Reinhardt Helm’s Menschliche Komödie (Reinhardt Helm’s Human Comedy), Spanjaardshof, The Hague

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In the Spanjaardshof-building Jan Reinhardt and Martin Helm, forming the duo Reinhardt Helm, have made an installation in the two exhibition rooms and in the entrance hall.

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It’s called Reinhardt Helm’s Menschliche Komödie (Reinhardt Helm’s Human Comedy) and it has a strong German flavour. The installation plays with the different atmospheres of the three different spaces.

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The most homely room contains a silhouette of the famous Rückenfigur of Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Mists,

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at his feet a rucksack, pots with succulents and

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scorched wood and surrounded by greenish paintings and of course the elaborate fireplace,

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as if man in his most innocent state could still go anywhere, fire, nature and his mind at his disposal.

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The darkish entrance hall is the transition to the other room,

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which has a cold and impersonal atmosphere. Adolf Eichmann has replaced Friedrich’s Rückenfigur.

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Objectivity, bureaucracy and efficiency have become covers of human catastrophe. The visionary Wanderer has become an ambitious bureaucrat.

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While the hat may cover anything in between the Wanderer and Eichmann.

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One could criticize the show for being a bit altmodisch, but that may as well be an asset and it is definitely part of the atmosphere and the building.

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The feminine doesn’t seem to play a role in the installation, or should the human endeavour and its sometimes catastrophic consequences be seen as something male?

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All together the cooperation of the two artists has made one plus one more than just two.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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