Art in corona times 75. Robe bleu, fond rouge; Quartair & West End project space, The Hague

Philip Akkerman

To write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the group show Robe bleu, fond rouge i visited both Quartair and West End project space. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch)

Philip Akkerman

As i have written extensively about the exhibition in VLR, i leave you here with some pictures. The show is still open over the weekend, which is your last chance to see it!

Philip Akkerman
left: Machteld Rullens; right: Morgan Betz
Machteld Rullens
Luuk Kuipers
Wieteke Heldens
Kees Andrea
Kees Andrea
Kees Andrea
Jan Wattjes
Judith van Billderbeek
Jan Wattjes
Luuk Kuipers
Marion van Rooij
Marion van Rooij
Mirthe Klück
Marion van Rooij
front, left to right: Marion van Rooij, Jan Wattjes; back: Luuk Kuipers
left to right: Judith van Bilderbeek, Morgan Betz, Marion van Rooij, Mirthe Klück
Judith van Bilderbeek
Rob Knijn
Rob Knijn
Annemieke Louwerens
Annemieke Louwerens
left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, Nies Vooijs, Annemieke Louwerens
left: Pietertje van Splunter; right: Nies Vooijs
Pietertje van Splunter

Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch)

Nies Vooijs

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists, Quartair and Projectruimte West End, Den Haag

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Art in corona times 34. Artist Support Fair, Geen bloem zonder wortel (No Flower Without a Root); Quartair, The Hague

Lambert de Jong

What a good event this was, last weekend at Quartair!

Petra van der Schoot

Rik Buter

Caro Rambonnet

It stressed the exceptional position of The Hague in the field of the arts, but it also indicated that that doesn’t happen just like that.

Bertus Gerssen

Marjolijn van der Meij (with a nod to George Stubbs)

Less than thirty years ago The Hague was a provincial backwater.

Ton Schuttelaar

Annemieke Louwerens

Bringing it where it is now, has taken a lot of energy.

Sogo Show

Ingrid Rollema

However, art life in The Hague is still very vulnerable.

Nies Vooijs

Zeger Reyers

Main point is that it should be recognised that the development of a blossoming artistic life in The Hague is up to its artists and its artists’ initiatives and not to the local authorities’ hobbies.

Machiel van Soest

Rens Krikhaar

Geeske Harting

Therefore it is heart warming to see artists trying to take back the initiative.

Mekhila Harrison

Riet Vooijs

Of course this can only be a beginning, and in itself the event was modest in almost everything.

Paul de Jong

Jordan Herregraven

Tejo Philips

175 works of art were put up for sale, each for E300 or less, and so the works on show were small.

Erik-Jan Ligtvoet

Erik-Jan Ligtvoet

However, what it lacked in dimensions, it won in diversity.

Harold de Bree

Gino Anthonisse

This diversity is one of the best assets of art life in The Hague.

Hein van Liempd

Wieteke Heldens

Here i show you thirty of the works i found most interesting and best photographable.

Zahar Bondar

Topp & Dubio

A very personal choice of course, but that’s the risk of reading Villa Next Door.

Jeannette Slütter

Ilona Senghore

Jessica de Wolf

By the way, while writing these words, extra measures were announced by the government to cope with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, so, the title of the open letter that accompanied the event Don’t forget the artists! has become even more urgent.

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

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See what you know; Quartair, The Hague

Ilona Plaum

In the present exhibition at Quartair, painting is identified with space, knowledge, the act of painting and the self.

Ilona Plaum

Wieteke Heldens

Wieteke Heldens

Robbin Heyker

Nies Vooijs

In fact this would apply to any discipline in visual and other arts, but of course painting is one of the basic and most traditional of the visual arts.

Pietertje van Splunter

Pietertje van Splunter

left to right: Wieteke Heldens, Pietertje van Splunter

Robbin Heyker

Ilona Plaum

Ilona Plaum

That doesn’t mean that all works on show are paintings in a sense that they are pieces of canvas or panels with pasty pigments on them.

Jeroen Hofhuizen

Jeroen Hofhuizen

Raymond Cuijpers

Raymond Cuijpers

Raymond Cuijpers

For instance André Kruysen’s works are sculptures and Delphine Courtillot makes ceramics.

Raymond Cuijpers

left to right: Nies Vooijs, Ilona Plaum, André Kruysen

Nies Vooijs

Nies Vooijs

Nies Vooijs

Nies Vooijs

Even Ilona Plaum’s painting-like works are in fact prints and in one of her works Wieteke Heldens doesn’t use paint but a marker.

front to back: Nies Vooijs, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker

left to right: Wietke Heldens, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker

left to right: Robbin Heyker, André Kruysen

André Kruysen

André Kruysen

Indeed the way paint is used by the other artists is very personal and is very well presented in this spacious exhibition.

left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, André Kruysen, Robbin Heyker

left to right: André Kruysen, Wieteke Heldens

front to back: André Kruysen, Nies Vooijs

André Kruysen

front to back: André Kruysen, Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers

front to back: Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers

Quartair, with its columns, is not always an easy space to create effective exhibitions but this one makes very good use of all sightlines and there is a very good dialogue between sculpture and painting, or rather between the spacial and the flat.

front to back: Delphine Courtillot, Raymond Cuijpers

left to right: Raymond Cuijpers, Delphine Courtillot, Nies Vooijs

Delphine Courtillot

Delphine Courtillot

left to right: Ilona Plaum, Delphine Courtillot

As for its composition, arrangement, variety and quality this is certainly one of the best exhibitions in Quartair.

left to right: Pietertje van Splunter, Delphine Courtillot, Robbin Heyker

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Content of all photographs courtesy to all artists and Quartair, den Haag

Bertus Pieters