The present corona lockdown has made it extremely difficult to show art to the public.
An online presentation cannot compete with the real thing.
It is not possible for the viewer to lose oneself in the proper thing, with its own measures, techniques, shapes, colours etc.
Elizabeth de Vaal of the Post 15 Foundation – which facilitates residencies in the village of Pécsbagota, Hungary – has found a partial solution by inviting people personally and responsibly to see the A Kocsma exhibition, currently at Stichting Ruimtevaart.
Happy to receive her invitation, i visited Ruimtevaart some days ago.
The show with works by some twenty-nine Dutch artists (all former residents) was made on the occasion of the twelve-and-a-half years anniversary (in Dutch that’s called a “copper jubilee”) of the foundation and the Pécsbagota residency near the city of Pécs.
An advantage of a personal invitation was that Elizabeth could tell me everything about the history of the Pécsbagota residency, which is in a tiny village in the south of Hungary.
Quite a few Dutch artists have resided there since 2007.
There are also ties with the University of Pécs, Hungarian artists and art students.
Dutch artists have an opportunity to work in a place far from the madding crowd, in a rather better climate than the Dutch, and in a small village community which is by now used to having these artists hanging around.
It gives a good chance for an artist to see his/her own work and practice in different circumstances and as such to reflect on his/her own qualities, i think.
Here are some pictures of details of what is on show.
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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists, Stichting Post 15 and Stichting Ruimtevaart, Den Haag
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