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

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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.

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Study for Draperies, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

 

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Tomas Rajlich, Structures in Paint, 1966-1976, Gemeentemuseum The Hague

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I went to the Gemeentemuseum to write a review about its present show of Tomas Rajlich’s early works for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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More recent works were on show at Ramakers gallery in October. Click here for some pictures of that show.

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The Gemeentemuseum exhibits works from the decade around 1970. In 1969 Rajlich (1940) came to Germany and then to the Netherlands from his native Czechoslovakia and he lived for some forty years in The Hague before returning to the Czech Republic.

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As i’ve written extensively on Villa La Repubblica about Rajlich i would  merely suggest you visit the show.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Tomas Rajlich and Gemeentemuseum The Hague

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Berend Bodenkamp, Samenhang (Coherence/Cohesion); Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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At Museum Beelden aan Zee It is the last week for Samenhang (Coherence or Cohesion), the exceptionally fine small retrospective of works by Berend Bodenkamp (1942).

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They are somewhere in between graphic art and sculpture.

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His subtle works look sculptural as he often makes use of materials like quartzite, but also canvass or graphite.

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Especially quartzite has a history of its own, which becomes part of Bodenkamp’s compositions.

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Bodenkamp combines geometry and natural processes, usually resulting in works hanging on the wall.

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They reflect the workings of nature and the expressive element of art is given back to nature, as it were.

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It is a show of tranquillity and respect.

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Brasil, Beleza?! Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Héctor Zamora

Héctor Zamora

Marcos Chaves

Marcos Chaves

The public exhibition at Lange Voorhout of Brasil, Beleza?! has come to an end; alas, as it wasn’t bad at all. However, the main exhibition at Museum Beelden aan Zee (BaZ) with sculpture from Brazil is still on show.

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Ernesto Neto

Marcius Galan

Marcius Galan

Cildo Meireles

Cildo Meireles

This year BaZ has made a clear difference between more monumental and robust works at Lange Voorhout and the smaller works in its own venue. There is also a big difference with last year’s Flemish show: there are fewer works by fewer artists.

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Marcela Gross

Sonia Gomes

Sonia Gomes

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That gives the works the opportunity to breathe more and it doesn’t give the visitor the idea that he/she is walking in a crowded supermarket. The choice (some great and some lesser known names) is also very good.

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Alexandre da Cunha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

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Renata Lucas

Renata Lucas

Brazil’s recent past in modernist architecture and its daily life in that would-be optimistic environment play an important role in the exhibition. As a material concrete returns a few times in the show but not really in its most sturdy modernist way.

Adriano Amaral

Adriano Amaral

Marcelo Cidade

Marcelo Cidade

Valeska Soares

Valeska Soares

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The materials are generally very divers and are very much part of the content and expression of the works, whether they are self styled or made of  found objects.

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Personal favourite discoveries are Erika Verzutti, who presents small sculptures slightly familiar and slightly awkward, and

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Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, whose virtual reality work wasn’t available when i visited, due to circumstances, but whose table full of delicate things, both objects and ideas, will make you want more.

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Erika Verzutti

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Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

I advise you to visit the show yourself, as it is, for its content and its presentation, one of the best in BaZ’s series of  summer exhibitions.

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Marila Dardot

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Ante Timmermans, O0; GEM, The Hague

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I went to GEM to write a review about Ante Timmermans’ first Dutch solo show for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the full review (in Dutch).

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This blog post only serves to show some extra footage of Timmermans’ works.

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It’s a particularly fine show.

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There’s a big installation in the basement of the gallery, made with older and newer works.

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On the ground floor there is an exhibition of Timmermans’ drawings.

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Bertus Pieters

Brasil, Beleza?!, Lange Voorhout, The Hague

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This year’s sculpture show on Lange Voorhout, organized by Museum Beelden aan Zee, exhibits works by Brazilian artists.

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There are only eleven works by ten artists, some of them quite big, which is a good choice as it reduces the influence of non-artistic objects in this chic avenue.

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Some of the sculptures have a non-too-deep-digging feel-good mentality, like OPAVIVARÁ by the Namoita collective, and

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Empate by Marcius Galan. In this last work fraternity in sports is symbolised, but one might doubt if any ball could pass through these rings.

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Other works try to show more of the daily realities in the life of common Brazilians, like Espaço Entre by Marcelo Cidade with graffiti turned outside-in,

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Flags by João Loureiro that show cheques of different Brazilian banks, that is if there is some wind to make the flags fly,

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Tower Tamariu by Héctor Zamora, an ode to the hard and heavy labour man has to perform individually in order to build a living, and

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Academia by Marcos Chaves, a kind of replica of the kind of sports schools that are built by Brazilians in public space with makeshift materials.

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Some works reflect on Brazilian cultural history and its ties with Western Europe like Adriana Varejão’s Panacea Phantastica which shows the idea of Portuguese azulejos decorated with Brazilian medicinal herbs and plants, or

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In the corner of life by Ernesto Neto which shows the Brazilian answer to European and North American modernism.

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There are only three works that have no clear connection at first sight to Brazil as a country or as a culture, they are Adrift by Valeska Soares,

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Muro by Eduardo Coimbra

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and Animal nature by Neto which is both robust and elegant.

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Curators Carolyn Drake and Alessandra Laitempergher have made a well balanced choice and an agreeable public show on Lange Voorhout. Three works are favourite, as far as i am concerned. There are Zamora’s cargo bikes which show both the lightness and heaviness of life itself.

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Coimbra’s wall-on-wheels gives an intriguing alternative for something that usually looks quite definitive.

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My top favourite however is Soares’ Adrift which expands into the air if you are standing on it. Click here to read the article i wrote about it for Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

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Contents of  all pictures courtesy the artists and Museum Beelden aan Zee

 

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