In 2018, Art The Hague, the quirky contemporary art fair, will surprise art lovers as well as collectors with works by international top artists. With a strong selection of 52 galleries the regular ‘line up’ of Art of The Hague can be defined as worthwhile. Next to renowned galleries like Galerie Ramakers, Livingstone Gallery and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, young galleries like Twelve Twelve gallery, Hoorn & Reniers and Kers Gallery will be participating in the fair. Torch Gallery (Amsterdam) will be showing a solo presentation of the works of art icon Philip Akkerman. The fringe programme of Art The Hague includes an exhibition of works on paper, lectures on contemporary art and guided tours to leading art collections in the The Hague region.
Filosofie in Den Haag and Nest invited writer and philosopher Grâce Ndjako for a lecture due to the exhibition ‘Language is the only homeland’. Grâce Ndjako studied in Amsterdam and Paris. She wrote her thesis about the conditions of possibility of an original African philosophy. Some post-colonial philosophers want to liberate philosophical thinking from Western influences, but inspire their theories on Western philosophers to do so. Grâce Ndjako seeks other ways. Currently she organizes master classes in African philosophy together with the National Institute of Dutch Slavery Past and Heritage (NiNsee). In her lecture she delves deeper into the relationship between language and cultural identity.
The lecture is in Dutch
For Hoogtij#54, Page Not Found invites you to discover the work of the third year students of the Graphic Design department of the KABK. An archive of communication tools they collectively assembled has now been turned into a collection of books, each edited and designed by a student. During this special evening, the archive is once again being brought to life through an ongoing live broadcasting of the collection. On top of that, the books will be on display, and available for purchase. Don’t miss this unique occasion!
Presentations by young art and culture professionals
Fifteen young, ambitious cultural professionals will be working on the theme of the exhibition 'Language is the only homeland' and what it means to be multilingual. During this process they will be supervised by Ricardo Burgzorg, cultural entrepreneur in The Hague. On 29 September, they will present the results of their research.
Afterwards at 16.00 hours a lecture will take place by author Mohammed Benzakour. His most recent publication, 'Tien op een ezel', is about the Berber proverbs and sayings of his parents, which he wrote down in order to save them for generations to come.
A love letter imbued with perfume of a holiday sweetheart or a singing birthday card of your great-aunt: a handwritten message in the letterbox is so much more valuable than a thumbs up.
Nevertheless, in recent years PostNL has removed more than 10,000 letterboxes because we have started to write less. With three different workshops, given by literary enlightened spirits, Nest and art magazine Mister Motley pay tribute to the written letter during Museumnacht.
20.30 - 21.00 Lecture / workshop by Amnesty International
Amnesty International is fighting, among other things, for the rights of political prisoners. With 'Write For Rights', letters are collected that are written to people who have been imprisoned for years and for whom it remains necessary to draw attention to their case. Amnesty International talks about the concept and, together with the participants, writes and sends letters to these prisoners.
21.30 - 22.00 Message in a bottle with Maurits de Bruijn
Sending bottles is a way of communicating that was once used by sailors. They threw a cry or call in a bottle into the sea, hoping it would wash up somewhere and reach a reader. Participants in this workshop describe their cry for help in life. They are being guided in this by Maurits de Bruijn. At night, the bottle post is thrown into the sea and from there it follows its own course.
22.30 - 23.00 Sexting workshop on paper with Maartje Wortel
A spicy photo is forwarded just like that, but how do you seduce your (secret) lover in the written word? In this hot steam course, Maartje Wortel teaches you the ins and outs of writing about longing and sex.
At the occasion of Museumnacht, Page Not Found will screen a selection of works in which artists extend their visual work into a publication. In these cases the publication serves either as a libretto to accompany the video or a play or is seen as a symbiotic graphic production. The selection will feature works by Guy de Cointet (FR, 1934-1983), Felix Salut (1973, DE/NL) John Hey (USA, 1967), Studio Laumes (BE), and others. Next to the video screening, the audience will be able to get acquainted with the related publications installed in a special vitrine designed by Ola Vasiljeva (1981,NL/LV).
Crank up the volume and get the party started!
The playlist as a work of art, with sounds from the seventies to yesterday. Groovy and rough. DJ's spinning the latest rap, hot soul, cool jazz, fiery funk music from the front lines of the Black Revolution.
The exhibition LE SUD is composed with Belgian artists or at least artists who are based in Belgium with their artistic practice. We are talking about Johan De Wit, Nicolas Lamas, Gert Scheerlinck, Rein Dufait, Katleen Vinck and Johan Gelper.
Belgium is obviously a connecting factor, but there is more to it. Despite a certain unity in the works, they distinguish themselves from each other in engagement towards materiality and subject matter. The artists often work with raw or manufactured materials that are used or reused. There is nothing fast about their processes and nothing is necessarily certain. It can succeed or fail, until the momentum where the artwork becomes itself, autonomously. Interpreters have often adapted this kind of 'practice' to that of poets and there is a certain truth in that. The carefully chosen words, building lines and verses; there is no excess but rather a meager economy.