Bij nader inzien (On closer inspection), Accents from the Cleveringa collection; Parts Project, The Hague

Leo Vroegindeweij, Carel Balth

Parts Project 6 shows works by three artists who were represented in the former Piet Cleveringa collection, Carel Balth (1939), Rob van Koningsbruggen (1948) and Leo Vroegindeweij (1955).

Leo Vroegindeweij

Carel Balth

Carel Balth

Leo Vroegindeweij

Piet Cleveringa (1917-2013) was a charismatic art collector and  lover, who tried with his collection and connections to interest people for contemporary art and amongst others organised exhibitions in the countryside.

Leo Vroegindeweij

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Leo Vroegindeweij

Carel Balth

Parts Project has chosen three artists whose works, in spite of their obviously great differences, communicate very well together.

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Leo Vroegindeweij

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Rob van Koningsbruggen

There are also more recent works of the artists on show.

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Rob van Koningsbruggen

Leo Vroegindeweij

Carel Balth

My personal favourites are especially amongst the works by Vroegindeweij and Van Koningsbruggen.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists, Parts Project, Den Haag and the different collectors.

 

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Jaap van den Ende, In orde – Een rationele benadering (In Order – A Rational Approach); Parts Project, The Hague

Parts Project has an almost museum-like presentation of works by Jaap van den Ende (1944). It has become a kind of retrospective of Dutch painting since the late 1960s. It starts with works of the late 60s and the 1970s with a stark minimalism,

which transforms to works in which lush brush strokes and the structure of paint is combined with geometry in the late 70s and first half of the 1980s (to me his best known works).

The 2nd half of the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s are represented by works in which there are overtones of painterly dedication and the suggestion of space.

The most spectacular transformation happened in the late 1990s when Van den Ende found his way of dealing with postmodernism.

It puts the whole show and the whole idea of abstraction in painting into perspective.

The careless viewer might think this is just a show of reverse evolution in painting, but it rather shows that the enlightened, modernist ideas of progress have become a myth, whether we like it or not.

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Contents of all pictures courtesy to Jaap van den Ende and Parts Project, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

Peter Bogers, Bodyscanning; Parts Project, The Hague

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Bodyscanning, the show with works by Peter Bogers (1956), Parts Project’s fourth exhibition, is in its last week.

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So if you haven’t seen it yet, you should go and take a look now, for it’s a great and intriguing show.

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It is also a very physical show, both sensational and intimate.

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Don’t be afraid, you won’t be touched physically, but Bogers gets as near to you as possible without touching.

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All works are based on the physicality of the body and its subtle ways of communication, the body as a world of wonder.

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Historically Bodyscanning is also interesting as it exhibits works from the late 1970s up to very recent and as such it also shows the development of reproducing moving pictures throughout the last decades.

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Parts Project’s presentation of the works is again wonderful, giving full attention to each individual work, but also finding a way of dialogue between the works.

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In a way the show almost becomes one big body including all the necessary equipment.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Peter Bogers and Parts Project

Bertus Pieters

Robert Holyhead, Open Ground; Parts Project, The Hague

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Parts Project’s second show is a worthy successor to the first one in its sheer quality and uniqueness.

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The gallery has turned into a kind of white cube and exhibits works by British painter Robert Holyhead (1974).

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Holyhead’s first retrospective exhibition (yes, indeed! and right here, in The Hague!) shows him as a painter’s painter.

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Any painter who knows the craft also knows about the thickness or fluidity of the material, knows about oil, water and pigments and how they behave and knows how to tame them while using their characters and properties.

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Every painter also knows that this is a daily challenge.

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Another daily challenge for the painter is the pureness of the idea expressed in the painting and the way individual aesthetics become part of it.

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All these aspects come together in Holyhead’s paintings.

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The way the paint is brushed on the canvass and the fluidity of the oil tell the story.

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Shapes may remind you of windows or just lights in space.

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Geometric shapes find themselves floating in monochrome paintings, or wrapped up in paint.

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There are also water colours on show which more or less form the nucleus of Holyhead’s activities.

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His works are sensitive, nuanced but also expressive and as such it is almost an insult to make photographs of them.

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It is far better to go and see the real thing and take a very close look.

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I recommend this show to every painter who reads this.

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Bertus Pieters

To the End of the World or to the Edge of the Paper; Bob Law and Jos van Merendonk, Parts Project, The Hague

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Jos van Merendonk

I visited the new art venue Parts Project to write a review about its first exhibition for Villa La Repubblica.

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Bob Law

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Jos van Merendonk, Bob Law

Click here to read the full review (in Dutch) and see some additional footage (combined with works by Jan Wattjes which are presently on show at Livingstone gallery).

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Bob Law

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Bob Law

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Jos van Merendonk

The space is run by former entrepreneur and art collector Cees van den Burg.

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Bob Law

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Bob Law, Jos van Merendonk

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The exhibitions will be based on or inspired by private collections, but they won’t be collection shows.

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Bob Law

Van den Burg wants to show works by artists who are lesser known and whose works should be more accessible to a wider audience.

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The present show To the End of the World or to the Edge of the Paper is a combination of works by Bob Law (1932-2004), an artist hardly known in this country (and not known to me either until recently) and by Jos van Merendonk (1956), an artist whose work is also quite unknown (I remember his early works from the 1980’s).

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Bob Law

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Both artists being draftsmen in the first place, the combination makes for a good and inspiring show.

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