Art in corona times 33b. Haagse Heritage (“Hague Heritage”); Heden, The Hague

Marijke de Wit

Heden asked eighteen Hague artists to each show a work of their own that hasn’t been exhibited before and that is of special value to them.

Anne Forest (detail)

It has resulted in a heterogeneous exhibition of eighteen works in the central space of the gallery.

Philip Akkerman (detail)
Mirthe Klück

For those, like me, who are familiar with Hague artists, this is a good chance to see both familiarity and surprises.

Gino Anthonisse (detail)
Thomas van Linge

For those who are not familiar with these artists, this show could be a bit of an introduction, although it is much too small to give a real introduction to the rich diversity of artists who live and work in this town.

Marleen Sleeuwits (detail)

As such the title Haagse Heritage (partly English) is a misnomer, except if it is the title of an upcoming series. [Update: Heden just told me this is the second of an ongoing annual series – BP]

Boris de Beijer
Pim Piët (detail)

Another aspect you might miss is a list with short statements about reasons why the artists have chosen a particular work.

Tim Hollander
Thomas van Rijs

That would have given more meaning to the whole presentation and to the diversity of the works.

Lilian Kreutzberger (detail)
Sjoerd Knibbeler

Apart from that it is a fine group of works presented in a balanced way.

Arianne Olthaar (detail)

As photographs always lie, and as i couldn’t make satisfying pictures of three works in the show, it would be better to take a look yourself.

Thomas Raat

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to all artists Heden, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters


De opmaat (The Anacrusis / The Start Off), The First 10 Years of LhGWR; LhGWR, The Hague

For an anacrusis ten years may be a bit long but LhGWR has probably found itself cocooned in its gallery and wants to fly out now like a butterfly.

Of course that should be respected, but on the other hand it is a bit sad to see a good platform for photography go, as this is LhGWR’s last exhibition in its gallery.

It is sad because LhGWR like no other place in The Hague, and like just maybe a few other places in the country, has shown its audience what style is in contemporary photography.

Style in photography is not stylishness or an aesthetic hype; it is a way of finding balance in a chaotic world, basically by means of looking through a lens.

Photography, as such, is a reflective medium par excellence, both technically and philosophically.

In this last bow LhGWR shows works by ten of its artists with whom they have intensively co-operated through the years.

The works presented are by Karianne Bueno, Sarah Carlier, Pierre Derks, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Thomas Kuijpers, Lana Mesić, Krista van der Niet, Daan Paans, Marleen Sleeuwits and Nadine Stijns.

The exhibition lets the works speak for themselves without bothering much about names and titles (so i stick to that same principle in this case), but to regular visitors they will be recognisable or even familiar.

In the mean time i hope to see and hear more of future initiatives by LhGWR, maybe even in this village of pomp and rubbish.

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

Bertus Pieters

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