Tell Freedom; Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort

Buhlebezwe Siwani

I went to Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the show Tell Freedom, with works by 15 or 16 (it is ambiguous) young artists from South Africa. Click here to read the review (in Dutch) and see some more pictures.

Buhlebezwe Siwani

The lighting in KAdE was horrible for taking photos, and the few pictures i tried to take of Dineo Seshee Bopape’s works are so bad that i skipped them, for which i apologise. However you can see some pictures of her work at Witte de With in Rotterdam if you click here.

Buhlebezwe Siwani

In the mean time i hope these pics will inspire you to go and see the works in real, which i’d wholeheartedly recommend.

Buhlebezwe Siwani

Take your time though, as there’s a lot to be seen.

Haroon Gunn-Salie

Haroon Gunn-Salie, Aline Xavier

Haroon Gunn-Salie, Aline Xavier

Haroon Gunn-Salie, Aline Xavier

Haroon Gunn-Salie

Neo Matloga

Neo Matloga

Neo Matloga

Neo Matloga

Kemang Wa Lehulere

Kemang Wa Lehulere

Kemang Wa Lehulere

Kemang Wa Lehulere

Bronwyn Katz

Bronwyn Katz

Bronwyn Katz

Bronwyn Katz

Bronwyn Katz

Lerato Shadi

Lerato Shadi

Lerato Shadi

Lerato Shadi

Sabelo Mlangeni

Lebohang Kganye

Buhlebezwe Siwani

Mawande Ka Zenzile

Mawande Ka Zenzile

MADEYOULOOK

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Lebohang Kganye

Lebohang Kganye

Francois Knoetze

Francois Knoetze

Francois Knoetze

Francois Knoetze

Francois Knoetze

Ashley Walters

Ashley Walters

Kemang Wa Lehulere

Donna Kukama

Donna Kukama

Donna Kukama

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort

Bertus Pieters

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Façades of The Hague #60

West façade of railway station Den Haag Hollands Spoor, usually abbreviated to Den Haag HS (The Hague HS) or simply HS.

It was built in 1891 as a replacement of the smaller neo-classical station of the 1840s.

One of the two main railway stations in The Hague, HS is connecting The Hague with Leiden, Haarlem and Amsterdam to the north and with Delft, Rotterdam and Antwerp to the south.

It was designed by architect Dirk Margadant (1849-1915), who designed more station buildings, most of them replaced by modern buildings now (notably except for Haarlem).

“Hollandish Iron Railway Society”. With from left to right personifications of Science, Commerce, Industry and Art.

It was built in neo-renaissance style with a lot of decorations and emblems, illustrating speed, culture, science and economic progress, produced by Van den Bossche & Crevels in Amsterdam.

Being the city of the Royal court and the government, it was felt The Hague’s new station had to compete in grandeur with Amsterdam’s Centraal Station.

The biggest novelty of the building was the use of raised platforms with waiting rooms, which made the station hall itself less important and which may be nowadays a bit of a problem with the commercialisation of station halls.

The royal waiting room (the Koninklijk Paviljoen / Royal Pavilion) was however at street level in the north wing of the building and is still kept in old glory with its wooden doors under a marquise.

It has a relief showing the young Queen Wilhelmina surrounded by arts, science, progress, prosperity, etc.

In spite of recent restorations the royal pavilion is next to a somewhat undefined area.

The south wing has a new tunnel for pedestrians and cyclists, and also contains the bike storage.

Today The Hague HS is a state monument.

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© Villa Next Door 2018

All pictures were taken in March 2017

Bertus Pieters

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

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

Fewer

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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

Façades of The Hague #59

Façade with apartments and on the ground floor a pub and an entrance to a church, Dunne Bierkade.

It was designed around 1912 by architect Willem Verschoor (1880 – 1968), who later became an important member of the so-called New Hague School (Nieuwe Haagse School).

Originally it was the house where landscape painter Jan van Goyen (1596-1656) lived until 1654 when his financial situation became so precarious that he moved to Wagenstraat around the corner.

From 1649 to 1654 his son in law, the famous genre painter Jan Steen (1625/26-1679), lived there too.

Nowadays it houses the locally well-known pub De Paas, which used to be one of my favourite haunts until the Financial Crisis of the last decade (but you may still find me there now and then).

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© Villa Next Door 2017

All pictures were made in March 2017

Bertus Pieters