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Lauren Greenfield – Generation Wealth

What are you really like? And what do gold handbags, gleaming sports cars, glittering jewellery, luxury villas and ‘killer bodies’ have to do with it? For some people, these things are so important to their identity that they go so far as to hire a flashy car in order to show it off on Instagram, in imitation of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and accounts like Rich Kids of London. American photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (b. 1966) has been concerned with the subject of ‘wealth’ for 25 years, portraying both the ‘rich and famous’ and those who do everything in their power to project the same image. The Hague Museum of Photography will be showing Generation Wealth, the first major retrospective of Greenfield’s work. With over 200 photographs and several short films, Generation Wealth promises to be an impressive account of some people’s burning desire to appear wealthy at any price.

Artist: Marc Mulders
Marc Mulders – Flowers and Animals

Marc Mulders’ (b. 1958) studio is a barn in the middle of a field of flowers. As he stands painting in the doorway, bees buzz and butterflies flit around his easel. Mulders calls his garden ‘my own private Giverny’, in reference to the famous gardens of Claude Monet, one of his artistic heroes. His impasto, almost abstract, oil paintings follow the natural world he sees around him. ‘In spring and summer I sniff all the aromas. In the autumn I paint with the echo of all those magnificent flowers in my head. And in winter I’m driven by a longing for the new flowers that will grow in my field’, he says.
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag will pay tribute to Mulders with a small retrospective in the Berlage Room to mark his sixtieth birthday.

until 03 Mar
Curated by Feico Hoekstra
Artist: Ossip Zadkine
Zadkine aan Zee

Who isn't familiar with that bronze figure in Rotterdam with a hole in his body? Sometimes he is called ‘Holey Jan’ or ‘Jan with the hands.’ The sculpture is actually called De Verwoeste Stad (The destroyed city) and is considered worldwide as one of the most successful monuments for victims of the Second World War. Its fame is even so great that many people also know the name of the maker: Zadkine. That is special for a sculpture in the public space. But who was Zadkine? And what else did he make? The ‘Zadkine by the Sea’ exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the oeuvre of this Parisian master of modernism who, together with fellow artists like Picasso, Brancusi and Lipchitz, changed the face of Western sculpture definitively. Special attention is paid to Zadkine’s intimate connection with the Netherlands, where his collectors and clients were often also his friends.

In 2017, museum Beelden aan Zee won the Turing Toekenning II award of €150.000 for its exhibition concept of Zadkine by the Sea.

Ossip Zadkine (1888-1967) is considered among the most important sculptors of the twentieth century. Born in Vitebsk in White Russia, he settled in Paris in 1910. He became acquainted with modern art there and from 1911 started contributing to it himself in stone and wood. Influenced by cubism, he developed his own unique style in the early nineteen-twenties, which would become increasingly dynamic and baroque through the nineteen-thirties. During the Second World War Zadkine remained in exile in the United States, where his reputation only increased. His expressive sculptures from after 1945 show his resilience in endowing the new ideals of the Europe of post-war reconstruction with a unique and new form.

Zadkine was a highly original artist with a clear personal vision which focused on the inextricable bond between man and nature. Through this he represented the role of Orpheus, the mythological poet whose art was able to keep the evil in the world at a distance. It was precisely that meaning which Zadkine, who had endured two world wars, attached to his own art. The exhibition in Beelden aan Zee focuses for the first time on this ideological motivation of the sculptor. Zadkine’s capacity to reinvent himself, time after time, so he could respond to the changing world around him with new forms, distinguishes him as one of the greatest artists of his time.

Artists: Anne Geene and Arjan de Nooy
Anne Geene and Arjan de Nooy – The Universal Photographer

With their humorous, pseudo-scientific work, Anne Geene (b. 1983) and Arjan de Nooy (b. 1965) make their audience look at the world in a new way. They collaborated on the award-winning publication Ornithologie (‘Ornithology’), an alternative bible for birdwatchers. This year Geene’s solo work won the Volkskrant’s art prize and the readers’ prize. The Universal Photographer is about the fictional photographer U. (1955-2010), whom Geene and De Nooy have used to make an ‘encyclopaedia’ of photography. The exhibition of the same name will be on show for the first time this autumn at The Hague Museum of Photography, to coincide with the publication of the book.

until 17 Feb
Artist: Shirin Neshat
Shirin Neshat

Photographic and film artist Shirin Neshat (b. 1957) grew up in Iran, but left at the age of 17 to study art at UC Berkeley in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on the conflict between her own roots and western culture, and the roles of men and women. This autumn her work will be on display at GEM. To Neshat’s delight, the show will run virtually concurrently with Splendour and Bliss. Arts of the Islamic World. From the early series Women of Allah to her more recent films and new photographic work, the selected works will illustrate Neshat’s development since the start of her career.

until 20 Jan
Artists: Joseph Montgomery and Willem Hussem

Joseph Montgomery’s second solo exhibition at the gallery is comprised of shim paintings. Whereas in previous exhibitions his work has combined both soft collage and the hard edges of the shim painting, this exhibition is only built upon the base structure of wedge combinations. This includes an animation in which the protagonist is also constructed from wedges.

Shims are thin pieces of construction material typically used to fill in a gap or as a leveling device and are often made of cedar, a rot resistant type of lumber. They are used in two places in Montgomery’s work, the “shim painting” and the “shim doll”, both of which are composed of articulations of the modular unit. Thus the shim forms the basis of an expressive visual language through repetition and difference. They are present in the application suites and as two tools that allow the artist to compose a doll or painting by displaying all possible iterations given a set of limitations.

The title “Joe” comes from the fact that the artist is called by two names. He is Joe informally and Joseph formally. Similarly, a painting can be named twice or three or four times. Montgomery’s use of multiple aesthetics to construct paintings names painting both as a friendly practice and a strange practice. The play between informal and formal occurs in this new body of work’s use of mirror as a painting material. Collaged within the shims by occupying the interstitial space between the wedges, the reflective surface renders the figure ground relationships ambiguous while giving the decorative nature of the material a more psychological purpose. In the fragmentation of the architecture around the object and the reflection of the viewer’s body in portions, the shim + mirror combination announces a protagonist who is mutable relative to perspective. Similarly, a set of three monochromes appear solid from afar. At an intimate distance, bundled wedges and rectangles undulate under the skin of paint.

In the animation, the shim doll bathes. Based on the Bonnard painting Nude in the Bath (1936), the doll continuously labours to rest amidst two other characters, reflection in the fluid and shadow in the depths.

front space: Willem Hussem (1900 – 1974)
As a prelude to his solo exhibition at Dürst Britt & Mayhew in the spring of 2019 we will show a small selection of works by renowned Dutch artist Willem Hussem (1900-1974) in the front space of the gallery.

As an artist Willem Hussem continually experimented and produced highly diverse works of art, including painting, drawing and sculpture. A constant aspiration towards simplicity and purity underlies his entire oeuvre. This aspiration is closely connected with his need for clear systems of thought. It was in Hegel’s philosophy and Zen Bhuddism that he found the intellectual basis for the universalistic outlook on the world that would determine his thought and work.

Throughout his life Hussem was in search of a manner of working that tied in with his philosophical views. In poetry, he found this in short lyrics, while in art he initially found it in a style that steered a middle path between expressionism and constructivism, and finally in geometrical abstraction.

In 1960 Willem Hussem represented The Netherlands at the Venice Biennial. During his lifetime he had solo exhibitions at Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag, Museum Het Princessehof in Leeuwarden and Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam and participated in major group exhibitions in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He also exhibited twice at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, US.
After Hussem’s death in 1974, the ‘Hussem Committee’, which consisted of influential artists, art historians and museum directors, kept his legacy alive. Retrospectives were mounted at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Centraal Museum in Utrecht and most recently at Museum Belvedere in Oranjewoud.

Hussem’s work is held in many private and public collections, including Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Curated by Roel Arkesteijn
Artist: Nishiko
Nishiko: Repairing Earthquake Project

As part of a series of presentations highlighting promising visual artists, this fall Stroom Den Haag will feature an exhibition of the 'Repairing Earthquake Project', the magnum opus of the Hague-based artist Nishiko (Kagoshima, Japan, 1981). After the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami in March 2011, she visited the Tohoku district in Japan, searching for remaining objects and collecting eye-witness accounts that enable us to experience the aftermath of the disaster first hand. During the project Nishiko repairs and reconstructs the battered objects with great care and tenderness. With their scars they are visual reminders of these historical events. The repaired objects were further granted a second life, as the artist had them adopted by foster parents. The exhibition at Stroom will present the 'Repairing Earthquake Project' for the first time in its entirety.

The exhibition at Stroom not only aims to present the impressive 'Repairing Earthquake Project' to a wider audience. Nishiko's project also enables us to experience a human tragedy. Simultaneously the project bears witness to an ecological crisis. The fact that the sea level is rising dramatically due to man-made climate change, as well as the presence of plastic garbage patches in the Great Pacific, gives the project even more urgency. The 'Repairing Earthquake Project' not only dwells on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, it also reflects upon our common future.

The exhibition and the Stroom School side program will be compiled by guest curator Roel Arkesteijn. He is a curator and author interested in forms of artistic engagement, activism, and art for social change. Since 2008 he has been curator of contemporary art at Museum Het Domein (currently: Museum De Domijnen) in Sittard.

Special thanks to:
The exhibition is made possible through generous support by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Mondriaan Fund and the City of The Hague.

Curated by Vincent van Velsen and Dan Walwin
Artists: Aline Bouvy, Charlott Weise, Dan Walwin, Daniel Jacoby, Evita Vasiljeva, Graham Kelly, Hanae Wilke, Josse Pyl, Kareem Lotfy, Lauren Hall, Machteld Rullens, Magali Reus, Nicola Arthen, Nicolas Pelzer, Nicolas Riis, Pieter van der Schaaf, Rubén Grilo, Sarah Pichlkostner, Saskia Noor Van Imhoff, Urara Tsuchiya and Yvonne Dröge Wendel
Even if it’s Jazz or the Quiet Storm

Sometimes an exhibition is not about just one thing, subject or theme, but rather about individual voices and the relationships they have with each other. Even if it's Jazz or the Quiet Storm establishes open associative connections and does not encourage you to understand, but to keep you going.

until 17 Mar
Artist: Ad Gerritsen
Ad Gerritsen

Dutch artist Ad Gerritsen (1940-2015) painted, above all, people. His images are familiar, yet disturbing and discomfiting. His colourful paintings have a dark undertone and his stylized figures have something grim about them. Gerritsen often holds up a mirror to our world. You may see more of yourself than you want to in his pictures. From December 2018, the Gemeentemuseum presents Gerritsen's finest paintings, plus drawings, graphic work and ceramics.

until 03 Feb
Artists: Azul Andrea, Frank Halmans, Jérôme Touron, Max Fouchy, Reinoud Oudshoorn and others
From the studio!

2 installations and recent works of Dutch and French artists

Artists: Dirk Zoete, Rik Smits and Robbie Cornelissen
This must be the Place

'This must be The Place' focuses on imaginary architecture, a place where the artist can shape and materialize his ideas and fascinations. Rik Smits (1982) draws huge, meticulously detailed cityscapes with highrises and harbours.
In several drawings a cycle of bloom, downfall and regeneration is acted out with statues of mythological creatures. Robbie Cornelissen (1956) is known for his large pencil drawings of libraries, departure halls and public buildings. Man is absent in these architectural fantasies that do not strive to present reality but are conceived rather as mental, inner spaces. Dirk Zoete (1969) draws rural landscapes that contain a system of houses, paddle wheels, barns, people and animals. They point to a desire for a simple, coherent world in which man is self-sufficient and in harmony with nature. Besides drawings there will also be a large three dimensional model of a city by Rik Smits cut out in styropor foam.

until 09 Feb
Curated by Ton Kraayeveld
Artists: Jean Pierre Zoetbrood, Maarten Janssen, Tanya Smit, Ton Kraayeveld and Tonio de Roover
Artist: Aaron van Erp
Drawings 1998-2018

Aaron van Erp (NL/PY) – Drawings 1998-2018

until 08 Mar
Artist: Manfred Schneider
Helio Trope Sleep

Manfred Schneider (D), Helio Trope Sleep, video, drawings, paintings

Artist: Sebastian Gögel
Solo exhibition | Sebastian Gögel

In their first solo exhibition of 2019, Hoorn & Reniers show the paintings and drawings of German artist Sebastian Gögel (Sonneberg, 1978). His works are part of collections like those of Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, where he lives and works.

until 17 Mar
Curated by Maria Rus Bojan
Artist: Paul Neagu

For the first time, Romanian/British artist Paul Neagu (Bucharest, 1938 – London, 2004) exhibits in The Netherlands, at Parts Project! The work of Paul Neagu is widely collected by the most important international museums as well as private collectors from all over the world. Both in his country of origin, Romania, and in England, his adopted country, he was embraced by the professional art world as one of the major conceptual artists of his time. He knew his way around in almost all media and did not restrict his experiments to his activities as a sculptor, painter or as a graphic or performance artist. In addition, he applied all conceivable new techniques that were being discovered in his time, such as 3D installations which often required the participation of the public. In consequence, he is unquestionably regarded as the visual arts pioneer of the 70s and 80s, who approached art from a philosophical rather than from a professional competence perspective. This enabled him to influence a whole generation of British artists like Anthony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread and Anish Kapoor who regarded him as their mentor, rather similar to how he in his turn looked upon Brancusi as his mentor.

Anish Kapoor wrote about Neagu in his necrology in The Guardian: “He was an influential teacher in that he had an international outlook, which was perhaps his main legacy to his students. His intellectual clarity was refreshing in an era when ‘making’ seemed to be more important than ‘thinking”.

His works can be found in public collections including, among others, the British Museum, London, le Fond départemental d'art contemporain, Bobigny, France, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, the Musee Cantonal de Beaux Arts, Lausanne, the National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, the Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, Tate Gallery, London and various private collections worldwide, including The Netherlands.

Artist: Madison Bycroft

In an all encompassing experience of sculpture, film and soundscape in a rhythmically activated environment Madison Bycroft will present the filmJolly Roger and Friends, a 60 minute film and a work of anti-portraiture. The work is “about” not being "about" two female pirates, Mary Read and Anne Bonnie, true historical figures from the 18th Century, who had to 'pass' as male for most of their lives. Inspired by New Narratives (San Francisco) and Theory, A sunday (Canada), two experimental prose groups, she wrote a text that used forms of writing that spoke ‘around’ characters or ‘alongside’ them. The minotaur, a golden institute, aping thespians and a priate mob all proliferate and decentralise the identities of the “main” characters.

For the exhibition at 1646, Madison Bycroft will explore how the unassailable can be written? Gender, subjectivity, identity, forms of relation, eros, ways of thinking the self, representation are all implicated when we communicate. Methodologies for writing outside of logocentric language exist in many forms, from negative theology, to excription, to feminine écriture, to disrecognition, disnarration and disidentification. These will all be investigated as narrative forms in the show.

Bycroft is currently interested in slapstick, deadpan, and the excess and/or annihilation of the performative subject-body, and to work with other “bodies” without capturing, defining or limiting it. Of particular interest is the politics, performance and orientation of humour, and the fool or scape goat, as the target of a joke.

Madison Bycroft, b. 1987, Adelaide/Kaurna Yarta, Australia, is an artist currently based between Paris and Rotterdam. Bycroft is a graduate from the MFA program at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.

26 Jan 03 Mar
Curated by Nadine van den Bosch
Artists: Anatole de Benedictis, Joncquil, Yani Chuang and others
Found Footage

Heden shows a group exhibition with works by Joncquil, Anatole de Benedictis and Yani Chuang. These three artists all work with existing objects as a starting point. By transforming these existing images and placing them in a different context, they create a new visual language. Objects are stripped of their functionality and are given a new role as an autonomous object. The iconic - and sometimes also symbolic - appearance that was originally assigned to these images is transformed into a visual language with accompanying new connotations. Reproduction and repetition also question the value and the aura of the image.

06 Feb 10 Feb
Artist: Mies Olthuis
NRC verbeeld(t)

Almost every day the Dutch newspaper NRC was published, Mies chose an article or a photo from the news. She simply selected what seemed interesting to her, and made a large painting or small drawing, an embroidery or object. You will see a selection of her nearly 200 objects and paintings at the gallery.

Artist: Isabella Rozendaal
Isabella Rozendaal – Isabella Hunts

For more than ten years now, photographer Isabella Rozendaal (b. 1983) has been following hunters in different countries and cultures, from the Netherlands’ Hoeksche Waard to the Amazon. She is driven in this quest by two questions: what is it like to be part of the food chain in an industrialised society, and what does the concept of ‘wilderness’ mean to modern humans?

15 Feb 14 Apr
Artists: Charl Landvreugd, Crystal Z Campbell, Dean Bowen, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Jaro Varga, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Sulaïman Majali and others
History is His Story
Curated by Heske ten Cate
Artists: Arna Mačkić, Charl Landvreugd, Crystal Z Campbell, Dean Bowen, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Jaro Varga, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Pieter Paul Pothoven and Sulaïman Majali
Opening History is His Story

Tentoonstellingsontwerp : Studio L A

They say that history repeats itself
but history is only his story
you haven’t heard my story yet
my story is different from his story
my story is not part of history
because history repeats itself
but my story is endless it never repeats itself
why should it?

- Sun Ra

‘History is His Story’ is een multidisciplinaire tentoonstelling die voortborduurt op de mythische wereld omschreven door muzikant, schrijver en visionair Sun Ra. De tentoonstelling reageert op sociaal-maatschappelijke en politieke fenomenen en laat mythische denkbeelden toe om nuances in geschiedschrijving aan te brengen, of een eerlijker toekomst te visualiseren.

16 Feb 12 May
Artist: Erwin Olaf and others
Erwin Olaf

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and The Hague Museum of Photography are to honour one of the Netherlands’ most famous photographers, Erwin Olaf (b. 1959), with a double exhibition. Olaf, whose recent portraits of the royal family drew widespread admiration, will turn sixty in 2019 – a good moment to stage a major retrospective. The Hague Museum of Photography will focus on Olaf’s love of his craft and his transition from analogue photojournalist to digital image-maker and storyteller. Olaf will himself bring together some twenty photographs by famous photographers of the past who have been a vital source of inspiration to him. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag will show non-commissioned work by Olaf from 2000 to his most recent series, including the work he produced in Shanghai and another series never before seen on public display. Olaf will be showing his photography in the form of installations, in combination with film, sound and sculpture. ‘We will be setting up the galleries in such a way that the exhibition is a journey through my head,’ says Olaf. ‘Visitors will be able to wander through my mind.’

17 Feb 24 Mar
Artist: Ossip

Solo exhibition of OSSIP, an overview from the last 10 years.

17 Feb 17 Mar
Curated by Nare Eloyan
Artists: Christie van der Haak, Elmar Trenkwalder, Jakup Ferri, Nare Eloyan and Zeger Reyers
Tomb of the Ordinary Man

Tomb of the Ordinary Man is an exhibition curated by Nare Eloyan who focuses on the object quality of artworks. She paints on ceramic vases that she finds in second-hand shops, viewing them as material that is offered to her by the urban environment. By painting on them she connects her art with society as it were. Nare Eloyan will invite several artists to create a room that can be perceived as a tomb or a treasure room, not for kings of pharao's but for the ordinary man. Besides her own vases and drawings the tomb will contain textile and glass works by Christie van der Haak, ceramic sculptures by Elmar Trenkwalder, embroidered and patched tapestries by Jakup Ferri and ceramic monkeys by Zeger Reyers.

17 Feb 17 Mar
Artist: k o o s flinterman
portetten van sculptuur

Koos Flinterman makes portraits of sculptures. He portrays sculptures of ARP, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Picasso. He attempts to understand these works by viewing, selecting and then react.

His paintings become objects through his way of working. His works, like the sculptures he selects, often have an opening in the canvas. Koos hereby examines the absence of the form and makes it just as important as the presence. The viewer becomes aware of the volume of empty space, and the powerful resonance this can create. Also in the way he applies the paint on his canvasses, he gives the paintings a sculptural feel. The acrylic paint and modeling paste is also deliberately applied with templates, with the same precision as the sculptures get their shape.

02 Mar 30 Mar
Curated by Marcel Wesdorp
Artists: Gerco de Ruiter, Marcel Wesdorp, Rob Verf, Robin Kolleman and Ron van der Ende
Continuous Diversity
02 Mar 02 Jun
Artist: Helen Dowling
Helen Dowling

British artist Helen Dowling (b. 1982) uses a multitude of images that she has found, downloaded or made herself to create associative worlds that border on abstraction. Her atmospheric films play with rhythm, colour and sound, presenting an alienating view of our universe. From heavenly bodies to wandering humans, images appear in apparently random succession, creating hypnotic stories with no linear plot. The show at GEM will be Dowling’s first solo exhibition in a museum, and it will combine several video works and sculptures to create a total installation.

16 Mar 18 Aug
Artist: Maria van Kesteren
Maria van Kesteren

The material and the hand of the maker are barely discernible in the minimalist objects of Maria van Kesteren (b. 1933). The execution is perfect, down to the smallest detail, the result of her years of devotion to the craft of woodturning. The Gemeentemuseum will pay tribute to this artist to mark her 85th birthday