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

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.

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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

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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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Dirty Daisies

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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

Portraits from the Heden collection; Heden, The Hague

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Heden shows portraits by different artists from its collection during the summer. It is an extremely varied collection consisting of photo’s, drawings, paintings, sculpture etc.

Nico Jesse, Giorgio de Chirico, 1957 (detail)

Nico Jesse, Giorgio de Chirico, 1957 (detail)

If your favourite painter is Giorgio de Chirico or

Robert Collette, Jan Mulder, 1969 (detail)

Robert Collette, Jan Mulder, 1969 (detail)

your favourite soccer player is Jan Mulder, here is your chance as they are for rent or sale.

Martine Stig, Glorie 1 (detail)

Martine Stig, Glorie 1 (detail)

Martine Stig, Glorie 2 (detail)

Martine Stig, Glorie 2 (detail)

Marjolijn van der Meij, Arthur Walker

Marjolijn van der Meij, Arthur Walker

Cas Oorthuys, Self portrait

Cas Oorthuys, Self portrait

Willy Jolly, Philip Akkerman (detail)

Willy Jolly, Philip Akkerman (detail)

There is this brooding, romantic portrait of painter Philip Akkerman, who is also represented with some portraits by himself.

Stefanie Scholte, Mr Jim (detail)

Stefanie Scholte, Mr Jim (detail)

Stefanie Scholte, Taro

Stefanie Scholte, Taro

Rarely seen but wonderful portraits by Stefanie Scholte are on show as are

Philip Akkerman, Three self portraits

Philip Akkerman, Three self portraits

Gert Germeraad, Abhorrance

Gert Germeraad, Abhorrance

Mik & Boonstra, No title (detail)

Mik & Boonstra, No title (detail)

Gerard Fieret, Rebecca (detail)

Gerard Fieret, Rebecca (detail)

some works by Gerard Fieret who has a posthumous international breakthrough these days.

Koos Breukel, Gerard Fieret (detail from a diptych)

Koos Breukel, Gerard Fieret (detail from a diptych)

Lancelot Samson, Terence

Lancelot Samson, Terence

Douglas Perez Castro, Enrique J (detail)

Douglas Perez Castro, Enrique J (detail)

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Hinke Schreuders, Works on paper 45

Arie Vermeer, No colour TV (detail)

Arie Vermeer, No colour TV (detail)

Tanja Smit, Man from Dickens

Tanja Smit, Man from Dickens

Rarely seen Tanja Smit is on show along with

Marlene Dumas, Johan Cruyff (detail of diptych)

Marlene Dumas, Johan Cruyff (detail of diptych)

omnipresent Marlene Dumas, amongst others.

Paul van Dongen, Pietà (detail)

Paul van Dongen, Pietà (detail)

Kristina Schuldt, Beim Friseur (At the Barber's, detail)

Kristina Schuldt, Beim Friseur (At the Barber’s, detail)

Bas Meerman, Marnix

Bas Meerman, Marnix

A good variety of 40 works by 31 artists are on show, so it is well worth popping in at Heden these summer days.

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Aafke Bennema, No title

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Contents of the pictures courtesy to the artists and Heden

 

Bertus Pieters

Jonas Raps; Heden, The Hague

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Young Jonas Raps (1992) is a very talented painter.

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Let that be clear.

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His compositions and his use of colour look solid, sound and enjoyable.

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In his present exhibition at Heden, held to commemorate his obtaining the Heden Startprijs (Heden Start Prize) a year ago, he shows some new oil paintings as well as a mural in egg tempera.

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That’s all very well – i’d say his paintings are even too solid and sound – but what really interests me are his sketchbooks.

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They show quite another Jonas Raps, a very direct one, one with different shapes, taken from reality and fantasy, but generally grown from the materials.

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They are the worlds behind his paintings.

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They show his fascination with colours, with shapes, sometimes cartoonlike, sometimes more abstract, with movement, with character and expression, with content and the lack of it, they show his doubts and his certainties, to be short, everything that seems to stay hidden behind the solidity of his paintings.

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Clearly, Raps possesses gold, but it needs more digging.

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But i’m sure he will dig on and show us some unexpected stuff.

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Contents of the pictures courtesy Jonas Raps and Heden.

 

Bertus Pieters

Theo Jansen, Strandbeest Drawings; Heden, The Hague

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Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests (Beach Beasts) are internationally renowned and valued.

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As Jansen often uses The Hague beach to experiment with his automobile creatures they have become iconic of The Hague as well.

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The strange thing is that too few people in this provincial town seem to realize that.

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Why should culturally interested tourists in The Hague flock to M.C. Escher while there is a Strandbeest by Theo Jansen currently on show at Heden gallery?

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Why should Karel Appel be a national artistic hero while Theo Jansen could be one as well?

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Apart from the Strandbeest there is more on show at Heden.

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In fact Heden wants to exhibit Jansen’s drawings in the first place, but of course the real thing is stealing the show.

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The drawings with their surprisingly elegant detailing are very interesting though.

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In the basement of the gallery are some “fossils” of Beach Beasts to be seen, which makes it a bit of a paleontological affair.

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To be seen are of course other Jansenalia like the Taschen edition Strandbeest with gorgeous pictures and mini-d.i.y.-strandbeesten.

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Bertus Pieters

Nies Vooijs at Heden art centre, The Hague

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To write a review for the Villa La Repubblica blog (read the full article here – in Dutch, and see some more pictures) about Nies Vooijs’ exhibition,

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I visited Heden art centre where she presently has an exhibition at the centre’s gallery.

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Vooijs obtained the Heden Oeuvre Award last year for an oeuvre spanning some thirty five years.

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The prize is given to artists who have reached an age of (some kind of) wisdom and have created an inspiring and consistent body of work throughout their careers in The Hague.

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There is certainly no lack of consistency or of inspiration in Vooijs’ works.

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In the exhibition she shows a few oils from the 1980’s and more recent works.

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Her works are particularly difficult to describe. They are neither figurative nor abstract, neither narrative nor conceptualist.

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It sounds like a terrible cliché, but they are just themselves.

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In the basement of the gallery is her big cash book with cuttings from newspapers and magazines and there are cuttings and small objects pinned to the wall as well. You could call it a room of inspiration.

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Bertus