Façades of The Hague #46

Façade of a building with no entrance to the street, Casuariestraat, built probably around 1900, maybe even later. I’m not sure about the original purpose of the building (somebody is?), however, the middle window once was a grand entrance of something.

At the moment there are studios in it of the Royal  Academy of Art (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten – KABK), and the building may well have been meant to contain studios right from the beginning, either for the KABK or for another institution in the neighbourhood.

In the 1970s and 80s it had a kind of clerestory on top which has vanished since.

As they used to be sculptor students’ studios, according to the artists duo Topp & Dubio, it once had a graffiti saying “FUCK BEELDHOUWERS” (“FUCK SCULPTORS”).

To make an homage to that graffiti the duo wrote a new one with the same text, which they were ordered by the police to remove, which they did. However, traces of the graffiti can still be seen.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

All pictures were taken in March 2016

 

Bertus Pieters

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Topp & Dubio; Performance July 5th 2017, Plein, The Hague

P.S. has organised This Is Live!, an International Performance Art Event in The Hague – of which this is the last week – with workshops and performances.

Such an event in The Hague can’t exist without performers Topp & Dubio.

This afternoon they performed under the strict guidance of William the Silent in the Plein (the Square), just behind the heart and nerve centre of Dutch political power.

Along William’s pedestal they painted a line from south to north with vla, a kind of Dutch custard, available in different colours and corresponding tastes.

They used white, brown and pink vla respectively.

Just after applying the sweet and sticky stuff, they scraped it from the pavement with spoons, ending with a bicycle heading south.

The second part of the performance will be a press conference next Saturday (8 July) 10.30 p.m. at Quartair, Toussaintkade 55, where more artists will perform that evening.

As for this afternoon, i leave you with these pictures to see the story unfold.

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© Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all pictures courtesy to Topp & Dubio

 

Bertus Pieters

Topp and Dubio: a_Day_to_Clay_a_Bust

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After 20 years of being Topp & Dubio, the artists duo have tried to make something a bit more lasting in the shape of a sculpture.

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They never modelled anything with clay before and they invited the public to see the process for three days in a studio.

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I visited the second day and made some pictures on the third day.

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One of their great inspirations of the past few years is Vitaly Komar’s and Alexander Melamid’s 1986 installation Emergency Telephone Booth with Bust of Stalin and Herring, originally made for the red light district in The Hague.

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In an absurdist way it kept a fatherly eye on the visitors of the prostitutes, the ladies and their pimps, but these days Stalin is spending his disowned life more unseen and misunderstood than ever before, on the premises of the Gemeentemuseum.

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I went to see it the same afternoon to make these pictures

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Topp & Dubio tried to copy the Stalin bust.

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'Mannen met snorren' (Men with moustaches)

‘Mannen met snorren’ (Men with moustaches)

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They made a studio exhibition in the mean time with Stalinalia, moustaches, sculpture and busts, relics of the red light district, tools for sculpture, video’s and anything that might have something to do with it.

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In one video they make a graffiti on the wall of the sculpture department of the Royal Academy, saying FUCK BEELDHOUWERS (FUCK SCULPTORS), as an homage to a graffiti that was there once before.

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Topp & Dubio’s works are always more or less absurdist, making you witness moments where you expect things and situations to have a meaning, but where these same things deny any meaning or suggest any other meaning but the one you had in mind. To be short, it is great fun.

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Anyway, Joseph Stalin (or is it his gold uncle?) seems to be exceptionally amused about it.

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Bertus Pieters