Calendar
09 Sep
Artists: Ann Demeulenmeester, Lee Bontecou, Peter Struycken, Wilhelm Sasnal, Yohji Yamamoto and others
Poetic Black

Black – the colour that Isaac Newton eliminated from the spectrum in the late 17th century – carries many meanings for artists and designers. This exhibition in the Vincent Award Room of the Gemeentemuseum, entitled Poetic Black, brings the various aspects of black together in paintings, prints, fashion designs and poetry; the intriguing array of exhibits draws both on the Gemeentemuseum’s own holdings and on the contemporary art collection belonging to the Broere Charitable Foundation (Monique Zajfen Collection). The exhibition include works by Wilhelm Sasnal, Lee Bontecou, Yohji Yamamoto and Ann Demeulenmeester.

14 Oct
Artist: Marthe Wéry
Marthe Wéry – Sophistication on paper

The subtle and sophisticated work of Marthe Wéry (1930-2005) owes its effectiveness to its very simplicity. It is all about the expressive power of lines, planes and colour in relation to space. This exhibition in the Berlage Room presents highlights of Wéry’s oeuvre from the 1970s and ’80s – a period when she was working on paper.

25 Nov
Artists: Julio González, Pablo Picasso and others
González, Picasso and Friends

Together with Constantin Brancusi and Pablo Picasso, the Spanish artist Julio González (1876 – 1942) is considered one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. This retrospective of over 100 works, most of which are being exhibited in the Netherlands for the first time, sheds light on his personal development: from his days as a metal worker in his father’s workshop in Barcelona to his time as an avant-garde sculptor in Paris. It also addresses the unique collaboration and friendship between González and Picasso. For both artists, the collaboration provided a major push to further development. Thanks to González, Picasso discovered new modes of expression in sculpture and for González the collaboration was the final leg of his journey towards a distinctive artistic style. This exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag focuses principally on González’s development. With no fewer than 20 works by Picasso, it is also a celebration of the friendship between the two men.

12 Jan
Artists: Boris de Beijer, Conrad Shawcross, Frank Ammerlaan, Gabey Tjon a Tham, Gabriel Lester, Keisuke Matsuura, Mischa Daams, Nicky Assmann, Oscar Peters, Panamarenko and Semâ Bekirovic
Another Dimension

“Since everything that is matter can, under favourable circumstances, convert to an organic state, then we can conditionally say that inorganic matter is in embryo living.” - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, 19th century Soviet rocket-scientist.

In Another Dimension the invisible steps into the light for a brief moment. The creation of the artworks find their origin in that which usually remains unseen, or is so big that we can only think of it in abstractions. Another Dimension brings together artists that are inspired by the most distant corners of our cosmos and cherish a love for the fictional, invisible and alien. Fascinated by the most basic questions, they set out to experiment, eager to discover the nature of our material world.

The artists that form part of this exhibition were selected together with Zoro Feigl, who at the same time as Another Dimension will have a solo exhibition titled Infinity in the Electriciteitsfabriek next to Nest.

Image: A bright light shoots through the dark sky one night in the beginning of the 20th century, its spectators manage to photograph it. This mysterious entity is a comet; it is named Halley and can be considered the first ‘wonder of physics’ to be captured on film.

12 Jan
Curated by Rob Knijn
Artist: Zoro Feigl
Infinity

Zoro Feigl makes art that moves; like Poppy, an enormous flower constructed out of tarp that swirls around in a hulking, but at the same time rather elegant, kind of way. Or Detour. A long and winding road to nowhere in particular; a long green ribbon made of plastic that meanders endlessly across the floor. Those who take their time will be rewarded, because although the work sometimes looks dangerous and threatening, there is a chance to discern; a moment of recognition.

The artworks of Zoro Feigl find themselves in the realm of infinity. They might squeak, creak and scrape, twist, spout and above all protestingly grumble; but always in the form of a rhythmic cadence.

Fascinated by the beauty of simplicity the artist always sets out to experiment with the limits of the physical. Under the motto of ‘beyond what it should into what it could be’, he tests the materials in his studio by placing them under a drill or running around with them. So it is that Zoro Feigl has become a strong voice in contemporarary art.

The industrial environment of one of the oldest still operational power plants of The Netherlands will form the backdrop to an exhibition that will bring together a large portion of Zoro Feigl’s work. In the midst of this moving scenery the artist and his team will work daily in a temporary studio, busy constructing a new installation. The public is hereby cordially invited to become part of this process.

13 Jan
David Pedraza – The family room

The works of art of David Pedraza (Madrid, 1976) is the result of a deep analysis and reflection on painting, together with his personal experiences and his Catholic background. He has an interest in art history and the great master painters like Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Rembrandt. Picasso,etc. David looks into the relationship between these artists and art used as power/political/social tools. Therefore he refers himself to power systems and to the search for our true role in society. With the medium of oil paint and spray paint, David creates images with a certain atmosphere where time has stopped to exist and the represented figures seem to loose their authority. His paintings are questioning religion and government institutions, their interaction with society, and how people deal with each other through believing as well as the practice of the so called "law of God" and the laws that we all follow as "average citizens". He is interested in the confrontation between the open and hidden goals of these institutions and the way they are showed to us.

13 Jan
Martijn Mendel – Tales of Adolescence

Martijn Mendel (1994) recently graduated from the Royal Academy for the Visual Arts in The Hague. He published a book and several leading galleries added his photographs to their collections. His work, in which he accurately maps out the vulnerability of adolescence, shows a certain degree of maturity that transcends his age. His work is an intimate research into coming of age and the search for a personal identity. Martijn uses the fashion tradition to create striking stories that capture the emotional vicissitudes of being young.

14 Jan
Artist: Ruri Matsumoto
Between the lines

New paintings and works on paper by Ruri Matsumoto, winner of the Livingstone Projects Prize 2017.

14 Jan
Artist: Jan Wattjes
The White Cube Concept

New paintings by Jan Wattjes, with presentation of new catalog The White Cube Concept, 2017

14 Jan
Artist: Inge Aanstoot
Nurture

In her new colourful and associative paintings, Inge Aanstoot researches the influence of culture, nature and history on human development and vice versa. Inge Aanstoot became widely known as the winner of the Piket Award for painting and the Sacha Tanja Award. In 2016 she painted a gigantic mural in the Rotterdam Kunsthal Museum. Louise de Blécourt, director of the LL.M. F.H. Piket Foundation, will perform the opening of the exhibition.

20 Jan
Artist: Michael Wolf
Michael Wolf – Life in Cities

A figure behind a misted window turns its face away and closes its eyes in an attempt to evade the lens of the photographer. The metro passenger is crushed between fellow-commuters and unable to move when photographer Michael Wolf points his camera at him from the other side of the glass. Over the 2010-2013 period, Wolf returned time and time again to the same metro platform in Tokyo to lie in wait for his passing prey. The result is Tokyo Compression, perhaps Wolf’s most renowned photo-series, in which he explores the subjects of privacy and voyeurism in great detail. In the densely populated world cities where Michael Wolf works, these themes are unavoidable. The Hague Museum of Photography is about to exhibit a major retrospective of Wolf’s work, stretching from his earliest years as a documentary photographer right through to relatively recent series like Architecture of Density and Transparent City.

20 Jan
Artists: Jacob Dwyer, Jan van der Ploeg and Marius Lut
The Shape of Time

Jacob Dwyer, Marius Lut and Jan van der Ploeg
20.01 - 24.02.2018
Opening 20.01.2018, 5-9pm

The exhibition The Shape of Time brings together works by Jacob Dwyer, Marius Lut and Jan van der Ploeg. Trying to find an incongruity between the abstract works, the exhibition space, the daily reality and the origin of things.

20 Jan
Artists: Gerard Herman, Marnix van Uum and others
The Kitchen #14

7 schlagers en een film
Marnix van Uum and Gerard Herman
20.01 - 24.02.2018
Opening 20.01.2018, 5-9pm

Performance during the opening at 8.30pm

27 Jan
Artists: Gitte Svendsen, Luis Maly, Maria Bigaj, Renée van Roekel, Suzie van Staaveren and Thijs Jaeger
Now or Never #4

Every two years, the GEM museum of contemporary art turns the spotlight on artists who have recently graduated from The Hague’s Royal Academy of Art. The new selection by director Benno Tempel will comprise half a dozen talented representatives of the 2016 and 2017 cohorts. Their diverse and surprising work will be showcased in Now or Never #4.

03 Feb
Artist: Morgan Betz
Morgan Betz – Flies on Milk, Green Eggs & Ham

Morgan Betz (b. 1974) is producing new work especially for the projects room at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Using a visual language that looks like a blend of Pop Art and comic strip, he has developed a highly personal idiom in which high art in the form of art history mingles with low art in the shape of comics and advertising images. In addition, Betz is exploring the way the image is applied. This is traditionally done with a paintbrush but Betz places the artist at a further remove from the canvas.

08 Feb
Artists: Mattia Papp, Pim Palsgraaf, Rabi Koria and Tammam Azzam
Rabi Koria, Mattia Papp, Pim Palsgraaf, Tammam Azzam
09 Feb
Curated by Emma van Proosdij
Artist: André Volten
Utopia

André Volten (1925 - 2002) was at the forefront of abstract sculpture in the Netherlands. Numerous sculptures, almost always in steel, are set up everywhere in the country at prominent locations such as the Stopera and the IJ-riverside in Amsterdam and the Jaarbeursplein in Utrecht. His work is often fully integrated into the surroundings. The relationship between the artwork, the environment and the spectator was always very important to Volten for his creation process. Museum Beelden aan Zee honors Volten, the Dutch master of geometric abstraction in three dimensions, with a retrospective exhibition. The exhibition will include a richly illustrated catalog with contributions by Jan Teeuwisse, Trude Hooykaas and Emma van Proosdij.

17 Feb
Artists: Alex Farrar, Alexandre Lavet, Joseph Montgomery and Maarten Overdijk
Body Building

Body Building

Groupshow with Alex Farrar, Alexandre Lavet, Joseph Montgomery and Maarten Overdijk

17 Feb
Artist: Gary Hill
Always Rings Twice

Long known for his unique combination of video, sound, performance and installation, Gary Hill has continuously offered multilayered investigations into the phenomenological nature of how we perceive the world through a network of visual, aural and linguistic signals. Exploring the cognitive and sensorial conditions that underlie our discursive modes of communication, Hill experiments with the material and sonic properties of language to offer provocative meditations upon the production of meaning within our everyday contexts, as well as highly personal poetic spaces. His works are characterized by their experimental rigor, imaginative leaps, and conceptual precision.. What differentiates his practice from the solely theory-driven is a visceral necessity that is almost palpable. Since the early 1970s, Hill’s use of video, and by extension electronic media, has occupied a central role in his artistic practice, using the medium as a formal site and structure to both examine and destabilize the power of the image. Concerned with an increasingly homogenized visual culture, Hill disarticulates the primary communicative function of electronic media by playing with sound, speed, sequence and light, to produce not only radical ruptures within our normative processes of perception, but new ways of encountering meaning — whether it be grappling with, accumulating, absorbing or surrendering to it.

Gary Hill was born in 1951 in Santa Monica, California and currently lives and works in Seattle. Originally a sculptor, he began working with sound and video in the early 1970s and has since produced a large body of both single-channel video works and mixed-media installations. The thresholds between language and image, silence and sound, and lightness and darkness are of primary concern in much of Hill’s work, but rather than emerging as sets of dualities, these thresholds — as well as the gaps between absence and presence, real and recorded time, viewed and viewing — are described by Hill as “resonating membranes” through which he and viewer become “next to close by.”

Gary Hill (1951) has received numerous fellowships and awards, most notably the Leone d'Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale (1995), the prestigious McArthur Foundation Fellowship (1998), the Kurt-Schwiters-Preis 2000, the Strangers genius award (2011) and Honorary Degrees from The Academy of Fine Arts Poznan, Poland (2005) and Cornish College of the Arts (2011). Hill's work has been the subject of major retrospectives and solo exhibtions at diverse international art museums and institutes.

17 Feb
Artist: Ronald Versloot
The Future is Coming (and Going)

Ronald Versloot (1964) enjoys playing with the conventions of painting. The age-old Figur – Grund Problem is central to this practice: how does one connect the human figure with the background of the painting? Versloot zooms in on this issue by using stencils to paint people onto his canvases. Many of the figures are based on 19th and early 20th century photographs featuring people and carriages. This gives the impression of looking back in time. The figures stand out clearly against the flowing background and thus define the image. The basis of Will-o’-the-Wisp is a dark, deep blue layer of lacquer on top of which Versloot has painted a white, milky layer, in which the silhouettes of a man and a street light are saved out. Man and street light consequently consist only of darkblue nothingness. In other paintings the background partially overlaps the foreground (not the other way around), and the templates of human figures have been reused several times, without you being aware of it directly. This subtle game he plays with image conventions is subservient to the paintings’ narrative component that often carries a certain degree of suspense. They are images frozen in time in which the human figures define the image and provide clues. It is for the viewer to interpret and organize, like the man with the oversized draft horse in Cultivate who tries to bring order into the chaos of the background.

17 Feb
Artist: Jean Brusselmans
Jean Brusselmans

The work of Jean Brusselmans (1884-1953) is rooted in the Belgian tradition of painting established by artists like James Ensor and Rik Wouters. After the First World War, he took that tradition as the starting point for the development of a distinctive and expressive style characterised by orderliness and simplicity of composition. Although Brusselmans has long been a source of inspiration for connoisseurs, this is the first time that the general public in the Netherlands has had the opportunity to admire the paintings of this important Belgian artist.

18 Feb
Artist: Mohammed Shah Jahan Miah
Shah Jahan – Personal Pop

'Personal Pop' showcases the idiosyncratic work of the unknown, prematurely deceased, highly promising Bangladeshi-British artist Shah Jahan (b. 1976, Sylhet, Bangladesh; d. 2015, Birmingham, UK). He grew up in Birmingham, studied at the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University, and worked as a resident at De Ateliers in Amsterdam from 1998 to 2001. Enthusiastic tutors of those days (up to today) amongst others Marlene Dumas, Georg Herold, Didier Vermeiren, Rob Birza. His work is strikingly varied, comprising videos, sculptures, paintings, collages, installations, clothing and drawings that blend the fabric of his own everyday life with the language of pop art and popular culture. Shah’s unique ideas about art, his drive to produce, his unbridled ambition, and the great promise all those strengths added up to were overshadowed by his mental health problems and his early death at 38.

Shah was convinced that art possessed a transformative quality, and he envisioned a position for himself at the centre of society. He strove to make a kind of art he called “personal pop”: it was close to mass culture, like pop, but at the same time completely personal. His body of work is made up of apparently accessible objects that on closer inspection turn out to be part of a deeper web of meanings and references, with links to each other, religion, politics and identity. As such, it meshes perfectly with contemporary reality, in which objects, people, ideas and worlds are increasingly intertwined.

18 Feb
Artist: Klaus Baumgärtner
From Klaus Baumgärtner’s studio

Sculptures, collages, photos
A selection from his studio

During the opening a book about his live and work, written by Robine Clignett, will be launched.

02 Mar
Artist: Yair Callender

Solo exhibition with artist Yair Callender

03 Mar
Curated by Nadine van den Bosch en Erik Jan Ligtvoet
Artists: Berend Strik, Christie van der Haak, Sigrid Calon and others
Collection exhibition

In this collection exhibition, patterns and textiles applied in different materials and techniques, from wall hangings to risoprints, are central. Striking is the variety of patterns, there are works with tight graphic prints, but also more organic patterns woven into different fabrics. The contrast between the traditional character of the textile and the industrial character of a recurring pattern provide an interesting combination. There are works of art by, among others, Sigrid Calon, Christie van der Haak and Berend Strik.

03 Mar
Curated by Das Leben am Haverkamp
Das Leben am Haverkamp – Quirky Cruise

After their studies at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Anouk van Klaveren (1991), Christa van der Meer (1988), Dewi Bekker (1990) and Gino Anthonisse (1988) joined forces and formed the collective Das Leben am Haverkamp. The unconventional approach to design and fashion that typifies this collective leads to thought-provoking, unpolished work, inspired by daily rituals, the cultural relativity of luxury and alter egos. The glamorous fashion world is both their playing field and study object. Das Leben am Haverkamp is the sum of the personal individual styles of the collective.

08 Mar
Artist: Vika Kova
Vika Kova – LAND of GOOD

The exhibition LAND of GOOD, at twelve twelve, aims to create and introduce a gender-symmetrical society, based on steady balance between men and women, expressed through the educational power of Art. Vika Kova believes Art can contribute to change the world. She has been focusing her art practice on that unique intercultural and intergenerational project.

09 Mar
Artist: Janes Haid - Schmallenberg
The dark side of consensus

In his deceitfully offhand ecstatic scenes Janes Haid - Schmallenberg (Warstein, Germany, 1988) depicts the outcry of desperate indviduals subjugated to the impossibly fast pace of today's society.

In his paintings and ceramic sculptures Janes Haid - Schmallenberg strives for a balance between abstraction and figuration and between seriousness and play, resulting for instance in the use of absurd painting materials like nutrition powder for bodybuilders.

Janes Haid - Schmallenberg's work falls within a larger movement of young artists worldwide whose works question the established forms of painting.

09 Mar
Artist: Janes Haid - Schmallenberg
Opening exhibition ‘The dark side of consensus’

In his deceitfully offhand ecstatic scenes Janes Haid - Schmallenberg depicts the outcry of desperate indviduals subjugated to the impossibly fast pace of today's society.

In his paintings and ceramic sculptures Janes Haid - Schmallenberg strives for a balance between abstraction and figuration and between seriousness and play, resulting for instance in the use of absurd painting materials like nutrition powder for bodybuilders.

Janes Haid - Schmallenberg's work falls within a larger movement of young artists worldwide whose works question the established forms of painting.

10 Mar
Artist: Milo Rau
The Congo Tribunal

For more than 20 years an inexplicable civil war is turning a territory as big as western Europe into hell on earth. Triggered by the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the Congo War, also called the "Third World War", has claimed more than six million lives. Many observers not only see in it a fight about political predominance in Central Africa, but also one of the most decisive economic battles for the share in the era of globalization.

Milo Rau's 'The Congo Tribunal' examines the causes and backgrounds to this global conflict in a unique and stunningly transmedia art project. For 'The Congo Tribunal' Milo Rau gathered victims, perpetrators, witnesses and analysts of the Congo War for a unique civil tribunal in eastern Congo. For the first time in the history of this war, three exemplary cases were heard, exposing an unveiled portrait of one of the biggest and bloodiest economic wars in the history of mankind.

23 Mar
Outermost Corner

Every year, Nest organises a One Nest Stand (a one-night-show) for which academy students get the assignment to make a work in the sphere of one of the exhibitions of Nest. This year students of the Royal Academy of The Hague draw their inspiration from the exhibition 'Another Dimension' at Nest. The students are invited to think about the most distant corners of our cosmos, and the fictional, invisible and alien that emerge from that.

31 Mar
Artists: David Salle, James Brown, Kevin Berlin, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, Ryan Mendoza, Sol LeWitt and others
American Dreamers

Livingstone gallery presents a group show of American artists who, each in their own right, make us part of the American Dream. These days this utopian vision seems more under pressure than ever. With a worldly view and a social conscience artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Sol LeWitt visualize the notion that this dream should be accessible to everyone. By shipping an entire condemned Detroit house appropriately called The White House to the Art Rotterdam art fair in 2016, Ryan Mendoza showed us that for many the American dream turned into a nightmare. With his Tiger Paintings and his series on The Berlin Wall Kevin Berlin shows us that a social conscience has survived in the artworld. Actually, art seems the only way for the American Dream to survive. Louse Bourgeois said it best: “Art is a guaranty of sanity.”

31 Mar
Artist: Hugo Tieleman
Black Hole Sun

New paintings and installation by Hugo Tieleman

31 Mar
Artist: Hugo Tieleman
Opening exhibition Hugo Tieleman

Opening of our new solo exhibition of Hugo Tieleman. Also opening: American Dreamers, group show.