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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Bertus Pieters

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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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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

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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.

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Marcius Galan

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Cildo Meireles

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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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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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Lais Myrrha

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Renata Lucas

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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.

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Marcelo Cidade

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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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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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