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Artist: Marcel Wesdorp
Heart of Emptiness

Overzicht tentoonstelling met werken uit 2005-2019

Artists: Hieke Luik and Ien Lucas
Ien Lucas & Hieke Luik – Happy New Year

duoshow with recent paintings of Ien Lucas and new sculptures and drawings of Hieke Luik

until 16 Feb
Artists: Diederik Gerlach and Tobias Gerber
Kunsthalle

KUNSTHALLE
The title of the exhibition is an Ironic reference to the Kunsthalle, a huge exhibition hall where curators elaborate upon their concepts and visions on art. In their own Kunsthalle at the gallery, Diederik Gerlach (1956) and Tobias Gerber (1961) present work on paper, videos and plaster drawings. Diederik Gerlach's (1956) approaches art from the perspective of play, quoting Friedrich Schiller: ‘er ist nur da ganz Mensch wo er spielt.’ / '..he is only completely man where he plays..' His work is narrative, partly autobiographic, using memories, experiences and photos form 1950's magazines Gerlach constructs a new interpretation of reality. Amongst the works on paper is a series about the adventures of the character Paul Boon, of which also a video was made in collaboration with Eric de Vries.
Tobias Gerber (1961) recently made a series of so called plaster drawings. First he scratches an image of for instance a landscape or human figure in a slab of clay on which plaster is cast. After setting and separating from the clay the drawings are visible in bas relief on the plaster. They are a kind of ghost drawings that subtly emerge from the white surface.

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: 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.

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.

until 01 Mar
Curated by Joost Bergman
Artists: Adriaan Rees and Zoro Feigl
The White Album

Sculptor Adriaan Rees (b. Amsterdam, 1957) splits his time between Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Jingdezhen, China. Rees’ portfolio includes a variety of materials and techniques. He has worked in ceramics, bronze, plaster, glass, textiles and stone, as well as photographs, films, installations and individual objects. From the very beginning, Rees has worked on major works of art designed for public spaces. Cooperation has always played a prominent role in the large-scale sculptural projects that he has directed for municipalities and provinces worldwide.

Rees first studied to be a physiotherapist, preparing his with an excellent background in human anatomy. In 1992, however, he completed a course at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Rees has remained a staple of the artistic community, appearing in museums, galleries and the public space, ever since. Projects in Dutch cities such as Amsterdam, Leiderdorp and Gouda are interspersed with solo exhibitions at the Frans Hals Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Kampen and the Princessehof in Leeuwarden, as well as shows in Japan and Korea.

Around the year 2000, Rees focused his attention on the culture and art techniques of the East. In Japan, he studied at the prestigious Tokenomori Institute for Ceramic Studies (Shigaraki) and in the INAX Lab (Tokoname). Because of this, he is very skilled in Japanese ceramics and well acquainted with their production techniques. Rees' predilection for the East is not limited to Japan. He spends almost half of his year in his studio in Jingdezhen, the center of the Chinese porcelain industry. In China, as in Japan, the age-old tradition of ceramics is still alive and kicking. This has made a lasting impression on Rees, who uses much of the same technology and materials.

Ceramics are ideally suited for the outdoor space. Adriaan Rees truly uses ceramics as a sculptor's material; producing sculpture and larger objects. These works can function in the public space as works of art, decorative art, or as monuments.

The White Album consists of several sections that can be seen in the Cabinet and the surrounding spaces. There are three chapters: the white section, the head section, and the Wanderlust section. These parts are most interesting when taken all together, rather than in a singular context, and examined in terms of art history and topicality. It begins in the centrally located Cabinet, which is completely white. The images and space are white. This world of gaseous whiteness refers to the Gipsotecca in the museum as well as the white plaster sculptures so popular in the salons of the nineteenth century.

On the North Patio, there is a presentation of wall plinths with figures of heads. The Dutch have a word for these sorts of interestingly exaggerated facial expressions associated with costumed stock characters: 'tronies'. These sculptures are portraits of emotion and feeling. These works are in some cases abstract or curious in shape, in bright colors or earth tones, or capture something of the difficult to define world of emotions that is present in us. In addition, two large sculptures made especially for this exhibition will be featured in the open space.

The corridors are filled with images related to Wanderlust, that old feeling of unrest, the desire to discover the world and the “unheimische” that still occupies an important place in our culture. Rees draws from German Romanticism and the oeuvre of famous painter Caspar David Friedrich to discuss large themes and issues, such as our place in nature or feelings of belonging somewhere. By living permanently both in the Netherlands and in China, Rees knows what it means to feel at home and displaced in several worlds. This discourse is reflected in his oeuvre, manifesting as an ongoing investigation into culture and nature, into feelings of 'being at home' and continuing to travel, and, of course, an investigation into one’s own origin and sources.

For Adriaan Rees, it is important to keep thinking about his role as a sculptor for the space in which he finds himself. His conceptualization is larger than the Netherlands alone or his Chinese studio and extends beyond having his sculptures occupy a space in a museum. World traveler Rees experiences and contemplates the issues of globalization and the clash of civilizations in his works. With this exhibition, he asks visitors if it is possible to develop a very specific voice within the international discourse on art as a citizen of the world.

Curated by Joost Bergman
Artist: Niki de Saint Phalle
Niki de Saint Phalle by the Sea

Who is not familiar with Nana, the world-famous, colorful women figures who happily go about dancing and jumping as pure expressions of energy. Nana is timeless. But who or what does Nana represent, really? It is Niki De Saint Phalle’s personal version of Eve? Or maybe of Venus? Or is it actually a personal interpretation of all women in the world, past and present? With Nana, Niki De Saint Phalle has, in any case, created an iconic image of women.

Museum Beelden aan Zee has been showing the Nanas in all their diversity since 1965. From the early textile-covered figures of papier maché to the sometimes huge polyester sculptures from the later years. Nanas, in short, come in all shapes, colors, sizes and materials.

until 01 Mar
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 Mirek Rhemrev
Artist: Klaas Gubbels
Finally by the Sea

During his entire working life Klaas Gubbels has remained loyal to just a few objects from still life: the table, chair and coffee pot (or kettle, as he calls it). These are simply everyday objects, nothing special at all. But in Gubbels’ oeuvrethey are special, in the way in which they are depicted. For some time, Gubbels has worked on still lifes that were intentionally everyday, almost boring. In repeatedly painting simple shapes the manner in which they were painted became very important. That’s when he really is painting. Which colour should he use, what happenstance comes into being on the canvas? If this does occur, he hopes to be able to recognize it and make use of it. When at work he often surprises himself, and certainly when he is assembling his objects: there is suddenly something that inspires him.

The artist has used the coffee pot so often in his work that it has almost become a character or personage. This character is portrayed very clearly in the pictures that Klaas Gubbels makes of the coffee pot or kettle. It is sometimes spiky, unwieldy, unsteady, robust, arrogant or romantic. Apart from paintings of his regular subjects, throughout the years Gubbels has also made great use of objets trouvésas his subjects. For most of his life he has been able to rely on the flea market as a source of objects that provide him with inspiration. These are depicted in paintings, often depicted on a table. This table is just as important to the picture as its other components.

The treasures of art history have not left Gubbels unmoved. In both his paintings and his sculptures can be found ‘odes’ to well-known national and international artists, such as Paul Cézanne, Jan Schoonhoven, Günther Uecker, Jan Roeland, K. Schippers and Cor Vaandrager. He creates odes not only to artists, but also to his friends, such as Cherry Duyns and, last but certainly not least, to his wife Heleen, often in the form of a heart-shaped coffee pot.

This year Klaas Gubbels has reached the age of 85, and is celebrating this milestone in museum Beelden aan Zee with a retrospective of the works he has created over a period of more than half a century. To be seen in the exhibition are works in glass, cardboard, plaster, bronze, wood, and steel, plus sculptures of assembledobjets trouvés, from those that can be held in the hand to monumental sculptures displayed on the patio.

until 21 Mar
Artist: Jan Wattjes
White Noise

Paintings and installations by Jan Wattjes.

Image: Jan Wattjes 'Made in Vietnam' 2018, Installation, oil on canvas, aluminium, 50 X 250 X 5 cm.

Artist: Jeroen Eisinga
Jeroen Eisinga – The Social Ladder

Artist Jeroen Eisinga (b. 1966) is ambitious, not easily satisfied and is constantly pushing boundaries. In his now iconic film Springtime (2011) he was covered in a swarm of around 150,000 bees. Every one of his productions is highly labour-intensive. His body of work is not large, therefore, but it is impressive nonetheless. His films have been shown at international festivals and arts venues, and now form part of a number of museum and private collections.

Jeroen Eisinga – The Social Ladder in Kunstmuseum Den Haag’s Projects Gallery, Eisinga will combine five films from the 1990s: 40-44-PG (1993), Grauzone (1995), The Most Important Moment of My Life (1995), Night Porter (1993) and The Social Ladder (1996 - 2019). This last film, from which the title of both the exhibition and the publication are taken, has never been screened publicly before. Besides the five films, visitors will also be given a glimpse of the research and preparations that are part of Eisinga’s making process. Sketchbooks containing 25 years of preparatory research will be on display. Some of them are like artworks in themselves.

Jeroen Eisinga is winner of Ouborg Prize 2019, The Hague’s art prize which is awarded jointly by the city council, Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Stroom Den Haag

until 22 Mar
Curated by Nanda Janssen
Artists: Hicham Berrada, Inge van Genuchten, Jérôme Robbe, Leonid Tsvetkov, Marie Maillard, Maya Rochat, Mimosa Echard and Shanta Rao
Fluid Desires

Today’s world can be experienced as very fluid. Nothing is fixed, everything is in motion. Through scientific discoveries and new insights, concepts that had been carved in stone for decades, have now started to flow. Notions like time, space, reality, nature, the object, human and the object-man relation.

This hybrid, unstable world serves as a point of departure for the artists in ‘Fluid Desires’. Post-apocalyptic cocktails and works of art with a liquid allure zoom in on blurring boundaries between organic and inorganic, natural and synthetic, living and non-living. Their understanding of the world is through matter.

The artworks do not use symbols or metaphors, nor do they depict anything; on the contrary, they just are. These explosions of color, texture, and slipperiness, are related in aesthetics. Throughout the exhibition, the concept of contagion is recurrent. Contamination as a marker for meanings that mix, images that merge and ideas that influence each other. Because it fantasises about the future, sometimes ‘Fluid Desires’ has science-fiction-like traits.

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.