Tell Me What Do You Think; Twelve Twelve gallery, The Hague

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Silvia Bakker has opened a new gallery in The Hague’s town centre. Its name is Twelve Twelve indicating there will be a new exhibition every month. She prefers art with a politically or socially engaged twist. This month she shows works by three artists: Karl Ketamo, Wouter Willebrands and Gert Scheerlinck.

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In the gallery’s basement Ketamo, who graduated from the Royal Academy The Hague this year,  shows his project Crossing Boundaries/Shifting Landscapes which is about migration, with a double-visioned video, a book and some prints.

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The book and the prints show fragments from pages of passports of different nationalities.

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Scheerlinck shows works that seem to contain criticism in one way or another but which are also open to more interpretations.

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Willebrands combines his abstract works with titles that become part of the works and make them less abstract.

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The gallery is a small place but it invites the viewers to think about what they see, hence the title of the show. Artistically this is a good and promising start.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to the artists and Twelve Twelve gallery.

 

Bertus Pieters

The Survivors; Town Hall Atrium, The Hague

Leonard van de Ven

Leonard van de Ven

Jakob de Jonge

Jakob de Jonge

The Hague Peace Projects organised a public exhibition (The Survivors) in the Town Hall Atrium. It is based on the drawings by 11 year old Syrian  boy Taim Safar.

Jakob de Jonge

Jakob de Jonge

Robert Roelink

Robert Roelink

Taim and his family are living as refugees in Turkey. His former Syrian teacher and artist Bassam Alkhouri collected his drawings and they have become the focal point of the show in which 16 artists reflect on them

Rik Smits

Rik Smits

Rik Smits

Rik Smits

It has become a very sympathetic exhibition which is quite well visited by the public, at least when i was there. Here are some pictures of the works on show, except (alas!) for Saskia Burggraaf’s video which wasn’t working when i visited.

Hanna de Haan

Hanna de Haan

Robert Roelink

Robert Roelink

Suzanne Somer

Suzanne Somer

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Taim Safar

Bassam Alkhouri

Bassam Alkhouri

Bassam Alkhouri

Bassam Alkhouri

Malou Cohen

Malou Cohen

Malou Cohen

Malou Cohen

Albert Zwaan

Albert Zwaan

Albert Zwaan

Albert Zwaan

Wouter Willebrands

Wouter Willebrands

Rutger van der Tas

Rutger van der Tas

Rutger van der Tas

Rutger van der Tas

Éva Murakeözy

Éva Murakeözy

Bassam Alkhouri

Bassam Alkhouri

Airco Caravan

Airco Caravan

Helen Hintjens

Helen Hintjens

Helen Hintjens

Helen Hintjens

Airco Caravan

Airco Caravan

Alexandra Arshanskaya

Alexandra Arshanskaya

Alexandra Arshanskaya

Alexandra Arshanskaya

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All Art Is Political. Exit Gemak, The Hague

Renë Vullings

René Vullings

 

POTL, Hans Demoed & Geert de Rooij

POTL, Hans Demoed & Geert de Rooij

 

POTL, Hans Demoed & Geert de Rooij

POTL, Hans Demoed & Geert de Rooij

 

Dana LaMonda

Dana LaMonda

 

 Jean van Wijk

Jean van Wijk

On Friday December 4th Gemak/Vrije Academie closed its doors as a result of rigorous cuts by the municipality of The Hague in financing the institution. Herewith a good and spacious platform to show present day art in dialogue with the neighbourhood, the city town and indeed the rest of the world, is closed down. On the last day of its existence Gemak organized amongst others a one day exhibition in which more than forty artists took part. It was a great and heart warming show for the closing institution and for the many people who attended. The next day I visited Gemak to make some pictures of the day after for this posting. For a full article in Dutch about the closure of Gemak i refer you to Villa La Repubblica (click here). In the mean time, enjoy the pictures.

Yvo van der Vat

Yvo van der Vat

 

Ehsan Behmanesh & Arefeh Riahi

Ehsan Behmanesh & Arefeh Riahi

 

Petra van der Schoot

Petra van der Schoot

 

Claudie de Cleen

Claudie de Cleen

 

Willem Spekenbrink

Willem Speekenbrink

 

Zeger Reyers

Zeger Reyers

Gemak Exit 12 Overview

Joncquil

Joncquil

 

Pim Voorneman

Pim Voorneman

 

André Kruysen

André Kruysen

Gemak Exit 16 Overview

Wouter Willebrands

Wouter Willebrands

 

Pendar Nabipour

Pendar Nabipour

 

Sylvain Mazas

Sylvain Mazas

Gemak Exit 20 Overview
Gemak Exit 21 Overview
Gemak Exit 22 Overview

Laura van Eeden

Laura van Eeden

 

Marjolijn van der Meij

Marjolijn van der Meij

 

Marjolijn van der Meij

Marjolijn van der Meij

 

Zeger Reyers

Zeger Reyers

Gemak Exit 27 Overview

Paul Bruininckx

Paul Bruininckx

 

Nicole Donkers

Nicole Donkers

 

Nicole Donkers

Nicole Donkers

 

Philip Schuette

Philip Schuette

Gemak Exit 31 Overview

Euf Lindeboom

Harold de Bree

 

Ingrid Mol

Ingrid Mol

Gemak Exit 35 Ingrid Mol

Mark de Weijer

Mark de Weijer

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Bertus Pieters

Art in Redlight Fair #10, Amsterdam

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Due to late coming i couldn’t see everything i wanted to see, but well, here are some impressions. The monumental former stock market building by Berlage in Amsterdam is a majestic venue for an art fair. Art in Redlight is an artists’ fair and not one for galleries, although some galleries are represented. There are installations, sculptures, pictures and anything in between.

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Installations like Liqui Flux by Dirk van Lieshout and Klara Adam, based on a performance;

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or this one by Beerenberg (Mark Beerens and Dimitri Jagtenberg),

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this installation by New Sculpture Department ( NSD, a co-operation of Lorenzo Quintanilla and Kees Boevé and others) which also gives sounds every few minutes,

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this very introspective installation by Fabrizio Romano Battistoni and

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the smaller installations by Airco Caravan, like this mattress referring to a place in New York where a murder was committed (there a two more of them in other places at the fair).

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And here Airco Caravan is explaining her Art of What project (which i discussed here in Dutch on the Villa La Repubblica blog).

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The building is an exceptionally good place to show more monumental work like this big sculpture by Pim Palsgraaf,

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while Setareh Maghsoudi (a recent graduate from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy) had to cram the paper architecture of her Mobile Mosque (MoMo) into her stand, which in itself had a charm of its own.

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Annegret Kellner’s quivering tree was doing well in its corner while in the central

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foyer there is this vast work by Bilal Chahal on show.

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There are works by more than seventy artists on show in the stands, sometimes two artists combine their works like Eun Young Lee (photo works) and Carel Lanters (sculpture).

AIR 24 Naoki Fuku Yolanda Esther Bürgi
AIR 25 Naoki Fuku Yolanda Esther Bürgi

Yolanda Esther Bürgi and Naoki Fuku even co-operated in a project called Drift Thoughts in which they produced more or less subversive work.

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Artists meet each other: here Jakob de Jonge (front) is talking to Mark Beerens (back) in the stand showing De Jonge’s (right) and Lisette Frimannslund’s works (left; Frimannslund graduated this year and her works were shown on this blog and discussed in Dutch on the Villa La Repubblica blog)

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Leonard van de Ven shows new work, both paintings and

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surprising photographic works (left) in a stand together with Wouter Willebrands (right).

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As i said, i didn’t have enough time to see everything and probably i only saw the most obvious, even if it were a kid picking its nose – by Eleonora Volpi, a recent Gerrit Rietveld Academy graduate –, or a junk raven by Robert Roelink. But you can take your time to see everything in between Christmas and New Years Eve. Do!

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Bertus Pieters