Saskia Tannemaat, Forgiven!; Twelve twelve gallery, The Hague

Forgiven! is the title of Saskia Tannemaat’s present show at Twelve twelve gallery.

It sounds like a word of relief, but to whom?

Are the visitors forgiven, the potential buyers, or the people in Tannemaat’s paintings and drawings?

As Tannemaat shows in her works, guilt is often used as a power tool, ruling those who are being used to whitewash the shame of society.

She shows this as a kind of theatre, sometimes as a masquerade, the expression varying from deep tenderness to violent expressionism, from a nouvelle vague movie to a masked ball.

However, the real power of the show is that there is a lot in between those differences.

The presentation is very good, giving you the idea that the works lost none of their spontaneity in between the studio and the gallery.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Saskia Tannemaat and Twelve twelve gallery, Den Haag

 

Bertus Pieters

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Studio visit: Saskia Tannemaat

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Saskia Tannemaat happens to have a studio i once occupied myself, so it felt a bit like a homecoming to visit her place.

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Saskia’s core business is drawing and painting in which the expression of black and white and colour lie in line with each other.

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Her inspiration is mainly social city life, sometimes in places of society we tend to forget or deny. She does a lot of research for her work.

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Her intentions are not in the first place to bring change to these places (although that would be a welcome side effect) but to show aspects of reality and to find the right expression to them. It makes her work not only expressive but also warm hearted.

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In her studio are of course different works in progress, sketches, things that inspire her, utensils etc.

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And there is also the wonderful vista of The Hague, both inspiring and relaxing, maybe even comforting.

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Bertus Pieters

 

Last studio visits: https://villanextdoor.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/topp-and-dubio-a_day_to_clay_a_bust/

and: https://villanextdoor.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/studio-visit-jan-hoogervorst/

The one thing you never sing of or hang in a tree, Works by Brigitte Spiegeler, Saskia Tannemaat & Monica Winnubst, ARTtrium, Home Office & Ministry of Justice, The Hague

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The new Home Office and Ministry of Justice (Turfmarkt 147) share a public atrium in which art exhibitions are organised. It’s called ARTtrium. The space itself

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is not an easy one to show works of art in. It has the formal anonymity of a public space and as such it can easily force the works of art to be as formal and anonymous. But the exhibition programme has bravely tried to resist that.

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At the moment three artists show works on the theme of fragility or vulnerability. In a tragic way

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this has become topical at the moment with the Malaysian airliner disaster in the Ukraine in which nearly two hundred Dutch nationals perished. As such it puts this exhibition in another context where it may bring some comfort in one way or another. The blue works of

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Brigitte Spiegeler may give a view on both infinity and vulnerability of thought. The more

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expressionist works by Saskia Tannemaat show the intricacy of human relationships and its irrational and fragile architecture, while

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Monica Winnubst’s works show how perseverance and tenderness can go together.

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A reflection of a work by Spiegeler in a work by Winnubst.

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From left to right curator Nicole Donkers and the artists Brigitte Spiegeler, Saskia Tannemaat and Monica Winnubst.

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There are two weak points: the ARTtrium has no web page (and it really needs one!) and the title of the exhibition is too long.

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After signing the condolence registry, i left the building under the guard of Per Kirkeby.

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Bertus Pieters