Art in corona times 28. Suzie van Staaveren & Jan Dirk Adams, Kifl the Kid Salon; Billytown, The Hague

Billytown is always in search of how to tackle space and how to present art.

The question of how to make an exhibition is usually just as important as the exhibition itself.

It has done so under different circumstances and usually with interesting and vital results.

Apart from the major artistic presence of the Billytown artists themselves, this is what makes the club special.

It is a downright shame that this is not recognised by nerdy art committees and authorities.

Especially because Billytown seems to have found its place at last in an unlikely spot that would be seen as a problem by any other gallery.

It is a space that is open to the world and as such it is potentially and with patience one of the most inclusive places in town, more so than the daft experts seem to notice.

That becomes clear again in Kifl the Kid Salon, set up by Suzie van Staaveren (1991) and Jan Dirk Adams (1995).

They created the base for an environment where people can become part of the exhibition and where their own sleeping artistry is stimulated.

Yes, there are works on show by Van Staaveren and Adams, but they don’t shout for attention.

They rather stimulate the appreciation of being there.

Other artists and non-artists also leave their marks.

In the mean time (the Covid-19 crisis was a blessing in disguise as it gave the work more time to unfold) different spontaneous events, some private, others open to anybody, have been made possible, a birthday party, a cinema evening, food tasting.

The salon is trying to move outside as well, in order to communicate more with passers-by.

As for yourself, just go there and take your time, have a drink, read a book, have a conversation, look at the art around you, look at yourself.

I was there on a lazy summer afternoon and it felt a bit like the terrace of a small family driven hotel in the tropics.

What you meet here are clearly the ideas of a younger generation about art and society, and the “social sculpture,” if you wish.

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Art in corona times 9. Presentation of some works from the collection & Unlocked/Reconnected; Heden, The Hague

Jan Hoek

Heden tries to reconnect with its audience with a presentation of some gems from its collection.

Jan Snoeck

Shaan Syed

They are works by well and lesser known artists, varying from sculptures to photographs.

Ingrid Mol

Elizabeth de Vaal

Micha Patiniott

Auke de Vries

Thijs Jaeger

Heden also takes part in the national Unlocked/Recollected project with Four Horse Men, a more or less apocalyptic work by Thijs Jaeger (1990).

Thijs Jaeger

In a YouTube video Jaeger gives an explanation (in Dutch).

Thijs Jaeger

I leave you here with my own choice of what is on show, to give you a taste of the diversity of the collection.

Suzie van Staaveren

Ingrid Mol

Noëlle von Eugen

Jan Snoeck

Frits Rotgans

Chris de Bueger

Hans van Bentem & Iris

Piet Dieleman

Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk

Jan van Munster

Marius Lut

Jan van Munster

Marlene Dumas

Lorena van Bunningen

Tomas Rajlich

Marius Lut

Lorena van Bunningen

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

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

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Mybody.com; Nest, The Hague

Christian Jankowski

I visited Nest to write a review about its present group exhibition Mybody.com for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

Christian Jankowski

As I have written quite extensively about the show in VLR i leave you here with some impressions and with a warm recommendation to visit the exhibition.

Alexis Blake

Alexis Blake

Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun

Patricia Kaersenhout

Bas de Wit

Bas de Wit

Bas de Wit

Bas de Wit

Bas de Wit

Bas de Wit

Bas de Wit

Bas de Wit

Bas de Wit

Shana Moulton

Shana Moulton

Shana Moulton

Jenny Lindblom

Jenny Lindblom

Jenny Lindblom

Jenny Lindblom

Jenny Lindblom

Jenny Lindblom

Jenny Lindblom

Jenny Lindblom

Jenny Lindblom

Jenny Lindblom

Goiffon & Beauté

Goiffon & Beauté

The Rodina

The Rodina

left to right, Suzie van Staaveren, Christian Jankowski and Bas de Wit

Suzie van Staaveren

Suzie van Staaveren

Richtje Reinsma

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

Christian Jankowski

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