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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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

 

Bertus Pieters

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