Art in corona times 5. For the Love of Art, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Galerie Ramakers recently opened a new show specially made for these difficult times.

Frank Halmans
Reinier Lagendijk; background left: Warffemius,; background right: Bob Bonies
Warffemius

The gallery is quite spacious, so the five feet distance rule can easily be observed.

Warffemius
Reinoud Oudshoorn
Reinoud Oudshoorn

Of course there are setbacks for the gallery and its artists.

Joncquil
Reinoud Oudshoorn
Marion Bijlenga

Fairs are postponed or don’t take place and works made for these events or meant to be shown at them have to be exhibited in another way.

Joncquil
Joncquil
Johan De Wit

In the gallery is, of course, the best and most obvious way to do so.

Johan De Wit
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans

One can look at zillions of works of art on the internet, but nothing can beat the real thing.

Reinier Lagendijk
Reinier Lagendijk
Bob Bonies

Many of the works presently on show are for the inquisitive and have the power to absorb you.

Michel Hoogervorst
Michel Hoogervorst
Warffemius

Personally i enjoyed seeing these works very much. Some of them are golden oldies, others are quite new.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Galerie Ramakers, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

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Uit het atelier! (From the studio!); Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Jérôme Touron

Presently Galerie Ramakers has a show of works by five artists – Jérôme Touron, Azul Andrea, Reinoud Oudshoorn, Max Fouchy and Frank Halmans – which connect the optical to the slightly absurd.

Azul Andrea
Jérôme Touron
Reinoud Oudshoorn

For example Oudshoorn’s K-17 is a sculpture that may remind you of a graphite drawing or a black and white photograph and plays a game with your sense of perspective.

Azul Andrea

Andrea’s many sided works as shown here might probably be best described as optical lyricism.

Azul Andrea
Azul Andrea
Max Fouchy

Fouchy’s optical adventures vary from quite simple jokes to far more intricate works.

Max Fouchy
Max Fouchy
Max Fouchy
Max Fouchy
Max Fouchy
Max Fouchy
Max Fouchy
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Azul Andrea
Max Fouchy
Frank Halmans
Jérôme Touron

Touron’s Botanique (Botanical) is one of the more monumental works in the show.

Jérôme Touron

Its simple concept contains a world of rich absurdity.

Jérôme Touron
Jérôme Touron
Frank Halmans

But undoubtedly the highlight of the show is Halmans’ Verlaten galerijflat (Abandoned Block of Flats).

Frank Halmans

It looks a bit like a big sum of the different aspects of Halmans’ works about which i wrote quite extensively in 2016 in Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read that article (in Dutch).

Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans
Frank Halmans

The works are still on show this week and over the weekend, so you have to hurry if you don’t want to miss this!

Frank Halmans

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and to Galerie Ramakers, den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters