Aura Rendón Benger, Rendez-vous à la mer (Rendez-vous by the sea); Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Aura Rendón Benger (1989), who graduated from the Royal Academy in the Hague in 2014, has made a site specific work for the panorama room of Museum Beelden aan Zee.

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She made a very interesting and sensual work reflecting the light over the sea, connecting the intimate with the monumental.

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It is a work that has to be experienced, so it’s better to take a look for yourself.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Aura Rendón Benger and Museum Beelden aan Zee.

 

Bertus Pieters

Pablo Picasso, Picasso by the Sea; Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Pablo Picasso was by no means a great sculptor.

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Some of his sculptures are quite inventive but he was not a Brancusi or a Giacometti.

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Most of them are three dimensional drawings.

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The same counts for his ceramics, which he used at best as an alternative base to paint on.

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Having said that, the exhibition Picasso by the Sea, which is in its last week at Museum Beelden aan Zee, is quite interesting.

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It doesn’t show great masterpieces, but it does show a rather underexposed aspect of one of the most influential oeuvres both art historically and in the public mind. Enjoy!

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag

 

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Steef Crombach, Bij wijze van ham (In a manner of ham); Vonkel, The Hague

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In Vonkel gallery Steef Crombach has her first solo show Bij wijze van ham (In a manner of ham).

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In her work she engages both with the commonplace and the local and confronting the intimate with more monumental proportions as she is also doing in real life commuting between the Netherlands and Texas.

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For this show her starting point is the traditional Dutch salad koude schotel (cold dish) basically containing cooked and chilled potatoes with mayonnaise and pickles mixed and garnished with different leftovers of cooked and/or raw food (like ham).

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She shows koude schotel in small, colourful and almost abstract pictures as a common memory and in a more monumental way in batiks.

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As the batiks have the same design on both sides they are strangely transparent and the soft colours are exceptionally bright.

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They are shown against a backdrop of the colours of her working place in Texas.

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Basically the works may look decorative at first sight but have more stories in and around them.

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In spite of (and because of)  the gallery being rather small with a high ceiling, the arrangement  of the intimate and the monumental works very well.

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Content of pictures courtesy to Steef Crombach and Vonkel, The Hague

 

Bertus Pieters

Rinus Van de Velde, About Robert Rino _; Nest, The Hague

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If asked ‘what role do you play as an artist?’ probably many artists will answer ‘my own role!’

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While not denying that, artists presenting their work usually play a role which is well chosen and crafted, constructing a myth with every show.

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In About Robert Rino _ at Nest Rinus Van de Velde (1983) has chosen the fictitious character of the abstract expressionist painter Robert Rino (more than vaguely sounding like Robert De Niro) to create a myth.

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At the same time he deconstructs the myth of the macho artist.

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He tells the story with huge drawings and he shows Rino’s art work, paintings, drawings and ceramics.

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So what is the difference between Van de Velde and Van de Velde as Robert Rino?

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At the moment Van de Velde’s work is also presented at the Gemeentemuseum, but the presentation at Nest is better, simply because the drawings in the museum that cover the walls are protected by reflecting glass which makes it difficult to look at them.

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In Nest that problem isn’t really that big and Nest’s space works obviously better for a narrative like Van de Velde’s.

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Meanwhile Van de Velde’s drawings are the real attraction of the show and the best reason for a visit.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Rinus Van de Velde and Nest.

 

Bertus Pieters

Victor Yudaev, Victor en me; 1646, The Hague

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Last week i visited Victor Yudaev’s show Victor en me at 1646 to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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It’s a good exhibition in which Yudaev shows several works presented in a greater narrative.

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I’ve written quite extensively about it on VLR so i leave you with these pictures.

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Of course it is better to visit the show, which i warmly recommend.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Victor Yudaev and 1646, The Hague.

 

Bertus Pieters

Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Attempts to Read the World (Differently); Stroom, The Hague

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In a very knowledgeable and interesting essay by Simon Delobel accompanying the present show with works by Jean Katambayi Mukendi (1974) at Stroom, the suggestion is made to call the artist’s work ‘outsider art.’

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However, that would be the easiest way to marginalise it, in spite of the status outsider art has claimed since the invention of that label in 1972.

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It should be recognised (and clearly Delobel and Stroom are doing so) that there are places in this world where daily life has to be lived, and sometimes even survived, in its extremes and where art has to be reinvented from scratch under these circumstances.

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Such a process is more ‘inside’ than ‘outside’.

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That opens possibilities to reconsider art and its functions and purposes.

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Katambayi Mukendi, born, raised, living and working in Lubumbashi – second biggest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and capital of the copper mining province of Upper Katanga – , started out as an electrician and a mathematician.

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His works as presented at Stroom (as part of his residency in The Hague), can be seen as thinking processes about society and the world of an artist-teacher-student.

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He is the third artist in the series Attempts to Read the World (Differently). The others are Max de Waard (1992) and Monira Al Qadiri (1983) whose shows i missed unfortunately, but a work of each is still on show.

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Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and Stroom Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters