However, the present exhibition is much bigger than just that work.
As the title implies, the works on show all have a strong sense of place, which results in a kind of inner landscapes, cityscapes and architectural interiors.
Zoete is the only one who explicitly depicts human beings in his landscapes, which seem to be very simple, especially compared to Cornelissen’s and Smits’ works.
However, that simplicity is deceptive as the concepts of his works are extremely balanced, such that there is no place for hidden details, but plenty of room for interpretation.
His figures and animals are very lively and his compositions could be described as both melodic and rhythmic.
Cornelissen’s works, monumental as they sometimes may be, are probably best described as inner spaces.
Knowledge and culture often play a referential role.
Even linear perspective itself retains its more or less intellectual aspect as if inherited from Renaissance artists.
Apart from two sculptures, Smits shows some impressive drawings, most of them cityscapes.
It might be enticing to some to refer to Smits’ empty cities and buildings as dystopias, but i think his architectural capriccios show buildings as individuals and cities as living organisms, which is a much wider scope than the trendy dystopia idea.
Generally it is a very full and brilliant show.
Be sure to take your time when visiting as the works are full of detail.
© Villa Next Door 2019
Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag