Closure of Hoorn & Reniers Gallery

Casper Verborg

Hoorn & Reniers gallery has closed its doors.

Kevin A. Rausch

Although the reasons for its closure are understandable, the fact itself is disturbing as it is not the first high quality art gallery in The Hague that ceases to exist. During the last few years Twelve Twelve Gallery, A Gallery Named Sue and Galerie Nouvelles Images also stopped, which is quite a loss for the extremely important diversity of what this city has on offer artistically.

Peter Feiler

Of course i wish all the former gallerists the best and i still hope to see more of the works by the artists they represented but the artistic impoverishment is quite saddening. As for Hoorn & Reniers: it represented quite young artists, especially painters both Dutch and from the German speaking countries, which was an enormous enrichment of the international scope of The Hague.

Peter Feiler

What remains is to be very grateful for what the gentlemen presented in their gallery.

Sebastian Gögel

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Hoorn & Reniers, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters



Peter Feiler, Music was my first love; Hoorn & Reniers, The Hague

Peter Feiler’s (1981) present exhibition at Hoorn & Reniers shows some interesting developments since his last show in The Hague some two years ago.

Some of his works are still outrageously baroque, but it is as if he has concentrated more on the central subjects of his compositions.

Music obviously is an important inspiration for his paintings and drawings, not just for their scenes, but also for their rhythms and movements.

Within the context of the exhibition that is even clear in some disturbingly empty compositions only showing some drugs.

The crazy music and festival scenes in combination with these drugs and other paraphernalia seem to have become metaphoric for life in general.

A mad audience collectively want to experience the very extremes of sublime passion and the music bands have to deliver and need their tablets and injections to do so.

Audience and musicians keep each other under their spell, strengthening the vicious cycle.

Apart from these highly dramatic works, Feiler also presents smaller drawings with more fairytale-like scenes.

Harmless though some may seem, these fairytales also influence our dreams, for better or worse.

All in all one may call this a highly Romantic exhibition, aptly staged in this autumn full of disquiet.

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Peter Feiler and Hoorn & Reniers, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters


Sebastian Gögel, Grote straat (Large Straight / Great Street); Hoorn & Reniers, The Hague

German painter Sebastian Gögel (1978) presently has a show at Hoorn & Reniers.

Undeniably Gögel is a painter in the German tradition (which is a much longer and richer tradition than most Dutch art viewers seem to realise).

Painting itself in Europe is an act in which tradition weighs heavily on one’s shoulders.

So if you really want to be a good painter you must take that for granted, whether you like it or not.

Gögel seems to be well aware of that; he survives it and builds his own work on top of it.

His work has very much matured since it was last seen in this city about a decade ago.

Some echoes of the Neuen Wilden of around 1980 are clear in this exhibition, also in his combining of the figurative and the abstract.

But there is a big difference as the sense of life has changed radically since the 1980s.

Today we live in a post-almost-everything culture in which Gögel has chosen to fly the banners of painting, not to be stubbornly traditional or to vehemently jump on the brakes of time, but clearly because it is (probably at least to him) the self-evident way of expression.

The German aspect is especially in the constant battle between content and composition, between imagination and expression.

There are some exceptionally fine portraits on show, but the exhibition on the whole has a lot more to offer, so it is warmly recommended as far as i’m concerned.

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Sebastian Gögel and Hoorn & Reniers, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters