until 24 Nov
Artists: Ilka Helmig and Johannes Bergerhausen
Missing Scripts

The Unicode Standard 12.1, published in May 2019, encodes more than 137.000 typographic characters covering exactly 150 of the world’s writing systems. It is a major achievement of mankind that all these thousands and thousands of letters are working seamlessly together in any text document and are available on any modern smartphone or computer today.

But what about the ‘Missing Scripts’? There are more than 100 scripts remaining to be encoded in future versions of the Unicode Standard. In this new artistic research project the focus is on the lesser known and even obscure writing systems of mankind and their liaison to culture, art and linguistics.

Johannes Bergerhausen and Ilka Helmig will create a new site specific installation, in the Alphabetum, with more than 70 reference glyphs representing the 70 ‘Missing Scripts’ with new video’, printed matter and a new publication.

until 01 Dec
Artist: Bernice Nauta
Hello Echo

1646 is delighted to present the new installation by Bernice Nauta (b. 1991, lives and works in The Hague). Her exhibition Hello Echo is an exploration of authorship, repetition and plurality within one’s psyche. What does authorship mean when behaviour is often copied? With Hello Echo, Nauta shows a double of the same exhibition at 1646, an echo in and of itself.

In Hello Echo, Nauta acknowledges the plurality of identity(ies), which allows the Self to be approached as something amorphous, a recurring theme in Nauta’s work across the board. In her practice ranging from paintings, drawings, sculptures, publications, spatial installations, music and short films, Nauta works with fictional characters and stories in a deeply personal universe. Figures like Schelm, a detective personified by a drop of water; Skia, a narcissistic shadow; Benny Snouta, an antagonistic heteronym, and Walter, a lie, all have their own personality, biography and meaning.

Nauta also explores the meaning of the figure of the ‘trickster’ in storytelling; a character that cultural critic Lewis Hyde describes as having “no way, no nature, no knowledge. He has the ability to copy the others, but no ability of his own.” As humans are imitators of nature, the trickster could also be seen as “a creature that can adapt itself to a changing world.” The trickster takes in something existing and puts out its own version of it.

“In a way this installation is a form of ‘auto-appropriation’,” Nauta says, “my goal is to create a new situation out of an existing situation, attributing new meaning to an existing image — I appropriate myself to reflect on the authorship of my own practice.”

For the exhibition, Nauta chose to work with three other artists; Maja Klaassens is included with her hyperreal copy of a narcissus flower; Bas de Boer recreates the woodgrain painting on 1646’s front door; Michael Liefinger (a fictional writer and alter-ego of artist Kim David Bots) will write two texts about the exhibition, further complicating the notion of a singular subject and acknowledging relationships of exchange between artists and to question isolated individualities when exhibiting work.

until 01 Dec
Barbara Nanning

The circle has always been an important starting point for Barbara Nanning (b. 1957). Her forms and structures derive from a circular motion that she allows to solidify in glass or ceramics. She has been creating objects and installations in this way for precisely 40 years this year. Featuring twenty pieces by Nanning, the exhibition will illustrate her unique visual idiom that links the organic and the inorganic.

Curated by Languid Hands (Imani Robinson and Rabz Lansiquot)
Towards a Black Testimony

In 'Towards a Black Testimony', the London-based artistic and curatorial duo Languid Hands (comprised of Imani Robinson and Rabz Lansiquot) brings together artists, thinkers, writers, listeners and speakers, wanderers and wonderers, to explore the complexity of Black Testimony. In the exhibition space of Stroom Den Haag, Languid Hands will present their new moving image work 'Towards a Black Testimony: Prayer, Protest, Peace' (commissioned by Jerwood Arts, London, UK).

Drawing on archival imagery, Black geographies, and the dying declarations of Black Martyrs, the 40-minute film examines Black Testimony as obscured, ignored and undermined. This work borrows its subtitle - Prayer, Protest, Peace - from the third track on jazz drummer and composer Max Roach's 1960 album We Insist! which features jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln. Using this composition as the underlying structure for the film itself, Languid Hands presents three chapters or mediations on death and dying and consider the im/possibility of Black Testimony. The script draws from a variety of well and lesser known Black texts, weaving the audience through a performative lecture written and delivered by Imani Robinson and carefully annotated by Rabz Lansiquot's archival exploration.

Opening events Saturday 26 October 2019, 17:00 - 22:00 hrs and Sunday 27 October 2019, 17:00 - 19:30 hrs.

During an interactive public program at Stroom, Languid Hands has commissioned artists to respond to their work in a series of interventions, discussions and performances, with contributions from Shenece Oretha, Rebecca Bellantoni, Zinzi Minott and Black Quantum Futurism. Languid Hands has also invited Deborah Cameron to facilitate a series of workshops with young People of Color, engaging with themes of Black Testimony in the context of The Hague.

Languid Hands is an artistic and curatorial collaboration between DJ, filmmaker and programmer Rabz Lansiquot, and writer, facilitator and live art practitioner Imani Robinson. They began collaborating together in 2015, through their work with the collective sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU), exploring Black and queer studies, Black creative practice, Black liberatory praxis and queer methodologies.

Our House, your Home
Languid Hands is the third guest in the experimental program 'Our House, your Home', in which Stroom Den Haag invites international organizations to take over the exhibition space, to do the things they find most urgent, fitting, or challenging.

'Towards a Black Testimony' is made possible through the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund and the City of The Hague.

until 22 Dec
Artist: Dirk Zoete
So Called Human

Dirk Zoete's solo exhibition has been prolonged through 22 december.

The human figures in the work of Dirk Zoete (1969) often have a theatrical appearance, they wear masks or costumes and are usually on a stage-like space. With that he does not show man literally but rather an archetype or interpretation of the human form, that which we call a human being and recognize as such. In the spatial work they are composed of wood, plaster, metal, textile and wool, dead materials that bring a body to life. Their clothing consists of colored wooden plates, the mask-like heads of cardboard on which woolen threads hang like hair, mustache and beard. They are distant cousins of the suprematistic figures of Kazimir Malevich or the ballet costumes of Oskar Schlemmer. At the same time, Dirk Zoete connects with much older traditions of rituals, parades and carnivalesque in which people adorn themselves with costumes and masks to defy reality.

In the exhibition the visitor has to pass through seven of these figures that hang from the ceiling in the front space of the gallery. In the back room on the central wall is a constellation of masks, images and drawings as you could find Dirk Zoete’s studio. On the other walls large and small drawings are shown in which human figures appear in one form or another. As stylized actors or dancers on stage, small pawns in a village or landscape or as decoration captured within the contours of a vase.

until 31 Dec
Curated by Akiem Helmling
Artist: George Spencer-Brown
Laws of Form

The exhibition Laws of Form celebrates the 50th anniversary of the book of the same name written by English polymath George Spencer-Brown (1923 –2016). The presentation shows the significance of the book for different sciences: sociology, mathematics, logic and philosophy, and explores how it may contribute to new understanding.
Spencer-Brown described himself as a "mathematician, consulting engineer, psychologist, educational consultant and practitioner, consulting psychotherapist, author, and poet". In addition, he was a strong chess player captaining the combined Cambridge and Oxford Universities team, a two-time world record holder as a glider pilot and a sports correspondent for the Daily Express. He led the Cambridge University formation flying team. In other words: a true multi-talent.
When Laws of Form was published in 1969, his peers across the Western world recognized its importance ('a new calculus of great power and simplicity' - Bertrand Russell, ‘a work of genius’ – Stafford Beer in Nature; ‘a Twentieth Century transistorized power-driven equivalent of Occam's razor’ – Heinz von Foerster in The Last Whole Earth Catalog), yet no one felt able to write a comprehensive review of it.
In the most general terms the book has been described as straddling the boundaries between mathematics and philosophy. Echoing the zeitgeist of 1969’s new age spiritualism and the quest for a new consciousness and understanding of reality, Laws of Form was described as a ‘mathematics of consciousness’, defining the most basic element of cognition, i.e. the ability to distinguish, to indicate and to mark.
Up and until today Laws of Form has never been out of print and has retained its enigmatic appeal, continuing to inspire and challenge great thinkers across a wide variety of disciplines.

until 01 Jan
Curated by Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler
Symptom Bauhaus

The exhibition Symptom Bauhaus explores the correlations between consumer and military technology, aerial image and aerial warfare, and between the concepts of 'Nieuwe Bouwen' and the expansionist fantasies of the modernist project, a modernism whose framework was shaped by two world wars heralding a new world order, which Henry R. Luce called 'The American Century' in a 1941 issue of Life Magazine. In this sense, the territorial, political, economic, technological, visual, and communicative networked systems were already established in the United States during the First World War in connection with Fordism and the 'free economy', to which Western Europe aligned itself after 1945. The exhibition is conceived as a series of constellations that interrelate historical and contemporary documents and materials from various contexts. With works by Daniel G. Andújar, John Barker / László Vancsa, Herbert Bayer, Ella Bergmann-Michel, Fernando Bryce, Muriel Cooper, Die neue Linie, Charles and Ray Eames, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Jan Peter Hammer, Helmut Heienbüttel, Alexander Kluge, Les Groupes, Medvedkin / Colette Magny, El Lissitzky, Mona Mahall / Asli Serbest, László Moholy-Nagy, Ernst Neufert, Joost Schmidt, Lisa Rave, Herman Sörgel and others.

until 05 Jan
Curated by Melchior Jaspers & Julia Mullié
Artists: Daniel van Straalen and Wim T. Schippers
7 year old me

The sensitivity towards language, humour and the banality of the everyday are central topics in the exhibition 7 year old me. Nest shows Wim T. Schippers and Daniël van Straalen in a unique collaboration. In a playful, but serious manner, they attach value to seemingly worthless things. By disrupting existing, albeit invisible codes, the artists throw you back onto your own intuition, in which the anti-climax triumphs.

In the run-up to the exhibition, Schippers and Van Straalen are in frequently in contact. They have written, challenged each other and together they have broken their heads about all kinds of questions. 7 year old me shows new and familiar work by both artists.

until 05 Jan
Richard Learoyd

In collaboration with Fundación MAPFRE, this autumn The Hague Museum of Photography will host a major solo exhibition of work by Richard Learoyd (b. 1966, Nelson, UK). Learoyd produces portraits, landscapes and still lifes that are closely related to painting. He creates his life-size photographs using a camera obscura that he built himself, so there are no negatives. This means that, as in painting, each picture is a unique artwork.

until 12 Jan
Artist: Anouk Kruithof

Transformagic is a solo exhibition by Anouk Kruithof in which she translates her artist's book and also sculptural object ‘Automagic’ into an exhibition at Heden. It concerns a selection of flat photographic images from her book ‘Automagic’. The photos are printed on flexible materials such as paper, PVC and Plexiglas and are combined with three-dimensional found objects. In this way they are transformed into fascinating installations. In the exhibition Transformagic, Kruithof takes the viewer on a journey of discovery into the infinite possibilities of the medium of photography and a trip to wonderful places of her nomadic existence.

Artist: Jan Van Den Dobbelsteen
The limits of borderlines marginality margins and peripheries

From 17 November until 26 January 2020 PARTS Project presents the work of interdisciplinary artist Jan Van Den Dobbelsteen. He will present the installation ‘The limits of borderlines marginality margins and peripheries’, created especially for the context and space of PARTS Project. Point of departure is his position as an artist: in medias res. The work is part of his all-encompassing search for the essence of things, spaces, and sounds. In this search, a linear narrative lacks as each question raises another.

The rich and unique oeuvre of Jan Van Den Dobbelsteen (Aalst-Waalre, 1954) spans four decades. At the core of his work lie his metaphysical ideas about the hidden powers in all matter. In his search for the fundamental, he does not limit himself to certain materials, mediums, or disciplines. His body of work includes a.o. music, paintings, sound experiments, video art, and architecture.

On the occasion of the exhibition Jan Van Den Dobbelsteen releases a 10 inch record as a limited edition on his own label, Cosmic Volume. It will accompany the project publication.

Artist: Emma Talbot
Sounders of the Depths

From drawings and sculptures to textile and sound: the faceless women created by Emma Talbot (b. 1969) take many forms. Talbot’s multimedia work explores human existence as a dreamlike, sometimes oppressive experience somewhere between the conscious and the subconscious, the everyday and the mythical. Poetry, light materials, flowing lines and decorative patterns are all distinctive elements of her work. Sounders of the Depths at GEM is Talbot’s first solo museum show outside her native United Kingdom.

until 16 Feb
Artist: Tehching Hsieh
Time — Life

What is time? What is art? And how do we, human beings, relate to life? These are questions that occupy all of us, and weirdly enough we hardly ever dwell upon them. Performance artist Tehching Hsieh has devoted his life to the visualization of the intangible. For him, art is formed by life itself. ‘Art is not a career, not a profession, art is my life.’

For the world-famous Marina Abramović, the artist Tehching Hsieh is an example and ‘the master’. West is very proud to be able to present his work in the Netherlands for the first time. In a few offices on the ground floor of the former American embassy, his work will be exhibited continuously for a whole year. In April, Tehching Hsieh will come to The Hague for a personal lecture and some ‘Encounters’.

Artist: Rob van Koningsbruggen
Rob van Koningsbruggen – Paintings 2003 – 2019

Rob van Koningsbruggen (b. 1948, The Hague) has had a major museum exhibition every decade since the 1970s. The last one – a grand retrospective – was at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in 2002. This autumn, in collaboration with the artist, the Gemeentemuseum will be presenting an exhibition covering the period 2003-2019.

‘Nowadays Rob van Koningsbruggen occupies a lonely position in the Dutch art world, as his paintings scale unique heights in terms of their colour and form’, says director Benno Tempel. Many of the paintings in the exhibition will be on display for the first time. ‘Every time you look at Van Koningsbruggen’s paintings is a memorable experience. At first you’re taken aback, then they get under your skin, and you can’t get them out of your mind.’

Van Koningsbruggen uses lots of colour in his abstract paintings, which features shapes like circles, rectangles and funnels. He generally works on several paintings at the same time. ‘I make a painting, and then I see a shape emerge’, he says. ‘I transfer the shape to another canvas and continue there. Then I leave the other painting for six months. Sometimes I’m working on ten paintings at once. They’re patients, you know, you have to make them better. And then I suddenly have a colour on my brush and I look at the other painting and think: yeah. So I play the paintings off against each other.’

Van Koningsbruggen became famous in the 1970s with his slide paintings, which he made by applying paint to the canvas and then sliding a second canvas over it. His recent work partly refers back to these earlier works.

Rob van Koningsbruggen studied at the Royal Academy of Art and the Vrije Academie in The Hague. His body of work consists of paintings, drawings and knitted art.

21 Nov – 19:00 – 23:00
Artist: Bernice Nauta
Background Evening: Hello Echo

Accompanying each solo exhibition, 1646 asks the artist to develop the content for a Background Evening. The Background Evenings nurture a direct interaction between the audience and the artists in an event based on discussion and exchange.

This time, during the run of her exhibition Hello Echo, The Hague-based artist Bernice Nauta will provide the Background Evening and we have another surprise lined up!

Artist: Lisa Robertson
The Baudelaire Fractal: reading by Lisa Robertson

The first artist's books were made by poets. With its upcoming program, Page Not Found pays tribute to the interplay between visual arts, poetry and publishing by inviting poets and artists to share their work alike. This evening, organised in collaboration with KABK Master Artistic Research, will see acclaimed poet Lisa Robertson read from her upcoming novel, The Baudelaire Fractal. Robertson’s poetry is known for its subversive engagement with the classical traditions of Western poetry and philosophy, combining avant-garde techniques with classical poetic concerns and traditional literary touchstones while eschewing both conventional poetic forms and lyrical directness in favour of an elliptical and philosophical approach.

Lisa Robertson (born July 22, 1961) is a Canadian poet, essayist and translator. Robertson studied at Simon Fraser University (1984–1988) before becoming an independent bookseller (1988–1994). Since 1995 she has been a freelance writer and teacher. Her many essays on the contemporary visual arts, published in gallery and museum catalogues since the mid-1990s, are collected in her 2003 book Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture. In 2006, Robertson was a judge of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Holloway poet-in-residence at UC Berkeley. From 2007 to 2010 she taught at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In Fall 2010 she was writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In Spring 2014 she was the Bain Swigget lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University. In 2018 she received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts C.D. Wright Award. Her first novel, The Baudelaire Fractal, will be published by Coach House Books in 2020.

23 Nov – 4 PM – 6 PM
Artist: Ton Kraayeveld
Opening exhibition LABYRINTH

The title ‘LABYRINTH’ derives from one of the paintings in this solo exhibition by Ton Kraayeveld. In that eponymous work there are prominently some words relating to the concepts of space and time. Kraayeveld's work refers to an unmistakably retro-futuristic character.

This title does not refer to a classic maze, where the walker is apparently led to a specific point or to the exit. Rather, it should be understood as a metaphor for an imaginary space with unexpected views and vistas, which invites to reflection.

Language and text are explicitly present in some of the works shown. As a viewer you are invited to wander through this anachronistic labyrinth, sometimes as a "Vincent in China", then again to end up with "now-here" or "nowhere".

23 Nov 21 Dec
Artist: Ton Kraayeveld

The title ‘LABYRINTH’ derives from one of the paintings in this solo exhibition by Ton Kraayeveld. In that eponymous work there are prominently some words relating to the concepts of space and time. Kraayeveld's work refers to an unmistakably retro-futuristic character.

This title does not refer to a classic maze, where the walker is apparently led to a specific point or to the exit. Rather, it should be understood as a metaphor for an imaginary space with unexpected views and vistas, which invites to reflection.

Language and text are explicitly present in some of the works shown. As a viewer you are invited to wander through this anachronistic labyrinth, sometimes as a "Vincent in China", then again to end up with "now-here" or "nowhere".

29 Nov 23 Feb
Artist: Richard Niessen
The Typotectural Suite

From towers built from language to a readable city, and from letters as a map to a brick alphabet, in 'The Typotectural Suite' (an important 'space' in The Palace of Typographic Masonry) language solidifies into immutable structures, playful boxes of blocks and habitable capitals that are registered in a spatial library.

08 Dec – 15:00 – 17:30
Artist: Warffemius
book launch Warffemius – sculpture

book launch Warffemius sculpture

Artist: Warffemius
book launch Warffemius – sculpture