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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Seven artists from Hong Kong, Under.Line; Quartair, The Hague

A line could be described as the tiniest visible row of particles.

These particles can be anything, they may even be words.

As such a line is both an abstract idea and an abstract visualisation of that idea.

Seven artists from Hong Kong (Tsang Chui Mei, Jamsen Law, Julvian Ho, Lee Suet Ying, Vee Leong, Li Tzimei and Tap Chan) have made a show at Quartair in which different philosophies about the line come together in one installation.

The works – some of which are being developed on the spot – can be seen individually, but the curator Jamsen Law and the other artists clearly stress the idea of one multidimensional installation with drawing, painting, light and sound.

It is an interesting show but a very short running one, tomorrow (Saturday) will be its last day.

The exhibition was first staged last year in Hong Kong, and will later this year be on show in Berlin.

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

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E-Witness, Women and War; Quartair, The Hague

Shin Young-seong

E-Witness is a one week event organised in co-operation with amongst others the artist initiative Art Ze-An from Seoul, South Korea and Theatre of Wrong Decisions from the Netherlands and hosted by the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Quartair.

Shin Young-seong

Quartair has the exhibition part.

Ha Min-su
Ha Min-su

The show reflects on the role of women in war.

Heo Eun-young
Heo Eun-young

According to the exhibition text the cardinal question is “How can we analyze mechanisms of power and abuse both from the past and the present, towards the future?”

Theatre of Wrong Decisions
Theatre of Wrong Decisions

As usual the way to find an answer is more interesting than the answer itself.

Chung Kyung-mi
Chung Kyung-mi

It results in an interesting exhibition with works varying from very expressive to very hermetic.

Chung Kyung-mi
Shim Jung-ah

The works by the Koreans reflect, as far as it is manifest, on the victim role of Korean women during the Japanese occupation and the Korean War.

Shim Jung-ah
Shim Jung-ah

With such a heavy and still open historic trauma it is probably difficult not to reflect on.

Shim Jung-ah
Kim Su-hyang

As such the danger is that too little attention is given to the present position of women in war, or even at war, and to a diversion from the victimhood that is too narrow a focus to assess the role of women (or others) in war.

Kim Su-hyang
Kim Su-hyang

Most works are interesting, but some need more explanation.

Kim Su-hyang
Min Cheol-hong

For instance, the untitled video work by Min Cheol-hong looks quite wonderful but what is the connection with the issue?

Min Cheol-hong
Han Soong-hoon

Even one of the most beautiful works in the show, Bouquet of Memories by Kim Su-hyang, surely has more to say than just itself.

Han Soong-hoon
Hwang Seon-young

The works are still on show over this weekend.

Hwang Seon-young

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