Brasil, Beleza?! Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

Tunga

Tunga

Héctor Zamora

Héctor Zamora

Marcos Chaves

Marcos Chaves

The public exhibition at Lange Voorhout of Brasil, Beleza?! has come to an end; alas, as it wasn’t bad at all. However, the main exhibition at Museum Beelden aan Zee (BaZ) with sculpture from Brazil is still on show.

Ernesto Neto

Ernesto Neto

Marcius Galan

Marcius Galan

Cildo Meireles

Cildo Meireles

This year BaZ has made a clear difference between more monumental and robust works at Lange Voorhout and the smaller works in its own venue. There is also a big difference with last year’s Flemish show: there are fewer works by fewer artists.

Marcela Gross

Marcela Gross

Sonia Gomes

Sonia Gomes

Tunga

Tunga

Marcius Galan

Marcius Galan

That gives the works the opportunity to breathe more and it doesn’t give the visitor the idea that he/she is walking in a crowded supermarket. The choice (some great and some lesser known names) is also very good.

Alexandre da Cunha

Alexandre da Cunha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

Renata Lucas

Renata Lucas

Brazil’s recent past in modernist architecture and its daily life in that would-be optimistic environment play an important role in the exhibition. As a material concrete returns a few times in the show but not really in its most sturdy modernist way.

Adriano Amaral

Adriano Amaral

Marcelo Cidade

Marcelo Cidade

Valeska Soares

Valeska Soares

Cildo Meireles

Cildo Meireles

The materials are generally very divers and are very much part of the content and expression of the works, whether they are self styled or made of  found objects.

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Personal favourite discoveries are Erika Verzutti, who presents small sculptures slightly familiar and slightly awkward, and

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, whose virtual reality work wasn’t available due to circumstances, but whose table full of delicate things, both objects and ideas, will make you want more.

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

I advise you to visit the show yourself, as it is, for its content and its presentation, one of the best in BaZ’s series of  summer exhibitions.

Marila Dardot

Marila Dardot

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Vooijsen, Bogaarts & McKellar; Haagse Kunstkring, The Hague

Riet Vooijs, Gerhard Frieder, San Francisco

Riet Vooijs, Gerhard Frieder, San Francisco

John McKellar, Visit from Klein Klein

John McKellar, Visit from Klein Klein

John McKellar, Lotty with farmers wife and cow

John McKellar, Lotty with farmers wife and cow

John McKellar, Green highrise (detail)

John McKellar, Green highrise (detail)

John McKellar, Cowboy on tv

John McKellar, Cowboy on tv

Admittedly i’m not a frequent visitor of Haagse Kunstkring (HKK/ The Hague Art Circle), but

John McKellar, Red highrise (detail)

John McKellar, Red highrise (detail)

John McKellar, Visit

John McKellar, Visit

 John McKellar, New York

John McKellar, New York (detail)

 John McKellar, New York

John McKellar, New York

Nies Vooijs, no title (detail)

Nies Vooijs, no title (detail)

it’s hard to resist when four such distinctive Hague artists like the Vooijs sisters (painter Nies Vooijs and photographer Riet Vooijs),

Nies Vooijs, no title

Nies Vooijs, no title

Nies Vooijs, no title

Nies Vooijs, no title

Riet Vooijs, Isle of Skye

Riet Vooijs, Isle of Skye

Nies Vooijs, no title

Nies Vooijs, no title

Nies Vooijs, no title

Nies Vooijs, no title

Bill Bogaarts and John McKellar exhibit their works, especially

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Nies Vooijs, no title

Bill Bogaarts, Landscape (with fly) (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Landscape (with fly) (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Aribert Reimann (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Aribert Reimann (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Matthijs Vermeulen (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Matthijs Vermeulen (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Rocking horse (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Rocking horse (detail)

in this rare and wonderful combination.

Bill Bogaarts, Imploding city (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Imploding city (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Stair well (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Stair well (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Twighlightzone (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Twighlightzone (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Merry-go-round (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Merry-go-round (detail)

Riet Vooijs, San Francisco 1987

Riet Vooijs, San Francisco 1987

Although each of the quartet works quite differently, in a different idiom, together

Riet Vooijs, Route 66

Riet Vooijs, Route 66

Nies Vooijs, no title, Riet Vooijs, San Francisco 1987

Nies Vooijs, no title, Riet Vooijs, San Francisco 1987

Riet Vooijs, Chicago 1986, The Hague 2016

Riet Vooijs, Chicago 1986, The Hague 2016

Riet Vooijs, Oban, Aulay's Bar, 2016, The Hague 2016

Riet Vooijs, Oban, Aulay’s Bar, 2016

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Nies Vooijs, no title (detail)

they look like a bunch of friends.

Nies Vooijs, no title

Nies Vooijs, no title

Nies Vooijs, no title

Nies Vooijs, no title

Riet Vooijs, Newcastle 2016

Riet Vooijs, Newcastle 2016

Riet Vooijs, Alabama 1992

Riet Vooijs, Alabama 1992

John McKellar, Cows in France

John McKellar, Cows in France

I leave you with some impressions here, but of course it is much better to go and take a look for yourself.

John McKellar, France

John McKellar, France

John McKellar, The cats (detail)

John McKellar, The cats (detail)

John McKellar, The cats (detail)

John McKellar, The cats (detail)

Bill Bogaarts, Plateau

Bill Bogaarts, Plateau

Bill Bogaarts, Horse and rider in thick air

Bill Bogaarts, Horse and rider in thick air

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Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #18

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This is a public work of art along Maurits Kiekpad, a recently opened public footpath and cycling path along Van Alkemadelaan and Oude Waalsdorperweg. I have no idea who designed and made it, please let me know if you have.

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There are three slightly differing elements, each consisting of a double metal pole, probably two railway-rails, and a relief of a strandline along the beach.

As Maurits Kiek (1909-1980) was a Jewish Dutch resistance fighter, who worked for the British and survived arrest, torture and imprisonment by the Germans, the work may refer to the holocaust and resistance during the German occupation.

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Also Maurits Kiekpad runs from Scheveningen prison, notorious during the Nazi era, to Waalsdorpervlakte, a plain in the coastal dunes where many Dutch resistance fighters were executed by the Germans.

But the meaning of the work may be more prosaic: the rails may refer to the railway that once connected Scheveningen with The Hague and which ran in that neighbourhood, and the strandline relief to the water purification in the dunes area (thanks Willemijn Luijt).

There might also be a possibility that there was no professional artist involved in the designing/making of these works.

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All pictures were taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

Judea; West Gallery (at Huguetan House), The Hague

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I visited the exhibition Judea, organised by West gallery, to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the full review(in Dutch).

Ceiling of the garden room, Huegetan House. Though from the same age, this decorated ceiling comes from a destroyed house in Vlissingen.

Ceiling of the garden room, Huegetan House. Though from the same age, this decorated ceiling comes from a destroyed house in Vlissingen.

As i have said already a lot on Villa La Repubblica i just leave you here with some impressions and a few remarks.

Stucco over the stair weel and in the lantern, probably from Mme Huguetan's times.

Stucco over the stair well and in the lantern, probably from Mme Huguetan’s times.

The show is staged in Huegetan House, Lange Voorhout, originally built in the 18th century by English King/ Dutch Stadtholder William III’s own designer Daniel Marot for banker’s daughter Adriana Huguetan, whose family became rich from investments in the Dutch East Indies.

Lung Neaw in a rococo room.

Lung Neaw in a rococo room.

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That seems to be the right backdrop for an exhibition curated by Thai artist Arin Rungjang and featuring works by other Southeast Asian artists. Rirkrit Tiravanija’s (Thailand) monumental movie Lung Neaw visits his neighbours is exhibited, showing a former rice farmer in Thailand living a life full of gentleness and friendliness.

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Pratchaya Phinthong’s (Thailand) movie Rehearsal No.3 is extremely short and shows caged birds in the context of the Buddhist release life custom.

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Rungjang’s Bones, books, artificial lights and fireflies is a multidisciplinary work and, together with his Judea, the centre piece of the show.

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The movie part digs into memory and history, to the memories of Rungjang’s grandmother, the military dictatorship in Thailand, the Second World War and to Siam (as Thailand was formerly known) in the 19th and 17th centuries.

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Judea 18 Arin Rungjang

The movie is accompanied by a video loop with colour lights and fire flies.

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There are two loops by Lee Kit (from Hong Kong), one showing the legs of somebody vacuum cleaning (in Huguetan House with a stylish backdrop).

Judea 20 Nguyen Trinh Thit

Judea 21 Nguyen Trinh Thit

Judea 22 Nguyen Trinh Thit

Judea 23 Nguyen Trinh Thit

Judea 24 Nguyen Trinh Thit

Another impressive movie, that counterbalances Rungjang’s own work, as Tiravanija’s film does, is Letters from Panduranga by Nguyen Trinh Thi (from Vietnam).

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Judea 26 Nguyen Trinh Thit

Judea 27 Nguyen Trinh Thit

Judea 28 Nguyen Trinh Thit

The film is about the demise of the once powerful Cham people and culture in Viëtnam and about culture and power in general.

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In the Garden room are the material parts of Rungjang’s Bones, books, etc. There are some relics of his grandmother’s funeral,

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two fireflies,

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a Japanese translation of a book about Siam by a 17th century Dutch East India Company’s administrator,

[Remarkable and accurate story of the coups, that happened now last in the year 1688 in Siam. Containing the suffered defamation in, and the expulsion of the French from that Realm. From the Handwriting of the Supreme Commander of the French over there, translated into Dutch by A.v.H. In Leiden, by Frederik Haaring, 1692.]

[Remarkable and accurate story of the coups, that happened recently in the year 1688 in Siam. Containing the suffered defamation in, and the expulsion of the French from that Realm. From the Handwriting of the Supreme Commander of the French over there, translated into Dutch by A.v.H. In Leiden, by Frederik Haaring, 1692.]

pages from a late 17th century Dutch book with the administrator’s Dutch text as well as a story about Phaulkon, a Greek adviser or contriver at the Siamese court and a description of the coup in Siam and the expulsion of the French in 1688,

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as well as some reproductions of a 17th century painting by Johannes Vingboons representing Ayutthaya, the then capital of Siam. The name Ayutthaya was corrupted in Dutch to Judea, hence the name of the exhibition.

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Judea 35 Maria Taniguchi

Judea 36 Maria Taniguchi

Judea 37 Maria Taniguchi

Judea 38 Maria Taniguchi

To stress the fragmentation of remembrance, thinking, watching and human activity, a short untitled movie about a jeepney by Maria Taniguchi (from the Phillipines) is on show,

Judea 39 Lee Kit

as is the other loop by Lee Kit, a double channelled one showing a hand replacing pieces of beans on the right channel and a slightly wrinkled and stained piece of cloth on the left channel. Even our smallest daily activities leave traces.

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Do take your time to see this wonderful show, as it is quite unique being a many-sided narrative by Southeast Asian artists in a Dutch 18th (and 19th/20th ) century interior. There are comfortable seats everywhere and it’s worth spending the whole afternoon there (it’s your summer break anyway!). All works have a relaxed pace. Hint to West: serve coffee or tea to your visitors. It is always good to sip some postcolonial drinks under the circumstances.

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Bertus Pieters

Overal en altijd (Everywhere and always); Vonkel gallery, The Hague

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Under the either very cryptic or very wide ranging title Overal en altijd (Everywhere and always) Steef Crombach composed a small exhibition at Vonkel gallery, with works by her three colleagues Vincent Both, Maja Klaassens and Alexandra Martens, who all graduated two years ago from the Royal Academy in The Hague.

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In Both’s delicate works material and subject inspire each other, so to say.

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O&A 08 Maja Klaassens

O&A 09 Maja Klaassens

Klaassens shows two aprons with beans, also seen in a show in the Royal Academy last year, but now giving more context combining them with works on paper, giving familiar shapes a more hieroglyphic quality.

O&A 10 Alexandra Martens

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Martens shows two works on paper and two 3D works giving just a glimpse of a rich and inviting world, ready to be explored.

O&A 14 Alexandra Martens, Vincent Both

Both for the curator and the viewer this is a small but interesting exercise. Hurry to see it, as the show is in its last week!

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Contents of the pictures courtesy the artists and Vonkel.

 

Bertus Pieters

Portraits from the Heden collection; Heden, The Hague

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Heden shows portraits by different artists from its collection during the summer. It is an extremely varied collection consisting of photo’s, drawings, paintings, sculpture etc.

Nico Jesse, Giorgio de Chirico, 1957 (detail)

Nico Jesse, Giorgio de Chirico, 1957 (detail)

If your favourite painter is Giorgio de Chirico or

Robert Collette, Jan Mulder, 1969 (detail)

Robert Collette, Jan Mulder, 1969 (detail)

your favourite soccer player is Jan Mulder, here is your chance as they are for rent or sale.

Martine Stig, Glorie 1 (detail)

Martine Stig, Glorie 1 (detail)

Martine Stig, Glorie 2 (detail)

Martine Stig, Glorie 2 (detail)

Marjolijn van der Meij, Arthur Walker

Marjolijn van der Meij, Arthur Walker

Cas Oorthuys, Self portrait

Cas Oorthuys, Self portrait

Willy Jolly, Philip Akkerman (detail)

Willy Jolly, Philip Akkerman (detail)

There is this brooding, romantic portrait of painter Philip Akkerman, who is also represented with some portraits by himself.

Stefanie Scholte, Mr Jim (detail)

Stefanie Scholte, Mr Jim (detail)

Stefanie Scholte, Taro

Stefanie Scholte, Taro

Rarely seen but wonderful portraits by Stefanie Scholte are on show as are

Philip Akkerman, Three self portraits

Philip Akkerman, Three self portraits

Gert Germeraad, Abhorrance

Gert Germeraad, Abhorrance

Mik & Boonstra, No title (detail)

Mik & Boonstra, No title (detail)

Gerard Fieret, Rebecca (detail)

Gerard Fieret, Rebecca (detail)

some works by Gerard Fieret who has a posthumous international breakthrough these days.

Koos Breukel, Gerard Fieret (detail from a diptych)

Koos Breukel, Gerard Fieret (detail from a diptych)

Lancelot Samson, Terence

Lancelot Samson, Terence

Douglas Perez Castro, Enrique J (detail)

Douglas Perez Castro, Enrique J (detail)

Hinke Schreuders, Works on paper 45

Hinke Schreuders, Works on paper 45

Arie Vermeer, No colour TV (detail)

Arie Vermeer, No colour TV (detail)

Tanja Smit, Man from Dickens

Tanja Smit, Man from Dickens

Rarely seen Tanja Smit is on show along with

Marlene Dumas, Johan Cruyff (detail of diptych)

Marlene Dumas, Johan Cruyff (detail of diptych)

omnipresent Marlene Dumas, amongst others.

Paul van Dongen, Pietà (detail)

Paul van Dongen, Pietà (detail)

Kristina Schuldt, Beim Friseur (At the Barber's, detail)

Kristina Schuldt, Beim Friseur (At the Barber’s, detail)

Bas Meerman, Marnix

Bas Meerman, Marnix

A good variety of 40 works by 31 artists are on show, so it is well worth popping in at Heden these summer days.

Aafke Bennema, No title

Aafke Bennema, No title

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Contents of the pictures courtesy to the artists and Heden

 

Bertus Pieters

Ante Timmermans, O0; GEM, The Hague

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I went to GEM to write a review about Ante Timmermans’ first Dutch solo show for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the full review (in Dutch).

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This blog post only serves to show some extra footage of Timmermans’ works.

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It’s a particularly fine show.

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There’s a big installation in the basement of the gallery, made with older and newer works.

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On the ground floor there is an exhibition of Timmermans’ drawings.

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Contents of the pictures courtesy Ante Timmermans and GEM The Hague.

 

Bertus Pieters