Art Rotterdam 2020; Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam

Fiona Lutjenhuis, Prospects & Concepts

Art Rotterdam has become the strongest contemporary art fair in the Netherlands.

Fiona Lutjenhuis, Prospects & Concepts
Tobias Lengkeek, Prospects & Concepts
Dennis Muñoz Espadiña, Prospects & Concepts

As for its quantity, it isn’t too big or too small and quality standards have become quite high.

Wouter van der Laan, Prospects & Concepts
Wouter van der Laan, Prospects & Concepts
Mylan Hoezen, Prospects & Concepts

Although there are no radical statements, this year’s fair can’t be called dull.

Maud van den Beuken, Prospects & Concepts
Lisandro Suriel, Prospects & Concepts
Lorena van Bunningen, Prospects & Concepts

Maybe the art world has shrunk back a bit by all kinds of radicality that seem to do more harm than good to the world, as things don’t look particularly happy-go-lucky either.

André Kruysen, NL=US Art, Rotterdam
André Kruysen, NL=US Art, Rotterdam
Gijs van Lith, MPV Gallery, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Of course an art fair isn’t a stage for philosophy, but the tendency is very much on what makes us human and what we value in life.

Gijs van Lith, MPV Gallery, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Raphaël Barontini, Espai Tactel, Valencia / Barcelona
Carel Visser, BorzoGallery, Amsterdam

Anyway, don’t let Ciara stop you from going to take a look for yourself, as it’s worth it.

Sanlé Sory, Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam
Hiroshi Nomura, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague
Hiroshi Nomura, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

I leave you here with some details that caught my eye amongst the many things that may catch yours.

Susanna Inglada, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague
Susanna Inglada, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague
Charlotte Klobassa, Zeller van Almsick, Vienna
Natascha Libbert, Gallery Vriend van Bavink, Amsterdam
Marcel van Eeden, Barbara Seiler, Zürich
Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam
Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam
Patrick Waterhouse, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam
Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Division of Labour, London
Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Division of Labour, London
Warre Mulder, Whitehouse Gallerry, Lovenjoel
Niek Hendrix, Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam
Remy Jungerman, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
Leandros Ntolas, Prospects & Concepts
Leandros Ntolas, Prospects & Concepts
Oscar Peters, Prospects & Concepts

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Bertus Pieters

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Cedric ter Bals, Shary Boyle, Susanna Inglada & Marjolijn van der Meij; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Marjolijn van der Meij

Probably the best word to describe the works of the present exhibition at Maurits van de Laar’s Gallery is ‘awkward,’ but in a very positive way.

Marjolijn van der Meij
Marjolijn van der Meij
Marjolijn van der Meij
Marjolijn van der Meij
Shary Boyle
Shary Boyle

One could also define it as radical theatricality; the crumpling of her subjects by Marjolijn van der Meij (1970), the exaggeration of her scenes by Shary Boyle (1972), the intensifying of the interaction between her actors by Susanna Inglada (1983) and the firm anachronising of the present day and the First World War by Cedric ter Bals (1990).

Shary Boyle
Shary Boyle
Susanna Inglada
Susanna Inglada
Susanna Inglada

In the front gallery especially Van der Meij steals the show with her crumpled Arcadian kitsch presented on shiny silk, extremely over-the-top in a way that it becomes extremely down-to-earth again.

Susanna Inglada
Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals
Cedric ter Bals

In the lower part of the gallery Ter Bals makes a colourful carnival of death, destruction and reincarnation.

Shary Boyle

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and to Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters