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Dear all,

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Villa Next Door will stay online as an archive.

Bertus Pieters

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Language is the only homeland; Nest, The Hague

Newell Harry

I went to the present group show at Nest Language is the only homeland to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

Newell Harry

I strongly recommend this well balanced exhibition in which works by six artists from different parts of the world are presented.

Newell Harry

As i have already written extensively on this show on VLR, i leave you here just with some impressions and details.

Newell Harry

Marcel Pinas

Marcel Pinas

Marcel Pinas

Marcel Pinas

Marcel Pinas

Marcel Pinas

Moffat Takadiwa

Moffat Takadiwa

Moffat Takadiwa

Judith Westerveld

Judith Westerveld

Parastou Forouhar

Parastou Forouhar

Parastou Forouhar

Parastou Forouhar

Moffat Takadiwa

Moffat Takadiwa

Moffat Takadiwa

Tintin Wulia

Tintin Wulia

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and to Nest, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Chen Hangfeng, Excited with no reason; SinArts Gallery, The Hague

I visited Chen Hangfeng’s (1974) present show at SinArts Gallery to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As i’ve already written quite extensively in VLR about the show, and as the exhibition is accompanied by an excellent essay, i leave you here with a few pictures.

Even better is, of course, to visit the show yourself.

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© Villa La Repubblica 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to Chen Hangfeng and SinArts Gallery, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Hamid El Kanbouhi, HIST-I-O-R-Y / L’affare del secolo; 1646, The Hague

I visited Hamid El Kanbouhi’s (1976) present show at 1646 to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

I must say i have my serious doubts about Kanbouhi’s installation (dubbed a “fake installation” by himself).

As far as i’m concerned there are discrepancies between the mythology and the personal, or between the possible message and its quality.

On the other hand there is also something quaintly intriguing about it.

But anyway, i’ve written about that in the VLR article, so you’d better see it all for yourself and make up your own mind.

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to Hamid El Kanbouhi and 1646, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Façades of The Hague #71

Block with four identical gables and eight apartments, Valkenboskade.

Built probably around 1920, the façade still retains its original character with its very sober but tasteful decorations. Six of the eight front doors even have the original designs.

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© Villa Next Door 2018

All pictures were taken in March 2017

Bertus Pieters

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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© Villa Next Door 2018

Bertus Pieters

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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© Villa Next Door 2018

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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© Villa Next Door 2018

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

Bertus Pieters