Art in corona times 45. Rearrangement of The Hague Sculpture Gallery by The Hague Council of Children, Grote Marktstraat, The Hague

Alderman Van Asten and The Hague Council of Children, 26 October 2020

On Monday October 26th The Hague Council of Children called on alderman of culture Robert van Asten to keep art accessible and affordable for everyone and to show more art in the city.

Of course i can’t agree more with the children, and i think it’s very moving.

In addition, the Children’s Council selected eleven favourite statues from the Sculpture Gallery in the city centre (the so-called Pedestal Project) and rearranged them in Grote Marktstraat in between Spui and Wagenstraat in cooperation with Stroom Den Haag.

The only conclusion can be that the kids did a good curatorial job.

It’s basic but sound, straight forward, lively and multicoloured.

Alderman Van Asten and The Hague Children’s Council and Berry Holslag’s ‘Observer’, being photographed by the press, 26 October 2020
Femmy Otten

When Stroom introduced Femmy Otten’s statue, it did so in a less crowded spot, anxious about the reactions of the public.

Femmy Otten
Femmy Otten

The children didn’t have such qualms and placed the sculpture right at the beginning of the commercial hub of Grote Marktstraat.

Ingrid Mol
Ingrid Mol
Ingrid Mol

Ingrid Mol’s sculpture is in fact itself a concoction by children given to the artist and so it couldn’t be missed in a choice made by children, also as a comment on consumership.

Berry Holslag
Berry Holslag

Berry Holslag’s sculpture is placed so as that it will look at you if you leave the cinema.

Rob Birza
Rob Birza
Rob Birza

Rob Birza’s sculpture was chosen because it combines Hindu and Dutch traditional cultures,

Famke van Wijk
Famke van Wijk

while Famke van Wijk’s work has a partly Christian content.

André van de Wijdeven

André van de Wijdeven’s elegant pink sculpture was chosen because if you’re looking at it from the restaurant on the second floor of the department store you will see the inscription with the title on top of it.

Jan Snoeck
Jan Snoeck
Hans van Bentem

Jan Snoeck’s and Hans van Bentem’s works were chosen just for the fun of them.

David Bade
David Bade

David Bade’s Calimero sculpture was placed in front of a chic department store as, according to the children, you shouldn’t feel sorry for yourself, and make the best of it.

Atelier Van Lieshout
Atelier Van Lieshout
Atelier Van Lieshout

To many Atelier Van Lieshout’s sculpture feels a bit awkward and scary but the children thought it was interesting that it looks at you from all sides.

Tony van de Vorst

Tony van de Vorst’s Friends closes the sequence.

Tony van de Vorst

When it was added to the collection some years ago it caused a stir amongst narrow minded politicians who objected to the girls wearing head scarves, but for the children they are just what they are: friends.

Tony van de Vorst

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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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