Hamid El Kanbouhi, HIST-I-O-R-Y / L’affare del secolo; 1646, The Hague

I visited Hamid El Kanbouhi’s (1976) present show at 1646 to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).

I must say i have my serious doubts about Kanbouhi’s installation (dubbed a “fake installation” by himself).

As far as i’m concerned there are discrepancies between the mythology and the personal, or between the possible message and its quality.

On the other hand there is also something quaintly intriguing about it.

But anyway, i’ve written about that in the VLR article, so you’d better see it all for yourself and make up your own mind.

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all photographs courtesy to Hamid El Kanbouhi and 1646, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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[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

Art The Hague 2017, Fokker Terminal, The Hague

Although still one of the smaller art fairs, Art The Hague has expanded a bit this year.

Jan Henderikse, Schoots & Van Duyse, Antwerp

Jan Henderikse, Schoots & Van Duyse, Antwerp

Joel Mpah Dooh, Sanaa, Utrecht

The restaurant has been removed from the main hangar to one of the side rooms which has created more space to present more galleries and to create more leeway for visitors.

Joel Mpah Dooh, Sanaa, Utrecht

Joel Mpah Dooh, Sanaa, Utrecht

Anton Vrede, Hommes, Rotterdam

Art The Hague describes itself as ‘quirky’, but that probably still needs some time, as still some more kitsch could be removed, although progress has been made in that field (and i seem to be a hardliner on the subject).

Wycliffe Mundopa, Twelve twelve, The Hague

Gert Scheerlinck, Twelve twelve, The Hague

Emanuel Tegene, WTC The Hague Art Gallery

And wouldn’t it be a good idea to ask galleries not to show more than three artists each?

Emanuel Tegene, WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Ron Amir, WTC The Hague Art Gallery

Karolina Orzelek, Dukan, Paris, Leipzig

Of course galleries would like to present themselves as one big and divers family but does that really add to the characters of these galleries?

Geert Baas, Ramakers, The Hague

Pat Andrea, Ramakers, The Hague

Andrea Freckmann, Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

With only three artists a gallery can really make a statement about itself without being excessive and new artists may get more attention.

Andrea Freckmann, Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Hamid El Kanbouhi, Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Marc Mulders, Dom’Arte, Rucphen

Especially in a smaller fair the focus on individual artists could be an asset.

Elke Lutgerink, Wilms, Venlo

Elke Lutgerink, Wilms, Venlo

Elke Lutgerink, Wilms, Venlo

Art The Hague promised some focus on African artists, but that doesn’t really stand out.

David Pedraza, Heden, The Hague

Jef Gysen, Shoobil, Antwerp

Erik Buijs, Huub Hannen, Maastricht

To really focus on something like the African art market you need to be very well prepared and you need to invest in research, otherwise the quality – as it is now – will be mixed.

Coen Vernooij, O-68, Velp

Gregor Gaida, Hoorn en Reniers, The Hague

Lucius Pax, WTC The Hague

The ‘quirkiness’ of the fair is probably best presented in its side rooms.

Robbie Cornelissen, Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Kevin Rausch, Hoorn en Reniers, The Hague

Paul Nassenstein, Luycks, Tilburg

This year the second floor isn’t used but the ground floor has been refurbished and tries to present an alternative to Drawing Amsterdam, which will be missed this year.

Erika Cotteleer, Shoobil, Antwerp

Hamid El Kanbouhi, Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Jimi Kleinbruinink, Allard Wildenberg, Naarden

Of course only four rooms can’t be an alternative to a whole fair but the presentations are very good and they make for one the best aspects of the fair.

Jimi Kleinbruinink, Allard Wildenberg, Naarden

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©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all picture courtey to the artists, the galleries and Art The Hague 2017.

 

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

NI55 08

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

I am closer to you than your very self; Nest, The Hague

Chaim van Luit

Chaim van Luit

 

Gijs Frieling

Gijs Frieling

Some time ago i visited I am closer to you than your very self at Nest to write a review for Villa La Repubblica (click here to read the review and see some more pictures; in Dutch) .

Chaim van Luit (back), Gijs Frieling (front)

Chaim van Luit (back), Gijs Frieling (front)

For someone, like me, who believes life is only there for its own sake and that its only meaning is to continue, it could be a hard nut to crack to appreciate art that has to do with other convictions.

Gijs Frieling

Gijs Frieling

On the other hand, other convictions may cause the same problems to their confessors and in the end it is all about what makes the art work.

Gijs Frieling

Gijs Frieling

Nest has invited Gijs Frieling who is a Christian, Chaim van Luit, who is not a believer but who has a Jewish background, and Hamid El Kanbouhi, who is a Muslim, to make an exhibition which expresses something about these different religious backgrounds and how these make their work tick.

Gijs Frieling

Gijs Frieling

Frieling shows a painted version of a mosaic he is making for Haarlem Cathedral.

Chaim van Luit

Chaim van Luit

 

Chaim van Luit

Chaim van Luit

 

Chaim van Luit

Chaim van Luit

 

Chaim van Luit

Chaim van Luit

 

Chaim van Luit

Chaim van Luit

Van Luit shows his more conceptualist works that not just deal with religion but also with World War II and the Third Reich.

Anne Rodermond (front), Hamid El Kanbouhi (back)

Anne Rodermond (front), Hamid El Kanbouhi (back)

 

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

 

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

El Kanbouhi, in Who has peed in my mind, in which he was assisted by René Baptist Huysmans (soundscapes) and Anne Rodermond (sculpture),

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

 

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

shows the state of mind that present developments in and around Islam cause.

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

It all results in an impressive exhibition.

Chaim van Luit

Chaim van Luit

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Bertus Pieters