Textile Biennial 2015, Museum of Rijswijk, Rijswijk

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Rijswijk is a bit of a backwater within the urban area of The Hague. It has a museum and an art gallery both mainly serving local cultural needs. The Museum of Rijswijk preserves the heritage of the old village and the modern municipality. So, for somebody who is not interested in Rijswijk, the place may not be very interesting. But the Museum does boast a biennial per year, one for paper as an artistic medium and the other year one for textile. This year it’s textiles again.

Kari Steihaug

Kari Steihaug

 

Kari Steihaug

Kari Steihaug

 

Kari Steihaug

Kari Steihaug

 

Kari Steihaug

Kari Steihaug

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Mai Taibakian

Mai Taibakian

 

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

 

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

 

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

 

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

 

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

For a small museum it must be quite an effort to organize this every year. Funds to attract great international names must be lacking, but that doesn’t mean the quality of the artists on show is less. Moreover, composing the exhibition and placing the different objects is something the Museum is very good at. The works are shown with a care and precision that is near perfection.

Chiachio & Giannone

Chiachio & Giannone

 

Henrique van Putten

Henrique van Putten

 

Henrique van Putten

Henrique van Putten

 

Henrique van Putten

Henrique van Putten

 

Monica Bohlman

Monica Bohlman

 

Monica Bohlman

Monica Bohlman

 

Monica Bohlman

Monica Bohlman

 

Monica Bohlman

Monica Bohlman

 

Monica Bohlman

Monica Bohlman

 

Ane Henriksen

Ane Henriksen

Ane Henriksen

Ane Henriksen

 

Ane Henriksen

Ane Henriksen

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

In a place like Rijswijk choices are limited. What do you want with an annual exhibition like this within the margins of available money and the needs of a provincial town? The first idea will be to bring the “world” to a Rijswijk audience with works of art from all over the world, and the second will be to attract visitors from outside Rijswijk.

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Debra M. Smith

Debra M. Smith

 

Caroline Bartlett

Caroline Bartlett

 

Caroline Bartlett

Caroline Bartlett

 

Caroline Bartlett

Caroline Bartlett

 

Raija Jokinen

Raija Jokinen

 

Stephanie Metz

Stephanie Metz

 

Caitlin McCormack

Caitlin McCormack

 

Ruben Marroquin

Ruben Marroquin

 

Ying Chew

Ying Chew

 

Henrique van Putten

Henrique van Putten

 

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

 

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

 

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

I don’t know how it is organized exactly, but it is clear the artists are given a stake in the undertaking in that their work is also for sale. On the one hand that makes the biennial a bit ambiguous, on the other hand it clearly shows what it takes to organize something like this, in a place with only few possibilities for showing art and with having big neighbour The Hague just round the corner with so many galleries and museums.

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

 

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

 

Derick Melander

Derick Melander

 

Derick Melander

Derick Melander

 

Rebecca Rinigquist

Rebecca Ringquist

 

Rebecca Rinigquist

Rebecca Ringquist

 

Rebecca Rinigquist

Rebecca Ringquist

 

Amanda McCavour

Amanda McCavour

 

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

Pauline M.M. Nijenhuis

 

Caitlin McCormack

Caitlin McCormack

 

Debra M. Smith

Debra M. Smith

 

Katie Lewis

Katie Lewis

 

Rebecca Rinigquist

Rebecca Ringquist

 

Ying Chew

Ying Chew

As for the works on show: there are a few that definitely stick at least to my mind. There are the works by Ruben Marroquin from the United States, not just colourful but also very expressive, the extravagance full of references by Chiachio & Giannone from Argentina, the introvert tapestries of Ane Henriksen from Denmark and the strange and slightly surrealist scenes by Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson from Sweden.

Ying Chew

Ying Chew

(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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