Everyone Wants to Go Home

Artist: Norbert Schwontkowski

Norbert Schwontkowski (1949-2013) is perhaps one of Germany’s best kept secrets. Yet these days his poetic work is gradually attracting more and more admirers outside his homeland. Inspired by Zen Buddhism, which he discovered on trips to Asia, he would seek the aesthetic of the moment, creating work that seems to touch upon a story, without ever telling us how it ends. Sometimes his paintings have a deep existential theme, and sometimes they present absurd situations from daily life, like a man rifling through the fridge in the middle of the night, looking for something to still his rumbling stomach.

But the subject is always an individual in search of enlightenment and inspiration in a grim world. Thanks to Schwontkowski’s dry humour his work is never depressing, however. He often prepared by making quick pen sketches in the sketchbook he always carried with him. Everyone Wants to Go Home brings together some 80 paintings and over 40 sketchbooks from international collections, and has been created in collaboration with Kunstmuseum Bonn and Kunsthalle Bremen, where it was shown previously.

Until 24 January
Stadhouderslaan 41

Guide

exhibition
until 16 May

Face

Zhang Shujian
Parts Project
exhibition
until 30 May

Out and About

Various Artists
NEST
exhibition
until 13 June

Plankenkoorts

Jacqueline de Jong
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
exhibition
until 13 June

Beer & Teddy

Helena van der Kraan
Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 15 August

Upaya

Mickey Yang
KM21
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 03 October

Papier en Licht

Popel Coumou
Fotomuseum Den Haag
West Den Haag
West Den Haag
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