Heden asked eighteen Hague artists to each show a work of their own that hasn’t been exhibited before and that is of special value to them.
It has resulted in a heterogeneous exhibition of eighteen works in the central space of the gallery.
For those, like me, who are familiar with Hague artists, this is a good chance to see both familiarity and surprises.
For those who are not familiar with these artists, this show could be a bit of an introduction, although it is much too small to give a real introduction to the rich diversity of artists who live and work in this town.
As such the title Haagse Heritage (partly English) is a misnomer, except if it is the title of an upcoming series. [Update: Heden just told me this is the second of an ongoing annual series – BP]
Another aspect you might miss is a list with short statements about reasons why the artists have chosen a particular work.
That would have given more meaning to the whole presentation and to the diversity of the works.
Apart from that it is a fine group of works presented in a balanced way.
As photographs always lie, and as i couldn’t make satisfying pictures of three works in the show, it would be better to take a look yourself.
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The exhibition lets the works speak for themselves without bothering much about names and titles (so i stick to that same principle in this case), but to regular visitors they will be recognisable or even familiar.
In the mean time i hope to see and hear more of future initiatives by LhGWR, maybe even in this village of pomp and rubbish.