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.

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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 Rotterdam 2020; Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam

Fiona Lutjenhuis, Prospects & Concepts

Art Rotterdam has become the strongest contemporary art fair in the Netherlands.

Fiona Lutjenhuis, Prospects & Concepts
Tobias Lengkeek, Prospects & Concepts
Dennis Muñoz Espadiña, Prospects & Concepts

As for its quantity, it isn’t too big or too small and quality standards have become quite high.

Wouter van der Laan, Prospects & Concepts
Wouter van der Laan, Prospects & Concepts
Mylan Hoezen, Prospects & Concepts

Although there are no radical statements, this year’s fair can’t be called dull.

Maud van den Beuken, Prospects & Concepts
Lisandro Suriel, Prospects & Concepts
Lorena van Bunningen, Prospects & Concepts

Maybe the art world has shrunk back a bit by all kinds of radicality that seem to do more harm than good to the world, as things don’t look particularly happy-go-lucky either.

André Kruysen, NL=US Art, Rotterdam
André Kruysen, NL=US Art, Rotterdam
Gijs van Lith, MPV Gallery, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Of course an art fair isn’t a stage for philosophy, but the tendency is very much on what makes us human and what we value in life.

Gijs van Lith, MPV Gallery, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Raphaël Barontini, Espai Tactel, Valencia / Barcelona
Carel Visser, BorzoGallery, Amsterdam

Anyway, don’t let Ciara stop you from going to take a look for yourself, as it’s worth it.

Sanlé Sory, Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam
Hiroshi Nomura, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague
Hiroshi Nomura, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

I leave you here with some details that caught my eye amongst the many things that may catch yours.

Susanna Inglada, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague
Susanna Inglada, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague
Charlotte Klobassa, Zeller van Almsick, Vienna
Natascha Libbert, Gallery Vriend van Bavink, Amsterdam
Marcel van Eeden, Barbara Seiler, Zürich
Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam
Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam
Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam
Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Division of Labour, London
Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Division of Labour, London
Warre Mulder, Whitehouse Gallerry, Lovenjoel
Niek Hendrix, Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam
Remy Jungerman, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
Leandros Ntolas, Prospects & Concepts
Leandros Ntolas, Prospects & Concepts
Oscar Peters, Prospects & Concepts

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to all artists and galleries.

Bertus Pieters

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Tobias Gerber & Diederik Gerlach, Kunsthalle; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

“Unmöglich scheint immer die Rose,
Unbegreiflich die Nachtigall.”

From: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, West-östlicher Divan (West-Eastern Diwan), Stuttgart 1819, p. 126

Diederik Gerlach

Tobias Gerber (1961) and Diederik Gerlach (1956) are presenting their works at the moment at Galerie Maurits van de Laar.

Tobias Gerber
Tobias Gerber

Gerber shows plaster works and videos while Gerlach shows paintings and drawings.

Tobias Gerber
Tobias Gerber
Tobias Gerber

Both share a link with both Germany and the Netherlands, and with memory and remembrance.

Tobias Gerber
Tobias Gerber
Diederik Gerlach

Although their works are quite different, there is a resemblance in their fine sense of humour and in the way they avoid any sentimentality.

Diederik Gerlach
Diederik Gerlach
Diederik Gerlach

They don’t want to recreate a better past, instead .they both seem to have a deep understanding of the past being very much, so to say, the ‘organism’ that builds the present.

Diederik Gerlach
Diederik Gerlach
Tobias Gerber

However, there is a lot of mystery between the present and the past and each work shows the absurdity of remembrance itself, rather amplifying the mystery than solving it.

Tobias Gerber
Diederik Gerlach

Well, after all, what else can one do?

Diederik Gerlach

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

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Dirk Zoete, So Called Human; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Surely it is a cliché to say life is a mystery and that we don’t live long enough to solve it.

However, assuming that life is indeed a mystery, the most mysterious part of it is undoubtedly us, the human race itself.

We imagine ourselves to be free, but in the mean time we have our rituals and our ways of thinking to try and guarantee us that freedom, while at the same time we are caught by time, space and life itself and all its limitations.

Dirk Zoete (1969), who presently shows his work at Galerie Maurits van de Laar, shows the human being in its restricted life, as it puts on a mask of culture and character, as if to mislead anything that could have power over it, including other human beings.

Imagine you enter the gallery and they are silently trying to defuse you.

How would you react?

I’d strongly give you the advise to give it a try and to see how much you have in common with them!

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

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Cedric ter Bals & Philip Akkerman, Twiemæl Sterben; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Cedric ter Bals

For its exhibition Twiemæl Sterben (“Dying Twice” in an invented Germano-Scheveningen dialect) Galerie Maurits van de Laar has changed into a kind of war zone.

Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals

But don’t worry too much, as the battle is especially about the expansive way the human spirit can turn time and space upside down by sheer imagination.

Cedric ter Bals

So you may be shot at by colours and shapes that may or may not have any historic reference.

Philip Akkerman

The duo show has come about by a tight co-operation of Cedric ter Bals (1990) and Philip Akkerman  (1957).

Philip Akkerman
Philip Akkerman

Ter Bals presents his recent picture novel Tagebuch Oskar von Balz (Diary Oskar von Balz) about which i have already written extensively in Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read that article (in Dutch).

Philip Akkerman
Philip Akkerman

Akkerman, of course, won’t need much introduction as the uncurable self portrait painter.

Philip Akkerman
Philip Akkerman

No doubt Akkerman’s works are self portraits but on the other hand they are not, as they are also reflections on painting and its traditions, from medieval to post-modern, or rather a mix of it.

Philip Akkerman (Portrait of Oscar ter Bals)

Looking at them, one may think of different styles but they are always clearly in the first place works by Akkerman, who defies the usual linear idea of history.

Cedric ter Bals (Portrait of Philip Akkerman)

That is where he meets his much younger colleague Ter Bals, to whom he has given much space to arrange the show.

Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals

Some of Akkerman’s works even drown more or less behind the scene here and there.

Cedric ter Bals

Click here to read the article about Ter Bals in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

Philip Akkerman

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

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Robbie Cornelissen, Dirk Zoete & Rik Smits, This Must Be The Place; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Rik Smits

I visited Maurits van de Laar’s gallery a few days ago to write an article about a work by Rik Smits (1983) for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

However, the present exhibition is much bigger than just that work.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

This Must Be The Place shows works by Smits, Robbie Cornelissen (1954) and Dirk Zoete (1969), all three of them very good draughtsmen.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

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.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits
Rik Smits

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.

Dirk Zoete
Dirk Zoete

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.

Dirk Zoete
Dirk Zoete

His figures and animals are very lively and his compositions could be described as both melodic and rhythmic.

Dirk Zoete
Robbie Cornelissen

Cornelissen’s works, monumental as they sometimes may be, are probably best described as inner spaces.

Robbie Cornelissen
Robbie Cornelissen
Robbie Cornelissen

Knowledge and culture often play a referential role.

Robbie Cornelissen
Robbie Cornelissen

Even linear perspective itself retains its more or less intellectual aspect as if inherited from Renaissance artists.

Robbie Cornelissen
Rik Smits

Apart from two sculptures, Smits shows some impressive drawings, most of them cityscapes.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

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.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits
Rik Smits

Generally it is a very full and brilliant show.

Rik Smits
Rik Smits

Be sure to take your time when visiting as the works are full of detail.

Rik Smits

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

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Cedric ter Bals, Shary Boyle, Susanna Inglada & Marjolijn van der Meij; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Marjolijn van der Meij

Probably the best word to describe the works of the present exhibition at Maurits van de Laar’s Gallery is ‘awkward,’ but in a very positive way.

Marjolijn van der Meij
Marjolijn van der Meij
Marjolijn van der Meij
Marjolijn van der Meij
Shary Boyle
Shary Boyle

One could also define it as radical theatricality; the crumpling of her subjects by Marjolijn van der Meij (1970), the exaggeration of her scenes by Shary Boyle (1972), the intensifying of the interaction between her actors by Susanna Inglada (1983) and the firm anachronising of the present day and the First World War by Cedric ter Bals (1990).

Shary Boyle
Shary Boyle
Susanna Inglada
Susanna Inglada
Susanna Inglada

In the front gallery especially Van der Meij steals the show with her crumpled Arcadian kitsch presented on shiny silk, extremely over-the-top in a way that it becomes extremely down-to-earth again.

Susanna Inglada
Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals

In the lower part of the gallery Ter Bals makes a colourful carnival of death, destruction and reincarnation.

Shary Boyle

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

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