Exchanging Intimacies; Quartair, The Hague


Today on my way home i popped in at Quartair for a flying visit to Exchanging Intimacies, a very short running show of 5 Czech and 5 Dutch young artists.

Jozef Mrva, Trump Landscape

Jozef Mrva: Trump Landscape

Jozef Mrva, Trump Landscape

Jozef Mrva: Trump Landscape

Filip Dvorak; Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Filip Dvorak: Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Filip Dvorak; Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Filip Dvorak: Untitled, from the Force Majeure series

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

The 10 artists decided to make an exciting, communicative and communal show that will move to Prague later next week (21 to 30 October).

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

Katerina Konarovska: Evil twin

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Frank Niessen: Untitled

Bjorn Barendse: For the love of Mario

Bjorn Barendse: For the love of Mario

Bjorn Barendse: Memories of Egypt & the desert camel

Bjorn Barendse: Memories of Egypt & the desert camel

The works are on show in The Hague only this week.

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Stepanka Sigmundova: Falling MIR

Martin Gabriel: André in the super position

Martin Gabriel: André in the super position

Martin Gabriel: Untitled realm

Martin Gabriel: Untitled realm

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

The boys and girls did a very good and energetic job indeed!

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

Rixt de Boer: Traces of wandering

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Yair Callender: Relational Imagery

Vincent Both: Untitled

Vincent Both: Untitled

Vincent Both: Untitled

Vincent Both: Untitled

I just left when preparations were made for a lecture (sorry folks, i had to give that a miss).


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Content of all images courtesy to the artists and Quartair


Bertus Pieters


Overal en altijd (Everywhere and always); Vonkel gallery, The Hague


Under the either very cryptic or very wide ranging title Overal en altijd (Everywhere and always) Steef Crombach composed a small exhibition at Vonkel gallery, with works by her three colleagues Vincent Both, Maja Klaassens and Alexandra Martens, who all graduated two years ago from the Royal Academy in The Hague.





In Both’s delicate works material and subject inspire each other, so to say.



O&A 08 Maja Klaassens

O&A 09 Maja Klaassens

Klaassens shows two aprons with beans, also seen in a show in the Royal Academy last year, but now giving more context combining them with works on paper, giving familiar shapes a more hieroglyphic quality.

O&A 10 Alexandra Martens

O&A 11 Alexandra Martens

O&A 12 Alexandra Martens

O&A 13 Alexandra Martens

Martens shows two works on paper and two 3D works giving just a glimpse of a rich and inviting world, ready to be explored.

O&A 14 Alexandra Martens, Vincent Both

Both for the curator and the viewer this is a small but interesting exercise. Hurry to see it, as the show is in its last week!

O&A 15

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Contents of the pictures courtesy the artists and Vonkel.


Bertus Pieters

Now or never #3, GEM, The Hague

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In Now or never #3 GEM presents artists who graduated from the Royal Academy (Koninklijke Academie – KABK) in The Hague in 2014 and 2015. This year’s is a particularly good edition, not just because of the good artists but also because their works are very well exhibited. There is a sense of unity in the show in spite of all the differences. Every artist has a space of his/her own.

NON03 02 Mirthe Klück
NON03 03 Mirthe Klück
NON03 04 Mirthe Klück
NON03 05 Mirthe Klück
NON03 06 Mirthe Klück
NON03 07 Mirthe Klück
NON03 08 Mirthe Klück

Some of Mirthe Klück’s works were shown at a small exhibition in Billytown’s Kitchen this summer (I reported about it here). I am eagerly awaiting even more new works.

NON03 09 Bjorn Barendse
NON03 10 Bjorn Barendse
NON03 11 Bjorn Barendse
NON03 12 Bjorn Barendse
NON03 13 Bjorn Barendse
NON03 14 Bjorn Barendse
NON03 15 Bjorn Barendse

The setting of Bjorn Barendse’s work in this show could hardly differ more from his presentation at the graduation show this year at the Royal Academy. His works, open to different interpretations, work very well together as an installation, as they did in his graduation show, but there is more breathing space for them in the GEM’s setting.

NON03 16 Jordan Herregraven
NON03 17 Jordan Herregraven
NON03 18 Jordan Herregraven
NON03 19 Jordan Herregraven
NON03 20 Jordan Herregraven

The works of Jordan Herregraven seem to be animal embodiments of human nature and compared to Herregraven’s graduation show they look quite naked and vulnerable in the bright lights of the GEM.

NON03 21 Martin Gabriel
NON03 22 Martin Gabriel
NON03 23 Martin Gabriel
NON03 24 Martin Gabriel
NON03 25 Martin Gabriel

Martin Gabriel mixes virtual reality, “real” reality and inner space in his paintings and computerworks.

NON03 26 Martin Gabriel

A very recent and quite interesting interactive work was on show at Noordwal 117 during Haags Hoogtij (the seasonal gallery night in The Hague). Disappointingly the program didn’t work when I visited GEM (please GEM/Gemeentemuseum, take care of these kind of things!).

NON03 27 Juuke Schoorl
NON03 28 Juuke Schoorl
NON03 29 Juuke Schoorl
NON03 30 Juuke Schoorl

Juuke Schoorl applies the human skin as artistic material in video and photography.

NON03 31 Elise Sothys
NON03 32 Elise Sothys
NON03 33 Elise Sothys
NON03 34 Elise Sothys
NON03 35 Elise Sothys

In the GEM Elise Sothys’ word-works have far more impact than they had in her graduation show. The you-me relationship between work of art and viewer in Sothys’ case is a strong and egocentric one that doesn’t tolerate any visual noise by other artists.

NON03 36 Lynne Brouwer
NON03 37 Lynne Brouwer
NON03 38 Lynne Brouwer
NON03 39 Lynne Brouwer
NON03 40 Lynne Brouwer

Lynne Brouwer explores the colours in waiting rooms etc. Though her photo book is interesting, i don’t very much see the point in her more monumental photo works. What is the point in duplicating the waiting room experience?

NON03 41 Vincent Both
NON03 42 Vincent Both

Vincent Both paints and draws on paper, or rather, he seems to draw from the paper, like a writer who sees his paper and thinks his text may be more in the paper than on it.

NON03 43 Olya Oleinic
NON03 44 Olya Oleinic
NON03 45 Olya Oleinic
NON03 46 Olya Oleinic

Olya Oleinic shows her Universal guide to everything again.

NON03 47 Mickey Yang
NON03 48 Mickey Yang
NON03 49 Mickey Yang
NON03 50 Mickey Yang
NON03 51 Mickey Yang

Those who admired Mickey Yang’s graduation show, as i did, will be familiar with her works presently on show.

NON03 52 Mickey Yang

I remember there should be smoke coming from this bowl, but didn’t see it when i visited GEM.

NON03 53 Esther Hovers
NON03 54 Esther Hovers
NON03 55 Esther Hovers
NON03 56 Esther Hovers
NON03 57 Esther Hovers
NON03 58 Esther Hovers
NON03 59 Esther Hovers

Esther Hovers’ presentation is about people in public space as seen by surveillance cameras. People become usually de-individualized in public space, but from the point of view of surveillance and security each person becomes an individual in another way. What’s more, these individuals could be you or me. What are you hiding in public space, while walking there? What makes you change your mind on a street corner?

NON03 60 Rixt de Boer
NON03 61 Rixt de Boer
NON03 62 Rixt de Boer

Rixt de Boer shows a video-essay-triptych about haystacks in relation to people and landscape in Central Europe. Surprisingly, the haystack is a monument of solidity in this work. It is also a peaceful and pastoral finish to this fine exhibition.

(More pictures of the graduation shows can be seen here and here)
(full reviews in Dutch of the graduation shows can be read here and here)

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Bertus Pieters

Graduation Festival, Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

P1017375 Amber Oskam

The other day I went to the Graduation Festival at the Royal Academy of Art (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten – KABK) here in The Hague, to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. I made more than a thousand pictures, so this is just a tip of the iceberg.

P1017386 Marijn Ottenhof

I started my tour properly in Marijn Ottenhof’s Waitingroom in the basement. A well done project, both technically and ideologically.


P1017392 Marijn Ottenhof


I continued to the old building’s courtyard. As the exhibiting artist had some technical problems with her installation i went back inside, to see

P1017399 Bamberger Rider Donatello

these copies of the Bamberger Reiter and of Donatello’s Cantoria. But the venerable


old building itself isn’t either Gothic or Renaissance. Although my main interest is the fine arts

P1017415 Gino Anthonisse

i always take a look at the works of the graduates of the other departments. At the Textile & Fashion department i was particularly intrigued by presentations of Gino Anthonisse and

P1017417 Bastian Visch


of Bastian Visch. Continuing my tour on the ground floor i glimpsed into the room where once i had my own graduation show, more than three decades ago.

P1017422 Jet Smits

Jet Smits shows liquid crystals, while in the next room

P1017426 Sebastian Frisch

Sebastian Frisch lets you listen to growing young maize plants. His work

P1017428 Jef Stapel

is combined with Jef Stapel’s works.


I went to the first floor of the old building. Whose work is this?

P1017453 Lynn van Asperen

You bet!

P1017454 Lynn van Asperen

I saw Lynn van Asperen´s fine presentation, although i preferred the stills to the video.


Interior Architecture & Furniture Design had its own publication,


while others represent themselves in another way.


The weather was still a bit gloomy.


Urban happiness.

P1017474 Kim Verkade

Kim Verkade made a project about so-called beauty vlogging, where young teenage girls are compulsively busy with their appearance. One of the dark sides of the internet. In the same room

P1017477 Wardie Hellendoorn

Wardie Hellendoorn has a sympathetic project about people using the ferry (pont) in Amsterdam.

P1017479 Leroy Sankes

A statement by Leroy Sankes. Can’t agree more. And just next to his almost perfect photographs

P1017480 Lorena van Bunningen

P1017487 Lorena van Bunningen

Lorena van Bunningen has this great presentation, showing you the wonders of this imperfect world.


This reminded me of Marijn Ottenhof’s Waitingroom.

P1017497 Henri Verhoef

P1017503 Henri Verhoef

Henri Verhoef’s just-over-the-top photos. And again



something was waiting here.

P1017508 Juuke Schoorl

Juuke Schoorl’s very beautiful work.

P1017515 Stefanie Crombach

P1017518 Stefanie Crombach

Going to the second floor of the old building i ran into Stefanie Crombach’s work on my way to see

P1017533 Alexandra Martens Serrano

P1017535 Alexandra Martens Serrano

Alexandra Martens Serrano’s great installation. She shared the room

P1017543Vincent Both

P1017544 Vincent Both

with painter Vincent Both. Not a bad combination at all.


This probably prepared me for

P1017547 Silben de Jonge

this greenish room and

P1017549 Silben de Jonge

this pinkish room by Silben de Jonge. These rooms are green and pink, as you can see.


For me the interludes were short, for the graduates they are a bit longer…

P1017564 Isabel Cavenecia

Some attractive refreshments while watching Isabel Cavenecia thirsty video.

P1017593 Thamar Martin

P1017594 Thamar Martin

There are some good movies this year. This great one is by Thamar Martin while

P1017608 Biljana Kanevche

as for this one by Biljana Kanevche, i have the feeling it could have been taken a step further.


And still the weather is a bit gloomy.

P1017626 Santeri Taurula

P1017629 Santeri Taurula

On the second floor the rooms are a bit cramped, but for Santeri Taurula’s installation that’s no problem at all.

P1017642 Eva Lagrange

There was a fine series of paintings by Eva Lagrange too, while

P1017648 Hannah Polak

P1017654 Hannah Polak

in the next room Hannah Polak shows her fine installation and

P1017659 Tessel Vooijs

P1017666 Tessel Vooijs

Tessel Vooijs shows her paintings.

P1017669 Samara Mitri

P1017670 Samara Mitri

The two sides of Samara Mitri’s installation.

P1017671 Fiona Henriquez

Fiona Henriquez.

P1017673 Maja Klaassens

Maja Klaassens welcomes you to the dark.

P1017676 Thomas van Rijs

Thomas van Rijs.

P1017677 Anna de Vries

Anna de Vries has her presentation in the corridor. While it’s a fine presentation it runs the risk of not catching the attention of the visitors.

P1017684 Erik Muusse

P1017709 Erik Muusse

Graphic Design graduate Erik Muusse made a constitution for a dictator, and some machines to apply it. Here you see the voting machine.


P1017711 Wim Steijven

On my way to the new building i saw a picture by Wim Steijven of his hilarious tall people project (club tall people Gives you space).

P1017712 Nathalie Mannaerts

In the new building Nathalie Mannaerts has this solemn room for her solemn pictures (and rethinking Marijn Ottenhof’s Waitingroom?).

P1017716 Jordan Herregraven

P1017724 Jordan Herregraven

These days a graduation show can’t be complete without some vulnerable animals. Jordan Herregraven’s presentation is quite good, although i’d rethink showing works on paper in this context (the works on paper are not in the pictures here, as it was too dark).

P1017737 Gitte Hendrikx

P1017739 Gitte Hendrix


Some details of Gitte Hendrikx’s great installation and the flowers she got for it.

P1017750 Vladi Girz

Somebody seems to have had it.

P1017752 Stephan van Zijp

Stephan van Zijp is omnipresent amongst the painters while

P1017759 Mariska Baars

Mariska Baars brings you back to some refinement and

P1017766 Lisette Frimannslund

P1017767 Lisette Frimannslund

Lisette Frimannslund shows you rearrangements of remembrances.

P1017784 Stephan van Zijp

And again Stephan van Zijp. His monumental pictures

P1017786 Akycha Tegelaar

P1017787 Akycha Tegelaar

next to the no less monumental but much smaller pictures by Akycha Tegelaar.

P1017798 Marijke Everts

P1017807 Marijke Everts

Outside, in the shed, Marijke Everts’s installation. Her motto is Only in my mind home exists which reflects her travelling mind, combining different cultures.


Back to the building, on my way to

P1017821 Jonathan van Sloten

P1017826 Jonathan van Sloten

Jonathan van Sloten’s sculptures.


There’s always a way out!

P1017834 Mechteld van Dijk

P1017835 Mechteld van Dijk

Mechteld van Dijk.


She is sitting there every day.

P1017845 Áron Birtalan

This text reminded me of Erik Muusse’s constitution and Marijn Ottenhof’s Waitingroom. So i didn’t wait.

P1017866 Evelien Gransjean

Evelien Gransjean clearly wants the world to be bigger.

P1017870 Leslie Nagel Laura Rendón Berger

Through Leslie Nagel’s work you can see what is awaiting you in the next room. But

P1017881 Leslie Nagel

first have some fun with Leslie’s machine.

P1017882 Laura Rendón Berger

Aura Rendón Benger.


Well well well….


And some more waiting…

P1017885 Helen M. Hintjens

P1017886 Helen M. Hintjens

Helen M. Hintjens shows an interesting video and other works on the theme of the present and the colonial past.


Cuculus canorus. This bird is parasitic on nests of smaller birds. In forests, wetlands, farmland and moorland.


Is this art? ….. no

P1017900 Adrian Mazzarolo

P1017903 Adrian Mazzarolo

Adrian Mazzarolo is stealing the show with his movie.

P1017925 R.D.P. Schelfhout

While on my way out R.D.P. Schelfhout had unlocked his room.

P1017926 R.D.P. Schelfhout

In the mean time the sun had started shining, so i went to one of my favourite haunts. The KABK has become an extremely good institute. But why calling a graduation show a festival? In that case i’d expect something in more venues in the city or maybe some pop-up performances in the city centre.

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Full article here (in Dutch): http://villalarepubblica.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/hoogland-graduation-festival-kabk-den-haag/

Bertus Pieters