Barbara Hepworth, Sculpture for a modern world; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Dan Graham, Two adjacent pavilions, 1982-2001

Dan Graham, Two adjacent pavilions, 1982-2001

Mark Di Suvero, K-piece, 1972

Mark Di Suvero, K-piece, 1972

Chohreh Feyzdjou, Buried paintings, 1994

Chohreh Feyzdjou, Buried paintings, 1994

Kröller-Müller Museum, near the village of Otterlo and situated in a nature reserve, is certainly one the finest museums for modern art in the Netherlands.

A visitors contribution

A visitor’s contribution

Christo, 56 barrels, 1968-77

Christo, 56 barrels, 1968-77

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Eugène Dodeigne, Sept, 1993, with the next door guy, photo taken by Rien Monshouwer

Eugène Dodeigne, Sept, 1993, with the next door guy, photo taken by Rien Monshouwer

It has an extensive sculpture park with some of the most iconic works of modern sculpture, ideal to visit on a sunny day in spring as we did this week.

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Isamu Wakabayashi, Otterlo mist, 2001

Alina Szapocznikow, Wielkie brzuchy, 1968

Alina Szapocznikow, Wielkie brzuchy, 1968

Hildo Krop, Vandaag en morgen, 1918

Hildo Krop, Vandaag en morgen, 1918

Main goal was the present Barbara Hepworth show but seeing the sculpture collection in the park is an unavoidable treat.

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Aldo van Eyck, Aldo van Eyckpaviljoen, 1965-66, rebuilt 2005

Aldo van Eyck, Aldo van Eyckpaviljoen, 1965-66, rebuilt 2005

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

Per Kirkeby, Backsteinskulptur, 1988

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Krijn Giezen (my late former teacher), Kijk Uit, 1986-2005

Krijn Giezen (my late former teacher), Kijk Uit, 1986-2005

Luciano Fabro, La doppia faccia del cielo, 1986

Luciano Fabro, La doppia faccia del cielo, 1986

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Chris Booth, Echo van de Veluwe, 2003-05

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, nature, 1959-60

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975) is well represented in the collection.

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Dual form, 1965

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Elegy III, 1966

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Trevalgan, 1956

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form with inner form, Anima, 1959

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form with inner form, Anima, 1959

Barbara Hepworth, Oval form, Trezion, 1962-63

Barbara Hepworth, Oval form, Trezion, 1962-63

Barbara Hepworth, Figure, Archaean, 1958

Barbara Hepworth, Figure, Archaean, 1958

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

Barbara Hepworth, Sphere with inner form, 1963

These are some of her later works in bronze.

Jacob Epstein, Doves, 1914-15

Jacob Epstein, Doves, 1914-15

Alan Durst, Feline, 1930

Alan Durst, Feline, 1930

Barbara Hepworth, Head, 1930-31

Barbara Hepworth, Head, 1930-31

Barbara Hepworth, Standing figure, 1934

Barbara Hepworth, Standing figure, 1934

Inside the museum is the exhibition proper which starts with early works by Hepworth and her British contemporaries.

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in echelon, 1938

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Barbara Hepworth, Oval sculpture, 1943

Her works in wood of the 1930s, 40s and 50s are, in spite of being pleasing to the eye, quite radical.

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos, 1946

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

It was more a disrupting harmony and a natural way of creating shapes than pleasing the eye she was aiming at.

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Curved form, Delphi, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Corinthos, 1954-55

Barbara Hepworth, Configuration, Phira, 1955

Barbara Hepworth, Configuration, Phira, 1955

The show is in its last week, so you really have to hurry to see it. After Otterlo the exhibition will move to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen (Germany).

Richard Serra, One, 1988, with artist Rien Monshouwer, one of its greatest fans

Richard Serra, One, 1988, with artist Rien Monshouwer, one of its greatest fans

This blog photo report was made thanks to kind and cordial support of Rien Monshouwer and Karin van der Werff.

starting point of a distance of 82 steps walked by stanley brouwn december 20th 1984

starting point of a distance of 82 steps walked by stanley brouwn december 20th 1984

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

 

Bertus Pieters

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Sommernachmittag, A Gallery Named Sue, The Hague

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While life outside goes on,

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inside A Gallery Named Sue in The Hague life takes a different turn, combining 19th century Dutch painting and today’s art in the exhibition Sommernachmittag.

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Matthias Grothus’ (1982) work Methamorphose is omnipresent with its bird sounds,

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creating a strange acoustic background for H. W. Mesdag’s (1841 – 1915) moonlit seascape of the 1890s.

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Mesdag’s painting in visual rhyme with a photograph from the Night View series by Reggie Voigtländer (1966) (far left), The Blouse She Wore last Summer by Kevin Bauer (1987) (left) and a View of Dordrecht by J.B. Jongkind (1819 – 1891) (right).

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Apart from Mesdag and Jongkind there are some works from the Dutch romantic era on show, amongst them works by Andreas Schelfhout (1787 – 1870)

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and his pupil Wijnand Nuijen (1813 – 1839).

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These romantics are flanking a small work by Brigitte Spiegeler.

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Her works seeming to deal with inner space, Spiegeler is in the right place here.

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And there ‘s another unexpected meeting!

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Kevin Bauer’s work deals with both the inside and the outside, but

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in Dario Bongiovanni’s (1984) work the inside is reduced to a few lines and corners (in the background a small painting by Cornelis Springer).

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Bongiovanni’s work is combined with a sculpture by Eugène Dodeigne (1923), which is part of the annual The Hague Sculpture show.

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The main showground for The Hague Sculpture is the Lange Voorhout. But on its own and in combination with the works of Sommernachmittag this work by Dodeigne has more impact than the whole show at the Lange Voorhout.

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Once noticed you can almost feel its presence.

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Five photographs of Reggie Voigtländer’s series of six Night Views are on show here. The missing one is presently at the annual Zomerexpo (Summer Exhibition) at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

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Works by Arike Gill (1983) also give a visualisation of inner space.

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In summer, if not closed, galleries present the public with group shows. However, making a good group show is an art in itself.

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Sommernachmittag is a very good one. The 19th century paintings are from private collections while the contemporary works are for sale.

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They make a remarkable combination. The space in the gallery is good and well used. And the opened windows make a connection with the outside world.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

 

Bertus Pieters