Façades of The Hague #56

Sculpture called Multipipe.

Placed in 1977 it is stylistically a true monument to its time: playful, abstract, and transparently constructed of industrial materials.

It was designed by a group of three artists (they appropriately called themselves De Groep – ‘The Group’): Peter ten Hoorn (1934), Henk van der Plas (1936 – 2009) and Fred van de Walle (1942).

Positioned along Escamplaan it could be interpreted as a joyful goodbye to travellers to the greenhouse horticulture area south of The Hague, the so called Westland.

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

© Villa Next Door 2017

All pictures were made in March 2017

 

Bertus Pieters

Advertisements

Feedback #1, Marshall McLuhan and the arts; West, The Hague

Mogens Jacobsen

The present exhibition at West, spread over both locations at Lange Voorhout and Groenewegje, looks like a first presentation of a new gallery or a new artists’ platform.

Mogens Jacobsen

Mogens Jacobsen

It doesn’t lack ambition at all and works by 15 artists and artists groups are on show.

Harun Farocki

Harun Farocki

It must have been quite an effort to give every work the space and attention it needs, even more so as most works need technology to make them work.

Angela Washko

Angela Washko

It also means there are 15 different ways of seeing, 15 different worlds for the viewer to swallow.

Disnovation

Reynold Reynolds

Reynold Reynolds

That is hardly possible on a rainy November afternoon as every feature needs attention, let alone the excess of information about Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), the inspirer of the show.

Reynold Reynolds

Thomas Bégin

Thomas Bégin

It is clear an institute like West needs another way of seeing from the viewer than an average modern art museum.

Mediengruppe Bitnik

Mediengruppe Bitnik

Wolfgang Spahn

That is all right, very good even, but a show like this awakens high expectations for the next exhibitions.

Wolfgang Spahn

Wolfgang Spahn

Wolfgang Spahn

All fifteen works bare a promise to give more, to show more, to linger more on the subject and on the world of the specific artist or artists group.

MRZB

MRZB

MRZB

All works have to do, in one way or another, with Marshall McLuhan’s ideas about media (‘the medium is the message’, remember that one?), technology and the role of the artist.

MRZB

Darsha Hewitt, Stephanie Syjuco

Darsha Hewitt, Stephanie Syjuco

Although very coherent, problem is that the show doesn’t really evoke dialogue between the works.

Darsha Hewitt

Darsha Hewit

Stephanie Syjuco

It is as if dialogue is saved for the following exhibitions.

Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl

Christof Migone

If that is so, expectations can’t be anything but very high.

Willy Lemaitre

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

©Villa Next Door 2017

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

 

Bertus Pieters

Niek Hendrix, The Theatre of Memories; De Ketelfactory, Schiedam

To write an article for Villa La Repubblica about Niek Hendrix’ (1985) present exhibition i visited the Ketelfactory gallery in Schiedam. Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

As i have written quite extensively about the show on VLR i leave you here with some pictures.

Needless to say you’d better go to the Ketelfactory to see it yourself.

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to Niek Hendrix and De Ketelfactory, Schiedam

 

Bertus Pieters

Lorena van Bunningen, Still Movements; Heden, The Hague

Lorena van Bunningen (1990) has a small but very interesting exhibition at Heden.

She shows objects – objects themselves or pictures of them – that are unpresentable at first sight, but indefinable as well. In that way she makes a mystery of the commonplace.

Heden’s basement gallery seems to be a very good place to uncover that mystery.

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to Lorena van Bunningen and Heden, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #55

House with shop front and balcony Laan van Meerdervoort corner Valkenboskade.

Probably built around 1913.

The shop front has probably been modified later.

The Valkenboskade façade shows a fine composition of door, windows and gable.

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

©Villa Next Door 2017

All pictures were taken in March 2016

 

Bertus Pieters

Anne Geene, The museum of the plants; Heden, The Hague

Photographer Anne Geene (1983) presently has an exhibition at Heden.

She is not a an artist of found footage who appropriates other makers’ workers.

She rather makes her own found footage.

anne-geene-11.jpg

Parts of plants, photographed, scanned or even raw, are the subjects of this presentation.

She categorises her collections, not scientifically, but by intuition and playfulness.

If you need some green in these dark autumn days, Geene’s works are a fine option.

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to Anne Geene and Heden, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Anna Fafaliou, The things I own own me; Twelve twelve Gallery, The Hague

The title of the exhibition could be a warning to the potential buyers of the works of Anna Fafaliou (1987) presently on show at Twelve twelve Gallery.

In a way her works are a kind of hide-and-seek.

Fafaliou has banned colour and black from her works.

White, mirrors, transparency, structure or the lack of it, light and gloss remain.

Her works create an inviting emptiness that may remind you of Zero.

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to Anna Fafaliou and Twelve twelve Gallery, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Revealing; Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Revealing is an impressive group show as one may expect in grand old Nouvelles Images. Running right through the generations, it shows works by Toon Teeken (1944), Joost van den Toorn (1954), Omar Koubâa (1979) and guest artist Marie Civikov (1979).

Few Dutch painters have such a great mastery of applying such a rich diversity in colour, texture and meaning as Teeken has.

Necessarily only part of this can be seen in a group show, but what an examples they are!

On show are some portraits of great names, both concise and expressive, and a recent series of smaller but very rich paintings called Interaction.

Van den Toorn is another artist with an extremely rich visual language.

He is best known for his sculpture, often gifted with a great sense of humour that seems to touch the seriousness of his subjects without becoming killingly ironic.

In this exhibition he shows an enormous series of ceramic plates and saucers with portraits of figures of national and / or international fame.

Koubâa is an artist who uses paint as a trigger for his great imagination.

In the exhibition he shows collages and paintings.

In his works, especially the bigger ones, it is not just worthwhile wandering through all the details but also to focus in and out, as each one is a cosmos with a constellation of its own.

His abstractions are not technical ones but seem to be ways to find common ground with the abstract idea of the world itself.

Civikov is digging into her personal family history and as such in European history, but her work is much more than that.

Different modern and postmodern concepts and ways of seeing are used, from abstraction and surrealism to her very personal and almost painfully clear use of colour and light.

Her figures are extremely crisp and clear as if they try to cling to memory without allowing it to become sentimental.

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all phjotographs courtesy to the artists and to Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters