Auke de Vries, Stopover; Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

Some 36 or 37 years ago Auke de Vries (1937) was my etching teacher at the Royal Academy in The Hague.

When teaching he would incidentally point to something on a working table, some haphazard constellation of an etching needle, a coffee cup, a pencil and a piece of paper and he’d say that it was an interesting composition.

Personally, at that age, i wasn’t really interested in that kind of aesthetics.

I had decided that making things of beauty, the things that were expected of you if you wanted to be an artist, were just not my cup of tea.

I had the stubborn idea that the world was not waiting for beauty and aesthetics.

Pick a bunch of flowers, if you wanted beauty, but don’t bother me with it!

Later on, i saw his monumental works in public space as he became more popular.

In it i saw the same kind of aesthetics again.

Quasi-haphazard constellations, just for their beauty, i ruled for myself.

In fact, i especially knew what i didn’t like.

Even later i plunged into a life in which many aspects were not beautiful at all.

Indeed i met many beautiful people, but the things they’d tell me and the world they’d found themselves in wasn’t beautiful at all.

When travelling for my work in the country i sometimes ran into a work by De Vries, or i just saw an object in the countryside that reminded me of his work.

It became clear to me that it must be great to make these things and to design and build them.

It was a kind of recomposing the world around you.

Auke de Vries’ present show at BaZ is a wonderful one.

Imagine, it is rebalancing the things, the thoughts, architecture, living creatures, art, well, the whole world, to be short.

I found it particularly moving.

I just hope that is not a personal thing.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Auke de Vries, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag and all owners.

 

Bertus Pieters

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.

 

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Bart van der Leck (Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

I visited the Gemeentemuseum to write a review about Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

I focused on Bart van der Leck (1876 – 1958) as he is the least known – especially internationally –  of the two. Hence all pictures here are of works by Van der Leck and ordered more or less chronologically.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Gemeente Museum, Den Haag, Museum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo and several private collectors.

 

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Aura Rendón Benger, Rendez-vous à la mer (Rendez-vous by the sea); Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Aura Rendón Benger (1989), who graduated from the Royal Academy in the Hague in 2014, has made a site specific work for the panorama room of Museum Beelden aan Zee.

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She made a very interesting and sensual work reflecting the light over the sea, connecting the intimate with the monumental.

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It is a work that has to be experienced, so it’s better to take a look for yourself.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Aura Rendón Benger and Museum Beelden aan Zee.

 

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Pablo Picasso, Picasso by the Sea; Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Pablo Picasso was by no means a great sculptor.

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Some of his sculptures are quite inventive but he was not a Brancusi or a Giacometti.

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Most of them are three dimensional drawings.

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The same counts for his ceramics, which he used at best as an alternative base to paint on.

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Having said that, the exhibition Picasso by the Sea, which is in its last week at Museum Beelden aan Zee, is quite interesting.

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It doesn’t show great masterpieces, but it does show a rather underexposed aspect of one of the most influential oeuvres both art historically and in the public mind. Enjoy!

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag

 

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Fra Bartolommeo: The Divine Renaissance; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

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The great exhibition about Fra Bartolommeo (1472 – 1517) in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is in its last week.

Study for a Flying Angel, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for a Flying Angel, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Kneeling Virgin, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Kneeling Virgin, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

There are some great master paintings on show.

Study for Saint Joseph, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Study for Saint Joseph, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

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They are presented with drawings, studies for the paintings, which give you an idea of how the master worked. The Boijmans has one of the biggest collections of Fra Bartolommeo drawings.

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Study of Rock Formation, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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In the background: God the Father and Sts Catherine of Siena and Mary Magdalen, Palazzo Mansi, Lucca

The show is extensively documented, which can be a bit of a drawback if you are waiting to take a closer look at a drawing, while somebody else is reading.

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Study of the Head of a Friar, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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In the background: Madonna della Misericordia, Villa Guinigi, Lucca

When i visited today however it wasn´t very busy.

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Composition Study for The Madonna della Misericordia, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study of a Man Walking to the Right, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study of a Man Walking to the Right, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The exhibition is quite spacious and the use of anti-reflective glass makes the drawings very visible.

Study for Draperies, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for Draperies, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Composition Study for 'Salvator Mundi', Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Composition Study for ‘Salvator Mundi’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

One may or may not like the modern and rather un-intimate setup, but it makes you feel freer to move around and there are very clear sightlines.

Study for the Kneeling St. Margaret, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Kneeling St. Margaret, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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The drawings are composition studies and studies of details and figures.

Study for a Flying Child Angel Playing the Lute, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for a Flying Child Angel Playing the Lute, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for St. Bartholomew, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for St. Bartholomew, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Posture and gesture are the most important elements in the figure drawings.

Study for the Head of St. Catherine, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Head of St. Catherine, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for St. Peter, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for St. Peter, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Due to the subdued light it was quite difficult to make some proper pictures, so i apologize for that.

Study with Hands and Friar's Heads, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study with Hands and Friar’s Heads, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Portrait of Fra Niccolò della Magna, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Portrait of Fra Niccolò della Magna, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

If you haven’t yet seen it, this week is your last chance!

Study for the Head of the Christ Child, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Study for the Head of the Christ Child, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

 

Bertus Pieters

Alice Neel, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

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To write a review for Villa La Repubblica i visited the Alice Neil show at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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Neel has been more or less a painter’s painter for quite some time, but with this exhibition it is hoped this will change for the better.

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As i wrote quite extensively about the show for VLR i leave you here with some pictures and details.

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I arranged them chronologically so as to have some idea of the development in Neel’s painting.

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(Content of all pictures courtesy to the Alice Neel Estate and Gemeentemuseum The Hague)

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Ellsworth Kelly: Bloemlezing (Anthology); Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar

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Last week i visited the recently opened Museum Voorlinden for the first time to write a review about the present Ellsworth Kelly exhibition for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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My first visit to Voorlinden was a slightly sentimental one as i used to come here in the end of the 1970s as an academy student to make landscape sketches.

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The villa was designed by English architect  R.J. Johnston and is a 1912 copy of the then owner’s English wife’s home in England.

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Of course you can tell immediately from the large chimneys that it’s English.

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Today the villa is a state monument and it contains the museum’s restaurant.

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The museum itself, designed by Dutch architect Dirk Jan Postel, was built from 2013 onwards.

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It serves as a kind of temple (complete with columns!) to show part of the art treasures of collector Joop van Caldenborgh.

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The new building itself isn’t very big but is very economical in its design to

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have enough space for showing some big monumental installations that

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aim to be iconic for the museum,

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for showing part of the collection in changing formations and

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to have special exhibitions.

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The use of daylight through the roof is a constant feature in the exhibitions,

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while corridors give wonderful views of the park around the museum.

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In such a place it is no wonder aesthetics plays the lead in the collection and exhibitions, as is often the case in big private collections.

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Buzzing society with its problems and controversies is absent from the collection.

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As such the museum serves as a refuge for modern and postmodern, maybe even post-postmodern aesthetics.

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The present Ellsworth Kelly show is well composed by Rudi Fuchs. It leaves the viewer with Kelly’s works in full glory and as Kelly died last year it is also a kind of retrospective. Here are some details of the exhibition.

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But of course it is better to go and take a look yourself.

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Content of all pictures courtesy the artists and Museum Voorlinden

 

Bertus Pieters