Paintings by Erik van de Belt at Acte de présence, The Hague

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Acte de présence in Jan Hendrikstraat is a shop window which serves as a kind of street gallery. It is ideally suited for showing performances, video loops or installations.

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But painting is another matter. However, the three new paintings by Erik van de Belt now strangely intermingle with the local street noise.

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They may be disturbed by the reflections in the window, but they are also visions of something more peaceful, or would-be peaceful, seen through that window. Just take a look there. You can see the pictures in real next Sunday at the finissage.

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Bertus Pieters

The one thing you never sing of or hang in a tree, Works by Brigitte Spiegeler, Saskia Tannemaat & Monica Winnubst, ARTtrium, Home Office & Ministry of Justice, The Hague

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The new Home Office and Ministry of Justice (Turfmarkt 147) share a public atrium in which art exhibitions are organised. It’s called ARTtrium. The space itself

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is not an easy one to show works of art in. It has the formal anonymity of a public space and as such it can easily force the works of art to be as formal and anonymous. But the exhibition programme has bravely tried to resist that.

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At the moment three artists show works on the theme of fragility or vulnerability. In a tragic way

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this has become topical at the moment with the Malaysian airliner disaster in the Ukraine in which nearly two hundred Dutch nationals perished. As such it puts this exhibition in another context where it may bring some comfort in one way or another. The blue works of

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Brigitte Spiegeler may give a view on both infinity and vulnerability of thought. The more

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expressionist works by Saskia Tannemaat show the intricacy of human relationships and its irrational and fragile architecture, while

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Monica Winnubst’s works show how perseverance and tenderness can go together.

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A reflection of a work by Spiegeler in a work by Winnubst.

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From left to right curator Nicole Donkers and the artists Brigitte Spiegeler, Saskia Tannemaat and Monica Winnubst.

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There are two weak points: the ARTtrium has no web page (and it really needs one!) and the title of the exhibition is too long.

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After signing the condolence registry, i left the building under the guard of Per Kirkeby.

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Bertus Pieters

Grandeur, Contemporary sculpture from France; Lange Voorhout, The Hague

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Claes Oldenburg made monumental pieces of junk food in the nineteen sixties. Hamburgers, hotdogs, ice-cream, you name it, he made it. Vincent Olinet works a bit in the same vein.

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Olinet’s work must be popular. Who doesn’t like the riches of a royal cake?

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But it must be a bit of a joke, opening the parade of French sculpture on the Lange Voorhout under the banner of Grandeur. Well, it would have been a real joke if all the Lange Voorhout was full of birthday cakes, on the pavements, on the lawns etc.

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P1017940 Emmanuelle Lainë (2)

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What kind of sculpture is this? Well, any object can be a sculpture. But this is meant to be two photographs of two installations by Emmanuelle Lainé. Nice, but what is it doing here?

P1017951 Yushin U Chang

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Fine discrete work made on the spot by Yushin U Chang.

P1017960  Emmanuelle Lainé

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Happily there is also a real and fine sculpture by Lainé on show, adjusted to the local context.

P1017968 Bruno Peinado

Bruno Peinado’s Sans titre / Globule Ubiquity Vibrations (Why do artists give a work a title while it has no title?) is quite nice at night, but by daytime it’s a bit of a dull affair.

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Another Sans titre with a title, even with a pun in the title.

P1017982 Laurent Le Deunff

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P1017982 Laurent Le Deunff (4)

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These Mattresses by Laurent Le Deunff are really interesting, but again, what are they doing here? They’re not given the opportunity to surprise.

P1017991 Guillaume Castel

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Works by Guillaume Castel.

 

P1018009 Marie-Hélène Richard (2)

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Marie-Hélène Richard made an in itself quite unobtrusive work on the spot. By giving it this special attention it becomes part of this parade of articles. While it could have played a role of quietly being there in combination with other works.

P1018009 Cyrille André

P1018018 Cyrille André (2)

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Cyrille André, a sculptor of figures and animals presents us with a falconer and his eagle and with five more eagles. “André examines in this work the complex relationship between mankind and nature (…)” says the information panel. What if André just likes sculpting eagles?

P1018036 Vincent Ganivet (2)

P1018036 Vincent Ganivet (3)

P1018036 Vincent Ganivet (4)

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Interesting work by Vincent Ganivet and

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a more or less minimalist work by Julien Prévieux, which in fact is less minimalist than it looks like.

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Stéphanie Cherpin shows two interesting works.

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Vincent Mauger.

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The more you are near the other end of the parade the more monumental the works become. Hanging sculpture by Samuel Yal.

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Next time, Lilian Bourgeat, make some furniture where people can actually sit on! (But i like the shadows it’s casting…)

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Adel Abdessemed’s Headbutt (or maybe rather Zidane’s Headbutt?) is the opening work at the other side of Lange Voorhout, and as such the pendant of the strawberry cake by Olinet. It is popular amongst soccer fans and tourists alike and it’s big, so it’s probably in the right place. But

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in the mean time the question is if the concept of these annual presentations

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should be changed. Apart from the fact that i fail to understand what

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is so French about this and what it has to do with Grandeur, the

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simple parade of artistic objects, where every sculpture has its own domain, with

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information panels, which invite to read and learn the interpretation of the curators,

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is, to say the least, a bit boring. Why not make it more adventurous

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and integrate the works of art more with the whole Lange Voorhout and with each other?

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Why not surprise people and let them discover things, instead of having them

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reading information panels? Sculptures, some of them quite interesting in themselves, become harmless

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items in a parade of French artistic produce. Why are the works showcased like in a huge

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trade fair in a way that consumers can make their own choice, while

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reading the advertising texts of the curators? Sculpture is not a choice, sculpture is a fact…

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Bertus Pieters

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

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The other day I went to the Graduation Festival at the Royal Academy of Art (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten – KABK) here in The Hague, to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. I made more than a thousand pictures, so this is just a tip of the iceberg.

P1017386 Marijn Ottenhof

I started my tour properly in Marijn Ottenhof’s Waitingroom in the basement. A well done project, both technically and ideologically.

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P1017392 Marijn Ottenhof

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I continued to the old building’s courtyard. As the exhibiting artist had some technical problems with her installation i went back inside, to see

P1017399 Bamberger Rider Donatello

these copies of the Bamberger Reiter and of Donatello’s Cantoria. But the venerable

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old building itself isn’t either Gothic or Renaissance. Although my main interest is the fine arts

P1017415 Gino Anthonisse

i always take a look at the works of the graduates of the other departments. At the Textile & Fashion department i was particularly intrigued by presentations of Gino Anthonisse and

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of Bastian Visch. Continuing my tour on the ground floor i glimpsed into the room where once i had my own graduation show, more than three decades ago.

P1017422 Jet Smits

Jet Smits shows liquid crystals, while in the next room

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Sebastian Frisch lets you listen to growing young maize plants. His work

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is combined with Jef Stapel’s works.

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I went to the first floor of the old building. Whose work is this?

P1017453 Lynn van Asperen

You bet!

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I saw Lynn van Asperen´s fine presentation, although i preferred the stills to the video.

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Interior Architecture & Furniture Design had its own publication,

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while others represent themselves in another way.

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The weather was still a bit gloomy.

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Urban happiness.

P1017474 Kim Verkade

Kim Verkade made a project about so-called beauty vlogging, where young teenage girls are compulsively busy with their appearance. One of the dark sides of the internet. In the same room

P1017477 Wardie Hellendoorn

Wardie Hellendoorn has a sympathetic project about people using the ferry (pont) in Amsterdam.

P1017479 Leroy Sankes

A statement by Leroy Sankes. Can’t agree more. And just next to his almost perfect photographs

P1017480 Lorena van Bunningen

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Lorena van Bunningen has this great presentation, showing you the wonders of this imperfect world.

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This reminded me of Marijn Ottenhof’s Waitingroom.

P1017497 Henri Verhoef

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Henri Verhoef’s just-over-the-top photos. And again

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something was waiting here.

P1017508 Juuke Schoorl

Juuke Schoorl’s very beautiful work.

P1017515 Stefanie Crombach

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Going to the second floor of the old building i ran into Stefanie Crombach’s work on my way to see

P1017533 Alexandra Martens Serrano

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Alexandra Martens Serrano’s great installation. She shared the room

P1017543Vincent Both

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with painter Vincent Both. Not a bad combination at all.

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This probably prepared me for

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this greenish room and

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this pinkish room by Silben de Jonge. These rooms are green and pink, as you can see.

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For me the interludes were short, for the graduates they are a bit longer…

P1017564 Isabel Cavenecia

Some attractive refreshments while watching Isabel Cavenecia thirsty video.

P1017593 Thamar Martin

P1017594 Thamar Martin

There are some good movies this year. This great one is by Thamar Martin while

P1017608 Biljana Kanevche

as for this one by Biljana Kanevche, i have the feeling it could have been taken a step further.

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And still the weather is a bit gloomy.

P1017626 Santeri Taurula

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On the second floor the rooms are a bit cramped, but for Santeri Taurula’s installation that’s no problem at all.

P1017642 Eva Lagrange

There was a fine series of paintings by Eva Lagrange too, while

P1017648 Hannah Polak

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in the next room Hannah Polak shows her fine installation and

P1017659 Tessel Vooijs

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Tessel Vooijs shows her paintings.

P1017669 Samara Mitri

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The two sides of Samara Mitri’s installation.

P1017671 Fiona Henriquez

Fiona Henriquez.

P1017673 Maja Klaassens

Maja Klaassens welcomes you to the dark.

P1017676 Thomas van Rijs

Thomas van Rijs.

P1017677 Anna de Vries

Anna de Vries has her presentation in the corridor. While it’s a fine presentation it runs the risk of not catching the attention of the visitors.

P1017684 Erik Muusse

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Graphic Design graduate Erik Muusse made a constitution for a dictator, and some machines to apply it. Here you see the voting machine.

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P1017711 Wim Steijven

On my way to the new building i saw a picture by Wim Steijven of his hilarious tall people project (club tall people Gives you space).

P1017712 Nathalie Mannaerts

In the new building Nathalie Mannaerts has this solemn room for her solemn pictures (and rethinking Marijn Ottenhof’s Waitingroom?).

P1017716 Jordan Herregraven

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These days a graduation show can’t be complete without some vulnerable animals. Jordan Herregraven’s presentation is quite good, although i’d rethink showing works on paper in this context (the works on paper are not in the pictures here, as it was too dark).

P1017737 Gitte Hendrikx

P1017739 Gitte Hendrix

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Some details of Gitte Hendrikx’s great installation and the flowers she got for it.

P1017750 Vladi Girz

Somebody seems to have had it.

P1017752 Stephan van Zijp

Stephan van Zijp is omnipresent amongst the painters while

P1017759 Mariska Baars

Mariska Baars brings you back to some refinement and

P1017766 Lisette Frimannslund

P1017767 Lisette Frimannslund

Lisette Frimannslund shows you rearrangements of remembrances.

P1017784 Stephan van Zijp

And again Stephan van Zijp. His monumental pictures

P1017786 Akycha Tegelaar

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next to the no less monumental but much smaller pictures by Akycha Tegelaar.

P1017798 Marijke Everts

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Outside, in the shed, Marijke Everts’s installation. Her motto is Only in my mind home exists which reflects her travelling mind, combining different cultures.

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Back to the building, on my way to

P1017821 Jonathan van Sloten

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Jonathan van Sloten’s sculptures.

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There’s always a way out!

P1017834 Mechteld van Dijk

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Mechteld van Dijk.

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She is sitting there every day.

P1017845 Áron Birtalan

This text reminded me of Erik Muusse’s constitution and Marijn Ottenhof’s Waitingroom. So i didn’t wait.

P1017866 Evelien Gransjean

Evelien Gransjean clearly wants the world to be bigger.

P1017870 Leslie Nagel Laura Rendón Berger

Through Leslie Nagel’s work you can see what is awaiting you in the next room. But

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first have some fun with Leslie’s machine.

P1017882 Laura Rendón Berger

Aura Rendón Benger.

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Well well well….

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And some more waiting…

P1017885 Helen M. Hintjens

P1017886 Helen M. Hintjens

Helen M. Hintjens shows an interesting video and other works on the theme of the present and the colonial past.

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Cuculus canorus. This bird is parasitic on nests of smaller birds. In forests, wetlands, farmland and moorland.

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Is this art? ….. no

P1017900 Adrian Mazzarolo

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Adrian Mazzarolo is stealing the show with his movie.

P1017925 R.D.P. Schelfhout

While on my way out R.D.P. Schelfhout had unlocked his room.

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In the mean time the sun had started shining, so i went to one of my favourite haunts. The KABK has become an extremely good institute. But why calling a graduation show a festival? In that case i’d expect something in more venues in the city or maybe some pop-up performances in the city centre.

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Full article here (in Dutch): http://villalarepubblica.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/hoogland-graduation-festival-kabk-den-haag/

Bertus Pieters

From Picasso to Sol LeWitt, Artist’s Books after 1950; Meermanno-Westreenianum, The Hague

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The Meermanno-Westreenianum Museum is one of the finest museums in The Hague, if not in the country. At the moment the exhibition From Picasso to Sol LeWitt, The Artist’s Book after 1950 can be seen. That is

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I am a bit late posting this, as it can be seen until next week. Sunday July 13th will be your last chance. Many mouth-watering books are on show, like Another Water by Roni Horn.

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The left-handed Punch by Roy Fisher and Ronald King.

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Of course Raymond Pettibon cannot be missed in a show like this.

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There’s a copy of Alberto Giacometti’s classic Derrière le miroir, as well as

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Louise Bourgeois’ and Arthur Miller’s Homely Girl, A Life, where Bourgeois’ illustrations can be opened apart from the text-pages. They open like horriffic butterflies.

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Great in quite another way is this book by Lao Tau.

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And then there is this impressive book illustrated by Bram van Velde. Well, illustrated, you’d better call it a dialogue (poetry by Charles Juliet).

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And more Van Velde. And quite a lot of

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work by the versatile Dieter Roth, but in the same room

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there’s also a showcase with books by Elsworth Kelly and

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one with works by Ed Ruscha. Each room has a monitor showing a hand browsing through one of the books.

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Leotard by David Shrigley and

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work by Sigmar Polke,

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Cy Twombly and

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Françoit Morellet amongst many others. And at last,

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there’s a table where you can actually open some books yourself!

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This way.

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Printed Matter by Ulises Carrión,

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Geschichte der Wolken (History of the Clouds) by Hans Magnus Enzensberger,

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7: Biele Compagnie by Massimo Danielis,

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Stillanovel by Carl Andre and

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work by Antoni Tapiès,

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by Fransje Killaars,

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Sjoerd Hofstra,

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this fantastic book by Margit Rijnaard and many others. And

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there’s a showcase with works by Richard Tuttle.

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Herman de vries’ works are well represented (herman de vries will represent the Netherlands at the 2015 Venice Biennale) as are

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works by Sol LeWitt.

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There isn’t much Picasso, but never mind, this exhibition will make you greedy anyway!

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Bertus Pieters

Un sentiment de comme si; Gemak/Vrije Academie, The Hague

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A lousy, rainy day in The Hague. A good time to see the present show at Gemak, Un sentiment de comme si. It‘s this week only as it is linked to the graduation show at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), which will be opened on Friday July 11th.

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It’s made by students of the Master Artistic Research. That may sound horrible, but it is quite interesting.

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You are being watched… (actually, i was wearing green trousers).

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Artistic research usually means that the thinking is part of the art and that the result, whether visible or not, is only part of that.

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And usually it also means language plays an important role. For instance in this work by Quenton Miller you hear a woman’s voice speaking while at the same time you can read subtitles. But in the subtitles words are changed subtly or less subtly.

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In another act of clarification-by-mystification Hannah Dawn Henderson, as an anglophone, tries to speak Dutch, while the video shows subtitles in English.

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While at the time i was there taking pictures, she did a performance of Cecilia Bengtsson. (By the way, it’s peculiar i always feel these days that either i’m part of the performance or i’m not. These feelings are exchangeable).

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Annabel Kanaar strikes a more lyrical note with work about death and parting, while

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Sarah Pape García’s impressive project Exercise for Weightlessness occupies a large part of both the Gemak and of your own thinking.

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Sharelly Emanuelson shows her intriguing movie Doh Mix Meh Up, quoting E. Glissant: “(…) We all (people from the Caribbean – BP) feel it, we express it in all kinds of hidden and twisted ways, or we fiercely deny it.” Alas, it was too dark to make a proper picture.

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And back to language with Julia Reist, whose project is carried out with booklets, monitors, performance etc.

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The graduates found inspiration from the works of other artists like Abonnenc, Robert Ashley, Beckett and Dora Garcia, which are exhibited as well.

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And if your are reading YOU AND I HAVE BECOME WE, just turn around and see, if it’s raining, how the bikes reflect in the wet pavement, not

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because it’s important, but because it’s there.

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Bertus Pieters

Sommernachmittag, A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

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While life outside goes on,

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inside A Gallery Named Sue in The Hague life takes a different turn, combining 19th century Dutch painting and today’s art in the exhibition Sommernachmittag.

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Matthias Grothus’ (1982) work Methamorphose is omnipresent with its bird sounds,

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creating a strange acoustic background for H. W. Mesdag’s (1841 – 1915) moonlit seascape of the 1890s.

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Mesdag’s painting in visual rhyme with a photograph from the Night View series by Reggie Voigtländer (1966) (far left), The Blouse She Wore last Summer by Kevin Bauer (1987) (left) and a View of Dordrecht by J.B. Jongkind (1819 – 1891) (right).

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Apart from Mesdag and Jongkind there are some works from the Dutch romantic era on show, amongst them works by Andreas Schelfhout (1787 – 1870)

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and his pupil Wijnand Nuijen (1813 – 1839).

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These romantics are flanking a small work by Brigitte Spiegeler.

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Her works seeming to deal with inner space, Spiegeler is in the right place here.

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And there ‘s another unexpected meeting!

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Kevin Bauer’s work deals with both the inside and the outside, but

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in Dario Bongiovanni’s (1984) work the inside is reduced to a few lines and corners (in the background a small painting by Cornelis Springer).

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Bongiovanni’s work is combined with a sculpture by Eugène Dodeigne (1923), which is part of the annual The Hague Sculpture show.

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The main showground for The Hague Sculpture is the Lange Voorhout. But on its own and in combination with the works of Sommernachmittag this work by Dodeigne has more impact than the whole show at the Lange Voorhout.

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Once noticed you can almost feel its presence.

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Five photographs of Reggie Voigtländer’s series of six Night Views are on show here. The missing one is presently at the annual Zomerexpo (Summer Exhibition) at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

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Works by Arike Gill (1983) also give a visualisation of inner space.

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In summer, if not closed, galleries present the public with group shows. However, making a good group show is an art in itself.

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Sommernachmittag is a very good one. The 19th century paintings are from private collections while the contemporary works are for sale.

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They make a remarkable combination. The space in the gallery is good and well used. And the opened windows make a connection with the outside world.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

 

Bertus Pieters