Raquel Maulwurf, The Carbon War Room; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

I visited the Gemeentemuseum to write a review about The Carbon War Room by Raquel Maulwurf for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As i have written quite extensively about the show on VLR, i leave you here with some details of her works, which, of course, should be seen in real.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Raquel Maulwurf, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag and the owners of the works.

 

Bertus Pieters

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Façades of The Hague #41

Townhouse with a private terrace and garden in a more or less neo-classicist style, built in 1890, Balistraat corner Laan Copes van Cattenburch.

‘Forbidden to place bicycles here’

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All photographs were taken in March 2016.

 

Bertus Pieters

Kosmische en aardse verkenningen (Cosmic and earthly explorations); Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Cosmic and earthly explorations are being carried out at Nouvelles Images gallery, by four artists:

Ton Kraayeveld (1955), Rinke Nijburg (1964), Sara Rajaei (1976) and Amos Mulder (1982).

The last two are guests to the gallery and show videos and photo works that give the whole exhibition an edge.

Kraayeveld shows modernism, the style that tried to shape an ideal world, but he paints it in a desolate way, abandoned and senseless.

There are two videos by Mulder on show in diffuse footage about the interpretation of dreams and UFO’s.

No, don’t shrug your shoulders, this is good and compelling stuff (though seats, and a place with less reflection in the monitors would improve the experience).

Nijburg sees the sublime in the cosmos and the divine on earth.

Although he has some impressive bigger works on show i personally prefer his smaller ones.

It is as if the vastness of the universe is best experienced in these smaller gems.

Rajaei shows photographs and a video.

They deal with man’s relationship to time and landscape.

The video is a good almost meditative central piece to the show.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters

Erik Pape, Ronald Versloot, paintings; Maurits van de Laar gallery, The Hague

At the moment Maurits van de Laar gallery has a double exhibition with works by Erik Pape (1942) and Ronald Versloot (1964).

Place Stalingrad (Place de la Bataille-de-Stalingrad) in Paris is still part of Pape’s studio.

In this exhibition he shows some details that caught his eye, making the square a cosmos of different aspects of life.

Versloot shows a lot of pictures about sailing.

You might ponder who are the real masters, the people in the boats or the impressive, but also a bit ghost-like sails.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Erik Pape, Ronald Versloot and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Halfway Where; Former Gemak exhibition space, The Hague

Constantijn Scholten

Today was the last day of a three day exhibition of 3rd year students of the Royal Academy of The Hague (KABK). The show was co-ordinated by Eliane Odding. Generally the students are talented and expectations for next year’s graduation show are high as far as i am concerned.

Naeun Kang

Personally i wish them to have some nerve, some more audacity to take more radical decisions in their works and presentations and in the use of technique.

Sam Andrea

For instance Sam Andrea is quite a good painter, but more technical skill in the use of colour and paint as a material could make his paintings more interesting.

Yukari Nakamichi

Cyrill Rafael Vasilyev

Cyrill Rafael Vasilyev

Cyrill Rafael Vasilyev

My favourite presentation is the one by Rafael Vasilyev, who clearly has an idea of how to make an installation.

Yukari Nakamichi

Valters Palaps

Seiko Hihara

Valters Palaps and Seiko Hihara have interesting installations but i’m sure they can make more out of the relationship between their objects and the space they are presented in.

Cedric ter Bals

Cedric ter Bals

Jiyhun Baek

Virág Papp

This is not the place for an analysis of all works on show but i’m sure next year there will be more.

Matilda Little

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists.

Bertus Pieters

Bij nader inzien (On closer inspection), Accents from the Cleveringa collection; Parts Project, The Hague

Leo Vroegindeweij, Carel Balth

Parts Project 6 shows works by three artists who were represented in the former Piet Cleveringa collection, Carel Balth (1939), Rob van Koningsbruggen (1948) and Leo Vroegindeweij (1955).

Leo Vroegindeweij

Carel Balth

Carel Balth

Leo Vroegindeweij

Piet Cleveringa (1917-2013) was a charismatic art collector and  lover, who tried with his collection and connections to interest people for contemporary art and amongst others organised exhibitions in the countryside.

Leo Vroegindeweij

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Leo Vroegindeweij

Carel Balth

Parts Project has chosen three artists whose works, in spite of their obviously great differences, communicate very well together.

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Leo Vroegindeweij

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Rob van Koningsbruggen

There are also more recent works of the artists on show.

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Leo Vroegindeweij

Carel Balth

My personal favourites are especially amongst the works by Vroegindeweij and Van Koningsbruggen.

Rob van Koningsbruggen

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists, Parts Project, Den Haag and the different collectors.

 

Bertus Pieters

Stretch Release; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

Kristan Kennedy

For those bickering and whining about the end of painting or about its constant renewal or about its being alive or dead: stop it and visit Stretch Release at Dürst Britt & Mayhew.

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Kristan Kennedy

Paul Beumer

Paul Beumer

Kristan Kennedy

Kristan Kennedy

Even if you don’t have those qualms, you’d better take a look.

Kristan Kennedy

Kristan Kennedy

Alexis Teplin

Alexis Teplin

It’s a very good show on painting and very well presented.

David Roth

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke

Take a closer look at works by Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke, Paul Beumer, Koen Doodeman, Marije Gertenbach, Kristan Kennedy, David Roth and Alexis Teplin.

Paul Beumer

Paul Beumer

Paul Beumer

David Roth

David Roth

Take a closer look and realise that conventional painting as you have known it has been a matter of weaving and painting, from the late renaissance onward, when painting on canvas became the omnipresent practice, or many centuries earlier, ever since man has been wearing coloured textiles.

David Roth

David Roth

Marije Gertenbach

Marije Gertenbach

Mark Barrow

Take a closer look and realise that in the end it is always the material that has the last word.

Mark Barrow

Alexis Teplin

Alexis Teplin

Paul Beumer

Paul Beumer

Take a closer look and realise that some of these works (some more than others) are both extremely intimate and heavily depersonalised in one way or another.

Koen Doodeman

Koen Doodeman

Alexis Teplin

Koen Doodeman

To be short: take a closer look.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists, Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallery and all other parties involved.

Bertus Pieters