Pieter Paul Pothoven, facade suspended; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

I visited Dürst Britt & Mayhew to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Pieter Paul Pothoven’s installation facade suspended. Click here to read the review (in Dutch)

Pothoven (1981) realised an installation that deals with the activist group RaRa (Revolutionary Anti-Racism Action; “rara” being a Dutch expression for “you guess”).

In the second half of the 1980s they committed arson attacks against Dutch companies who invested in South Africa and who were as such seen as supporters of the apartheid regime which was still waging its violent rule.

Although damage cost millions of Dutch guilders, there were no victims.

Pothoven focuses on the shop front of the house which was raided by Dutch police in 1988 in which they hoped to find the nerve centre of RaRa and tons of proof.

To no avail and RaRa is still a kind of a mystery.

As I have written quite extensively on Villa La Repubblica I leave you here with some impressions, but do go and take a look yourself!

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© Villa Next Door 2018

Content of all pictures courtesy to Pieter Paul Pothoven and Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

Silent Light; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague


Silent Light at Dürst Britt & Mayhew’s is a show with 5 so-called lens-based works by 5 artists. Four works are indeed without sound, which is a great relief. No hassle with not-working headphones etc.

Silent Light 02 Puck Verkade

The one with (working!) headphones by Puck Verkade is the most surprising.

Silent Light 03 Puck Verkade

She found a good balance between the silence of her subject and the people telling about their experience of solitude and silence while living on an island near Iceland.

Silent Light 04 Puck Verkade

Life and death seem to become one and bring peace and openness of mind.

Silent Light 05 Pieter Paul Pothoven

Silent Light 06 Pieter Paul Pothoven

Pieter Paul Pothoven projects a thin slice of lapis lazuli, the legendary blue from Afghanistan.

Silent Light 07 Alexandre Lavet

Silent Light 08 Alexandre Lavet

Silent Light 09 Alexandre Lavet

Alexandre Lavet shows an enlargement of cursor movements over a colour selection programme, which looks like a night and day animation.

Silent Light 10 Sybren Renema

Sybren Renema shows a Tyrannosaur with a red balloon on its tail in the Natural History Museum in Oxford, which brings you back to Victorian times when dinosaurs became part of the Anglo-Saxon empire. It looks like a huge vanitas still life.

Silent Light 11 Raúl Ortega Ayala

The most recent work of the exhibition, a work by Raúl Ortega Ayala, is appropriately shown as the opening work, opening and closing the curtains.

Silent Light 12 Raúl Ortega Ayala

The works are fine and well presented but as a whole, in spite of the inviting silence, the show doesn’t seem to be very coherent. On the other hand, the works give enough room for contemplation, so take your time when visiting.

Silent Light 13 Raúl Ortega Ayala

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Bertus Pieters