Art in corona times 9. Presentation of some works from the collection & Unlocked/Reconnected; Heden, The Hague

Jan Hoek

Heden tries to reconnect with its audience with a presentation of some gems from its collection.

Jan Snoeck
Shaan Syed

They are works by well and lesser known artists, varying from sculptures to photographs.

Ingrid Mol
Elizabeth de Vaal
Micha Patiniott
Auke de Vries
Thijs Jaeger

Heden also takes part in the national Unlocked/Recollected project with Four Horse Men, a more or less apocalyptic work by Thijs Jaeger (1990).

Thijs Jaeger

In a YouTube video Jaeger gives an explanation (in Dutch).

Thijs Jaeger

I leave you here with my own choice of what is on show, to give you a taste of the diversity of the collection.

Suzie van Staaveren
Ingrid Mol
Noëlle von Eugen
Jan Snoeck
Frits Rotgans
Chris de Bueger
Hans van Bentem & Iris
Piet Dieleman
Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk
Jan van Munster
Marius Lut
Jan van Munster
Marlene Dumas
Lorena van Bunningen
Tomas Rajlich
Marius Lut
Lorena van Bunningen

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and to Heden, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

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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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Zahar Bondar, I would like to be a dancer to be able to dance with the circumstances; Heden, The Hague

I visited Heden to write a review about its exhibition of works by Zahar Bondar (1992) for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As I have written quite extensively about the show in VLR, i leave you here with some impressions and with a warm recommendation to visit the exhibition.

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

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Zahar Bondar and Heden, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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Yani Chuang, Anatole de Benedictis & Joncquil, Found Footage; Heden, The Hague

Making an exhibition with three artists is quite a venture, especially if all three show personality in their works.

Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang
Joncquil
Anatole de Benedictis

Often the works of two artists seem to communicate while the third gets isolated in one way or another.

Joncquil
Joncquil
Joncquil

Heden made a show with works by Yani Chuang, Anatole de Benedictis and Joncquil in which this doesn’t happen.

Yani Chuang
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

The works are concentrated in the two main exhibition rooms, but they are also presented in the rest of the gallery, more or less embedded in Heden’s collection.

Joncquil

Anatole de Benedictis

Indeed all three artists need space.

Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Joncquil
Joncquil

They were brought together as they make use of found objects, found footage if you wish.

Yani Chuang
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

Chuang, who graduated last year from the Royal Academy in The Hague (KABK), takes chairs in different types and styles as her starting point.

Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

She transforms them into sculptural characters and even gives them individual names.

Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang
Anatole de Benedictis

Her works function as a kind of beacons in the show.

Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

It will be interesting to see how her work will develop.

Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis
Anatole de Benedictis

De Benedictis already graduated some years ago and his work has very much grown since.

Anatole de Benedictis
Joncquil
Yani Chuang

In his drawings rigorous precision and a clear graphic pencil line are his hallmarks.

Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang

Their  ‘coolness’, completed by objects that reflect the subjects of the drawings, seems to mask a world of falling and rising, including the pains, the joys and the discrepancies.

Yani Chuang
Yani Chuang
Joncquil

Joncquil’s world has expanded gradually octopus-like with the different interests and different disciplines he incorporates in his practice, of which painting, film and on-the-spot happenings are not presented in this show.

Joncquil
Joncquil
Joncquil

But, well, art is always ‘happening’ the moment you see it anyway, especially in Joncquil’s case.

Joncquil
Joncquil

Heden’s choice to make this rich and expanding show with these three artists is a very happy one indeed.

Joncquil

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and to Heden, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Anne Forest, I am with name; Heden, The Hague

Two years ago Anne Forest (1983) had an exhibition in Heden about which i wrote that her work had “matured considerably,”  that her style was “immediately recognisable” but “also manoeuvrable.”

Well, in her present show at Heden one could say she is still manoeuvring at different levels.

In two paintings she seems to make more of a perspective space around her figures and there she enters uncertain terrain that seems to be alien to her icon-like style.

Are these the margins of her style?

That is all the more important as her best works create a space of their own around them by themselves.

© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all pictures courtesy to Anne Forest and Heden, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Kunrad; Heden, The Hague

The works by Kunrad, now presented at Heden, are not easily shown in pictures, as they should be heard and felt as well.

All exhibited works are made of paper, and, except for one work, make noise, very soft to louder.

There is one with two sheets of white paper – i think the most subtle one – that works in a very easy but refined way with daylight, attraction and body movement.

However it is after all better to experience it all by yourself, which i highly recommend!

© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to Kunrad and Heden, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters