Tomas Rajlich, Structures in Paint, 1966-1976, Gemeentemuseum The Hague

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I went to the Gemeentemuseum to write a review about its present show of Tomas Rajlich’s early works for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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More recent works were on show at Ramakers gallery in October. Click here for some pictures of that show.

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The Gemeentemuseum exhibits works from the decade around 1970. In 1969 Rajlich (1940) came to Germany and then to the Netherlands from his native Czechoslovakia and he lived for some forty years in The Hague before returning to the Czech Republic.

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As i’ve written extensively on Villa La Repubblica about Rajlich i would  merely suggest you visit the show.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Tomas Rajlich and Gemeentemuseum The Hague

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #23

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Extensions of Ziekenhuis Leyenburg (Leyenburg Hospital) as seen from Florence Nightingaleweg, from the southeast.

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Since the commercialisation of the health services in the 1990s it is officially called HagaZiekenhuis (HagaHospital, with this quite stupid capital in the middle of the word) locatie Leyweg (Leyweg location).

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Of course nobody knows what you mean if you mention that name, but everybody knows Leyenburg Hospital.

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The original hospital (the light grey concrete buildings in the pictures) was designed by architect Karel Sijmons (1908-1989) and was opened in 1972.

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The new buildings you see on these pictures are extensions for a children’s hospital, a births centre and an operation theatre building which were all designed by MVSA architects.

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All pictures were taken in March 2016.

Bertus Pieters

Tomas Rajlich, Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

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Quite some time ago i visited Galerie Ramakers to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the exhibition of works by Tomas Rajlich. Click here to read the full review (in Dutch).

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In the mean time there is a new exhibition at the gallery, but here are still some pictures with details of the Rajlich show.

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Born in 1940 in Czechoslovakia, Rajlich lived for some forty years in The Hague. Now he is living and working in the Czech republic and in Italy.

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Ramakers showed some of his works of the last few decades, while presently there is still an exhibition of Rajlich’s early works at the Gemeentemuseum here in The Hague.

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Content of the pictures courtesy to Tomas Rajlich and Galerie Ramakers.

 

Bertus Pieters

Landscape and the City; Galerie Helder, The Hague

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Due to circumstances i am a bit late reporting about this exhibition in Helder gallery about space in the human world, with works by Yves Beaumont, Bart Benschop, Demiak and Pär Strömberg.

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Eelke van Willegen

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Although the works of these artists differ a lot from each other it has become quite an atmospheric show.

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Bart Benschop

Pär Strömberg

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Later on some works by Melle Aussems, Jhonie van Boeijen and Eelke van Willegen have been added in the moveable cross-over space of the gallery.

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Eelke van Willegen

Bart Benschop

Bart Benschop

Melle Aussems

Melle Aussems

October 30 will be the last day of the exhibition, so hurry up to see it!

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Jhonie van Boeijen

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Helder

Bertus Pieters

Studio visit: Saskia Tannemaat

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Saskia Tannemaat happens to have a studio i once occupied myself, so it felt a bit like a homecoming to visit her place.

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Saskia’s core business is drawing and painting in which the expression of black and white and colour lie in line with each other.

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Her inspiration is mainly social city life, sometimes in places of society we tend to forget or deny. She does a lot of research for her work.

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Her intentions are not in the first place to bring change to these places (although that would be a welcome side effect) but to show aspects of reality and to find the right expression to them. It makes her work not only expressive but also warm hearted.

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In her studio are of course different works in progress, sketches, things that inspire her, utensils etc.

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And there is also the wonderful vista of The Hague, both inspiring and relaxing, maybe even comforting.

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Bertus Pieters

 

Last studio visits: https://villanextdoor.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/topp-and-dubio-a_day_to_clay_a_bust/

and: https://villanextdoor.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/studio-visit-jan-hoogervorst/

Façades of The Hague #22

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Simple block with four bays with apartments and shops, Laan van Meerdervoort. Early 1920s; shop fronts may have been added or modified later.

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Laan van Meerdervoort is The Hague’s longest avenue (5.8 km / 3.6 miles), even the longest in the Netherlands.

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It is known to be a chic avenue, but the economically barren period during and after WWI called for simple housing without too much decoration.

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All pictures taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

Wieske Wester, double you double you; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

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Wieske Wester (1985) shows paintings and drawings at Dürst Britt & Mayhew’s.

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Her style is reminiscent of neo-expressionism of the early 1980s.

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However there is no Hunger nach Bilder in her works,

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not explicitly anyway as she likes to obscure rather than to clarify.

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She indulges in her materials as she indulges in her subjects and their ambiguity.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Wieske Wester and Dürst Britt & Mayhew.

Bertus Pieters