Art in corona times 54. A Kocsma; Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague

Ida van der Lee

The present corona lockdown has made it extremely difficult to show art to the public.

Alex Jacobs, Ellemieke Schoenmaker
Elizabeth de Vaal

An online presentation cannot compete with the real thing.

Elizabeth de Vaal

It is not possible for the viewer to lose oneself in the proper thing, with its own measures, techniques, shapes, colours etc.

Manon Bovenkerk

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.

Isabel Ferrand

Happy to receive her invitation, i visited Ruimtevaart some days ago.

Lotte van Lieshout

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.

Maarten Schepers
Ton Kraayeveld

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.

Harold de Bree

Quite a few Dutch artists have resided there since 2007.

Hieke Luik

There are also ties with the University of Pécs, Hungarian artists and art students.

Sjef Henderickx

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.

Channa Boon

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.

Marjolijn van der Meij
Simone ten Bosch

Here are some pictures of details of what is on show.

Ewout van Rijn

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists, Stichting Post 15 and Stichting Ruimtevaart, Den Haag

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MÊKH-web / live 13 years EX-MÊKH; Quartair, The Hague

Kees Koomen

In Quartair the Hague troika Ex-MÊKH (Maarten Schepers, Ellen Rodenberg and Kees Koomen) celebrate a 13 years collaboration which brought them amongst others to Berlin and Athens, apart from different Dutch venues.

Kees Koomen

Kees Koomen

Marian Wijnvoord

In this case they invited three other artists to celebrate with them: Frans van Lent, Niels Post and Marian Wijnvoord.

Marian Wijnvoord

Kees Koomen

Maarten Schepers

Maarten Schepers

It has resulted in an open and communicative exhibition which tries to avoid the idea of permanence.

Marian Wijnvoord

Ellen Rodenberg

Ellen Rodenberg

Ellen Rodenberg

Indeed no artistic statement seems to be permanent in this constellation, not even Schepers’ sculptures or Wijnvoord’s paintings, while Van Lent may enter Quartair any moment to fix things.

Ellen Rodenberg

Niels Post

Niels Post

Maarten Schepers

Koomen permanently works on his diary, while Post shows his next On Spam piece (nr. 68; you may have seen nr. 67 last month at The Balcony, here in town).

Maarten Schepers & Kees Koomen

Maarten Schepers & Niels Post

Kees Koomen

Rodenberg’s mobile work is in constant flux.

Marian Wijnvoord

Maarten Schepers

Maarten Schepers

Frans van Lent

You may know Kees Koomen as my tirelessly blogging colleague, as you also may know Niels Post from the Dutch artistic blogosphere.

Kees Koomen is calling it a day

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

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