Shelly Nadashi, Hide and seekers, 1646, The Hague

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I visited Shelly Nadashi’s show Hide and seekers at 1646 on its last day.

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So this posting is a bit late, to say the least.

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To be short: it was a bit of a meditative exhibition, where you could perform your own spiritual drama in between the splattering of the fountains.

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That doesn’t mean it was all that brilliant, but with the ceramic turn we are witnessing these days, this was surely a sympathetic show.

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Bertus Pieters

Happy New Year!!! at Ramakers’ Gallery, The Hague

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Ramakers’ Gallery in its New Year’s exhibition, in between projects and art fairs, shows works of artists of the gallery.

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

It gives a taste of the very different artists of whose works I give you a personal choice here in this posting.

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

Just enjoy the pictures!

Frank Halmans

Frank Halmans

 

Tomas Rajlich

Tomas Rajlich

 

Tomas Rajlich

Tomas Rajlich

 

Joncquil

Joncquil

 

Joncquil

Joncquil

 

Joncquil

Joncquil

 

Michel Hoogervorst

Michel Hoogervorst

 

Michel Hoogervorst

Michel Hoogervorst

 

Ossip

Ossip

 

Ossip

Ossip

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Bertus Pieters

Over grenzen, de menselijke maat (About frontiers, the human dimension), Arttrium, Home Office and Ministry of Justice, The Hague

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In the 4th edition of the Aftrap (Kick-off) series (with works by artists who recently graduated from the Royal Academy), the communal exhibition space Arttrium of the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice shows works by five artists. The Home Secretary says in his introduction in the exhibition guide that artists are trying to “connect”, which would be quite appropriate to the present Dutch presidency of the European Union. Well, anyway, the curators organized a show with very different artists under the banner Over grenzen, de menselijke maat (About frontiers, the human dimension).

Aftrap4 02 Janine Terlouw

The show opens with an installation with video Stay Connected by Janine Terlouw about the religious aspect of communication by smart phone.

Aftrap4 03 Janine Terlouw

The way to heaven seems to be easiest when “liking” a lot.

Aftrap4 04 Menno de Bruijn

More provocative is Menno de Bruijn’s presentation Money, Politics and Bananas. He shows the world around soccer which is much bigger than the game itself.

Aftrap4 05 Menno de Bruijn

Apart from the raucous fun it is a world full of politics, money, rudeness, solidarity, passion and cruelty.

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He also collected pictures from conflict areas in the Middle East with people wearing football shirts.

Aftrap4 07 Menno de Bruijn

Even in that way football is linked to politics.

Aftrap4 08 Pierfrancesco Gava

Pierfrancesco Gava shows two visual essays on the language of power with Pope Francis and President Obama as main protagonists.

Aftrap4 09 Pierfrancesco Gava

I just hope the civil servants working in the ministries have enough time to see and hear these videos during their lunch breaks.

Aftrap4 10 Inês da Costa

Inês da Costa’s presentation called In Between is a visually attractive documentary installation about having lived in different countries and feeling “in between”.

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There are banners composed of the flags of these different countries, booklets and wooden chests full of the questions one may have about belonging while having moved from one country to another so many times.

Aftrap4 13 Elise Sothys

Elise Sothys’ work has been shown more often on this web log. Her last presentation was at the GEM, which was quite impressive. In this case the presentation of her work is quite modest, but it is appropriately the end feature of the show, giving the whole a more general meaning about man searching for truth and redemption, almost beyond communication but also, to an extent, connecting.

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The five artists are well chosen but presented in a problematic space. Starting with Terlouw and ending with Sothys gives the idea of a story, but one could argue about the way the other works are presented within the sequence of that story and the gallery space.

Aftrap4 15 Janine Terlouw
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Bertus Pieters

How heavy is time? Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

Mark Brusse

Mark Brusse

With the exhibition How heavy is time? Livingstone Gallery is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Klaas Gubbels

Klaas Gubbels

It shows about 50 works by more than 30 artists, both Dutch and from other countries, old and young, world famous and worth to be better known.

Klaas Gubbels

Klaas Gubbels

I visited the gallery yesterday and I can only urge you to go and see it too.

 Jan Schoonhoven

Jan Schoonhoven

I leave you with a few impressions.

Adriaan Rees (left), Simon Schrikker (right)

Adriaan Rees (left), Simon Schrikker (right)

 

John van 't Slot

John van ‘t Slot

 

Wim Biewenga

Wim Biewenga

 

Wim Biewenga

Wim Biewenga

 

Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis

 

Ryan Mendoza

Ryan Mendoza

 

Jan Wattjes

Jan Wattjes

 

Birgit Verwer

Birgit Verwer

 

Birgit Verwer

Birgit Verwer

 

Kevin Berlin

Kevin Berlin

 

 José Maria Sicilia

José Maria Sicilia

 

Daniele Galliano

Daniele Galliano

 

Melle de Boer

Melle de Boer

 

Mark Brusse

Mark Brusse

 

Mark Brusse

Mark Brusse

 

Anniversary tulips and work by Manfred Schneider

Anniversary tulips and work by Manfred Schneider

 

Klaas Gubbels

Klaas Gubbels

 

Raquel Maulwurf

Raquel Maulwurf

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Bertus Pieters

When everyone is drunk it doesn’t matter how it looks; Royal Academy, The Hague

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The other day i visited the Royal Academy’s Master Artistic Research first year’s exhibition called When everyone is drunk it doesn’t matter how it looks. Well, let’s be sober about that. As an exhibition it doesn’t show much more than some basic developments, which is interesting enough as it bears a promise.

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As such i found the opening sound work in the Academy’s hall by Clio Casadei the least intriguing. The work seems clueless and without any motive, which in itself shouldn’t even be the biggest problem, but Casadei probably needs more time to be clearer about her explorations.

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Mirka Hodásová is clearly researching the visible and invisible and as a visual experience her work Not yet familiar is already quite interesting. She shows projections and fading photo’s. The whole construction gives you an idea of constant change in space and time. Using the dark and the light further research by Hodásová may lead to something impressive.

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Three of the nine presented artists are involved in performances. When i visited the show i could only see some relics of these performances which is just as well, at least to me.

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For instance Quinsy Gario’s relics of his performance To land rights are in themselves an autonomous installation. I could just imagine Gario’s artistic narrative with more installations without any performance in an impressive exhibition.

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The same applies to the relics of the performance A Moment of Implosion by Eros Chien. The combination of the title, the vinyl on the floor and the chair made me wonder what a performance could add to such an intriguing image. It is clear Chien’s ideas, like Gario’s, start with actions, but it might well be that they need action only as a trigger.

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However, the visible “tools” of Ingrid Verweijen’s performance Construction and deconstruction of the female singer really need the performance. The youtube like theatre promises to present something funny and probably interesting.

WEIDIDMHIL 09 Bergur Thomas Anderson

Two students use film in their presentations. Bergur Thomas Anderson shows in his video work Exposures of corridor travel at Westerpark spots in the park to sounds of practicing conservatory students in private studio spaces. The combination might be interesting, but Anderson’s presentation can only be interpreted as an interesting starting point.

WEIDIDMHIL 10 Sabin Garea

To an extent that also applies to Sabin Garea’s combined video installation Hghknl, where Garea explores our present day concrete desert to try and find ornaments in its structure and in a way to reinvent traditional ornament making.

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This is in itself an interesting subject which needs more research, maybe even in other materials.

WEIDIDMHIL 12 Sepideh Jahanpanah

Sepideh Jahanpanah describes her installation with pieces of “natural” wood on processed wood as It started with “Death” and achieved “Brio”. Now they are not separable anymore.

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Life, death and rebirth are undoubtedly part of the installation. Hopefully its fine simplicity in its presentation is maintained in further research that may spread to other fields and more accomplished ideas.

WEIDIDMHIL 14 Vera Mennens

Vera Mennens’ presentation, titled Monument for an almost country, is very attractive. Dealing with the once tiny state of Neutral Moresnet it gives a good start for further research in which Moresnet might become more than just a historical fact with some slightly sentimental reminiscences.

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Altogether the show is a good starting point for artistic research of which the results will be eagerly awaited, at least by me.

WEIDIDMHIL 16 Sepideh Jahanpanah
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Bertus Pieters

Distributors, West Gallery, The Hague

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I visited the exhibition Distributors at West Gallery to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Read the full review here (in Dutch). The exhibition was made by artist Remco Torenbosch with works by six artists of very different generations but all were/are busy with the distribution of/in their works in an alternative way.

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There is Charlotte Posenenske’s iconic Revolving Vane of 1967/68 in combination with

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sounds by Hannah Weinberger of 2015 and

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a diagram Spectrum of Meanings of the Term Police by K.P. Brehmer from 1978.

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In the big front gallery Brehmer’s works are

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combined with textiles from the Seth Siegelaub Collection. These are

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Distributors 15 Seth Siegelaub Collection
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Distributors 17 Seth Siegelaub Collection
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textiles from far away (France to Peru) and long ago (12th to 19th century).

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Next to the office Fred Lonidier’s video Confessions of the Peace Corps of 1974 can be seen and

Distributors 21 Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Distributors 22 Wendelien van Oldenborgh

in the back gallery Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s La Javanaise of 2013 can be seen. All these artists have thought of how to distribute the information or artistic content they want to share and made distribution part of their aesthetic ventures.

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Bertus Pieters

Remembered Always….; Stroom, Town Hall, The Hague

ONTV 01 Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Titled Remembered Always… Stroom has organized a modest exhibition in The Hague town hall to show models of two newly designed monuments.

ONTV 02 Thom Puckey
ONTV 03 Thom Puckey

There is a model of Thom Puckey’s new monument for Dutch 19th century liberal prime minister Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798-1872) who implemented the modern Dutch constitution.

ONTV 04 Ingrid Mol

ONTV 05 Ingrid Mol

The second design is for a monument by Ingrid Mol for Princess Juliana (1909-2004) who was queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980.

ONTV 06 Mari Andriessen

Stroom took the opportunity to pay attention to the function of monuments in The Hague, either to remember important figures in Dutch history – like this model of Mari Andriessen’s (1897-1979) statue of Johannes Voet, a 17th century lawyer –

ONTV 07 Jaroslawa Dankowa

or to remember decisive moments in history – like this monument for the victims of the Japanese occupation of the former Dutch East Indies, by Jaroslawa Dankowa (1925-1999) –.

ONTV 08 Jonas Staal

When it became known recently that 16 Jewish families were deported from Maastrichtsestraat (Maastricht street) in The Hague, during the German occupation, artist Jonas Staal came with an alternative name as a monument for the street: Deportatie van zestien Joodse families straat (Deportation of Sixteen Jewish Families Street). This new name is not officially in use, but some people living there do use the new name.

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ONTV 10 Fernando Sánchez Castillo

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Most interesting is however Fernando Sánchez Castillo’s installation called Made in China, which represents the so called Tank Man, after the Chinese student who defied the Chinese army all on his own in 1989.

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The marble statue as well as the plastic models (of which you can obtain one if you add your comments on democracy and human rights) are all made in China, and the Tank Man Prize, to be awarded annually, is also part of the concept. Personally i cherish my little stubborn Tank Man!

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Bertus Pieters

Bekroond (Crowned), WTC The Hague Art Gallery, The Hague

Maarten van Soest

Maarten van Soest

World Trade Centre The Hague has a small art gallery, like many official or representative institutions. Works on show at WTC are usually surprisingly good and the present show is no exception. On show are works by four young artists who were awarded prizes last year or who were nominees, as well as by four other artists.

Jouni Toni

Jouni Toni

However, the gallery space itself is far more problematic. When I visited, two of the three works by Jouni Toni (Royal Prize for free painting) were victim of the sharp midwinter afternoon sunshine.

Jouni Toni

Jouni Toni

And please ladies and gentlemen, Toni’s works are far too good and refined to hang them askew!

Jonas Raps

Jonas Raps

Comparing, Jonas Raps’ paintings (Heden Start Prize and nominee Piketprijs) are in a better position. The honoured artists all make colourful paintings but the presentation of their works by the gallery doesn’t really match a usual arts fair presentation.

Harry Markusse

Harry Markusse

Probably not much more is possible, but one would grant such wonderful paintings as Harry Markusse’s (nominee Royal Prize)

Maarten van Soest

Maarten van Soest

 

Maarten van Soest

Maarten van Soest

and Maarten van Soest’s (nominee Royal Prize) a bit more. Both artists make very fresh looking hardcore abstract paintings.

Wim Warrink

Wim Warrink

The exhibition has a sub-exhibition called Lichting ’15 (Class of ’15) with four artists who graduated last summer. The presented works by these artists are remarkably less coloured, but not less colourful.

Nora Axnick (left), Joyce ter Weele (right)

Nora Axnick (left), Joyce ter Weele (right)

There is only one work by Nora Axnick which might have come out better in another context. In spite of its dimensions it differs too much from the very strong works by the other artists.

Romy Muijrers

Romy Muijrers

The other works are by Romy Muijrers, whose works already stood out in her graduation show last year,

 Joyce ter Weele

Joyce ter Weele

Joyce ter Weele whose works look at first glance a bit like abstract Muijrers (or the other way round) and

Wim Warrink

Wim Warrink

Wim Warrink, whose work (which was already present at last year’s Art The Hague) deserves a presentation of its own.

Wim Warrink

Wim Warrink

The sub-exhibition is, without too much direct daylight, better presented than the works of the four painters.

Jouni Toni

Jouni Toni

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Bertus Pieters