Façades of The Hague #6

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Buildings now used as offices, Stadhouderslaan corner Nicolaistraat. Built around 1900.

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The building on the left houses Stichting Vluchteling (Refugee Foundation Netherlands) and formerly the office of the representative of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) was there, until the Dutch government thought it could do without.

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 All pictures taken in March 2016

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The Survivors; Town Hall Atrium, The Hague

Leonard van de Ven

Leonard van de Ven

Jakob de Jonge

Jakob de Jonge

The Hague Peace Projects organised a public exhibition (The Survivors) in the Town Hall Atrium. It is based on the drawings by 11 year old Syrian  boy Taim Safar.

Jakob de Jonge

Jakob de Jonge

Robert Roelink

Robert Roelink

Taim and his family are living as refugees in Turkey. His former Syrian teacher and artist Bassam Alkhouri collected his drawings and they have become the focal point of the show in which 16 artists reflect on them

Rik Smits

Rik Smits

Rik Smits

Rik Smits

It has become a very sympathetic exhibition which is quite well visited by the public, at least when i was there. Here are some pictures of the works on show, except (alas!) for Saskia Burggraaf’s video which wasn’t working when i visited.

Hanna de Haan

Hanna de Haan

Robert Roelink

Robert Roelink

Suzanne Somer

Suzanne Somer

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Bassam Alkhouri

Bassam Alkhouri

Bassam Alkhouri

Bassam Alkhouri

Malou Cohen

Malou Cohen

Malou Cohen

Malou Cohen

Albert Zwaan

Albert Zwaan

Albert Zwaan

Albert Zwaan

Wouter Willebrands

Wouter Willebrands

Rutger van der Tas

Rutger van der Tas

Rutger van der Tas

Rutger van der Tas

Éva Murakeözy

Éva Murakeözy

Bassam Alkhouri

Bassam Alkhouri

Airco Caravan

Airco Caravan

Helen Hintjens

Helen Hintjens

Helen Hintjens

Helen Hintjens

Airco Caravan

Airco Caravan

Alexandra Arshanskaya

Alexandra Arshanskaya

Alexandra Arshanskaya

Alexandra Arshanskaya

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Might as Well; Nest, The Hague

Ronald Ophuis

Ronald Ophuis

Might as Well at Nest, is a group show with works by seven artists about power.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

The exhibition is carefully composed and some well presented and intriguing works by major artists are on show, but in spite of that there isn’t much coherence on offer.

Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

Indeed Might as Well does show different aspects of power, but the works don’t really communicate with each other.

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

They just might have been other works.

 Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

MAW 06 Jan Rothuizen

For instance, where is the connection between a rape scene by Ronald Ophuis and a map of the Teniersplantsoen in The Hague by Jan Rothuizen, both brotherly on show almost next to each other?

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun

A better couple are Fernando Sánchez Castillo’s video of a mating dance of two water cannons and Köken Ergun’s video Tank Love, although the latter’s bluntness of the quasi-artistic amateurish camerawork gives more brilliance to Sánchez’ aesthetic work.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Though aesthetics isn’t all.

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

An in itself very beautiful video by Zachary Formwalt of Berlage’s Stock Exchange in Amsterdam may reveal something about the power of walls to create a special world within the world, but doesn’t that apply to many big buildings?

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Generally speaking, are there any aspects of power on show  you didn’t know about?

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

Julika Rudelius

Julika Rudelius

L.A. Raeven’s new work based on the Milgram Experiment isn’t really that revealing and neither is Julika Rudelius’ double video Rites of Passage.

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

Julika Rudelius

Julika Rudelius

Still, these works are interesting because of the body language (and face language) and the dehumanisation of human character in both works, and the blurring of real life and staged life is intriguing.

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun

If the show would have consisted of these two works, either with or without works of a third artist (for instance Ophuis) it might have been a stronger and more thought provoking presentation. Now Raeven’s and Rudelius’ are just two works amongst a few others.

Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Please go and take a look for yourself and have another idea.

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

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Dunja Herzog, The Word for World is Forest; 1646, The Hague

Dunja Herzog 01 Susanne Wenger

Dunja Herzog’s presentation The Word for World is Forest at 1646 is in fact two presentations that are obviously connected but still very different.

Dunja Herzog 02 Susanne Wenger

In the front room she presents the work of Susanne Wenger (1915 – 2009) as a great source of inspiration. Wenger saved and revitalized the Yoruba sacred grove in Oshogbo, Nigeria.

Dunja Herzog 03 Susanne Wenger

New sculptures were made there by her and local craftsmen and she became a Yoruba priestess. The sacred grove is meant to be a place where de local gods can dwell and can be felt and communicated with.

Dunja Herzog 04 Susanne Wenger

Dunja Herzog 05 Susanne Wenger

Herzog presents two of Wenger’s wonderful books, a real treasure and it’s amazing it’s actually on show there.

Dunja Herzog 06 Susanne Wenger

Dunja Herzog 07 Susanne Wenger

There is also some video footage of the sculptures in the Osun Grove and there are some descriptions and translations of Wenger’s poetry.

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Dunja Herzog 09

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The back room contains Herzog’s own installation.

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She created her own grove of wonder with beard lichens or vines and objects that seem to be meant for communicating with another world.

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Radiating coloured lights complete the whole ambiance.

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It is difficult to see Herzog’s installation as independent from Wenger’s life work and of course that is deliberate.

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It gives a sense of integrity to the show and it lives up to it.

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Façades of The Hague #5

0126 Van Diemenstraat

Façade of the former Industrieschool voor meisjes (Industrial School for Girls), built by Johannes van Nieukerken in 1889, Van Diemenstraat.

0124 Van Diemenstraat

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0129 Van Diemenstraat

An extremely decorative façade in neo-renaissance style. Under the cornice are masks and girls heads.

0130 Van Diemenstraat

On top is an owl and further on there are putti and more masks and heads.

0131 Van Diemenstraat

0132 Van Diemenstraat

0133 Van Diemenstraat

0134 Van Diemenstraat

Over the original entrance are coloured windows and on the left and right are girls with study materials in their arms.

0135 Van Diemenstraat

The wooden doors are in the original style.

0136 Van Diemenstraat

This is Pallas Athena.

0137 Van Diemenstraat

This goddess is decomposing or in extreme need of restoration.

0138 Van Diemenstraat

0139 Van Diemenstraat

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The building still has a feminine function, it now serves women entrepreneurs.

0141 Van Diemenstraat

0142 Van Diemenstraat

0143 Van Diemenstraat

Behind the building is a small courtyard along which some artists are living and Villa La Repubblica has its offices there too.

0144 Van Diemenstraat

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All pictures were taken in March 2016

 

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Tine Guns, Perpetual Moment of Pause; LhGWR, The Hague

Tine Guns 01

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Tine Guns (1983) presently shows a video installation at Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus (LhGWR) with self made footage of situations where people wear masks (such in preparation to her new film To Each His Own Mask).

Tine Guns 03

Tine Guns 04

Guns’ shows masked people both in a carnival-like situation or at a political demonstration.

Tine Guns 05

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People become anonymous and their actions turn into predictable rituals. The installation gives the viewer both the idea of being a looker on and of being a participant.

Tine Guns 07

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As a teaser to her film it works quite well. It also presents the moments very well where individual choices become anonymous.

Tine Guns 09

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Rune Peitersen, Safe Distance; LhGWR, The Hague

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In his present exhibition Safe Distance at Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus (LhGWR) Rune Peitersen (1971) shows rearrangements of found footage from the internet of war, political violence and its results.

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He isolates the pictures in a more or less aesthetic way, in the mean time posing the question if aesthetics are a way of getting to grips with the potentially alarming content.

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As such these works, which look a bit like fata morgana’s, can be interpreted as open questions, especially in the subdued and contemplative presentation in the gallery.

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Barbara Hepworth, Sculpture for a modern world; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Dan Graham, Two adjacent pavilions, 1982-2001

Dan Graham, Two adjacent pavilions, 1982-2001

Mark Di Suvero, K-piece, 1972

Mark Di Suvero, K-piece, 1972

Chohreh Feyzdjou, Buried paintings, 1994

Chohreh Feyzdjou, Buried paintings, 1994

Kröller-Müller Museum, near the village of Otterlo and situated in a nature reserve, is certainly one the finest museums for modern art in the Netherlands.

A visitors contribution

A visitor’s contribution

Christo, 56 barrels, 1968-77

Christo, 56 barrels, 1968-77

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Eugène Dodeigne, Sept, 1993, with the next door guy, photo taken by Rien Monshouwer

Eugène Dodeigne, Sept, 1993, with the next door guy, photo taken by Rien Monshouwer

It has an extensive sculpture park with some of the most iconic works of modern sculpture, ideal to visit on a sunny day in spring as we did this week.

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Alina Szapocznikow, Wielkie brzuchy, 1968

Alina Szapocznikow, Wielkie brzuchy, 1968

Hildo Krop, Vandaag en morgen, 1918

Hildo Krop, Vandaag en morgen, 1918

Main goal was the present Barbara Hepworth show but seeing the sculpture collection in the park is an unavoidable treat.

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Aldo van Eyck, Aldo van Eyckpaviljoen, 1965-66, rebuilt 2005

Aldo van Eyck, Aldo van Eyckpaviljoen, 1965-66, rebuilt 2005

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

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Krijn Giezen (my late former teacher), Kijk Uit, 1986-2005

Krijn Giezen (my late former teacher), Kijk Uit, 1986-2005

Luciano Fabro, La doppia faccia del cielo, 1986

Luciano Fabro, La doppia faccia del cielo, 1986

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975) is well represented in the collection.

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form with inner form, Anima, 1959

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form with inner form, Anima, 1959

Barbara Hepworth, Oval form, Trezion, 1962-63

Barbara Hepworth, Oval form, Trezion, 1962-63

Barbara Hepworth, Figure, Archaean, 1958

Barbara Hepworth, Figure, Archaean, 1958

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

These are some of her later works in bronze.

Jacob Epstein, Doves, 1914-15

Jacob Epstein, Doves, 1914-15

Alan Durst, Feline, 1930

Alan Durst, Feline, 1930

Barbara Hepworth, Head, 1930-31

Barbara Hepworth, Head, 1930-31

Barbara Hepworth, Standing figure, 1934

Barbara Hepworth, Standing figure, 1934

Inside the museum is the exhibition proper which starts with early works by Hepworth and her British contemporaries.

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Her works in wood of the 1930s, 40s and 50s are, in spite of being pleasing to the eye, quite radical.

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

It was more a disrupting harmony and a natural way of creating shapes than pleasing the eye she was aiming at.

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Configuration, Phira, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Configuration, Phira, 1955

The show is in its last week, so you really have to hurry to see it. After Otterlo the exhibition will move to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen (Germany).

Richard Serra, One, 1988, with artist Rien Monshouwer, one of its greatest fans

Richard Serra, One, 1988, with artist Rien Monshouwer, one of its greatest fans

This blog photo report was made thanks to kind and cordial support of Rien Monshouwer and Karin van der Werff.

starting point of a distance of 82 steps walked by stanley brouwn december 20th 1984

starting point of a distance of 82 steps walked by stanley brouwn december 20th 1984

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