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.

Bertus Pieters

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Zahar Bondar, I would like to be a dancer to be able to dance with the circumstances; Heden, The Hague

I visited Heden to write a review about its exhibition of works by Zahar Bondar (1992) for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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.

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

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Zahar Bondar and Heden, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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Graduation Festival 2019; Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

I visited the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague to write a review about the graduation exhibition for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

At the moment the original Academy building is being restored.

It is a state monument built in the 1930s and as such it needs to be handled with the utmost care.

As i have written quite extensively about the show in VLR i just leave you to see this visual safari in the building. Enjoy!

Diego Grandry
Diego Grandry
Diego Grandry

Stella Hyunji Kim
Stella Hyunji Kim
Stella Hyunji Kim

 

Hein Budding
Alex Avgud
Alex Avgud
Pien Post
Pien Post

Jamy Osinga

Co Knol
Co Knol
Co Knol
Daniela Rosca
Nael Quraishi
Nael Quraishi

Linnéa Gerrits

Miriam Schreiner
Miriam Schreiner
Aliaksandra Puhachova
Rinella Alfonso
Jinbin Chen
Jinbin Chen
Jinbin Chen
Boris Windmeijer
Boris Windmeijer
Boris Windmeijer

Evy van Schelt
Evy van Schelt

Ziko Assink

Sonja Steiner
Sonja Steiner

Zahar Bondar
Zahar Bondar
Zahar Bondar
Zahar Bondar
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff
Natasha Rijkhoff

Nils Addink

Natasha Papika
Natasha Papika
Alfons Nauw
Alfons Nauw
Alfons Nauw
Yukari Nakamichi
Yukari Nakamichi
Yukari Nakamichi
Ana Oosting
Ana Oosting
I-Chieh Liu
I-Chieh Liu
Jonathan Cho
Jonathan Cho

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Content of all photographs courtesy to all artists and the Royal Academy of Art, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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A Foreign Affair; Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3, The Hague

Sophie Beerens

The midterm presentation by the last year’s fine arts students of the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague takes place this weekend (today until 6 pm.)

Sophie Beerens
Sophie Beerens

The show is in the former school where Billytown  and Stichting Ruimtevaart have settled down recently.

Miriam Schreiner
Sara Bouwens
Sara Bouwens

This is clearly a good environment for arts students to present their work.

Nils Addink
Alexander Webber
Alexander Webber

In spite of the enormous variety of voices, ideas, styles and disciplines they seem to have co-operated well in sharing the space.

Andrea Ball
Nanhee Kim
Zahar Bondar

That doesn’t mean the different spaces and rooms are ideal; especially the lighting is problematic in many places.

Zahar Bondar
Athina Yannoukaki
Athina Yannoukaki

However, as the students are still in a stage of development for their graduation show this kind of improvisatory space may work inspiring.

Søren Nellemann
Alfons Nauw
Jinbin Chen

I especially missed some performances as i always seem to be too early or too late for them, but the whole show can easily be seen in a relatively short time.

Boris Windmeijer
Boris Raugul
Boris Raugul

Quite a few works are clearly in a state of development, but then any work of art is a development, even if it looks finished.

Linhuei Chen
Linhuei Chen
Linhuei Chen

When i visited yesterday, one of my best experiences was a completely unphotographable work by Yukari Nakamichi in which the concentration of making is transferred very closely to the visitor, although i think the experience is best when entering Nakamichi’s work on your own, without company.

A Foreign Affair 25 Michelle-Ann De Coeyere
Michelle-Ann De Coeyere
Nadja Nevina Temper
Sonja Steiner

The whole show is an excellent appetiser for next year’s graduation show, and as such shouldn’t be missed.

Simon Fitskie

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Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and the KABK, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters