Erik Pape, Ronald Versloot, paintings; Maurits van de Laar gallery, The Hague

At the moment Maurits van de Laar gallery has a double exhibition with works by Erik Pape (1942) and Ronald Versloot (1964).

Place Stalingrad (Place de la Bataille-de-Stalingrad) in Paris is still part of Pape’s studio.

In this exhibition he shows some details that caught his eye, making the square a cosmos of different aspects of life.

Versloot shows a lot of pictures about sailing.

You might ponder who are the real masters, the people in the boats or the impressive, but also a bit ghost-like sails.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Erik Pape, Ronald Versloot and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

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Nour-Eddine Jarram, Push The Button; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague


I visited Maurtis van de Laar’s gallery to write a review about Nour-Eddine Jarram’s solo show Push The Button for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review (in Dutch).



As i have written extensively about the exhibition on VLR i leave you here with a few details of the works on show.



Best of course is to visit the show as it is always better to see the real thing.












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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Nour-Eddine Jarram and Galerie Maurits van de Laar


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Track and Trace II; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Urs Pfannenmüller

Urs Pfannenmüller

Erik Pape

Erik Pape

Andrea Freckmann

Andrea Freckmann

Maurits van de Laar’s gallery has its 25th anniversary.

Marcel van Eeden

Marcel van Eeden

Martin Fenne

Martin Fenne

Heidi Linck

Heidi Linck

Robine Clignett

Robine Clignett

At the moment it shows its second edition of its jubilee exhibition and it is a real full house.

Elsbeth Ciesluk

Elsbeth Ciesluk

Ingrid van der Hoeven

Ingrid van der Hoeven

Ronald Versloot

Ronald Versloot

Robbie Cornelissen

Robbie Cornelissen

Herewith i give you a few examples of the more than 70 works of art by more than 30 artists presently on show in the gallery.

Stan Klamer

Stan Klamer

Elmar Trenkwalder

Elmar Trenkwalder

Nour Eddine Jarram

Nour Eddine Jarram

Jan Brokof

Jan Brokof

The finissage will be on Sunday.

Sebastiaan Schlicher

Sebastiaan Schlicher

Marjolein van der Meij

Marjolein van der Meij

Martin Assig

Martin Assig

Diederik Gerlach

Diederik Gerlach

Of course i wish Maurits and his artists many fruitful years to come!

Tobias Gerber

Tobias Gerber

Nare Eloyan

Nare Eloyan

Zeger Reyers

Zeger Reyers

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Galerie Maurits van de Laar

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Passage; Maurits van de Laar gallery, The Hague


I visited Maurits van de Laar’s gallery to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the present show, featuring works by Dieter Mammel, Hans de Wit and Nour-Eddine Jarram. Click here to read the full review and see some extra footage (in Dutch; review combined with shows in Pulchri and Nest).


Passage 03 Hans de Wit

Passage 04 Hans de Wit

Hans de Wit’s works on paper show an interesting mixture of wonder and aw.

Passage 05 Hans de Wit

Passage 06 Hans de Wit

Passage 07 Hans de Wit

Referring to the title of the show, one could think of the passage from the conscious to the unconscious or even from life to death, a process of drowning in a vast sea, or culture taken over by nature.

Passage 08 Nour-Eddine Jarram

Passage 09 Nour-Eddine Jarram

Passage 10 Nour-Eddine Jarram

Nour-Eddine Jarram shows quite a number of water colours, dealing with the so-called clash of cultures, forced migration and protection against suffering.

Passage 11 Nour-Eddine Jarram

Passage 12 Nour-Eddine Jarram

Passage 13 Nour-Eddine Jarram

He more or less translates existing photographs in a somewhat Rembrandtesque style mixed with Jarram’s almost calligraphic way of drawing human expressions.

Passage 14 Dieter Mammel

Passage 15 Dieter Mammel

Dieter Mammel shows two big ink drawings on canvas with boats full of migrating people in between the high waves, incorporating boats and waves in the structure of the canvas.

Passage 16 Dieter Mammel

Passage 17 Dieter Mammel

He also made a video of a project with refugee-children, interviewing them while they were making drawings.

Passage 18 Nour-Eddine Jarram

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Contents of the pictures courtesy the artists and Galerie Maurits van de Laar.


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Ria Pacquée & Henri Jacobs, Complete Collapse; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Complete Collapse 01 Henri Jacobs, Ria Pacquée

Complete Collapse 02 Ria Pacquée

In Complete Collapse at Maurits van de Laar’s gallery Ria Pacquée (1954) shows photographs and videos and

Complete Collapse 03 Henri Jacobs

Henri Jacobs (1957) shows drawings.

Complete Collapse 04 Ria Pacquée

Pacquée’s work with coins Complete collapse – referring to the fall of Lehmann Brothers in 2008 – is the basis of the show.

Complete Collapse 05 Ria Pacquée

Complete Collapse 06 Ria Pacquée

She also shows circles in daily life in different places in the world and

Complete Collapse 07 Ria Pacquée

you can see circles in her videos.

Complete Collapse 08 Ria Pacquée

Complete Collapse 09 Ria Pacquée

In one of them she is running in circles around street rubbish in Antwerp.

Complete Collapse 10 Henri Jacobs

Complete Collapse 11 Henri Jacobs

Complete Collapse 12 Henri Jacobs

Jacobs shows some of his so-called Journal Drawings, works based on subjects that keep him busy in his mind the moment he starts a drawing, usually subjects with a strong geometrical input.

Complete Collapse 13 Henri Jacobs

Circles, the most perfect shapes in daily life, often occur in his works.

Complete Collapse 14 Henri Jacobs

Complete Collapse 15 Henri Jacobs

Complete Collapse 16

During the exhibition Jacobs is working on a monumental drawing, so there is a good opportunity to meet the artist.

Complete Collapse 17 Henri Jacobs, Ria Pacquée

Complete Collapse 18 Henri Jacobs, Ria Pacquée

Complete Collapse 19 Henri Jacobs, Ria Pacquée

Works of both artists are mixed, such that a wonderful combination of the outer and inner worlds make a complete world.

Complete Collapse 20 Henri Jacobs

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Andrea Freckmann, Lilian Kreutzberger; Maurits van de Laar Gallery, The Hague

MvdL 01 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 02 Andrea Freckmann

At Maurits van de Laar Gallery Andrea Freckmann shows paintings in combination with sculptures and Lilian Kreutzberger shows reliefs and drawings combined with installations.

MvdL 03 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 04 Andrea Freckmann

Freckmann shows in her paintings different levels of reality often with a dog which seems the only creature that can really be present in all levels. Freckmann expands these different levels with sculptures in front of the paintings or in one case even with a small visual poem.

MvdL 05 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 06 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 07 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 08 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 09 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 10 Andrea Freckmann

MvdL 11 Lilian Kreutzberger

Kreutzberger has the frames run from her reliefs and drawings to form a kind of architectural environment in which two dimensionality and space play games.

MvdL 12 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 13 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 14 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 15 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 16 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 17 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 18 Lilian Kreutzberger

Both artists combine good craftsmanship with a great amount of imagination which proves to be highly contagious (in a healthy way) when visiting the show.

MvdL 19 Lilian Kreutzberger

MvdL 20 Lilian Kreutzberger

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The Homestead Principle #4, Sebastiaan Schlicher at Maurits van de Laar Gallery, The Hague

Sebastiaan Schlicher 01

There is something jazzy about Sebastiaan Schlicher’s drawings. Or rather something rocking, or even

Sebastiaan Schlicher 02
Sebastiaan Schlicher 03

more something punkish. Well, i guess i could go on mentioning musical styles. Too little

Sebastiaan Schlicher 04
Sebastiaan Schlicher 05

is known about the influence of music on the visual arts, which must have

Sebastiaan Schlicher 06
Sebastiaan Schlicher 07

been quite significant since the inventions of radio and gramophone, especially since the nineteen twenties

Sebastiaan Schlicher 08
Sebastiaan Schlicher 09

when records became more widely available. Where the mutual influence of vision, sound and

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Sebastiaan Schlicher 11

text can bring you today, is clearly visible in Schlicher’s work. Rythms, texts, stripes, lines,

Sebastiaan Schlicher 12
Sebastiaan Schlicher 13

hallucinatory visions and graffiti mix in an orgy of pencil, ink and improvisation. In

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Sebastiaan Schlicher 15

that way Schlicher stands in a musical-artistic tradition that has become more and more obvious

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Sebastiaan Schlicher 17

and explicit. His works seem to flow into music and vice versa without a

Sebastiaan Schlicher 18

Sebastiaan Schlicher 19

problem, so the real music might be something you may miss in his current exhibition

Sebastiaan Schlicher 20
Sebastiaan Schlicher 21

The Homestead Principle #4 at Maurits van de Laar Gallery. But i guess that

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Sebastiaan Schlicher 23

is just as well for Maurits van de Laar. Instead it is well worth seeing

Sebastiaan Schlicher 24
Sebastiaan Schlicher 25

the variety of rawness and virtuosity. Schlicher is not just a good draughtsman or

Sebastiaan Schlicher 26
Sebastiaan Schlicher 27

an endearing rough improviser; he knows how to make visions come alive. He knows both

Sebastiaan Schlicher 28
Sebastiaan Schlicher 29

their intimacy and their monumentality. He knows the secret life of the visual arts.

Sebastiaan Schlicher 30
Sebastiaan Schlicher 31

And if you don’t get it, there is always his Homestead to receive you.

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