It stressed the exceptional position of The Hague in the field of the arts, but it also indicated that that doesn’t happen just like that.
Less than thirty years ago The Hague was a provincial backwater.
Bringing it where it is now, has taken a lot of energy.
However, art life in The Hague is still very vulnerable.
Main point is that it should be recognised that the development of a blossoming artistic life in The Hague is up to its artists and its artists’ initiatives and not to the local authorities’ hobbies.
Therefore it is heart warming to see artists trying to take back the initiative.
Of course this can only be a beginning, and in itself the event was modest in almost everything.
175 works of art were put up for sale, each for E300 or less, and so the works on show were small.
However, what it lacked in dimensions, it won in diversity.
This diversity is one of the best assets of art life in The Hague.
Here i show you thirty of the works i found most interesting and best photographable.
A very personal choice of course, but that’s the risk of reading Villa Next Door.
By the way, while writing these words, extra measures were announced by the government to cope with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, so, the title of the open letter that accompanied the event Don’t forget the artists! has become even more urgent.
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The present show at Stichting Ruimtevaart (Space Travel Foundation) is based on an artistic conversation of four artists who met each other in 1973 at the former Vrije Academie (Free Academy) in The Hague.
By that time the Vrije Academie was the more progressive institution, compared to the then quite conservative Royal Academy (KABK) of The Hague.
However, there is no place for nostalgia in the show.
Each artist has his/her own way of working and thinking and in fact, their works have nothing to do with each other.
In spite of or maybe even due to that, it has become a very accessible exhibition.
Indeed the way paint is used by the other artists is very personal and is very well presented in this spacious exhibition.
Quartair, with its columns, is not always an easy space to create effective exhibitions but this one makes very good use of all sightlines and there is a very good dialogue between sculpture and painting, or rather between the spacial and the flat.
As for its composition, arrangement, variety and quality this is certainly one of the best exhibitions in Quartair.