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.


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


Maarten van Soest and

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

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

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

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

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

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by Joncquil.

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

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

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by James Budiyalil.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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,

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like Livingstone gallery with Simon Schrikker,

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Helder with Alex de Witte amongst others,

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

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Vonkel with Romy Muijrers and

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Wim Warrink amongst others.

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

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Thijs Linssen and

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

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Bertus Pieters

Jerry Keizer, Joseph Semah and Auke de Vries at Nouvelles Images gallery, The Hague

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Auke de Vries

It is not always easy to combine three very strong artistic personalities in a way that they don’t bite each other. But if the combination works, it may lead to a kind of visual frenzy, a kind of drunkenness of which the viewer can hardly get enough. Which may happen to you watching the current three exhibitions of works by Auke de Vries, Joseph Semah and Jerry Keizer at Nouvelles Images gallery.

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Auke de Vries


Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries, the celebrated monumental sculptor, also makes small sculptures which also look quite monumental. Watching them closely however, may make you glad they have no monumental proportions and personally i even prefer them to his monumental public works. You actually see De Vries thinking in these works.

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Joseph Semah

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Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah

Joseph Semah (about whose work i wrote extensively in 2011) brings you back to the collateral damage of the great European crisis of the first half of the 20th century, which you can still detect in European thinking and visual culture, even if today’s European thinking and visual culture are not referring to it, or even seem to have forgotten it.

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Joseph Semah


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 Jerry Keizer

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Jerry Keizer

Jerry Keizer’s almost obsessive works, which may remind you in a way of Jan Schoonhoven’s work, seem to catch any movement, whether physically or spiritually, in a grid, on one hand more or less taming them in repetition, on the other hand showing the small differences of the seismographic painter’s hand.

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Auke de Vries

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Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

All together there is a lot to be seen in this exhibition about the combination of thinking and creating, far more than a few photographs can reveal.

Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries


Auke de Vries

Auke de Vries

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Bertus Pieters

The Ebony Tower at Nouvelles Images Gallery, The Hague


In summer many galleries take a break and are closed, but Nouvelles Images has a summer exhibition, this time curated by Hans van der Ham who chose some artists, not necessarily connected to the gallery. The show is aptly named The Ebony Tower. It is a fine show full of imagination.


One of the artists is Aldwin van de Ven who made this wintery landscape. In the snowy mountains a (young?) couple is walking and


there is also a cross, maybe a grave, but where from are you watching them?


In this painting by British artist Robert Nicol you may wonder what these persons are looking for and in whose honour that funny statue is.

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Another painter with a sense of both humour and the surreal is German Marie Aly

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while Van de Ven portrays himself as a carpenter with the right eye.

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Van der Ham shows works of his own as well, amongst which this figure full of wonder.

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It is not clear which way these figures by Nicol will send you or from what world they themselves are coming.

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Anyway, following the direction of the pointing finger,

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you may meet Aly’s Hungarian woman,

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maybe even too exquisite.

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Rens Krikhaar is also part of the gang, always looking for the sublime and

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the monstrous, the extravagant and death, while

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in Swedish painter Oskar Nilsson’s work death is the only end to all humour.

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Works by Belgian sculptor Anton Cotteleer are more or less omnipresent in The Hague at the moment,

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as they are also on show in A Gallery Named Sue (see here and here).

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Something is being kept behind the mountain (hinterm Berg) in

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this great improvisational sculpture by German artist Christian Henkel,

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or maybe this is what is behind the mountain, but

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as far as Krikhaar is concerned there is always a lot behind the mountain

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and he is always prepared to show you, even

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if you give up a few things, chasing a dream (it’s Krikhaar at his best again).

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There seems to be another way of chasing dreams in this great sculpture by Van der Ham, while

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another sharp eyed lady by Aly is watching.

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From that point there is also a good view on Cotteleer’s sculpture, showing the improbable, if not the impossible.

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Passing along another great sculpture by Van der Ham

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you may find yourself in a Great Exhibition. Well, weren’t you already?

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Adding to this Great Exhibition are certainly this trio of guards by Henk Visch.

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It seems to be only a small jump from these one armed bandits to

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the more or less surreal works by Van der Ham who also shows pictures.

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Krikhaar offers a moment of contemplation on a poet’s mountain (Goethe or Heine would say it is Mount Brocken in the Harz Mountains)., and

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if you love Wandern after that, Nicol will show you how to deal with a cucumber on a picknick.

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Aly brings an ode to the recently discovered Lesula monkey and

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to Freddy probably Mercury.

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Visch shows some drawings.

NIs 51 Oskar Nisson
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Again, in Nilsson’s paintings humour ends in raucous laughter,

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opposed by Van der Ham’s silent dog and man. Will they ever get closer to each other?

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In the corridor some small sculptures are shown by Cotteleer

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and Van der Ham, while

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in the front gallery Nicol summarizes it all in a Duchampian painting and

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Cotteleer brings a sacrifice. Van der Ham has made an exciting exhibition full of wonder, humour and a good dose of surrealism. There is a lot more on show, so hurry to see i!. Next Saturday is the last day of the exhibition.

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Bertus Pieters

Art The Hague, Fokker Terminal, The Hague


Art The Hague is quite a small fair but it takes some time to see it all. There is a kind of limbo before you enter the real art fair,


which gives you the idea that things are not really important in that vestibule. The Hague Historical Museum shows some pictures of its sympathetic project Den Haag, Stad van aankomst (The Hague, City of Arrival) by Conny Luhulima and Geert van Kesteren, while


WTC-Gallery shows some expressive postmodernity to fit modern suburbia, with amongst others this diorama by Demiak. And further on?


Well, they probably forgot to put this sculpture by Joachim De Block in its right place and left it in limbo to be ignored by the visitors. And on entering the great hall

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you might think you entered a luxury poster shop, but

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do turn left to Seasons Gallery to take a look at Gerard Verdijk’s paintings. Verdijk (1934-2005) was one of the best painters in The Hague.

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Work by Lauren Hillebrandt at With Tsjalling, playing with colour, shape and meaning.

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Gallery Project 0.2 shows Denis Rouvre who always uses the same clair-obscure, presented by the gallery in an aesthetic, stark and clean way. A modern way of having trophies on your wall. But

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why do i think Rouvre’s work is slick and this drawing by Arike Gill (at Vonkel Gallery) isn’t?

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Talking about slick photography (and there is quite a lot on show), you can’t say Merijn Koelink’s pictures are slick. He concentrated on the use of LED in public places at night. Colour, light and dark tell a story here with more aspects. Koelink is a fresh graduate of the The Hague Royal Academy (at A Gallery Named Sue).

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Helder Gallery shows, amongst others, sculptures by Willem Speekenbrink and paintings by Jakob de Jonge who will both have an exhibition at the gallery soon.

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This year some Belgian galleries are represented at the fair. Amongst others Eastmen Gallery with works by Kamagurka and

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by Gommaar Gilliams, a painter who isn’t very well known in this country.

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Nouvelles Images gallery shows, amongst others, geometric abstract works by Cor van Dijk (very fine sculpture) and

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Ditty Ketting (painting).

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Some galleries give special attention to just one or two artists. Others who don’t, have sometimes difficulties in showing where their priorities are, like Van Hoof Gallery (is it just aesthetics? funny but silent pets?),

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Chiefs and Spirits (art from Africa? art from elsewhere? and why exactly this choice?)

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or Het Bouwhuis (the aesthetics of nature? or aesthetics based on nature?).

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Compared to these Bob Smit Gallery has no qualms showing what it stands for, as these works by Stefan Gross show.

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At Mirta Demare gallery Sandro Setola silently steals the show, while

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in the next booth Buro Rotterdam has a small but very fine solo presentation of works by Olaf Mooij who gave cars a different, more organic life (and who also made the sculpture you can see on the very first picture of this posting).

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Next year herman de vries wil represent the Netherlands at the Venice Biennial and as such he has been given a booth of his own.

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That you can perfectly well show quite a few different artists in one booth without losing your identity as a gallery is shown by Ramakers gallery

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and Heden, the place in The Hague where you can borrow art. Heden also

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shows work by Anne Forest who will have an exhibition there soon.

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Livingstone gallery pays some extra attention to small but very fine works by Jan Wattjes, while

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Dom’Arte shows amongst others works by Marc Mulders and

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Han Klinkhamer.


But the best prominent and defining features of Art The Hague are the informal solo presentations, away from the egalitarian dictatorship of the white cube.

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On the ground floor is a presentation of works by sculptors who graduated from Belgian Academies this year. They all exhibit interesting work. I’ll give an impression here without comments: Jean-Loup Leclerq,

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Marjorie Kapelusz,


Clara Gallet,

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Jeroen Van der Fraenen,

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Joachim De Block and

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Ruben Podevyn.

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On the second floor there are some special presentations by galleries,

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again without much comment: Livingstone shows Simon Schrikker’s marvellous Pulpo series together with the stop motion video he made with it;

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Bob Smit Gallery shows that being over the top says more about art and society than just being slick,

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as shown here by Pieter W. Postma;

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Helder gallery has an impressive combination of works by Willem Speekenbrink (sculpture),

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Jochem Rotteveel (paintings with duct tape) and

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Roland Sohier (drawings); and

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Ramakers gallery shows Joncquil’s fine series 60 Ways to Hold a Rope.

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Although the exhibition has no real surprises, this year’s edition is stronger than last year’s,

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but it could be much stronger.

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Bertus Pieters

Beauty is for free; Nouvelles Images Gallery, The Hague

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To write an article for Villa La Repubblica about a painting by Rien Monshouwer (47) , which is currently on show in Nouvelles Images, i visited the gallery to make a few pictures there.

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The presentation of four works by Monshouwer is part of the great summer exhibition Beauty is for free, curated by Jan van der Pol, in Nouvelles Images.

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As i visited this wonderful but quite big exhibition before, i only took some pictures of the Monshouwer presentation.

NI 05 Ferry Andrë de la Porte

NI 06 Fey André de la Porte

His works are combined with fine black and white portrait photography by Ferry André de la Porte.

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Three paintings by Monshouwer are on show and an installation.

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This is not really part of the presentation, but it’s an irresistible detail of the gallery’s architecture.

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I’m a great admirer of Monshouwer’s work.

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It is both strict in its conception and very humane in its presentation.

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He is clearly one of the greatest artists in The Hague of his generation.

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But i recommend to you the whole exhibition!

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

See the main article here on Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)

Bertus Pieters