Art in corona times 79. Show curated by Robbin Heyker; Superweakness, The Hague

Anatole de Benedictis

What is a strong exhibition?

Anatole de Benedictis

Is it an exhibition in which the audience is enriched with knowledge and philosophy?

Mara Alsters

Is it an exhibition in which the audience will be completely overcome by an extraordinary aesthetic experience?

Mara Alsters

Is it an exhibition in which all works of art take their proud place in a solemn parade of greatness?

Daniele Formica

Is it an exhibition in which all works are hanging and standing orderly in line to give the audience an idea of objectivity?

Daniele Formica

Is it an exhibition in which the audience will be so terribly moved by what they have seen, that a selling point of handkerchiefs at the exit will be commercially viable?

Bram De Jonghe

Is it an exhibition in which the gloves will be off and the audience will be knocked out?

Bram De Jonghe

Is it an exhibition in which the audience will feel socially and democratically connected and will be better citizens?

Bram De Jonghe

Is it an exhibition in which the curator will lead like an autocratic Mahler-conductor?

After a lost but a zillion times copied painting by Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905)

Is it an exhibition which gives a view on post-colonialism, gender-inequality, the destruction of ecosystems and blackness and whiteness?

Mirthe Klück

Is it an exhibition which proves its integrity by unreadable introductions which include all words necessary to be contemporary?

Bernice Nauta

Is it an exhibition which is so exhaustively educational that the audience will feel happy like in a kindergarten?

Bram De Jonghe

At Superweakness curators are asked to make a “weak” exhibition.

Wim De Pauw

In this case it was artist Robbin Heyker’s (1976) turn.

Wim De Pauw

The original idea of the series at Superweakness was to make exhibitions without much fuss, and that will be on show for only one or two days.

Wim De Pauw

That part of the super-weakness is lost already in this show, as it lasts some two weeks.

Philip Akkerman

Besides, it is of course up to you as an audience to see if this exhibition is so weak that it will not enrich your knowledge, philosophically or otherwise,

Camila Oliveira Fairclough

that you will not be overcome by the aesthetic experience,

Robbin Heyker

that you will find no solemn greatness in the works of art,

Ton Schuttelaar

that you will have no idea of objectivity while looking around,

Daniele Formica

that you need no hanky for your emotions,

Wim De Pauw

that you will not be knocked out,

Wim De Pauw

that you feel as disconnected as always,

Wim De Pauw

in which the curator has no conductorial aura,

Wim De Pauw

that will give you no view on anything at all,

Henk Visch

in which there is nothing to read to tell you what you see, and that doesn’t try to educate you.

Henk Visch

Go and tell me later (why should i always do the dirty work telling you); it is at Willem Dreespark 312, The Hague and open on Saturday June 26 13:00-19:00 hrs; Thursday July 1 13:00-18:00 hrs and on Friday July 2 13:00-19:00 hrs.

Henk Visch

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Art in corona times 37. Robbin Heyker’s Vogelclub (Robbin Heyker’s Birding Club), featuring Arjan Dwarshuis; Kifl the Kid Salon, Billytown, The Hague

Those who know me, know that i am not enthusiastic about either sports or religious gatherings, yet, i did take part in something like that in an event, a spin-off of the Kifl the Kid Salon, presently at Billytown (Click here to see an earlier report about the Kifl the Kid Salon) .

At Kifl the Kid Salon spontaneous events are being organised and one of them was Robbin Heykers Vogelclub (“Robbin Heyker’s Birding Club”), featuring Arjan Dwarshuis, the man who saw 6852 different bird species in 2016 during a world trip.

The event was in two parts; a film evening featuring Arjan’s Big Year, in which you can see Dwarshuis crisscrossing the world, watching and counting birds, anything feathered in between ostriches and hummingbirds.

The second part was a birding excursion at Meijendel, the coastal dunes near The Hague, led by Dwarshuis.

It was an exceptionally good morning to see bird migration, described by Dwarshuis as “just as spectacular as the big game migration in Eastern Africa,” except that few people in this country seem to be aware of that.

With a moderate south-eastern wind, conditions were very good according to Dwarshuis, which proved to be true.

Dwarshuis surely made us – a small bunch of artists and art-bugs for whom looking and seeing (watching) are cardinal activities – see loads of birds, especially in the sky, but also in the scrubs and in the water, usually unseen, even by artists and the like.

It was indeed extraordinarily exceptional, especially in the beginning of the morning when the sky was full of thousands of migrating birds.

What did we see?

Well, we saw: redwing (loads), fieldfare (loads), song thrush (loads), mistle thrush, blackbird, robin, stonechat, chaffinch, brambling, hawfinch, greenfinch, siskin,

goldfinch, linnet, redpoll, reed bunting, tree sparrow, great tit, blue tit, long-tailed tit,

jackdaw, carrion crow, jay, magpie, starling (double loads), treecreeper, wren,

goldcrest, firecrest, chiffchaff, blackcap, Cetti’s warbler, dunnock, grey wagtail, pied wagtail,

house martin (just one), sky lark, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker,

wood pigeon, stock dove, kingfisher, kestrel, sparrow hawk, goshawk,

buzzard, great white heron, grey heron, spoonbill, herring gull, common gull, black-headed gull,

lesser black-backed gull,  common snipe, coot, mallard, tufted duck, pochard, red-crested pochard,

great crested grebe, little grebe, greylag goose, white-fronted goose, pink-footed goose,

cormorant, and i probably missed out a few.

Without being a conspiracy thinker, one can easily state that that very morning the sky was full with the of spectacular phenomenon but unseen by those who are not woke.

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The Ballroom; Billytown, The Hague

There is presently a moving bike with a burning candle on its saddle in Billytown.

It turns, moves and makes noise like a spoilt child, constantly trying to catch your attention.

Or is it the embodiment of thinking and creativity, trying to find a way out of the grids, structures and obstacles of life, society and the mind?

As such it could well be the noisy candle-barer of all the works in the present exhibition.

The Ballroom is a show constantly in flux and in the making.

Works may be changed or moved.

Although the exhibition has had an official opening, its end may well be its real opening at the same time.

No names or titles are added, but the works are all made by Billytown’s own artists and are all up to discussion.

One work may be more constant than the other.

The tables can be used for anything, from eating and drinking from, to discussing matters, or just to have a moment of sitting down and looking around.

The works are by Rachel Bacon, Melle de Boer, Kim David Bots, Afra Eisma, Robbin Heyker,

Paul de Jong, Bram De Jonghe, Maja Klaassens, Marius Lut, Bernice Nauta,

Nishiko, Robbert Pauwels, Iede Reckman, Suzie van Staaveren and Marieke van ‘t Zet.

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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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