Kees Wattjes: Kees speelt door (Kees plays on) at HKK, The Hague

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Haagse Kunstkring (The Hague Art Circle;

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HKK) is not the place where

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you’d expect an exceptionally surprising or

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exciting exhibition. But Kees Wattjes’ installation

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Kees speelt door (Kees plays on)

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can hardly not be called exciting.

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The installation comprises photo’s, collages and

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paintings, more or less shouting out

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that art and artist are one,

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which is Wattjes’ motto. Pictures of

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boarded-up homes, primitive painting, Wattjes himself

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in or in front of famous

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works of art are presented in

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a way to submerge you in

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a world of artistic reality in

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a culturally appropriate environment which makes

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this a very Hague-ish experience where

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the artistic is always trying to

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challenge the bourgeois longing for cultural

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pleasure. But it’s more than a

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pleasure, in spite of all that.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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