Asynchronous; Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Miek Hoekzema

There is good news and there is sad news.

Raquel van Haver

Raquel van Haver

Raquel van Haver

Gean Moreno

Let’s start with the good news: there is a wonderful summer show at Nouvelles Images.

Gean Moreno

Gean Moreno

Carlson Hatton

It is curated by Michael Tedja (1971) and it has become a, what you might call, particularly rhythmic exhibition.

Carlson Hatton

Carlson Hatton

Carlson Hatton

That results sometimes in some, what i would call, high density works like Carlson Hatton’s (1974) works on paper, Miek Hoekzema’s (1973) video, Radcliffe Bailey’s (1968) collages or even some colourful works by Moshekwa Langa (1975).

Carlson Hatton

Ronald Ophuis

Ronald Ophuis

They are “high density” in that they have more to show in one square foot than the eye can absorb in one view.

Moshekwa Langa

Moshekwa Langa

Dwight Marica

One colour or detail will distract you from another and so make your eyes jump, sometimes from dreams to nightmares.

Dwight Marica

Dwight Marica

Dwight Marica

That in fact also happens with the whole show; it plunges you from one aspect of society into another, from Samson Kambalu’s (1975) almost meditative Boat video’s – presented as a kind of diptych – to Richard Bott’s (1972)  alternative disidentified icons for different internet media and to Ronald Ophuis’ (1968) macabre paintings.

Dwight Marica

Dwight Marica

Dwight Marica

Being happy that art galleries are one of the few places without irritating background music, i think this show makes clear that there is enough music in the works themselves and the way they are selected and presented.

Michael Tedja

Michael Tedja

Evren Tekinoktay

The sad news is that this is Nouvelles Images’ penultimate show.

Evren Tekinoktay

Richard Bott

Richard Bott

The gallery will close its doors on October 1st.

Samson Kambalu

Samson Kambalu

Samson Kambalu

It means the oldest and one of the biggest commercial galleries in the Netherlands will stop existing.

Liv Yiva

Liv Yiva

Liv Yiva

Especially for The Hague this will be a great loss as the gallery’s space makes it more like a small museum.

Liv Yiva

Miek Hoekzema

Miek Hoekzema

Sad though this is, i look back with gratitude for what Nouvelles Images has shown.

Miek Hoekzema

Miek Hoekzema

Radcliffe Bailey

Dwight Marica

As such, the present show might be an inspiration for whatever the future will bring.

Dwight Marica

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Content of all photographs  courtesy to all artists, Galerie Nouvelles Images and to all other with this show associated galleries.

Bertus Pieters

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Revealing; Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Revealing is an impressive group show as one may expect in grand old Nouvelles Images. Running right through the generations, it shows works by Toon Teeken (1944), Joost van den Toorn (1954), Omar Koubâa (1979) and guest artist Marie Civikov (1979).

Few Dutch painters have such a great mastery of applying such a rich diversity in colour, texture and meaning as Teeken has.

Necessarily only part of this can be seen in a group show, but what an examples they are!

On show are some portraits of great names, both concise and expressive, and a recent series of smaller but very rich paintings called Interaction.

Van den Toorn is another artist with an extremely rich visual language.

He is best known for his sculpture, often gifted with a great sense of humour that seems to touch the seriousness of his subjects without becoming killingly ironic.

In this exhibition he shows an enormous series of ceramic plates and saucers with portraits of figures of national and / or international fame.

Koubâa is an artist who uses paint as a trigger for his great imagination.

In the exhibition he shows collages and paintings.

In his works, especially the bigger ones, it is not just worthwhile wandering through all the details but also to focus in and out, as each one is a cosmos with a constellation of its own.

His abstractions are not technical ones but seem to be ways to find common ground with the abstract idea of the world itself.

Civikov is digging into her personal family history and as such in European history, but her work is much more than that.

Different modern and postmodern concepts and ways of seeing are used, from abstraction and surrealism to her very personal and almost painfully clear use of colour and light.

Her figures are extremely crisp and clear as if they try to cling to memory without allowing it to become sentimental.

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©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all phjotographs courtesy to the artists and to Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

[At] Home, works by Hamid El Kanbouhi, Fernando Sánchez Castillo and Marjan Teeuwen; Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

The title [At] Home covers only part of the present exhibition at Nouvelles Images. For instance guest artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo (1970) shows his video Guernica Syndrome, Azor.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Azor was Franco’s yacht. Sánchez bought it and had it demolished to neat parcels of junk.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

The definitive demolition goes on overnight and looks like a faint echo of the demolition of Guernica.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

But it also shows that the trauma of the Franco era is still there in Sánchez’s homeland Spain (and sadly we can still witness it in recent developments there).

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

History, perception and its traumas are also part of Hamid El Kanbouhi’s (1976) great and impressive installation Take a LeaFe,

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

It tries to balance between different cultures, expectations and facts.

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen (1956) shows her photo series Destroyed House Gaza, probably the most literal interpretation of the show’s title.

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

She shows the destroyed house as a stage of remembrance, its trauma and its re-ordered emptiness.

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

In a way they may remind you of Anselm Kiefer’s paintings of the 1980s.

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Remembrance and destruction, the more they become traumatic the more they become monumental as well.

Marjan Teeuwen

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

As such Nouvelles Images has made a very coherent and moving show in which the aesthetics of all three artists communicate very well.

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Demolition and distortion and us trying to find a way, a place and a reason in them, traumatic as they may seem, have an aesthetics of their own.

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Earlier works by El Kanbouhi and Teeuwen are adding to these aesthetics.

Hamid El Kanbouhi

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©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters

Kosmische en aardse verkenningen (Cosmic and earthly explorations); Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Cosmic and earthly explorations are being carried out at Nouvelles Images gallery, by four artists:

Ton Kraayeveld (1955), Rinke Nijburg (1964), Sara Rajaei (1976) and Amos Mulder (1982).

The last two are guests to the gallery and show videos and photo works that give the whole exhibition an edge.

Kraayeveld shows modernism, the style that tried to shape an ideal world, but he paints it in a desolate way, abandoned and senseless.

There are two videos by Mulder on show in diffuse footage about the interpretation of dreams and UFO’s.

No, don’t shrug your shoulders, this is good and compelling stuff (though seats, and a place with less reflection in the monitors would improve the experience).

Nijburg sees the sublime in the cosmos and the divine on earth.

Although he has some impressive bigger works on show i personally prefer his smaller ones.

It is as if the vastness of the universe is best experienced in these smaller gems.

Rajaei shows photographs and a video.

They deal with man’s relationship to time and landscape.

The video is a good almost meditative central piece to the show.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters

Landscape Watchers; Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Jan van der Pol

After the sad loss of Erik Bos last winter Nouvelles Images gallery has a new manager.

Jan van der Pol

Marie Jeanne de Rooij has the ambitious task to give both continuity and new impulses to this oldest of Dutch galleries.

Jan van der Pol

Her first exhibition shows works by four artists.

L.J.A.D. Creyghton

It is remarkable that she didn’t choose to organize a big group show to close the ranks.

L.J.A.D. Creyghton

She clearly chose to close the ranks more aesthetically and substantively.

Auke de Vries

Her experience with big spaces obviously helped her in this big gallery, making one big show loosely based on one idea: landscape.

Jan van der Pol

Jan van der Pol

Jan van der Pol

Jan van der Pol

Jan van der Pol

Jan van der Pol (1949), combining in his paintings landscapes-as-found-footage from different sources, gives an idea of present day painted reality.

Jan van der Pol

Jan van der Pol

There are some fine drawings by Van der Pol on show as well.

L.J.A.D. Creyghton

L.J.A.D. Creyghton

L.J.A.D. Creyghton

L.J.A.D. Creyghton (1954) photographed landscapes of the Western Front of World War I, roughly from the northern Ardennes to the southern Vosges.

L.J.A.D. Creyghton

He also photographed ‘souvenirs’ from these places.

Awoiska van der Molen

Using photography as a more or less spiritual medium his works connect well with works by invited artist Awoiska van der Molen (1972) who internalises landscapes with this still more or less miraculous medium.

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

The few small works by Auke de Vries (1937), one of the doyens of the gallery (who has a big exhibition in Museum Beelden aan Zee at the moment), show sculpture as part of an invisible landscape.

L.J.A.D. Creyghton

Jan van der Pol

L.J.A.D. Creyghton

Jan van der Pol

As a whole this fine and strongly reflective show underscores the space – or the different spaces – of the gallery itself.

Awoiska van der Molen

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Art The Hague 2016; Fokker terminal, The Hague

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Art fairs aren’t the most exciting places to see real surprises and Art The Hague is no exception, in spite of it calling itself ‘quirky’.

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To be honest, compared to last year the ascending line seems to have levelled.

Klaas Gubbels - Rento Brattinga

Klaas Gubbels – Rento Brattinga

Pieter de Krom - Vonkel

Pieter de Krom – Vonkel

In the offices next to the hangar (places where you might expect something interesting in the very short tradition of this fair in this place) there is little reason for excitement.

Marie Pop - Vonkel

Marie Pop – Vonkel

Ko Aarts - Rento Brattinga

Ko Aarts – Rento Brattinga

Johannes Langkamp - A Gallery Named Sue

Johannes Langkamp – A Gallery Named Sue

Although some interesting items are on show, the arrangements are a bit messy (the best presentations are the rooms of Livingstone gallery and Rento Brattinga), and the Blueprint presentation shouldn’t even be mentioned.

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Central to the hangar, which serves as the main hall, is Nouvelles Images gallery’s presentation of works by Auke de Vries, one of the grand old men of Dutch sculpture.

Lotte van Lieshout - Galerie Wit

Lotte van Lieshout – Galerie Wit

Ruben Terlou - Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou – Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou - Galerie Fontana

Ruben Terlou – Galerie Fontana

Miranda Meijer - A Gallery Named Sue

Miranda Meijer – A Gallery Named Sue

Hernán Ardila Delgado - A Gallery Named Sue

Hernán Ardila Delgado – A Gallery Named Sue

Geert Baas - Galerie Ramakers

Geert Baas – Galerie Ramakers

Eric de Vries - WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery

Eric de Vries – WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery

Further on in the hangar it was the usual stuff, including – of course – some real gems.

Kevin Bauer - Galerie Helder

Kevin Bauer – Galerie Helder

Micha Patiniott - Heden

Micha Patiniott – Heden

Summer Matthews - Aboriginal Art Gallery

Summer Matthews – Aboriginal Art Gallery

Coen Vernooij - Gallery 0-68

Coen Vernooij – Gallery 0-68

Coen Vernooij - Gallery 0-68

Coen Vernooij – Gallery 0-68

Unknown artist - WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Unknown artist – WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Marc Mulders - Galerie Dom'Arte

Marc Mulders – Galerie Dom’Arte

Still, i know it is a hell of a job organising an annual art fair, but it would be about time to outgrow a bit the sedate image of this town.

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

However, the best place to be is outside and behind the building: it’s Dirty Daisies, a co-operation of 15 artists from The Hague and Amsterdam.

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

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Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies is curated by Steef Crombach and there is some good stuff on show.

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

The artists are: Candela Bado, Zeno Beikircher, Yair Callender, Daniel Dmyszewicz, Frederik & Jacob, Doris Hardeman, Josje Hattink, Bas Kaufmann, Koolen & Van de Lande, Tobias Lengkeek, Leslie Nagel, Jeannette Slütter, Marnix van Uum and Victor Yudaev.

Dirty Daisies

Dirty Daisies

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and galleries

 

Bertus Pieters

55 Years Anniversary; Nouvelles Images gallery, The Hague

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

Nouvelles Images is celebrating its 55th birthday this year.

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Ton Kraayeveld

Ton Kraayeveld

Ton Kraayeveld

Ton Kraayeveld

It is the oldest gallery in the country so it is a venue with a history, which is more or less reflected by the present festive group show.

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

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Hans van Hoek

Hans van Hoek

Works by some thirty artists are on show of which you can see a few aspects here.

Hans van Hoek

Hans van Hoek

Gijs Assmann

Gijs Assmann

Gijs Assmann

Gijs Assmann

No need to say that it is better to go and make your own choice.

Toon Teeken

Toon Teeken

Uwe Poth

Uwe Poth

Jan van der Pol

Jan van der Pol

Anyway: happy birthday Nouvelles Images and many happy returns!

Omar Koubâa

Omar Koubâa

Joost van den Toorn

Joost van den Toorn

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

David Lindberg

David Lindberg

Dave Meijer

Dave Meijer

Lucassen

Lucassen

Lucassen

Lucassen

Lucassen

Lucassen

JCJ Vanderheyden

JCJ Vanderheyden

Joris Geurts

Joris Geurts

JCJ Vanderheyden

JCJ Vanderheyden

Cor van Dijk

Cor van Dijk

Piet Tuytel

Piet Tuytel

Piet Tuytel

Piet Tuytel

Robert Nicol

Robert Nicol

Helen Frik

Helen Frik

Pieter Laurens Mol

Pieter Laurens Mol

Gabriëlle van de Laak

Gabriëlle van de Laak

Jerry Keizer

Jerry Keizer

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Bertus Pieters

Art The Hague 2015; Fokker Terminal, The Hague

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Art fairs are usually not the places for great artistic surprises. If you regularly visit galleries, an art fair acts as a sum of what you have seen before.

Erik Buijs

Erik Buijs

Still art fairs are different in atmosphere and quality and Art The Hague positively seems to have found some stability in both. Indeed there are galleries who show a mixture of artists whose works they have or will have on offer currently, which is generally what art fairs are good for.

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For instance Vonkel gallery of The Hague presents some interesting works by some of their very different young artists like Inge Aanstoot,

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Maarten van Soest and

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ATH15 07 Romy Muijrers

Romy Muijrers who graduated from the Royal Academy of The Hague only this year.

ATH15 08 Eelke van Willegen

Helder gallery shows amongst others these attractive objects made by Eelke van Willegen specially for the five year anniversary of the gallery this fall.

ATH15 09 Nies Vooijs
ATH15 10 Nies Vooijs

Heden will open a solo exhibition of works by rarely exhibiting Nies Vooijs this Friday and already shows some works here at the fair.

ATH15 11 Joost van den Toorn

Nouvelles Images presents this sculpture by Joost van den Toorn amongst many others.

ATH15 12 Geert Baas
ATH15 13 Geert Baas

Ramakers gallery has some nice works on show by Geert Baas and

ATH15 14 Joncquil
ATH15 15 Joncquil

by Joncquil.

ATH15 16 Thomas Rameckers
ATH15 17 Thomas Rameckers

Kers Gallery from Amsterdam presents amongst others these fine paintings by Thomas Rameckers.

ATH15 18 Summer Matthews

The Rotterdam Aboriginal Art Gallery shows some interesting works by Australian aboriginal artists Summer Matthews and

ATH15 19 James Budiyalil

by James Budiyalil.

ATH15 20 Stefan Gross

Some galleries just present virtually the same kind of things as last year.

ATH15 21 Stefan Gross

These are two of last year’s pictures of works by Stefan Gross at Bob Smit’s gallery from Rotterdam, but the same pictures could have been taken this year.

ATH15 22 Aart Houtman
ATH15 23 Aart Houtman

Some galleries organize a special event, like a solo presentation for an artist. For example Het Bouwhuis gallery from Deventer made a small solo show for painter Aart Houtman. The room is very small and has more or less turned into a kind of chapel with Houtman’s work.

ATH15 24 Simon Schrikker

Livingstone gallery of The Hague presents a new book about painter Simon Schrikker who currently has a show at the gallery, about which i reported here.

ATH15 25 Simon Schrikker, Kees Koomen

Here is Schrikker in conversation with my blogging colleague Kees Koomen.

ATH15 26 A Print Factory
ATH15 27 A Print Factory

A Gallery Named Sue, always good for something exceptional, has a very special event with A Print Factory, where you can choose your print and buy it for just less than 100 Euros.

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The best features of Art The Hague however are usually in the offices next to the hangar. On the second floor some galleries show some extra works of their artists,

ATH15 29 Simon Schrikker

like Livingstone gallery with Simon Schrikker,

ATH15 30 Alex de Witte

Helder with Alex de Witte amongst others,

ATH15 31 Stefan Gross

(and where did we see this before?), and

ATH15 32 Romy Muijrers

Vonkel with Romy Muijrers and

ATH15 33 Wim Warrink

Wim Warrink amongst others.

ATH15 34 Stig Steijner
ATH15 35 Stig Steijner

On the ground floor Kers gallery gives a very strong performance of some young artists with amongst many: Stig Steijner,

ATH15 36 Thijs Linssen
ATH15 37 Thijs Linssen

Thijs Linssen and

ATH15 38 Mathieu Klomp
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ATH15 40 Mathieu Klomp
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ATH15 44 Mathieu Klomp

Mathieu Klomp who imitates with plastic the bombastic outlook of monumental sculpture with gestures of daily life.

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Bertus Pieters