Art in corona times 5. For the Love of Art, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Galerie Ramakers recently opened a new show specially made for these difficult times.

Frank Halmans
Reinier Lagendijk; background left: Warffemius,; background right: Bob Bonies
Warffemius

The gallery is quite spacious, so the five feet distance rule can easily be observed.

Warffemius
Reinoud Oudshoorn
Reinoud Oudshoorn

Of course there are setbacks for the gallery and its artists.

Joncquil
Reinoud Oudshoorn
Marion Bijlenga

Fairs are postponed or don’t take place and works made for these events or meant to be shown at them have to be exhibited in another way.

Joncquil
Joncquil
Johan De Wit

In the gallery is, of course, the best and most obvious way to do so.

Johan De Wit
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans

One can look at zillions of works of art on the internet, but nothing can beat the real thing.

Reinier Lagendijk
Reinier Lagendijk
Bob Bonies

Many of the works presently on show are for the inquisitive and have the power to absorb you.

Michel Hoogervorst
Michel Hoogervorst
Warffemius

Personally i enjoyed seeing these works very much. Some of them are golden oldies, others are quite new.

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Bertus Pieters

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25 Years Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Galerie Ramakers is celebrating its 25 years anniversary.

Left to right: Yumiko Yoneda, Pat Andrea, Michel Hoogervorst
Pat Andrea
Warffemius; Bob Bonies in the background

Some artists of the gallery were invited to make a temporary monumental work on the walls.

Hieke Luik
Bob Bonies
Ien Lucas

Near the windows Bob Bonies (1937) made an apparently simple, but in fact quite sophisticated work, while Ien Lucas (1955) made such an unobtrusive work on the opposite wall, that one would almost think it is a common feature of the gallery.

Klaus Baumgärtner
Jan van Munster
Warffemius

In the back space of the gallery four men, Mat van der Heijden (1964), Joncquil (1973), Pat Andrea (1942) and Michel Hoogervorst (1961), are competing, each in his own special way.

Klaus Baumgärtner
D.D.Trans
Hieke Luik

In the conservatory Yumiko Yoneda (1965) has made an installation of her sensitive drop-like sculptures which now slowly change with the changing of the daylight.

Cor van Dijk
Cor van Dijk
Pat Andrea

In between all this monumentality there are some smaller works by other artists of the gallery on show.

Mat van der Heijden
Mat van der Heijden
Joncquil

It is not a minor achievement to run a successful gallery for 25 years, and the general mood of the exhibition is warm and festive.

Joncquil
Joncquil
Left to right: Joncquil, Pat Andrea, Yumiko Yoneda, Warffemius

It also goes to show how important the bond between a gallery-keeper, the artists and the gallery’s visitors and customers is.

Pat Andrea; in the background Yumiko Yoneda
Pat Andrea
Michel Hoogervorst

Of course it is business, but it is very much a business of love.

Michel Hoogervorst
Michel Hoogervorst
Yumiko Yoneda

It is very much the enthusiastic and informal personality of Catalijn Ramakers and her aesthetic choices that has made this brilliant artistic party possible.

Yumiko Yoneda
Yumiko Yoneda
Michel Hoogervorst

In fact this party of love and dedication has been going on already for many years and by all means i wish her a prolongation of many years to come.

Warffemius

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Galerie Ramakers, 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

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

Bertus Pieters