Andrea Freckmann, Commedia, Get On Stage!; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Andrea Freckmann (1970) currently has a solo show at Galerie Maurits van de Laar.

It is rare for an artist to have a solo exhibition at Van de Laar’s gallery, but the subject clearly needs it and, what’s more, Freckmann’s work is worth it.

Freckmann clearly is both a painter and a narrator, though her stories don’t seem to have a beginning or an end.

As such they resemble the commedia dell’arte by which this show is inspired.

The figures of the commedia dell’arte have evolved in a tradition of about two centuries with characters like Pierrot, Arlecchino or Colombina who became part of West European culture.

As such they always played the hopes, pitfalls, sentiments and especially the morals of daily life as a caricature, masked and unmasked.

Freckmann adds her own figures and objects to the stories.

There is the ever-present silent dog, the sloppily feathered blackcap, a vase, a timber framed house or even the odd handsome prince on a white horse.

The great thing about Freckmann’s works is that she doesn’t just paint scenes, but that her painting, both technically and compositionally, becomes part of the narrative, or the other way round..

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Content of all photographs courtesy to Andrea Freckmann and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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Art The Hague 2017, Fokker Terminal, The Hague

Although still one of the smaller art fairs, Art The Hague has expanded a bit this year.

Jan Henderikse, Schoots & Van Duyse, Antwerp

Jan Henderikse, Schoots & Van Duyse, Antwerp

Joel Mpah Dooh, Sanaa, Utrecht

The restaurant has been removed from the main hangar to one of the side rooms which has created more space to present more galleries and to create more leeway for visitors.

Joel Mpah Dooh, Sanaa, Utrecht

Joel Mpah Dooh, Sanaa, Utrecht

Anton Vrede, Hommes, Rotterdam

Art The Hague describes itself as ‘quirky’, but that probably still needs some time, as still some more kitsch could be removed, although progress has been made in that field (and i seem to be a hardliner on the subject).

Wycliffe Mundopa, Twelve twelve, The Hague

Gert Scheerlinck, Twelve twelve, The Hague

Emanuel Tegene, WTC The Hague Art Gallery

And wouldn’t it be a good idea to ask galleries not to show more than three artists each?

Emanuel Tegene, WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Ron Amir, WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Karolina Orzelek, Dukan, Paris, Leipzig

Of course galleries would like to present themselves as one big and divers family but does that really add to the characters of these galleries?

Geert Baas, Ramakers, The Hague

Pat Andrea, Ramakers, The Hague

Andrea Freckmann, Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

With only three artists a gallery can really make a statement about itself without being excessive and new artists may get more attention.

Andrea Freckmann, Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Hamid El Kanbouhi, Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Marc Mulders, Dom’Arte, Rucphen

Especially in a smaller fair the focus on individual artists could be an asset.

Elke Lutgerink, Wilms, Venlo

Elke Lutgerink, Wilms, Venlo

Elke Lutgerink, Wilms, Venlo

Art The Hague promised some focus on African artists, but that doesn’t really stand out.

David Pedraza, Heden, The Hague

Jef Gysen, Shoobil, Antwerp

Erik Buijs, Huub Hannen, Maastricht

To really focus on something like the African art market you need to be very well prepared and you need to invest in research, otherwise the quality – as it is now – will be mixed.

Coen Vernooij, O-68, Velp

Gregor Gaida, Hoorn en Reniers, The Hague

Lucius Pax, WTC The Hague

The ‘quirkiness’ of the fair is probably best presented in its side rooms.

Robbie Cornelissen, Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Kevin Rausch, Hoorn en Reniers, The Hague

Paul Nassenstein, Luycks, Tilburg

This year the second floor isn’t used but the ground floor has been refurbished and tries to present an alternative to Drawing Amsterdam, which will be missed this year.

Erika Cotteleer, Shoobil, Antwerp

Hamid El Kanbouhi, Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Jimi Kleinbruinink, Allard Wildenberg, Naarden

Of course only four rooms can’t be an alternative to a whole fair but the presentations are very good and they make for one the best aspects of the fair.

Jimi Kleinbruinink, Allard Wildenberg, Naarden

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Content of all picture courtey to the artists, the galleries and Art The Hague 2017.

 

Bertus Pieters

Track and Trace II; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Urs Pfannenmüller

Urs Pfannenmüller

Erik Pape

Erik Pape

Andrea Freckmann

Andrea Freckmann

Maurits van de Laar’s gallery has its 25th anniversary.

Marcel van Eeden

Marcel van Eeden

Martin Fenne

Martin Fenne

Heidi Linck

Heidi Linck

Robine Clignett

Robine Clignett

At the moment it shows its second edition of its jubilee exhibition and it is a real full house.

Elsbeth Ciesluk

Elsbeth Ciesluk

Ingrid van der Hoeven

Ingrid van der Hoeven

Ronald Versloot

Ronald Versloot

Robbie Cornelissen

Robbie Cornelissen

Herewith i give you a few examples of the more than 70 works of art by more than 30 artists presently on show in the gallery.

Stan Klamer

Stan Klamer

Elmar Trenkwalder

Elmar Trenkwalder

Nour Eddine Jarram

Nour Eddine Jarram

Jan Brokof

Jan Brokof

The finissage will be on Sunday.

Sebastiaan Schlicher

Sebastiaan Schlicher

Marjolein van der Meij

Marjolein van der Meij

Martin Assig

Martin Assig

Diederik Gerlach

Diederik Gerlach

Of course i wish Maurits and his artists many fruitful years to come!

Tobias Gerber

Tobias Gerber

Nare Eloyan

Nare Eloyan

Zeger Reyers

Zeger Reyers

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Maurits van de Laar

Bertus Pieters

Andrea Freckmann, Lilian Kreutzberger; Maurits van de Laar Gallery, The Hague

MvdL 01 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 02 Andrea Freckmann

At Maurits van de Laar Gallery Andrea Freckmann shows paintings in combination with sculptures and Lilian Kreutzberger shows reliefs and drawings combined with installations.

MvdL 03 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 04 Andrea Freckmann

Freckmann shows in her paintings different levels of reality often with a dog which seems the only creature that can really be present in all levels. Freckmann expands these different levels with sculptures in front of the paintings or in one case even with a small visual poem.

MvdL 05 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 06 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 07 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 08 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 09 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 10 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 11 Lilian Kreutzberger

Kreutzberger has the frames run from her reliefs and drawings to form a kind of architectural environment in which two dimensionality and space play games.

MvdL 12 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 13 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 14 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 15 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 16 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 17 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 18 Lilian Kreutzberger

Both artists combine good craftsmanship with a great amount of imagination which proves to be highly contagious (in a healthy way) when visiting the show.

MvdL 19 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 20 Lilian Kreutzberger

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Bertus Pieters