Art in corona times 34. Artist Support Fair, Geen bloem zonder wortel (No Flower Without a Root); Quartair, The Hague

Lambert de Jong

What a good event this was, last weekend at Quartair!

Petra van der Schoot
Rik Buter
Caro Rambonnet

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.

Bertus Gerssen
Marjolijn van der Meij (with a nod to George Stubbs)

Less than thirty years ago The Hague was a provincial backwater.

Ton Schuttelaar
Annemieke Louwerens

Bringing it where it is now, has taken a lot of energy.

Sogo Show
Ingrid Rollema

However, art life in The Hague is still very vulnerable.

Nies Vooijs
Zeger Reyers

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.

Machiel van Soest
Rens Krikhaar
Geeske Harting

Therefore it is heart warming to see artists trying to take back the initiative.

Mekhila Harrison
Riet Vooijs

Of course this can only be a beginning, and in itself the event was modest in almost everything.

Paul de Jong
Jordan Herregraven
Tejo Philips

175 works of art were put up for sale, each for E300 or less, and so the works on show were small.

Erik-Jan Ligtvoet
Erik-Jan Ligtvoet

However, what it lacked in dimensions, it won in diversity.

Harold de Bree
Gino Anthonisse

This diversity is one of the best assets of art life in The Hague.

Hein van Liempd
Wieteke Heldens

Here i show you thirty of the works i found most interesting and best photographable.

Zahar Bondar
Topp & Dubio

A very personal choice of course, but that’s the risk of reading Villa Next Door.

Jeannette Slütter
Ilona Senghore
Jessica de Wolf

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

Bertus Pieters

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negen10drie&7tig (9teen7ty3); Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague

Jan de Weerd

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.

Jan de Weerd
Nies Vooijs

By that time the Vrije Academie was the more progressive institution, compared to the then quite conservative Royal Academy (KABK) of The Hague.

Pim Piët
Nies Vooijs

However, there is no place for nostalgia in the show.

Pim Piët
Nies Vooijs

Each artist has his/her own way of working and thinking and in fact, their works have nothing to do with each other.

Pim Piët
Jan de Weerd
left to right, Pim Piët, Nies Vooijs, Jan de Weerd

In spite of or maybe even due to that, it has become a very accessible exhibition.

Pim Piët
left to right, Jan de Weerd, Pim Piët

Works on show are by Pim Piët, Nies Vooijs and Jan de Weerd.

Pim Piët
Jan de Weerd

Alas, the fourth artist, Marion van Rooij, unexpectedly died only a few days before the opening of the show.

Nies Vooijs
Nies Vooijs

Because of that her works could not be presented, so she is now represented by some open spaces.

Marion van Rooij

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

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See what you know; Quartair, The Hague

Ilona Plaum

In the present exhibition at Quartair, painting is identified with space, knowledge, the act of painting and the self.

Ilona Plaum
Wieteke Heldens
Wieteke Heldens
Robbin Heyker
Nies Vooijs

In fact this would apply to any discipline in visual and other arts, but of course painting is one of the basic and most traditional of the visual arts.

Pietertje van Splunter
Pietertje van Splunter
left to right: Wieteke Heldens, Pietertje van Splunter
Robbin Heyker
Ilona Plaum
Ilona Plaum

That doesn’t mean that all works on show are paintings in a sense that they are pieces of canvas or panels with pasty pigments on them.

Jeroen Hofhuizen
Jeroen Hofhuizen
Raymond Cuijpers
Raymond Cuijpers
Raymond Cuijpers

For instance André Kruysen’s works are sculptures and Delphine Courtillot makes ceramics.

Raymond Cuijpers
left to right: Nies Vooijs, Ilona Plaum, André Kruysen
Nies Vooijs
Nies Vooijs
Nies Vooijs
Nies Vooijs

Even Ilona Plaum’s painting-like works are in fact prints and in one of her works Wieteke Heldens doesn’t use paint but a marker.

front to back: Nies Vooijs, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker
left to right: Wietke Heldens, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker
left to right: Robbin Heyker, André Kruysen
André Kruysen
André Kruysen

Indeed the way paint is used by the other artists is very personal and is very well presented in this spacious exhibition.

left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker
left to right: André Kruysen, Wieteke Heldens
front to back: André Kruysen, Nies Vooijs
André Kruysen
front to back: André Kruysen, Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers
front to back: Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers

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.

front to back: Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers
left to right: Raymond Cuijpers, Delphine Courtillot, Nies Vooijs
Delphine Courtillot
Delphine Courtillot
left to right: Ilona Plaum, Delphine Courtillot

As for its composition, arrangement, variety and quality this is certainly one of the best exhibitions in Quartair.

left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, Delphine Courtillot, Robbin Heyker

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Content of all photographs courtesy to all artists and Quartair, den Haag

Bertus Pieters