To write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Voorhout Monumentaal 2021, i went to Lange Voorhout to see the public sculpture show there. Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).
As it happened only two sculptures in the show – by Ewerdt Hilgemann (1938) and by Joncquil (1973) – were worth taking some more pictures of.
One of Hilgemann’s so-called Implosion Sculptures is on show.
These are welded geometrical shapes, which are vacuumed.
As such they look like post-modern statements about a worn-out modernism, where chance plays a role again.
Surrounding shapes and colours mix in the crumpled surface of the sculpture, making it part of the surroundings itself.
Joncquil’s Le moule qui rit (The laughing mould) –a title derived from the French cheese spread La vache qui rit (The laughing cow) – refers to both le moule, French for “the mould,” and la moule, French for “the mussel.”
As such it is also referring to Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) and his Pots of Mussels. Of course Lange Voorhout is full of shells, moulds if you wish, but as an absurdist object in The Hague’s chicest avenue Le moule qui rit also works very well, apart from its references.
Click here to read the article in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).
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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Ewerdt Hilgemann, Joncquil and Pulchri Studio, Den Haag
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