ZomerExpo 2015 (Summer Exhibition 2015), Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

The Gemeentemuseum The Hague organizes every year the so-called Zomerexpo (Summer Exhibition), a kind of salon. The salon is open to amateurs and professionals. Here you see pictures of the works i liked.

Raphael Hermans

Raphael Hermans

 

Raphael Hermans

Raphael Hermans

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Basically the works are presented anonymously to a panel of different artistic professionals, who have to decide within a few seconds which works of art will be allowed to compete for a place in the exhibition. Every year there is a theme; this year it is woest (wild).

Mascha Joustra

Mascha Joustra

This is the fifth edition, but as a tradition it isn’t very exciting. In spite of a critical jury the enormous number of different works cause an idea of mediocrity, although the presentation tries everything to avoid that.

Nicole Peters

Nicole Peters

 

Nicole Peters

Nicole Peters

 

Nicole Peters

Nicole Peters

Every single work is part of an artistic world of its own, torn away from its context. Some works may become less meaningful or even quite meaningless without the context of other works of the same artist.

Peter Ruiter

Peter Ruiter

 

Peter Ruiter

Peter Ruiter

If you want, as a prestigious institution, to offer to artists a rare chance to show their works, what do you want them to really gain from it? A bit of exposure amongst all these other artists who want the same?

Rombout Oomen

Rombout Oomen

A good work of art – let’s say “a masterpiece” – never exists on its own. Masterpieces can only be masterpieces compared to other works.

Els Franken

Els Franken

 

Els Franken

Els Franken

If these works are incomparable, you have a problem. And this is what happens in exhibitions like the ZomerExpo.

Allard Boterenbrood

Allard Boterenbrood

 

Allard Boterenbrood

Allard Boterenbrood

 

Allard Boterenbrood

Allard Boterenbrood

The only thing an artist can really gain from it, is the fact that he/she exhibited in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. That may sound prestigious, but if the rest of the artist’s cv is unimpressive, taking part in the annual ZomerExpo isn’t very helpful.

Rick Fraterman

Rick Fraterman

 

Rick Fraterman

Rick Fraterman

You may dream on as an artist that you showed your work in a museum, but that’s all. An amateur may be content with it, but most participants have a professional education in one way or another.

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

 

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

 

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

 

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

 

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

Nijveld & Van Aanholt

As a viewer you may want to discover something special you haven’t seen before. The chance that that will happen is quite small, as the works of most participants tend to be more or less eclectic.

Lucius Pax & Guy Hafkamp

Lucius Pax & Guy Hafkamp

There is nothing wrong with that. Some people may find it even comforting to see something they’ll recognise, but that doesn’t make for an exciting exhibition. And if you don’t want to see something exciting, why do you visit a museum?

Remke Spijkers

Remke Spijkers

The exhibited artworks are also for sale but have prices that don’t have any coherence at all, giving the idea that the museum is a kind of commercial art gallery, and a damn unprofessional one. Well, there are more hard nuts to crack, but let’s not forget there are some interesting works on show as well!

Judith Heinsohn

Judith Heinsohn

 

Judith Heinsohn

Judith Heinsohn

 

Judith Heinsohn

Judith Heinsohn

These are pictures of works that struck me. A work shown here may be part of an oeuvre of sorts or it may be the exponent of a great imaginative world, so exposure on this blog doesn’t say much about the real talents of the artists (although i must admit i do know works of some of these artists)

Yarre Stooker

Yarre Stooker

As you can see most works aren’t extremely “wild”, but there are a few works that are agreeably awkward.

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This year there are also works in the museum’s sculpture garden, which is quite refreshing as these works have a much better chance to show their individual qualities.

Nelleke Lettinga

Nelleke Lettinga

 

Nelleke Lettinga

Nelleke Lettinga

 

Nelleke Lettinga

Nelleke Lettinga

 

Nelleke Lettinga

Nelleke Lettinga

 

Ruben La Cruz

Ruben La Cruz

 

Ruben La Cruz

Ruben La Cruz

 

Ruben La Cruz

Ruben La Cruz

 

Ruben La Cruz

Ruben La Cruz

 

Marc Anthonius Visser

Marc Anthonius Visser

 

Marc Anthonius Visser

Marc Anthonius Visser

 

Marc Anthonius Visser

Marc Anthonius Visser

 

Arnold Sas

Arnold Sas

 

Arnold Sas

Arnold Sas

 

Arnold Sas

Arnold Sas

 

Arnold Sas

Arnold Sas

The addition of the sculpture garden is clearly a positive development.

Ayla Corstanje-Uncu

Ayla Corstanje-Uncu

(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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