Lorena van Bunningen, Still Movements; Heden, The Hague

Lorena van Bunningen (1990) has a small but very interesting exhibition at Heden.

She shows objects – objects themselves or pictures of them – that are unpresentable at first sight, but indefinable as well. In that way she makes a mystery of the commonplace.

Heden’s basement gallery seems to be a very good place to uncover that mystery.

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Content of all photographs courtesy to Lorena van Bunningen and Heden, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

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Anne Geene, The museum of the plants; Heden, The Hague

Photographer Anne Geene (1983) presently has an exhibition at Heden.

She is not a an artist of found footage who appropriates other makers’ workers.

She rather makes her own found footage.

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Parts of plants, photographed, scanned or even raw, are the subjects of this presentation.

She categorises her collections, not scientifically, but by intuition and playfulness.

If you need some green in these dark autumn days, Geene’s works are a fine option.

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Content of all photographs courtesy to Anne Geene and Heden, Den Haag

 

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Anatole De Benedictis, Stagger; Heden, The Hague

Anatole De Benedictis graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague last year with a remarkable presentation.

Stagger at Heden is his first solo presentation since then.

It is a small one, but just as remarkable.

As De Benedictis is trying to get to grips with the world and society around us, he also presents a work by his colleague Bas Kaufmann (who also graduated last year).

Showing great potential, i’d be interested to see what he would present in a much bigger space.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Heden, Den Haag

 

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Suzie van Staaveren, Shapeshifters; Heden, The Hague

Since Suzie van Staaveren graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague last year, especially her many-coloured bricks have become relatively popular.

In her present exhibition at Heden she shows new attractive compositions, which can be partly changed and as such they can look both familiar and special.

The colours are very nuanced, varying from warm to very soft.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Suzie van Staaveren and Heden, Den Haag

 

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Sara Vrugt, Collateralen (Collaterals); Heden, The Hague

In the basement of Heden Sara Vrugt (1981) shows in Collateralen (Collaterals) three works about domestic violence.

The works were triggered by the idea of economists about the financial loss to the GDP by domestic violence.

She reacts especially to the cold-bloodedness of the economists’ findings.

They have become intriguing sculptures with the fallen bodies flat and almost eradicated on the floor and the tension of the textile threads.

There are also some small works about meetings she had during a visit to Iran.

They seem to ‘re-humanise’ the show more or less.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Sara Vrugt and Heden, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

International Silence, Mute; Heden, The Hague

You could say art has become the platform of spectacle these days, both in itself as a way of expression and in the idea of Guy Debord.

Therefore it is an inspiring idea that International Silence (Twan Janssen and Johannes Verwoerd) has shrunk back our daily bombardment of pictures and noise to some colourless light and shapes and the names of songs on playlists without hearing them and without forced connotations.

International Silence presents its installation Mute in Heden.

In it the almost sterile but compelling role of 3D printing is remarkable.

Every impulse is muted almost by itself.

As such Mute is a very refreshing and reflective installation and it is good Heden has given it a platform.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to International Silence and Heden, 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

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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.

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Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries - Nouvelles Images

Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

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Auke de Vries – Nouvelles Images

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and galleries

 

Bertus Pieters

Anne Forest: Lineage; Heden, The Hague

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When Anne Forest graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague i can’t say I was exceptionally impressed by her work. It looked too much like a mannerism to me, but during the last few years she has matured considerably.

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Now she is an artist who is immediately recognizable indeed, but her style is also manoeuvrable. It tries to match any material.

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Inspired by the Russian Orthodox icons she grew up with, her main subject is the portrait. Every one of these portraits is a stylish clash between icon-like formalism and expression of character.

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With every new portrait she strikes a new balance between material, form, line, colour and expression. Every portrait creates its own formalism. At present her work is on show at Heden. Make sure to go and see it!

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Content of pictures courtesy to Anne Forest and Heden.

 

Bertus Pieters