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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Bertus Pieters

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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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Façades of The Hague #92

Haan (Cock) by Jan Snoeck (1927-2018), Dr. J. Presserstraat corner Escamplaan.

The sculpture was placed in 1984.

Snoeck was a prolific artist who made many sculptures for public space, many of them with his recognisable tiles in lively colours.

In spite of their popular outlook his public sculptures (like this one) usually are a bit edgy as well.

This one, a bit tucked away in the bushes at an anonymous street corner, clearly needs some thorough restoration for its original shiny brilliance to return.

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All pictures were taken in March 2017.

Bertus Pieters

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