James Turrell, Celestial Vault; The Hague (permanent)

One may ponder what archaeologists will think about Celestial Vault (1996) by James Turrell (1943) if they dig it up in let’s say 3018.

Will they think we were a religious bunch, worshipping something represented by the stone in the centre of the work?

Well, let’s leave that to these future diggers.

I visited this great work of public art just South of The Hague near Kijkduin Beach, today as it was one of the last hot summer days.

I also wanted to write a short article about its architectural qualities in Villa La Repubblica, which I did. Click here to read the article (in Duch).

Click here to read more about Celestial Vault in English at Stroom’s website.

There were more people like me, who probably thought this was a good day to pay the place a visit.

Amongst others people who walked their dogs. (Let people enjoy this place as much as they can, but why should they bring their dogs?).

I also visited the panorama point where there is a Turrell seat as well, where you can look at the sky.

Today there was some heavy machinery around to cut the branches, as it’s alright to have some nature around, but it should know its place.

Shouldn’t it?

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Bertus Pieters

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Karin van Dam & Ed Pien, The Path of the Caterpillar; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Karin van Dam

Artists Karin van Dam  (1959) and Ed Pien  (1958) have known each other for quite a long time and presently at Galerie Maurits van de Laar they show the results of some shared experiences from Canada, where they went literally underground.

Karin van Dam

Ed Pien

Karin van Dam

The creepy crawlies that cover your body when you lay still in a huge pit or the underground life and architecture of the crust of our planet in mining corridors have triggered their imagination.

Karin van Dam

Karin van Dam

Karin van Dam

The graphite used by Van Dam is of course delved from that same earth crust and indeed in her work she improvises on the idea of the building stones of the earth we live and walk on.

Karin van Dam

Karin van Dam

Ed Pien

Ed Pien

Pien bases his works presently on show on natural processes, especially the influence of salt water on black paper.

Ed Pien

Ed Pien

Ed Pien

He allowed the paper to dry and used the resulting salt patterns for his compositions.

Ed Pien

Ed Pien

Karin van Dam

The combination of the works of both artists makes for a great, surprising reflection on the composition of the earth under our feet and the inspiration and the sheer endless imagination it gives.

Ed Pien

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Karin van Dam, Ed Pien and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Shigeo Arikawa and Bas Wiegmink, Senses of Memory; Galerie Helder, The Hague

Bas Wiegmink

I visited the duo show Senses of Memory with works by Shigeo Arikawa (1982) and Bas Wiegmink (1977) at Galerie Helder to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

Shigeo Arikawa

As i already wrote quite extensively about the show in VLR, i leave you here with some additional details that caught my eye.

Bas Wiegmink

Bas Wiegmink

Bas Wiegmink

Bas Wiegmink

Shigeo Arikawa

Shigeo Arikawa

Bas Wiegmink

Bas Wiegmink

Bas Wiegmink

Shigeo Arikawa

Bas Wiegmink

Bas Wiegmink

Bas Wiegmink

Bas Wiegmink

Bas Wiegmink

Shigeo Arikawa

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Content of all photographs courtesy to Shigeo Arikawa, Bas Wiegmink and Galerie Helder, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #70

Villa Helena built in the mid 1930s, Nieuwe Parklaan, in a sober late art deco style.

Both chimneys were originally much taller, especially the one on the south-east facade (on the right hand side of the building) was very monumental.

With its small cosy front terrace it has been an old people’s home for some time.

Now it contains apartments.

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All pictures were taken in March 2017

Bertus Pieters

Casper Verborg, A white horse is not a horse; Hoorn & Reniers, The Hague

I visited Hoorn & Reniers gallery to write a review about Casper Verborg’s (1981) present show a white horse is not a horse for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As it happened i focused especially on one work, offspring, a painting with amongst others the presidents Kim and Trump and a lemon yellow gorilla.

But of course there is a lot more recent and surprising work on show.

As i have already written extensively in VLR about the show, i leave you here with some of the many details that attracted my attention.

Best is, evidently, to visit the show yourself and have a close look.

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Content of all photographs courtesy to Casper Vergorg and Noorn & Reniers, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Joncquil and Ton van Kints; Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

Joncquil

IS WORDT WAS (“IS BECOMES WAS”) it says in neon on a bench by Joncquil (1973).

Joncquil

Joncquil

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

In a way that defines this fine dialogue/exhibition of works by him and by Ton van Kints (1955) at Galerie Ramakers.

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

Joncquil

Objectifying time is one of the themes in Joncquil’s work and as such also stresses that theme as a narrative in Van Kints’ works.

Joncquil

Joncquil

Joncquil

Ton van Kints

Van Kints makes, amongst others, ‘new’ works by remaking or renewing older ones.

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

In that process he also piled some of his older distinctive ‘cuckoo nests’ and provided them with a new shiny top.

Ton van Kints

Joncquil

Ton van Kints

These piles have become wall sculptures of time in themselves, while their tops, looking like large, lustrous eyes, give a reflection of the present if you stand in front of them.

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

Joncquil

Ton van Kints

His rectangular works presently on show may also look faintly familiar to those who know Van Kints’ works as they too didn’t escape reworking, or rebirth.

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

Joncquil

It may also show the difference in generation between Joncquil and Van Kints.

Joncquil

Joncquil

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

While Joncquil is expanding his horizons in different disciplines, Van Kints reflects on his practices, deepening his knowledge and aesthetics.

Ton van Kints

Ton van Kints

Joncquil

Ton van Kints

As such, in both oeuvres a more retrospective presentation in the near future would obviously be most welcome.

Joncquil

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Joncquil, Ton van Kints and Galerie Ramakers, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

 

De Ploeg by the Sea; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Jan Wiegers

Artist’s movement De Ploeg (‘The Plough’) was founded in 1918 by amongst others the painters Jan Wiegers (1893-1959), Johan Dijkstra (1896-1978) and Jan Jordens (1883-1962) in the Northern city of Groningen.

Jan Wiegers

Jan Wiegers

De Ploeg tried to plough the field of the arts after the First World War.

Jan Wiegers

Johan Dijkstra

Its centenary is especially celebrated in Groningen this year, but the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague has presently made a very fine selection of its collection of graphic works by De Ploeg’s founding and pre-War members.

Jan Wiegers

Jan Wiegers

From 1921 onwards De Ploeg was heavily influenced by German Expressionism, especially by Kirchner’s works.

Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman

Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman

Although some members, notably the great printmaker H. N. Werkman (1882-1945), had good international contacts, De Ploeg never became an internationally renowned movement , like De Stijl, probably also because it had no clear manifesto or influential periodical.

Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman

Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman

Apart from people like Werkman the movement became more conservative toward the Second World War.

Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman

Jan Wiegers

Today De Ploeg in name still exists, but its members, though fine professionals, with their moderately modernist style are a far cry indeed from the movement’s revolutionary roots.

Jan Jordens

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Content of all photographs courtesy to the Gemeentemusem, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Farewell; Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Farewell Nouvelles Images!

Auke de Vries

Uwe Poth

Michael Tedja

Armando

Dino Ruissen

Lucassen

David Vandekop

Kazuo Kadonaga

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Content of all photographs courtesy to (the estates of) the artists and Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters