Anne Forest: Lineage; Heden, The Hague

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When Anne Forest graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague i can’t say I was exceptionally impressed by her work. It looked too much like a mannerism to me, but during the last few years she has matured considerably.

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Now she is an artist who is immediately recognizable indeed, but her style is also manoeuvrable. It tries to match any material.

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Inspired by the Russian Orthodox icons she grew up with, her main subject is the portrait. Every one of these portraits is a stylish clash between icon-like formalism and expression of character.

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With every new portrait she strikes a new balance between material, form, line, colour and expression. Every portrait creates its own formalism. At present her work is on show at Heden. Make sure to go and see it!

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Content of pictures courtesy to Anne Forest and Heden.

 

Bertus Pieters

Pedro Reyes: Disarm; Pulchri (TodaysArt), The Hague

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The coming weekend The Hague hosts the quite pricey TodaysArt festival, but Disarm by Pedro Reyes in Pulchri Studio is free and it is well worth seeing and hearing.

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Mexican artist Reyes transforms used weapons into musical instruments which are activated electronically.

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You can’t hear the fantastic sounds they make every now and then on this blog, but at least here are some visual details.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Pedro Reyes, Pulchri Studio and TodaysArt

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #19

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Façade of the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana, Laan Copes van Cattenburch. The mutual history of Ghana and the Netherlands is a long one.

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From 1598 onwards the then young republic of the United Netherlands had trade posts along the Ghanaian coast, then known to Europeans as the Gold Coast.

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In the 17th century these coastal colonies became important slave trading posts for the Dutch West Indian Company.

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In the 19th century the Dutch recruited soldiers from the Gold Coast to fight in the Royal Dutch Indian Army (KNIL) in present day Indonesia.

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The Dutch Gold Coast colonies were sold in 1871 to the British.

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In 1957 Ghana was the first sub-saharan African country to declare itself independent under its charismatic leader Kwame Nkrumah.

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The façade is built in late 19th century eclectic style, but it might well have been built in the 1920s as that style was used until the 1930s.

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All pictures were taken in March 2016

 

Bertus Pieters

Sander Reijgers (and Niels Post), GeSchwitter; Galerie Helder, The Hague

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Presently, Sander Reijgers shows paintings at Helder gallery.

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He makes paintings that may also be described as colour reliefs or, in another way, as icons.

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Layers of paint are applied on top of each other.

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Originally Reijgers made his paintings evolve into a kind of objects, but his latest works start looking like maps or miniature renderings of strange, flat and barren landscapes.

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Icons were once (or are still) revered, as the hand of the artist was supposed to be the medium of God.

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You may exchange God’s hand for intuition and there you have Reijgers’ way of painting.

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His works are both radical and diligent and every painting bares its own history of abstraction and re-abstraction.

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Last weekend Niels Post added a text, probably taken from some digital spam, but transfiguring into a kind of holy quotation accompanying Reijgers’ icons.

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Go and see Post’s complete text and Reijgers’ wonderful paintings, as the exhibition is in its last week.

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Contents of the pictures courtesy to the artists and to Galerie Helder.

 

Bertus Pieters

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 when i visited, 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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Bertus Pieters

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

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John McKellar, New York (detail)

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John McKellar, New York

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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),

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Nies Vooijs, no title

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Nies Vooijs, no title

Riet Vooijs, Isle of Skye

Riet Vooijs, Isle of Skye

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Nies Vooijs, no title

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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)

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Riet Vooijs, San Francisco 1987

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

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Riet Vooijs, Route 66

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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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they look like a bunch of friends.

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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