It might be a mirage; West, The Hague

James Richards, Leslie Thornton

A few days ago i went to It might be a mirage at West to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. As it happened it became an article about this exhibition as well as about the present shows at PARTS Project and Billytown. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch).

James Richards, Leslie Thornton

Having written already quite a lot about this presentation in VLR, and, indeed, it being more like a mirage than an exhibition, i recommend you to take your time and see this show for yourself. I just leave you here with a few aspects without comments.

James Richards, Leslie Thornton

James Richards, Tolia Astakhishvili

James Richards, Tolia Astakhishvili

James Richards

James Richards

James Richards

Moshe Ninio
Danh Vo

Danh Vo

Danh Vo

Moshe Ninio

Wolfgang Plöger

Wolfgang Plöger

Wolfgang Plöger

Wolfgang Plöger

Robert Kusmirowski

Robert Kusmirowski

Robert Kusmirowski

David Claerbout

Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch).

Moshe Ninio

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Bertus Pieters

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Façades of The Hague #153

Bentinck House, Lange Voorhout.

The house originated as a merger of different properties in the 17th century. Around 1700 it functioned as a town house of Hans Willem Bentinck (1649-1709), Earl of Portland, and it stayed in the hands of the Bentinck family until the beginning of the 19th century.

In the 18th century it had an elaborate Louis XIV style façade with profiled bays.

Unfortunately this was lost with later restorations and renovations.

Hans Willem Bentinck was the favourite and most important politician and diplomat as well as personal friend of William III (1650-1702), Prince of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch republic and King of England.

Bentinck acted as a diplomat between England and the Republic, as an adviser to the king in his political, administrative and private affairs and as an army commander. His son, Willem Bentinck (1704-1774), who used the town house as well, was adviser to Stadtholder William IV (1711-1751) of the Republic and was in fact instrumental in making him stadtholder and making the stadtholdership hereditary for William’s offspring.

Some time ago, the building, a state monument, was restored again (as you can see in the first pictures) and equipped with modern environment friendly features.

Today it is used by the Personal Information Authority and by the Justice and Security Inspectorate.

“On 10 May 1940, the German invasion drew the Netherlands into World War II. In this building, which housed the General Headquarters of the Supreme Commander of the Army and Navy, Commander-in-Chief General H.G. Winkelman decided to capitulate on 14 May 1940.”

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The first five pictures were taken in March 2020, the last four pictures in October 2022.

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Land of the Few and Far Between; Billytown, The Hague

Lucia Nimková & Sholto Dobie

Some time ago I went to the present exhibition at Billytown to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. As it happened it became an article about this exhibition as well as about the present shows at PARTS Project and West. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch).

Nishiko

Having written already quite a bit in VLR about this show, I leave you here with some pictures, but, of course, it is better to go and take a look yourself.

Thomas Swinkels

Frans van Abeelen

Kim David Bots

Thomas Swinkels

Bernice Nauta

Paulien Oltheten

Paulien Oltheten (detail)

Thomas Swinkels (detail)

Sarah Rosengarten

Arno Westerberg

Jo Spier

Thomas Swinkels

Kim David Bots

Bernice Nauta

Arno Westerberg
Nishiko

Nishiko

Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

Nishiko

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Collecting Collection, Personal Reflection, Works an Stories from the Agnes & Frits Becht Collection; PARTS Project, The Hague

The other day i went to see the very last exhibition at PARTS Project to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. As it happened it became an article about this exhibition as well as about the present shows at Billytown and West. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch).

Wim T. Schippers (detail)

This show about the Agnes and Frits Becht Collection is the third in a series about well-known Dutch private collections which contain an important part of Dutch modern and contemporary heritage.

Wim T. Schippers

Having written already quite a bit in VLR about this show, i leave you here with some pictures, but not without urging you to see the exhibition yourself as soon as you can.

Jan Dibbets

Ger van Elk

Mimmo Rotella

Mimmo Rotella

Lucio Fontana
Tetsumi Kudo

Co Westerik (detail)

Hubert Bekman

Berend Hoekstra

Marlene Dumas

Kees de Goede
Natasja Kensmil (detail)

Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

Jann Haworth

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Studio Visit #13, Hans Lemmen

The other day i visited Hans Lemmen (1959) in his studio at Bilzen, in between Maastricht and Hasselt in the Belgian province of Limburg.

He lives and works there in a former so-called square farmhouse or court farmhouse, a traditional type of architecture found in Belgium, southern Dutch Limburg and Germany.

He restored the building and more or less rebuilt the barn, turning it into a studio with a mezzanine, in the mean time training himself in timber framing.

In the gently sloping rural landscape Lemmen seems to be completely in his element.

It is permeated with traces of human activity from the New Stone Age onward.

In this landscape he finds hand axes and parts of linear pottery, left there by men thousands of years ago.

In the mean time the soil has been cultivated, wars raged, the land was depleted by mining and intense farming, new buildings and roads were built along the ancient ones, and later on electricity pylons as well.

People and animals have left their marks.

Of course they still do, and one may find these traces back in Lemmen’s work as prints of his own feet and of his dogs.

To him these are not just traces or marks in the landscape, they are also the base of some of his works.

Indeed the landscape, the soil and the marks and traces in it are generally the base of making and as such of thinking and of the spirit of his work.

The landscape turns from material to spiritual where it becomes the background of imagination.

That imagination may turn into drawing, painting but also into sculpture.

Some of his works, both drawings and sculpture, may remind you of classical and other mythology and the relationship of man with nature and the landscape.

However, his works are not conceived in advance as conveying messages.

They are inspired by the materials themselves and are filled with content while working.

The materials themselves bring the ideas, as indeed the landscape and man’s environment does for the observant viewer.

We spent a good deal of time talking about art, how it is made, what its meaning can be, and how it is part of an artist’s life, while it was raining outside.

To me at least, it was an inspiring afternoon.

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