Art in corona times 54. A Kocsma; Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague

Ida van der Lee

The present corona lockdown has made it extremely difficult to show art to the public.

Alex Jacobs, Ellemieke Schoenmaker
Elizabeth de Vaal

An online presentation cannot compete with the real thing.

Elizabeth de Vaal

It is not possible for the viewer to lose oneself in the proper thing, with its own measures, techniques, shapes, colours etc.

Manon Bovenkerk

Elizabeth de Vaal of the Post 15 Foundation – which facilitates residencies in the village of Pécsbagota, Hungary – has found a partial solution by inviting people personally and responsibly to see the A Kocsma exhibition, currently at Stichting Ruimtevaart.

Isabel Ferrand

Happy to receive her invitation, i visited Ruimtevaart some days ago.

Lotte van Lieshout

The show with works by some twenty-nine Dutch artists (all former residents) was made on the occasion of the twelve-and-a-half years anniversary (in Dutch that’s called a “copper jubilee”) of the foundation and the Pécsbagota residency near the city of Pécs.

Maarten Schepers
Ton Kraayeveld

An advantage of a personal invitation was that Elizabeth could tell me everything about the history of the Pécsbagota residency, which is in a tiny village in the south of Hungary.

Harold de Bree

Quite a few Dutch artists have resided there since 2007.

Hieke Luik

There are also ties with the University of Pécs, Hungarian artists and art students.

Sjef Henderickx

Dutch artists have an opportunity to work in a place far from the madding crowd, in a rather better climate than the Dutch, and in a small village community which is by now used to having these artists hanging around.

Channa Boon

It gives a good chance for an artist to see his/her own work and practice in different circumstances and as such to reflect on his/her own qualities, i think.

Marjolijn van der Meij
Simone ten Bosch

Here are some pictures of details of what is on show.

Ewout van Rijn

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists, Stichting Post 15 and Stichting Ruimtevaart, Den Haag

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Ton Kraayeveld, Labyrinth; Galerie Helder, The Hague

Ton Kraayeveld (1955) presently shows works at Galerie Helder.

It is not a big exhibition.

There are four more or less monumental works, a few smaller paintings and some drawings, but their great quality makes well up for their small number.

The exhibition seems to be composed around the four bigger works of which each shows a different aspect of Kraayeveld’s art.

The drawings appear to tell quite a different story.

Where the paintings are quite controlled, the drawings have a more expressive outlook.

Some of them are re-workings of (much) older drawings.

However, when looking at them closely, they show the same idea of constantly balancing between order and chaos, both in their compositions and in their ideas.

In Kraayeveld’s works there may be artistic and literary connotations of the modern and postmodern world, with sometimes peculiar contradictions.

In Kraayeveld’s works these contradictions translate into compositional contradictions, which gives them a slight sense of absurdism.

This is a compact showcase of Kraayeveld’s wonderful artistry.

Be sure to go and see it, as this is the last week of the exhibition.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Ton Kraayeveld and to Galerie Helder, Den Haag.

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Anachronisms; Galerie Helder, The Hague

Tan ja Smit

The present exhibition at Helder is curated by Ton Kraayeveld (1955), who combined works by himself with works by Tonio de Roover (1973), Tanja Smit (1961), Maarten Janssen (1960) and Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood (1950).

Tanja Smit

Tanja Smit

Tanja Smit

Tanja Smit

In spite of the title the works on show are all but anachronistic.

Tanja Smit

Tanja Smit

Tanja Smit

Ton Kraayeveld

It is difficult to find a common denominator for the show but the combination works very well and makes for an interesting exhibition with very different perspectives.

Ton Kraayeveld

Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood

Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood

Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood

All five artists have a kind of stubbornness in the way they make their work without showing off with that stubbornness.

Tonio de Roover

Tonio de Roover

Tonio de Roover

Maarten Janssen

They are all masters of their practices.

Ton Kraayeveld

Ton Kraayeveld

Maarten Janssen

Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood

Rather than anachronistic they seem to hover along time.

Jean-Pierre Zoetbrood

Tanja Smit

Tonio de Roover

Tonio de Roover

Even Kraayeveld’s paintings, which might be called the most historically retrospective in the exhibition, show modernism as a presence and not as a reflection in time.

Maarten Janssen

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