Thom Puckey, Thorbecke monument; Lange Voorhout, The Hague

I went to Lange Voorhout to see Thom Puckey’s new Monument for Johan Rudolph Thorbecke and to write a review about it for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

Being a Puckey fan, i can’t say i’m a fan of this particular monument.

I explain that in the VLR article, so i won’t say much about it here.

The idea for the monument of the 19th-century politician, who was the founder of the modern Dutch Constitution, seems to have been stimulated by the present trendy wave of ‘adhering to our shared values’ in politics.

This pompous policy seems to have got an appropriate monument now.

However, i should say there are some wonderful details in the sculpture.

Although they are difficult to see, as they are all on high pedestals.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Bertus Pieters

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Sarah Carlier, Only Jesus Saves; LhGWR, The Hague

Some time ago i visited Sarah Carlier’s present show at LhGWR.

Carlier’s video’s are like moving photographs.

Something may happen in them with some regularity or sometimes even quite suddenly,  but the focus of the camera remains the same.

In the end things may have changed, but only in your mind as nothing really happened to the world you are looking at.

Anything may happen, but the situation won’t respond to it.

Projected together, these videos also stress differences in time and rhythm, sometimes even within one video work.

In each work all elements are present for giving  a consistent meaning to what happens or what doesn’t happen, but in fact all meanings slip away the moment you’re thinking about them.

Only Jesus Saves is a wonderful show to sit down in and change places or refocus now and then. Make sure you can take your time!

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Sarah Carlier and LhGWR, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Quand la nature s’éveille (When Nature Awakens); Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Reinier Lagendijk

Galerie Ramakers says goodbye to winter with a trio exhibition, showing

Reinier Lagendijk

sculptures by Reinier Lagendijk,

Joncquil

paintings by Joncquil and

Eelco Brand

Eelco Brand

animations by Eelco Brand.

Reinier Lagendijk

Reinier Lagendijk

Lagendijk’s sculptures and installations bring shapes and ways of growing that are both unexpected and seemingly natural.

Joncquil

Joncquil

Joncquil

Joncquil

Joncquil

In Joncquil’s paintings anecdotes seem to be on the verge of their concluding phase.

Reinier Lagendijk

Reinier Lagendijk

Eelco Brand

Eelco Brand

Eelco Brand

Eelco Brand

Brand’s meticulously made animations never reach their concluding phase, running their cycles of birth and rebirth.

Reinier Lagendijk

Joncquil

As a whole the show brings together three very different artists who use aspects of nature very distinctively and powerfully.

Reinier Lagendijk

Lagendijk’s sculptures bind Joncquil’s and Brand’s works very well together, displaying their suggestive expression.

Reinier Lagendijk

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Ramakers, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

It rains blessings!; Twelve twelve gallery, The Hague

“It rains blessings!” That is easier said than it is experienced. To experience it you may also have to live through the darker sides of life.

Seyran Kirmizitoprak

It rains blessings is the title of one of the works of Wycliffe Mundopa, presently on show at Twelve twelve gallery, together with works by Jeroen Blok and with the remnants of a performance by Seyran Kirmizitoprak.

Seyran Kirmizitoprak

They form a remarkable trio exhibition with Kirmizitoprak’s dress and assemblage at the centre or as a kind of pivotal point of the show.

Jeroen Blok

Jeroen Blok

Blok isn’t really putting you back on earth with his somewhat surreal works,……. or is he?

Wycliffe Mundopa

Wycliffe Mundopa

Jeroen Blok

It rains blessings is a wonderful show in this new gallery, bringing together three very different artists, coming from completely different backgrounds, in a way that they really complement each other.

Jeroen Blok

Jeroen Blok

It probably rains blessings after all.

Wycliffe Mundopa

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and Twelve twelve gallery, Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters

Guido Winkler etc. ; A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

In A Gallery Named Sue’s third floor room are some works by Guido Winkler on show at the moment.

His small works become precious objects that are one with the shadows they cast on the walls.

In the mean time the gallery is preparing for Drawing Now Paris 2017, presenting very delicate works by Hernán Ardila,

very small Dingen (‘Things’) which look like pinned butterflies by Miranda Meijer and

some very intense stuff by Nathalie Duivenvoorden.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and A Gallery Named Sue, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #32

Late 19th century double villa, originally known as Duinaue (untranslatable name; left half of the building) and Benvenuta (Italian for welcome; right half), Badhuisweg, built near the coast as two chic hostels.

By the late 20th century it was a club and in the early 21st  century it was a sex club.

After that it became a night club, which was just closed down when these pictures were taken.

It reopened last year under a new name.

It was built as a very smart villa.

With the front windows walled up, it looks a bit uncouth these days and it probably won’t regain its old glory; i’m afraid its dilapidation won’t be stopped.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

All pictures were taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

The Inside Out, The Outside In; Quartair, The Hague

Quartair presents three artists who co-operate in an installation called The inside out, the outside in.

Merel Noorlander is responsible for the so-called ‘mechanical pop up installations’, which look a bit like chalices opening and closing, Ana Oosting has made clay structures inspired by lichens and Mirko Lazović constructed the salt water basin and sound reproduction.

Noorlander’s objects reflect on the walls, while Oosting’s ceramics cast shadows in the water while slowly being encrusted with salt.

The individuality of the artists is very clear, they each have their own style in the use of their materials, but the installation as a whole works very well and gives the works an extra dimension.

It is good to have this installation in The Hague, so go to Quartair and have a look!

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of the pictures courtesy to the artists and Quartair Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters