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

Galerie Ramakers
NEST
Stroom Den Haag
exhibition
until 08 August

Tarwe en Walnoot

Jani Rusica
1646
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exhibition
until 15 August

Upaya

Mickey Yang
KM21
West Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 05 September

Bob Bonies

Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 03 October

Papier en Licht

Popel Coumou
Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 24 October

Fire, Fire, Fire!

Bas van Beek
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
West Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
West Den Haag
exhibition
until 06 February

Façade

Igor Mitoraj
Museum Beelden aan Zee
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