Thomas Houseago; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

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The other day i visited the small exhibition of Thomas Houseago sculptures in the Gemeentemuseum.

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When first seeing sculptures by Houseago, i had a kind of déjà vu feeling.

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At first sight his works look like an echo of the expressionism of the nineteen eighties.

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And then there is some Picasso in it, some Rodin, some primitivism or even some Giacometti.

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You might call him an eclectic sculptor.

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But that all doesn’t make him a bad sculptor.

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Walking around the place in the silence of a sunny summer afternoon, when lots of people are on holiday or off to the beach, these sculptures are not silent at all.

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Houseago takes the human figure back to a more primitive state of mind and physique.

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And again: that’s not new.

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But it’s not bad either.

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In fact it’s quite good.

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The exhibition itself is quite good too.

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It’s more or less classical with clear lines of sight and not isolating each sculpture.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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2 thoughts on “Thomas Houseago; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

  1. Ik ben bllj met deze buurman van je eerste villa – veel echte photo’s (niet van die achterlijke fresco’s van Fra Ravioli 😉 , een uitstekend geheugensteuntje ook voor *later* en heel korte teksten of eigenlijk meer zinnen die zeer ter zake zijn. Goed bezig, Bertus, zoals dat tegeswoordes heet.

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