Christie van der Haak & Suzan Drummen, Once upon a time…; Escher in The Palace, The Hague

In the museum Escher in The Palace is presently a show with works by Christie van der Haak (1950) and Suzan Drummen (1963) in the palace’s ball room and so called green room.

Drummen has composed a work on the floor in the ball room with pieces of glass and other small shiny objects.

She usually improvises her works and in this case it has become a cosmos of wonder around a big reflecting half sphere.

Van der Haak has given the ball room a radical restyling with her patterns which are, appropriately, colourful but also dignified.

Her patterns are on the walls, in the wonderful carpet, in the stylish chairs and even in a glass vase, one of her more recent projects.

In the so called green room there is a close co-operation between the two artists and even – posthumously – with Donald Judd (1928-1994) who designed the palace’s floor patterns.

Seeing this wonderful show one inadvertently gets the idea that this palace is far more suitable for shows concerning style and its impact and peculiarities than for Escher’s work.

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Escher in The Palce, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

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Christie van der Haak, Elmar Trenkwalder; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Both artists in Maurits van de Laar’s gallery’s present exhibition, Elmar Trenkwalder (1959) and Christie van der Haak (1950), take ornamentation out of its generally presumed decorative context.

In Trenkwalder’s works ornaments become corporeal, especially in his more sculptural ceramics, whose uniformity in colour and material invites the viewer to look and scrutinise more closely.

It might have been a kind of a challenge to integrate Trenkwalder’s objects more with Van der Haak’s installation.

Now, although some of them are shown in the same space as Van der Haak’s, they still retain their full sovereignty, which is just as well.

Van der Haak’s installation contains wallpaper, paintings, ceramics, epoxy resin panels  and upholstered chairs.

Focusing may seem to be a bit puzzling but that is also part of the fun and charm as Van der Haak makes you look in different ways.

There is no difference in hierarchy between any object or its surroundings.

Some objects come out clearly, others seem to have a camouflage colour.

As always Van der Haak wonderfully combines a festive mood with the intimacy of the gaze.

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©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to Elmar Trenkwalder, Christie van der Haak and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Christie van der Haak: Fairy Tales; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

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On Boxing Day i visited the Gemeentemuseum to see Christie van der Haak’s exhibition Fairy Tales.

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Van der Haak has been awarded the municipal Ouborg Prize and the show is organized on that occasion.

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She once started out as a painter, but later on she also started making designs, amongst others for textiles.

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The present exhibition shows her work in an installation highlighting both her painting and her designs, where the visitor is almost literally enclosed in a wonderful world of colour and patterns.

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The show is accompanied by a just as wonderful book.

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If you can read Dutch i suggest you click here and read Michiel Morel’s excellent article about Van der Haak on his blog.

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But the best thing to do is, of course, to visit the show.

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Be prepared to take your time though, as there is a lot to be seen and many visitors linger (as i did) because they can’t get enough of the atmosphere.

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Bertus Pieters