Tamara Dees, The Open Boat; Twelve/twelve Gallery, The Hague

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Twelve/twelve gallery has its first one woman show with works by Tamara Dees (1971).

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Within the small space of the new gallery Dees shows very different works on the same theme – boats and seafaring – which are all at once touching, humorous, real and unreal.

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There are installations, objects, photo works and a video work.

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Ships and shipping have been metaphoric themes throughout art history – just think of Jheronimus Bosch, Dutch 17th century seascapes, Delacroix, Géricault and Turner – and part of that heritage is present in the show.

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Thinking about the small space of the gallery it might be even more surprising that the show is also about space, whether it is the space of thought or the actual vanished or hidden space of a ship.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of the pictures courtesy to Tamara Dees and Twelve/twelve Gallery

 

Bertus Pieters

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Façades of The Hague #28

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Apartment block Stadhouderslaan corner Lübeckstraat, early 1950s.

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Stadhouderslaan, the grand late 19th century avenue running from The Hague to Scheveningen harbour, was partly destroyed during WW II by the Germans for the Atlantic Wall, as was part of the infrastructure around it.

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The area was redesigned by architect Willem Dudok after the war and different architects designed blocks of flats.

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I’m not sure who was responsible for this particular one but its style is modernist with a touch of neoclassicism.

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All pictures were taken in March 2016

 

Bertus Pieters

Rolf.fr & Frank van der Salm: Out of time, out of space; Galerie Helder, The Hague

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To end 2016 and to open 2017 Helder gallery shows objects by Studio Rolf.fr and photography by Frank van der Salm.

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Helder lives up to its motto ‘art and living’.

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Rolf.fr not just shows objects made from themselves or from other objects, but also alternative furniture.

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Frank van der Salm’s photography literally gives an extra dimension to Rolf.fr’s furniture, the out-of-space-dimension so to say.

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Moreover both Rolf and Van der Salm give an alternative and very inspiring view on art and living that may put our fragmented daily reality into a new order.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of pictures courtesy to Rolf.fr, Frank van der Salm and Galerie Helder.

 

Bertus Pieters

Ossip; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

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Presently Ossip has an exhibition at Galerie Ramakers.

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On a late winter afternoon i popped in at the gallery to have a look and make a few pictures.

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Ossips works always remind me of nkisi objects from the Congo Basin.

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These objects are usually statues or statuettes representing spirits which contain power and whose power can be influenced by nailing pieces of metal or wood into them.

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In that way the course of life is meant to be influenced, usually in a more positive way.

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It seems Ossip is doing something like that by re-personalising old photographs and reproductions.

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One can only hope it will influence life to make it less painful,

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or maybe Ossip’s works illustrate the pain of the absurd.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Ossip and Galerie Ramakers

 

Bertus Pieters

Nour-Eddine Jarram, Push The Button; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

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I visited Maurtis van de Laar’s gallery to write a review about Nour-Eddine Jarram’s solo show Push The Button for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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As i have written extensively about the exhibition on VLR i leave you here with a few details of the works on show.

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Best of course is to visit the show as it is always better to see the real thing.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Nour-Eddine Jarram and Galerie Maurits van de Laar

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #27

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Façades of two houses, Laan van Meerdervoort, with identical gables, although the one at the right-hand side lost its white topping.

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Built in 1891 in the usual eclectic style of the day.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

All pictures were taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

2016 days of awesome photo books and Vincent van Baar “My name in 100 colophons”; LhGWR, The Hague

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LhGWR has invited six people to show their favourite photo books. Two of them had yet to be installed when i visited. At that moment Flip Bool, Paul Kooijker, Peter van Beveren and Christian Caujolle showed their treasures.

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They are all art professionals with a great love for photography and books. The combination can make you even happier.

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design)  Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design) Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design)  Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design) Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design)  Collection Flip Bool

Bart Sorgedrager, De kabelfabriek van Amsterdam-Noord 1910 – 2016 (The cable factory of Amsterdam-North 1910 – 2016) (Piet Gerards design) Collection Flip Bool

 

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

Martine Stig, Noir, (design: Hans Gremmen) Collection Flip Bool

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Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, Ornithology, Collection Flip Bool

 

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

Takuma Nakahira, 1000, collection Paul Kooijker

 

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Boris Mikhailov, Diary, collection Paul Kooijker

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Guus Luijters, In Memoriam, the deported and murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti children 1942 – 1945, (Sander Pikse design) collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Taryn Simon, A living man declared dead and other chapters I – XVIII, designed by Joseph Logan and Taryn Simon, collection Peter van Beveren

Robert Frank, The Americans, collection Peter van Beveren

Robert Frank, The Americans, collection Peter van Beveren

 

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Cristina De Middel, Party, Quitonasto Form Chanmair Mao Tungest, designed by José Luis Lugo and Nova Era, collection Christian Caujolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

Vytautas V. Stanionis, Nuotraukos dokumentams (Photographs for documents), designed by Tom Mrazauskas, collection Christian Cajolle

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Presentations by Suzanne Swarts and Reyn van der Lugt will be installed soon, or are already installed while you are reading this.

Book by Iztok Klančar

Book by Iztok Klančar

In the basement the exhibition Vincent van Baar: My name in 100 colophons, in a well chosen combination with the main exhibition, shows works by students of Vincent van Baar’s at the photography department of the Royal Academy in The Hague.

Book by Gilleam Trapenberg

Book by Gilleam Trapenberg

Book series by Alexandra Hunts

Book series by Alexandra Hunts

All publications were made by them for midterm and final exams.

Books by Hans Bracke, Cleo Wächter and Steven van Koeverden

Books by Hans Bracke, Cleo Wächter and Steven van Koeverden

For everyone who loves photography, book design and in some cases quite literally feeling in your hands the combination of form and content, these two shows are a must.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to the photographers and designers and to Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus.

 

Bertus Pieters

Iede Reckman: For all but finitely many; Billytown, The Hague

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On its penultimate day i saw Iede Reckman’s exhibition at Billytown.

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Reckman’s present show seems to be going back to basics, the basics of wood, its multiplicity, its shape and the logic it evokes and the regularity of its grammar and growing.

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It’s a wonderful presentation with different mediums, all adding to the idea and making it almost one big installation, more or less set in motion by an elegant wooden spiral.

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You can still see it today. If not, here are some impressions of what you have missed.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Iede Reckman and Billytown

 

Bertus Pieters