemporary art history of The Hague and the nitty-gritty of, amongst others, the Dutch art subsidy system. The interview is in Dutch and  it is not subtitled.

I hopped alphabetically through The Hague in order not to miss anything, so i started at …ism which showed Museum Guards, in which the inhabitants of …ism perform as guards of their own house and collection, staring at you blankly in their own paradise.

1646 has a delightful presentation by Afra Eisma  of her exhibition Feline Whispers which had to close down because of the corona crisis, but which can now be experienced digitally.

Undoubtedly hers is one of the most moving Hoogtij presentations.

Victoria Kieffer’s presentation at Aether Haga is interesting for its content, but why didn’t she present it in French with English subtitles and with more creativity in the visual materials?

Baracca gives a trailer, or rather an announcement of its 2015 project Inside Job, which can be seen on Yvo van der Vat’s YouTube channel. It will take you more than an hour to see the whole movie.

At De Helena Hanna de Haan and Rik Buter have been working on a charcoal wall drawing, improvising on and reacting to each other’s work.

At Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallerist Jaring Dürst Britt shows you around in its first lustrum exhibition Vèf Jaaaah, with works by all the gallery’s artists. If you switch to the gallery’s Facebook and Instagram pages you can see Alexander Mayhew talking about the different works of art (in English). I reported about the exhibition here.

Galerie Maurits van de Laar presents a tour by artist and curator of its present exhibition Christie van der Haak.

As Christie has been a much valued teacher at the Royal Academy in The Hague she will be to many – like Jane Huldman – a kind of sister, mother and grandmother of the arts. It is a wonderful presentation in Dutch. I reported about the exhibition here.

At the Grafische Werkplaats (Graphic Studio) Nina van Dijk and Cedric ter Bals show you around (in English) in the exhibition Slechte verhalen fikken niet (Bad Stories Don’t Burn) while Christiaan Schoonenberg presents his own story.

All done in a wonderfully spontaneous way (at least, that is how it looks like).

At Heden artist Thijs Jaeger presents his work Four Horse Men, a small but intriguing work based on the Apocalypse. The presentation is in Dutch.

At HOK gallery, one of the very smallest in The Hague, Harold de Bree opens his own exhibition Borderlines.

His presentation is in English and there is even champagne!

At Maldoror Gallery Roeland Langendoen and Elsbeth Verheul show paintings.

Maldoror is one of the easiest accessible of the lot as it is just a shop window.

Malieveldwerk is at the Malieveld where on Saturdays you may find one or more artists experimenting. The short video is from 2013 (when snow was still a common winter feature in this country) in which the experiments are announced by Topp & Dubio. The announcement is in Dutch.

Projektruimte West end (West End Project Space) shows you around in an exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs and objects featuring cats.

A must see for any cat lover or even not-cat lover.

Quartair presents the interactive exhibition stay-go.nl. It takes some extra clicks to get there, but it is fun.

Refunc is one of the very few venues which are digitally much better than in real, as far as i am concerned.

Those who need a reflective moment about space are well served by Henk Hubenet at Ruimtevaart with the short but fine video Circumstanced.

See Lab, itself located in far off Scheveningen, which makes it difficult to physically take part in Hoogtij, can be accessed now online with a presentation of the digital project Walking with Unimals by the artists of Pointer Studio. The project is presently on show ‘in real’ at See Lab.

In a very short presentation gallerist Alex Lebbink shows you the way to his SinArts Gallery.

It takes some extra clicking to SinArts’ own website to see the very interesting and worthwhile presentations of four artists and their works. Alex interviewed them all in English and it is a good way to get acquainted with their work. There are some short but beautiful video works and a recording of an impressive performance readily accessible as well.

Peter van Beveren’s The Archives has no short video. Why not? Surely all those books look interesting and intriguing enough, don’t they?

With a very short teaser Trixie announces its upcoming exhibition focus loslaten | ontspannen (let loose focus | relax) which takes place in June and for which you can apply in advance for a visit.

West Den Haag in “Onze Ambassade” (“Our Embassy” –  the former American Embassy) shows some slides of the four exhibitions it has at the moment.

Z Extra: Raamproject (Window Project), shows a short preview of a project by artist Yvette Teeuwen. Together with painter Casper Verborg – Yvette outside and Casper inside – they make a drawing on a window (at Heden). After some time a passer-by is also allowed to take part.

To end the evening i watched the short movie Dusk of the Harmonious Garden by Shen Wei, one of SinArts’ artists. A perfect and peaceful work to finish with!

Although these video presentations can never match the atmosphere and uniqueness of the usual Hoogtij events they are a good sign of life of the artists community in The Hague, and, as such, more venues could have taken part. Just to give a sign of life. Another good message is that most of the exhibitions are still on show “in real” and can be visited under conditions, so inquire at the websites of the galleries how you can visit them.

Click here to see all the Hoogtij presentations on its YouTube channel.

© Villa Next Door 2020

All photographs are stills / screen shots from the different presentations; courtesy to the artists, venues and the makers of the videos.

Bertus Pieters

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Christie van der Haak and guests: Different than Usual; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Hélène Penninga

Well, there you are: i proposed to publish only a few pictures as a teaser for what i think you should really go and see.

Christie van der Haak
Christie van der Haak
Jos de l’Orme
Jos de l’Orme

But then, when selecting pictures for this post, i was overcome by the same kind of drunkenness you get when seeing this exhibition, and here are far more pictures than i wanted to publish intially.

Katia Borghesi
Katia Borghesi
Peter Vos, Ellen van Dijk

Source of this drunkenness is Christie van der Haak (1950), or rather her work.

Peter Vos
Peter Vos
Ellen van Dijk

She invited sixteen guest artists to show their works against the backdrop of her own wall decorations at Galerie Maurits van de Laar.

Ellen van Dijk
Marjolijn van der Meij
Marjolijn van der Meij
Hélène Penninga

At the opening one of the artists called it a dialogue, which i think is the right idea.

Christie van der Haak
Pim Piët
Pim Piët

But it is also a declaration of love for the works of these very different artists and even for art in general.

Diederik Gerlach
Christie van der Haak
Christie van der Haak

Most of them are no artists of the gallery, some of them are household names (at least in The Hague), some of them are quite unknown here behind the dunes, which makes the show all the more interesting.

Diederik Gerlach
Anya Belyat Giunta, Elise Hageman
Anya Belyat Giunta
Elise Hageman

Generally, Van der Haak’s decorations give an extra dimension to the works of the other artists.

David Pedraza
Theun Govers
Marcel Zalme, Reinoud van Vught, Harold de Bree

It stresses their peculiarity, or even their mystery, if you wish.

Marcel Zalme
Reinoud van Vught
Harold de Bree

It is as if everything takes place within one big frame story which leads you to all kinds of different narratives and temperaments, all glowing with their own characteristics.

Nynke Koster

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

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Art The Hague; Fokker Terminal, The Hague

Art The Hague, The Hague’s own art fair was opened yesterday (2 October) evening and is open next few days and over the weekend.

David Bade, DSM Collection
Aline Thomassen, presentation Museum De Buitenplaats

Art The Hague is quite a small fair – which is fine – and it calls itself quirky (eigenzinnig).

Ingrid Simons, Livingstone Gallery
Joseph Montgomery, Dürst Britt & Mayhew
Ruri Matsumoto, Livingstone Gallery

However, apart from the presentation of the POPinnART collective there is very little quirkiness.

Inter-galleristic (Inter-galactic?) consultation
Andrea Freckmann, Galerie Maurits van de Laar

Of course this fair is a good platform for Hague galleries, and they have very attractive presentations,

Christie van der Haak, Galerie Maurits van de Laar
D.D.Trans, Galerie Ramakers

but apart from that there are only very few surprises.

Pat Andrea, Galerie Ramakers
Christian Thømsen, Har.art Gallery

The overall artistic atmosphere is quite unexciting, even dull, in spite of some very fine presentations.

Pieter Lemmens, Galerie Mia Joosten
Pieter Lemmens, Galerie Mia Joosten

May be next year will be more inspiring.

Top right, in magenta red, the POPinnART presentation

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists, the galleries and Art The Hague

Bertus Pieters

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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.

Anonymous
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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