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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All content of pictures courtesy to Berend Bodenkamp and Museum Beelden aan Zee.

 

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

Tunga

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Héctor Zamora

Héctor Zamora

Marcos Chaves

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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.

Ernesto Neto

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.

Alexandre da Cunha

Alexandre da Cunha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

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

Cildo Meireles

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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.

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

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

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

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Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

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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.

Erika Verzutti

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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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

 

Bertus Pieters

Nicholas Hlobo: Imilonji Yembali / Melodies of History, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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I visited Nicholas Hlobo’s exhibition Imilonji Yembali / Melodies of History at Museum Beelden aan Zee (Sculptures by the Sea) to write a review for the Villa La Repubblica blog. Click here to read the full review (in Dutch) and see some extra footage.

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A review can’t possibly deal with all aspects of Hlobo’s works, so here are some extra pictures of details to give you an idea. Best however is, of course, to go and see the show for yourself.

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Credits by the way to Beelden aan Zee for not restricting itself to the North Atlantic discourse so as to keep the Dutch audience from single-mindedness.

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Eyal Assulin, Virus; Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Museum Beelden aan Zee (Sculptures by the Sea) has a small exhibition around Israeli artist Eyal Assulin’s sculpture Virus.

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Virus has the features both of a machine and of a gigantic spider and it makes a noise every now and then.

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As a machine it seems to have lost its man-serving functions, but as a living creature it is quite dysfunctional as well.

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There is another flawed machine, as

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well as a video with a man (probably the artist himself) barking at a car.

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Some drawings are on show too. In Assulin’s world machines have become cohabiting the world with human beings and other creatures, too big and influential to be futile, like their creators.

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It’s in itself a nice and playful show, though not very profound, the video being my favourite.

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Geer Steyn, Beeldhouwer (Sculptor); Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Presently there is a small but fine retrospective of sculptures by Geer Steyn (1945) at Museum Beelden aan Zee (Sculptures by the Sea).

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Steyn’s works stand firmly in what you might call a Dutch classical modernist tradition, trying as it does to find simplicity in content, material and meaning.

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I leave you with some pictures of the wonderful works without comments, but it is of course always better to visit the exhibition yourself.

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Vormidable, Contemporary Flemish Sculpture; Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

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Museum Beelden aan Zee (Sculptures by the Sea) is one of the most interesting museums in The Hague and indeed in the country, for its robust architecture, its position along the coast, its Institute for Sculpture and above all – of course – for its interesting exhibitions of modern, postmodern and contemporary sculpture, objects and installations.

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At present the Museum’s summer exhibition Vormidable with contemporary sculpture from Flanders is still on show, though its satellite exhibitions at Lange Voorhout (for pictures click here) and in A Gallery Named Sue (for pictures click here; for full review in Dutch click here) have finished already some weeks ago.

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It is impossible to cover all aspects of this wonderful exhibition, so I just show you a few random pictures, but it would be better to take a look for yourself. Both well known and lesser known artists are democratically brought together in the great room of the museum. In that collection almost legendary Panamarenko is more or less hors concours, even with these modest models on show.

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Honoré d’O’s works (also quite small ones in this show) make a good counterpoint to Panamarenko’s.

VBaZ 07 Renato Nicolodi
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There is some imposing architecture reduced to an introvert object by Renato Nicolodi and

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there are some works by Johan Tahon, both raw and angelic,

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two sensitive sculptural installations by Sofie Muller and

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there is this water carrier by Philip Aguirre y Otegui. These four artists were presented at the Lange Voorhout as well.

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Do think before you take a seat on a bench by Caspar Berger!

VBaZ 16 Sven 't Jolle

Sven ‘t Jolle presents these figures who are playing Mens erger je niet (Hey, don’t fret). Or are the figures becoming the game?

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Nadia Naveau gives some samples of her work in which there is a strong connection with antiquity and post-postmodernity.

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Her work is one of the great discoveries of the show.

VBaZ 25 Tinka Pittoors
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Tinka Pittoors’ installation fits much better into this presentation than her other sculpture did at the Lange Voorhout.

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On the other hand this sculpture by Peter Rogiers on its own seems to be a bit out of context.

VBaZ 28 Nick Ervinck
VBaZ 29 Nick Ervinck

If you like intricate 3D design and printing with a bit of a spooky outlook the works of Nick Ervinck will surely impress you. It doesn’t really convince me.

VBaZ 30 Eva De Leener
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Far simpler as a concept but much more significant are Eva De Leener’s sculptures.

VBaZ 33 Patrick Van Caeckenbergh
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One of my personal favourites is Patrick Van Caeckenbergh and his Cradle hits the mark again in more than one way.

VBaZ 35 Anton Cotteleer
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Works by Anton Cotteleer were quite omnipresent in The Hague this summer as, apart from here, they were also on show at A Gallery Named Sue and Nouvelles Images gallery (click here for the pictures).

VBaZ 38 Peter Buggenhout
VBaZ 39 Peter Buggenhout

Peter Buggenhout specializes in sculptures that refuse to take a clear shape. They seem to defy all theories about the regularity of nature.

VBaZ 40 Berlinde De Bruyckere
VBaZ 41 Berlinde De Bruyckere

Of course Berlinde De Bruyckere’s work is also present. It is shown in rhyme with Buggenhout’s sculptures.

VBaZ 42 Wim Delvoye
VBaZ 43 Wim Delvoye

Wim Delvoye’s hilarious Rose des vents is present on one of the terraces of the museum.

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However, the sad low point of the show is the presentation of Jan Fabre, who seems to be talking on and on with his shiny beetles, while he has nothing to say but boring clichés.

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A smaller room of the museum shows models of more or less monumental works and projects.

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Amongst others by Wim Delvoye,

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Patrick Van Caeckenbergh,

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Renato Nicolodi and

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Ruben Bellinkx, who also showed an intriguing installation this summer at A Gallery Named Sue.

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