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Curated by Christie van der Haak
Artists: Anya Belyat Giunta, Christie van der Haak, David Pedraza, Diederik Gerlach, Elise Hageman, Ellen van Dijk, Harold de Bree, Helene Penninga, Katia Borghesi, Marcel Zalme, Marjolijn van der Meij, Peter Vos, Pim Piët, Reinoud van Vught and Theun Govers
Different than Usual

For decades, the so-called White Cube, the immaculate white and sterile exhibition space, was an ideal for museums and galleries to show and celebrate art in an almost sacral way. In Anders dan Anders (Different than Usual), Christie van der Haak (1950) is consciously contradicting this by setting up two u-shaped cabinets in the gallery and covering the walls in her outspoken patterns, which are also applied to the floor in vinyl.

In the cabinets artworks are presented by other artists that she admires and finds interesting. Although diverse, the common thread in the work of these artists is a pronounced depiction and a clearly articulated image. Christie van der Haak sees her contribution as creating conditions, she aims to react to the guest artists’ work in her patterns thus creating a spectacular ensemble.

The invited artists are: Anya Belyat Giunta (F), Katia Borghesi, Harold de Bree, Ellen van Dijk, Diederik Gerlach, Theun Govers, Elise Hageman, Nynke Koster, Marjolijn van der Meij, Jos de l’Orme, David Pedraza, Helene Penninga, Pim Piët, Peter Vos, Reinoud van Vught and Marcel Zalme.

Artists: Bob Eikelboom, Charlott Weise, Dan Walwin, Deborah Bowmann, Emma van der Put, Eva Giolo, Nadia Guerroui, Ricardo van Eyk, Salim Bayri and Sharon van Overmeiren

Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart (1899 - 1962) was one of the first artists of the twentieth century to create an abstract body of work. He is also remembered in the form of this award – a major European prize designed to encourage young artists. The Vordemberge-Gildewart Award is now back in the Netherlands after an absence of twenty years. Ten artists from the Netherlands and Belgium have been nominated: Salim Bayri, Deborah Bowmann, Bob Eikelboom, Ricardo van Eyk, Eva Giolo, Nadia Guerroui, Sharon van Overmeiren, Emma van der Put, Dan Walwin and Charlott Weise. Their work can be seen at GEM museum of contemporary art from 22 February.

Curated by Dirk D'herde
Artist: Werner Cuvelier
Werner Cuvelier, 1970 and beyond

In the early 1970’s Werner Cuvelier (1939, Jabbeke, Belgium) became one of the leading conceptual artists of his generation in Belgium. He came into prominence by producing a series of works – conceptualized as research – that sought to turn into visual form the « objective » data and statistical relationships that underlie the mechanics of cultural production, distribution and exchange. His ultimate goal was not the production of an image per se but, rather, the deconstruction through visual representations of the quantitative relationships behind what he called « the problem of art ».
He developed a unique artistic strategy for the organization, cataloguing and inventory of all kinds of objective data which he employed to reveal the ultimately subjective and arbitrary nature of human events. These data were presented in diagrams, book editions, photographic series or notes.
In the 1980’s, Cuvelier’s work turned towards a more painterly representation of geometric and arithmetical relationships as pure minimalist indexes. In a rich production of drawings, paintings, sculptures and conceptual works, Cuvelier moved away from his research into the mechanisms of the human world focusing, rather, on the conceptual relationships behind such mathematical constructions as the golden ratio or the Fibonacci series.
In his recent works he returns to the ‘real’ world from which he presents the objective data in a pure painterly way which, surprisingly, often reveals their underlying socio-political structures.

Artist: Eddy Posthuma de Boer
Eddy Posthuma de Boer

“I’m searching for the world as it really is.”

Fotomuseum Den Haag presents a major exhibition of work by living legend, Eddy Posthuma de Boer (1931). A contemporary of Ed van der Elsken and Johan van der Keuken, he is one of the most important living representatives of humanist photography in the Netherlands. His great love of travelling has enabled him to record human life in more than eighty countries. He has focused his camera on all aspects of the human condition, zooming in on drama as well as humour. His images has been published in newspapers and magazines such as Het Parool, De Volkskrant, Time, Life , Paris Match, Avenue and Holland Herald, and compiled into numerous photo books.

until 10 May
A.R. Penck

A.R. Penck (1939-2017) was one of the German artists who, after the Second World War, paved the way for a new artistic mindset. Today he is known above all for his Streichholzmännchen (‘matchstick men’): figures with limbs resembling rakes, generally surrounded by pictograms, numbers and letters. Penck’s crudely rendered visual idiom reflects his distaste for cultural and political systems, but there is also an inquiring and intuitive aspect to it. His work will be explored in an extraordinary retrospective featuring almost two hundred works, including paintings and drawings that have rarely been shown.

Artist: Mattia Denisse
Theodore’s Dream

In twenty-two rooms, Mattia Denisse brings different stories together. By linking drawings and graphic images to separate words and short texts, the artist creates a world of his own. Colourful and absurd. Each time different connections are made between science, philosophy, personal perception and fantasy. In a series of book covers by an imaginary publisher, site-specific wall drawings, hundreds, sometimes very humorous, drawings and a sound work, Denisse shows the elasticity of his and our imagination.

until 31 May
Curated by Akiem Helmling
Free Emoji

With Free Emoji, the Alphabetum is investigating the contemporary status of writing after the emergence of emoji. Technically, there is no difference between typing an emoji (like 😀) and the letter A. In both cases, typing refers to a specific meaning which is defined by a unique Unicode code-point. The former causes an emoji graphic to be displayed, the latter, the graphic shape of a letter A. Behind the scenes, the similarities maintain. Each unicode character has its own textual human readable description, so 😀 will be Grinning Face (Unicode U+LF600) and A will be LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A (Unicode U+0041). For any device, they are both graphics, shapes defined by Bézier curves, and possibly colours.

Artist: Lucassen
Lucassen – The Joy of Painting

In art, a romantic landscape traditionally evokes melancholy and stimulates the imagination, with dense forests and inhospitable mountains interspersed by serene meadows, all rendered with technical skill, often for maximum effect. Dutch artist Lucassen (b. 1939) put an entirely different twist on the concept in 1965 when he painted a flat image of a palm tree, mountains and a setting sun, and used a Mondrianesque fragment to introduce a strong note of irony. Romantic Landscape with Palm Tree is quintessential Lucassen: defiant, uncompromising and provocative. It was recently donated to Kunstmuseum Den Haag and will shortly feature in Lucassen – The Joy of Painting.

Artist: Cesare Pietroiusti
A Variable Number of Things

From mid-February, the artist Cesare Pietroiusti will succeed the Taiwanese artist Tehching Hsieh with the second one-year-long exhibition. This exceptional exhibition model is reserved for prominent artists with a distinctly exemplary role. Just like in the work of Hsieh, Pietroiusti is not focused on art as an object, but on life itself as a form of art. Since 1977, Pietroiusti has built up a very impressive oeuvre with a continuous flow of presentations. At West he will show a monthly changing selection of his works in the ‘corner offices’ of the former American embassy. Varying from early works and ‘artworks to be ashamed of’ to works that have never been shown or are new.

03 Apr 17 May
Artist: Agnes Scherer
The Salty Testament

Agnes Scherer will present her solo-exhibition, The Salty Testament, from April 3rd at 1646. (There will be no opening, but operetta performances, please visit the 1646 website to make reservations)

The exhibition reimagines the narrative of the New Testament to take place under water. This drastic and somewhat absurd relocation serves to reconsider bit-by-bit the biblical content down to its details. Following the example of the Chinese wonderflower or Rose of Jericho, the “irrigation” of the narrative encourages it to unfurl into a liberated, more florid version of itself. 
Step into a horizontal abyss inhabited by a mysterious triton, the Christ of the Seven Seas. With his charisma he targets a group of pearl divers who, with each new dive, follow him further down into the depts. The further they follow him, the lower on oxygen they are as they observe the wonders and revelations presented by their fishy Master and it becomes increasingly difficult to tell if what they experience is real.

IMPORTANT: This exhibition will not have a regular opening/vernissage. Instead, there will be slots for visitors to see the operetta that Agnes Scherer has developed for 1646 on April 3rd and 4th. Please RSVP for a seat to view the operetta in the slots listed on the 1646 website. Each performance slot will be open for 30 visitors at a time. From the 5th, the exhibition will be on view during regular opening times

Artist: Navid Nuur
Navid Nuur – I am because of you
05 Apr 03 May
Artists: Dan Zhu, Martin Assig, Ronald Versloot and Tobias Gerber
Drawing Now

In Drawing Now four artists participate, arcadic but at the same time mysterious landscapes by Ronald Versloot, new works of Martin Assig from his St. Paul series. Both artists have just been presented by Galerie Maurits van de Laar at the Drawing Now Paris art fair. Tobias Gerber (D) made a series of gouaches titled 'Aus der schwarzen Kiste' (From The Black Trunk) in which you look out of a dark trunk through a keyhole. In the pawn-like recess you see landscapes in which man has intervened in one way or another. Dan Zhu debutes at the gallery, she shows detailed and delicate scenes in which nature is presented in a stage like setting.

Artist: Kati Heck
Kati Heck – Haruck d’orange

German-born Antwerp-based artist Kati Heck (b. 1979) is regarded as one of the heirs of German expressionism. Her work recalls the bars, dancers and actors depicted by Otto Dix and George Grosz, and is also reminiscent of the Old Masters. With humour and a sense of absurdity she dissects the world around her, recreating it as a universe entirely of her own making. Any search for a clear narrative in her paintings, sculpture and films will be in vain. Heck provides no certainty, leaving everything up to our imaginations.

26 Apr 31 May
Artists: Andre Kruysen, Auke de Vries, Guido Geelen, Joncquil, Reinier Lagendijk, Reinoud Oudshoorn, Sjoerd Buisman, Warffemius and others
sculpture garden

een verzameling van beelden om door heen te wandelen, zoals schaakstukken opgesteld in de ruimte

02 May 06 Jun
Artists: Henri Wagner, Hidenori Mitsue and Philippe van Gele
What If

An exhibition by Henri Wagner, Philippe van Gele and Hidenori Mitsue

The Ongoing Conversation #7, is the seventh edition of the long term collaboration between the Master Artistic Research (MAR) of the Royal Academy of Art The Hague and 1646.

In the Ongoing Conversation, the team of 1646 spends two and a half months conducting studio visits with the participating students of the MAR, guiding the process of developing new work for this collaborative project. The conversations allows the team and students to work towards a final outcome together and take the diversity of unrelated practices into consideration. Each year’s edition has taken a different form, from a series of solo exhibitions, to an elaborated one-day event with an extensive program of performances including external locations, to a more familiar group exhibition in-house.

Participants this year are:

Mazen Alashkar
Esther Arribas Rovira
Leonie Brandner
Georgie Brinkman
Serene Hui
Lena Longefay
Giath Taha
Juliana Martinez Hernandez
Daphne Monastirioti
Hugo Plagnard

Curated by Akiem Helmling
Alphabetum VII: Writing Writing

Writing Writing embodies six manifestations of expanded approaches to 'writing', demonstrating and explaining the way each contributor says 'yes, and...?' Writing Writing is an exhibition of new work by six individuals who work in multiple modes of creative production, notably as researchers, designers, educators, writers, artists, and critics.

Each explores various juxtapositions of the connotative and the denotative through writing (e.g: literature) and writing (e.g.: composition). Each conjures lyrical/poetic form in both the text and how it is composed — creating something that is ‘haunted’ (in the sense of Derrida’s “hauntology”) by a sense of the inchoate and the evanescent.

Writing Writing explores the intersection of this work by Matthew Monk, Laura Rossi Garcia, Chris Ro, Randy Nakamura, Gail Swanlund, and Ian Lynam.

07 Jun 19 Jul
Artists: Bob Bonies and Cor van Dijk
Bob Bonies & Cor van Dijk

duo show paintings Bob Bonies & sculptures Cor van Dijk