Tirzo Martha, No Excuses!; Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

Monument for Togetherness

No excuses indeed for having any later the first solo exhibition in the Netherlands of works by Curaçao artist Tirzo Martha (1965) in Museum Beelden aan Zee.

The Great Epiphany of Curaçao

The Great Epiphany of Curaçao

The Great Epiphany of Curaçao

The Great Epiphany of Curaçao

The Great Epiphany of Curaçao

Reinvention of the Afro-Era (Ananzi Colonialism)

Reinvention of the Afro-Era (Ananzi Colonialism)

Reinvention of the Afro-Era (Ananzi Colonialism)

Reinvention of the Afro-Era (Ananzi Colonialism)

Reinvention of the Afro-Era (Ananzi Colonialism)

Reinvention of the Afro-Era (Ananzi Colonialism)

Reinvention of the Afro-Era (Ananzi Colonialism)

God Is My Pilot

God Is My Pilot

Regarding the great impression his works, so generously full of details and narratives, make, you might think such a solo show is shamefully long overdue but you might also consider it to be just in time.

God Is My Pilot

God Is My Pilot

God Is My Pilot

Louis Vuitton Gang

Louis Vuitton Gang

Louis Vuitton Gang

Louis Vuitton Gang

Louis Vuitton Gang

Louis Vuitton Gang

Louis Vuitton Gang

Captain Caribbean: The Truth Will Set You Free

Captain Caribbean: The Truth Will Set You Free

Captain Caribbean: The Truth Will Set You Free

Captain Caribbean: The Truth Will Set You Free

Social and political commitment have become fashionable these days, usually to the detriment of content and expression.

Captain Caribbean: The Truth Will Set You Free

Captain Caribbean: The Truth Will Set You Free

The Banned Partnership

The Banned Partnership

The Banned Partnership

The Banned Partnership

The Banned Partnership

The Banned Partnership

The Great Caribbean Warp

The Great Caribbean Warp

The Great Caribbean Warp

The Great Caribbean Warp

The Consequence of Giving Me Carte Blanche At Plein Air

The Consequence of Giving Me Carte Blanche At Plein Air

Social and political commitment need a warm heart and an open and practical mind towards society, even in art.

The Consequence of Giving Me Carte Blanche At Plein Air

The Consequence of Giving Me Carte Blanche At Plein Air

The Consequence of Giving Me Carte Blanche At Plein Air

Ai Wei Wei, Sate Batata Hopi Sous

Ai Wei Wei, Sate Batata Hopi Sous

Ai Wei Wei, Sate Batata Hopi Sous

Ai Wei Wei, Sate Batata Hopi Sous

Ai Wei Wei, Sate Batata Hopi Sous

Ai Wei Wei, Sate Batata Hopi Sous

The Ancestral Debate

The Ancestral Debate

The Ancestral Debate

The Ancestral Debate

The Ancestral Debate

The Ancestral Debate

Martha clearly has both and he is able to combine joy and pain, sarcasm and tenderness, a feeling for both mysticism and sobriety, exuberance and balance, passion and humour in one work.

The Ancestral Debate

The Venus of Kawa Korsou

The Venus of Kawa Korsou

The Venus of Kawa Korsou

The Venus of Kawa Korsou

The Venus of Kawa Korsou

The Concept of Colonialism

The Concept of Colonialism

The Concept of Colonialism

The Concept of Colonialism

The Concept of Colonialism

The Prestige of the Ignorant

The Prestige of the Ignorant

The Prestige of the Ignorant

There is a certain order and an almost classical feeling for proportions and composition in his works that allow you to find the details and let them tell their stories.

The Prestige of the Ignorant

The Prestige of the Ignorant

The Prestige of the Ignorant

The Prestige of the Ignorant

The Prestige of the Ignorant

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

As for these details, they can be commonplace objects but also the way Martha assembles them, the way he constructs his works, the texts he uses and the way he uses them.

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

Chapel for Tirzo Martha

The Fall of the Afro Myth

The Fall of the Afro Myth

The Fall of the Afro Myth

The Fall of the Afro Myth

The Fall of the Afro Myth

The Fall of the Afro Myth

The Fall of the Afro Myth

Martha has also co-operated with students and people from the neighbourhood in one work called Monument of Togetherness.

The Fall of the Afro Myth

The Divine Ascent

The Divine Ascent

The Divine Ascent

The Divine Ascent

The Divine Ascent

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

It looks very open and transparent.

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Kiko Ta Nos Identidat

Monument of Togetherness

The whole show is well composed and presented.

Monument for Togetherness

Monument of Togetherness

Monument of Togetherness

Monument of Togetherness

Monument of Togetherness

Monument of Togetherness

Monument of Togetherness

Next week is the last week of this marvellous exhibition (already one of the very best in BaZ for this year as far as i’m concerned) so hurry up to take a closer look in BaZ if you haven’t done so yet.

Monument of Togetherness

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all pictures courtesy to Tirzo Martha and Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

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Dineo Seshee Bopape, Lerole: footnotes (The struggle of memory against forgetting), Witte de With, Rotterdam

I went to Witte de With in Rotterdam to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Dineo Seshee Bopape’s (1981) present show. Click here to read the review on Villa La Repubblica  (in Dutch).

As i’ve written quite extensively in VLR about the exhibition i leave you here with some extra pictures i took, however, not without the warm recommendation to visit the show.

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to Dineo Seshee Bopape and Witte de With, Rotterdam.

 

Bertus Pieters

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Whale skulls, Naturalis natural history museum, Leiden, March 2011

For the next six months or so there will be fewer posts on Villa Next Door. As i am finishing my studies there will be only time for just one post per week. The choices of what i will report about will be even less democratic or fair than you are already used to.

Bertus Pieters