Raquel Maulwurf, The Carbon War Room; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

I visited the Gemeentemuseum to write a review about The Carbon War Room by Raquel Maulwurf for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

As i have written quite extensively about the show on VLR, i leave you here with some details of her works, which, of course, should be seen in real.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Raquel Maulwurf, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag and the owners of the works.

 

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Bart van der Leck (Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

I visited the Gemeentemuseum to write a review about Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

I focused on Bart van der Leck (1876 – 1958) as he is the least known – especially internationally –  of the two. Hence all pictures here are of works by Van der Leck and ordered more or less chronologically.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Gemeente Museum, Den Haag, Museum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo and several private collectors.

 

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Alice Neel, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

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To write a review for Villa La Repubblica i visited the Alice Neil show at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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Neel has been more or less a painter’s painter for quite some time, but with this exhibition it is hoped this will change for the better.

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As i wrote quite extensively about the show for VLR i leave you here with some pictures and details.

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I arranged them chronologically so as to have some idea of the development in Neel’s painting.

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(Content of all pictures courtesy to the Alice Neel Estate and Gemeentemuseum The Hague)

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Tomas Rajlich, Structures in Paint, 1966-1976, Gemeentemuseum The Hague

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I went to the Gemeentemuseum to write a review about its present show of Tomas Rajlich’s early works for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

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More recent works were on show at Ramakers gallery in October. Click here for some pictures of that show.

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The Gemeentemuseum exhibits works from the decade around 1970. In 1969 Rajlich (1940) came to Germany and then to the Netherlands from his native Czechoslovakia and he lived for some forty years in The Hague before returning to the Czech Republic.

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As i’ve written extensively on Villa La Repubblica about Rajlich i would  merely suggest you visit the show.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Tomas Rajlich and Gemeentemuseum The Hague

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Judith and Edith; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

J&E 01 Gustav Klimt

The Gemeentemuseum shows Gustav Klimt’s Judith I from the Belvedere Museum in Vienna and is quite proud of it.

J&E 02 Egon Schiele

A loan like that is so special that the museum has chosen for a very special presentation in combination with its own Edith by Egon Schiele, another top work from the period.

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Each portrait represents a very different type of woman

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– somewhere in between Das Ewig-Weibliche zieht uns hinan and Was will das Weib?

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in an age when women were regarded by men as a kind of different species or, at best, as spirits that stirred in male sexual problems.

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To stress their differences they are shown in different rooms.

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Apart from that some delicate works on paper by Schiele,

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Klimt and

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Kokoschka, mostly from the Gemeentemuseum’s own collection are on show, completed with

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some jewelry and furniture from the period, as well as

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a sculpture by George Minne.

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The presentation is designed by Maison the Faux, more or less based on Vienna Secession design. To an extent it works.

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Edith in a room with curtains works very well and

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the presentation of the drawings in black and white decorated rooms is nice, although the jewelry and furniture are not resistant to the decorations and look haphazard.

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The decoration of Judith’s room however, with perfume bottles with motives from the paintings, made me feel I had missed something (and I think I still do). What I didn’t miss was the horrible smell of visitor’s perfumes.

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The Pride of Poland, Wojciech Weiss, retrospective; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Old man, circa 1896

Old man, circa 1896

Self-Portrait with an Apple, 1897

Self-Portrait with an Apple, 1897

Springtime Landscape in Plaszów, 1897

Springtime Landscape in Plaszów, 1897

True, Wojciech Weiss (1875-1950) was a good and talented painter. But there have been and are many good and talented painters in this world.

Student, 1897

Student, 1897

Saddened, 1898

Saddened, 1898

The Gemeentemuseum grants us, the Dutch, even the non-Polish, a chance to enjoy a retrospective of Weiss, who is iconic in East European art history, according to the Gemeentemuseum.

Melancholic - Requiem, 1898

Melancholic – Requiem, 1898

Chopin, 1899

Chopin, 1899

He is compared to Mondrian and Kandinsky. Well, as such the exhibition is quite a disappointment.

Chopin, 1899

Chopin, 1899

Obsession, 1899-1900

Obsession, 1899-1900

The accent is particularly on his early works from 1897 to 1905. Only few paintings of a later date are on show and they are technically good but not really interesting in substance without more context.

The Painter's Parents, 1900

The Painter’s Parents, 1900

Self-Portrait, circa 1900

Self-Portrait, circa 1900

The comparison with Mondrian and Kandinsky is not substantiated at all. The present show leaves you with the idea of a painter who was good and promising as a youngster, but who apparently didn’t leave many footsteps that stick to the mind later on.

Boy among Poppies, circa 1901, reproduction from the original glass plate negative

Boy among Poppies, circa 1901, reproduction from the original glass plate negative

Study for Poppies, 1901

Study for Poppies, 1901

As a biographic exhibition it doesn’t seem to be very complete. As an art historical exhibition it should have shown more works of East European contemporaries to give some idea of his alleged iconic status.

Kiss amid Poppies, 1901

Kiss amid Poppies, 1901

Poppies, 1902

Poppies, 1902

Having said that, his early works are quite good and enjoyable and maybe you find them a good relief from Toorop’s ecstasies, which are also presently on show in the museum.

Poppies, 1902

Poppies, 1902

Renia Reading in Kalwaria, 1908

Renia Reading in Kalwaria, 1908

Crisis, 1934

Crisis, 1934

Also, the Dutch Polish community might be well served with this exhibition.

Farewell to the Academy, 1949

Farewell to the Academy, 1949

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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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Colour unleashed; Modern art in the Low Countries 1885-1914. Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Claude Monet, 1867

Claude Monet, 1867

Because of renovations in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, part of its collection is travelling around. That was a good opportunity for the Gemeentemuseum to combine some of these works with a few other loans and with paintings of its own collection of the period 1885-1914.

Claude Monet, 1862

Claude Monet, 1867

The exhibition Colour Unleashed aims to show the influence of French impressionist and postimpressionist painting on Belgian and Dutch painters in the way of using bright colours. It results in a very colourful show indeed, starting with some founding fathers of modernism like Monet,

Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne

Vincent van Gogh, 1890

Vincent van Gogh, 1890

artistic patriarchs like Cézanne and Van Gogh and their artistic sons like

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

Kees van Dongen, 1903

Kees van Dongen, 1903

Kees van Dongen, 1903

Kees van Dongen, 1903

Matisse and Van Dongen (clearly this is one of the less colourful paintings).

Piet Mondrian, 1909

Piet Mondrian, 1909

A restoration project has been linked to the exhibition and so this Mondrian has been cleaned and looks very fresh now.

James Ensor, 1882

James Ensor, 1882

This both intimate and monumental scene by the young James Ensor is present as well, as is

Théo van Rysselberghe, 1891

Théo van Rysselberghe, 1891

Théo van Rysselberghe, 1891

Théo van Rysselberghe, 1891

one of my favourites, this portrait by Van Rysselberghe.

James Ensor, 1890

James Ensor, 1890

James Ensor, 1890

James Ensor, 1890

James Ensor, 1890

James Ensor, 1890

Another great favourite from Antwerp is of course this Ensor, which is exhibited

Willem Paerels, 1909

Willem Paerels, 1909

Willem Paerels, 1909

Willem Paerels, 1909

Willem Paerels, 1909

Willem Paerels, 1909

in the same room as this much lesser known but very interesting work by Paerels.

Jan Sluijters, 1907

Jan Sluijters, 1907

Jan Sluijters, 1907

Jan Sluijters, 1907

Jan Sluijters, 1907

Jan Sluijters, 1907

This amazingly brilliant Sluijters has been cleaned and restored too.

Jacoba van Heemskerck, 1908/10

Jacoba van Heemskerck, 1908/10

Jacoba van Heemskerck, 1908/10

Jacoba van Heemskerck, 1908/10

Van Heemskerck is one of the very few female artists in the exhibition.

Piet Mondrian, 1907

Piet Mondrian, 1907

Of course the Gemeentemuseum’s own Red Cloud by Mondrian can’t be absent.

Rik Wouters, 1913

Rik Wouters, 1913

Rik Wouters, 1912

Rik Wouters, 1912

Rik Wouters, 1912

Rik Wouters, 1912

Rik Wouters

Rik Wouters

Great and nice surprise is that one room is completely dedicated to one of the greatest Flemish painters of the period: Rik Wouters.

Rik Wouters, 1915

Rik Wouters, 1915

There are two more paintings by Wouters in the next room, one of them is this self portrait.

Else Berg, 1911/12

Else Berg, 1911/12

But the surprises may also be small like this landscape by Berg.

Leo Gestel, 1914

Leo Gestel, 1914

There are more paintings by Gestel on show, this is one of them.

Jan Sluijters, 1913

Jan Sluijters, 1913

In the same room is this somewhat Kandinskyesque Sluijters.

Berend Zweers, 1905/10

Berend Zweers, 1905/10

To complete the story there is a mixture of paintings and other items on show in the cabinets. Like this rare autochrome original from the early history of colour photography, or

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this letter of Georges Lemmen to Jan Toorop.

Emile Claus, 1905

Emile Claus, 1905

There are, amongst many other different items, this strangely romantic painting,

Floris Verster, 1907

Floris Verster, 1907

this late impressionist one,

Johan Thorn Prikker, 1905

Johan Thorn Prikker, 1905

this exquisite chalk drawing,

Jan Toorop, 1908

Jan Toorop, 1908

this small panel and

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this reminder of how the colourful modernist dream changed into Europe’s first horrible trauma of the new age. Let’s hope it is not a bad omen in this otherwise wonderful autumn show.

T.A.C. Colenbrander, 1923

T.A.C. Colenbrander, 1923

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