Art in corona times 45. Rearrangement of The Hague Sculpture Gallery by The Hague Council of Children, Grote Marktstraat, The Hague

Alderman Van Asten and The Hague Council of Children, 26 October 2020

On Monday October 26th The Hague Council of Children called on alderman of culture Robert van Asten to keep art accessible and affordable for everyone and to show more art in the city.

Of course i can’t agree more with the children, and i think it’s very moving.

In addition, the Children’s Council selected eleven favourite statues from the Sculpture Gallery in the city centre (the so-called Pedestal Project) and rearranged them in Grote Marktstraat in between Spui and Wagenstraat in cooperation with Stroom Den Haag.

The only conclusion can be that the kids did a good curatorial job.

It’s basic but sound, straight forward, lively and multicoloured.

Alderman Van Asten and The Hague Children’s Council and Berry Holslag’s ‘Observer’, being photographed by the press, 26 October 2020
Femmy Otten

When Stroom introduced Femmy Otten’s statue, it did so in a less crowded spot, anxious about the reactions of the public.

Femmy Otten
Femmy Otten

The children didn’t have such qualms and placed the sculpture right at the beginning of the commercial hub of Grote Marktstraat.

Ingrid Mol
Ingrid Mol
Ingrid Mol

Ingrid Mol’s sculpture is in fact itself a concoction by children given to the artist and so it couldn’t be missed in a choice made by children, also as a comment on consumership.

Berry Holslag
Berry Holslag

Berry Holslag’s sculpture is placed so as that it will look at you if you leave the cinema.

Rob Birza
Rob Birza
Rob Birza

Rob Birza’s sculpture was chosen because it combines Hindu and Dutch traditional cultures,

Famke van Wijk
Famke van Wijk

while Famke van Wijk’s work has a partly Christian content.

André van de Wijdeven

André van de Wijdeven’s elegant pink sculpture was chosen because if you’re looking at it from the restaurant on the second floor of the department store you will see the inscription with the title on top of it.

Jan Snoeck
Jan Snoeck
Hans van Bentem

Jan Snoeck’s and Hans van Bentem’s works were chosen just for the fun of them.

David Bade
David Bade

David Bade’s Calimero sculpture was placed in front of a chic department store as, according to the children, you shouldn’t feel sorry for yourself, and make the best of it.

Atelier Van Lieshout
Atelier Van Lieshout
Atelier Van Lieshout

To many Atelier Van Lieshout’s sculpture feels a bit awkward and scary but the children thought it was interesting that it looks at you from all sides.

Tony van de Vorst

Tony van de Vorst’s Friends closes the sequence.

Tony van de Vorst

When it was added to the collection some years ago it caused a stir amongst narrow minded politicians who objected to the girls wearing head scarves, but for the children they are just what they are: friends.

Tony van de Vorst

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Art in corona times 41. Huang Yong Ping, Ling Zhi Helicopters; The Hague

I visited Ypenburg (en enclave of The Hague in between neighbouring municipalities) and its new public work of art by Huang Yong Ping (1954-2019) called Ling Zhi Helicopters to write an article for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

As i have written quite extensively about the work in VLR, i just leave you here with some impressions of it, with the strong recommendation to visit it, as it is quite impressive.

Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)

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Art in corona times #18. Janice McNab, Richard Sluijs, Lawrence Malstaf & Marjolein van Haasteren, A new world; Stroom, The Hague

Janice McNab

Stroom asked artists in The Hague which more or less recent exhibition or work of art they would like to see under the present circumstances and why.  The present exhibition shows proposals by Annechien Meier, Janice McNab, Richard Sluijs and Jorrit Paaijmans.

Janice McNab

McNab shows paintings by herself. She made them twenty years ago as a project called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – The Isolation Paintings.

Janice McNab

These paintings deal with people who are extremely allergic to chemicals, and who have to live a life in isolation. Indeed these are moving works under the present crisis, although isolation doesn’t seem to be much of an issue anymore.

Janice McNab

Which goes to show that even a crisis itself is an historic construction with different phases of intensity and remembrance.

Richard Sluijs

Designer Richard Sluijs proposed to show again his book about suicides during the Banking crisis Complete Lexicon of Crisis Related Suicides – 2008-2013 / Volume 1.

Richard Sluijs

Leafing through the book may give you the idea of walking in a very sad graveyard, almost a war cemetery.

Lawrence Malstaf

Jorrit Paaijmans suggested SHRINK 01995 a performance piece by Lawrence Malstaf in which a person (in this case the artist himself) is vacuum-drawn in between two plastic sheets.

Lawrence Malstaf

Watching man, helpless in his own protective isolation, indeed gives an extreme idea of the oppressiveness of the human condition.

Marjolein van Haasteren

Annechien Meier suggested a painting by Marjolein van Haasteren: The Storm. The work reminded Meier of the present situation the world is in.

Lawrence Malstaf

Due to the refurbishment of the gallery (a great improvement indeed) which allows more light and sensitivity, the works in the exhibition are even given a sense of isolation.

Richard Sluijs

Sluijs suggested to give his book a place near Stroom’s entrance but has now been given its own place, its own chapel so to say, in Stroom’s main gallery.

Janice McNab

As for my own private suggestions for works that are revalued by the present crisis, i refer you to four articles (in Dutch) in Villa La Repubblica: click here, here, here and here .

Janice McNab

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Tirzo Martha, The Dematerialisation of the Five Commands in the Five Senses; Public Sculpture Gallery, The Hague

Today a new work was installed in the public sculpture gallery in the city centre, commonly known as the Sokkelproject (“Pedestal Project”).

The work is by Tirzo Martha (1965) (you may remind his wonderful show at Museum Beelden aan Zee last year) and is called De dematerialisatie van de vijf geboden in de vijf zintuigen (“The Dematerialisation of the Five Commands in the Five Senses”)

It promises to be a valuable addition to the whole series.

It is a collage of different objects, that could be seen as a totem amidst the crowd in the city centre.

With its guardian on top it may in a way remind you of Femmy Otten’s And Life Is Over There in the same gallery.

The sculpture will be officially unveiled next Thursday (29 August 2019) in front of Town Hall and the Public Library.

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Evelina Rajca, Speculative Ecologies and Intelligent Energy Harvesting Entities; Stroom, The Hague

In Stroom’s Ondertussen (In the Mean Time) series Evelina Rajca (1984) shows some of her works of her project Speculative Ecologies and Intelligent Energy Harvesting Entities.

I must say i didn’t fully grasp the exhibition’s accompanying text.

As far as i can correlate the text with the works on show she is interested in self regulatory systems in non-living objects, or the systems that keep them “alive”, and how these systems can be improved, and especially how they can improve themselves.

The objects on show are interesting and may give you a taste of what she is working on.

Some of you may have experienced the wonderful noise making work on the wall already in 2016 at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Evelina Rajca and Stroom, Den Haag

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Nishiko, Repairing Earthquake Project; Stroom, The Hague

I visited Nishiko’s presentation of her Repairing Earthquake Project at Stroom to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As i’ve written extensively about the show in VLR, i leave you here with some more pictures without further comment, with the remark that if you didn’t see the exhibition as yet you should do so soon.

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Lawrence Lek, Nøtel; Stroom, The Hague

I visited Lawrence Lek’s (1982) new multimedia installation Nøtel at Stroom to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As I have written quite extensively about the presentation in VLR, I leave you here with some impressions of the show.

Of course it is best to see and experience the real thing at Stroom, but make sure you plan enough time for your visit as this is not a show to hurry through.

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Content of all photographs courtesy to Lawrence Lek and Stroom Den Haag

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