Neighbour North Sea; Quartair, The Hague

Tanja Engelberts

If Egypt is the Gift of the Nile, the Netherlands are the Gift of the North Sea.

Astrid Nobel

The North Sea gives this country international trade, fish and other seafood, oil, wind energy, sand, recreation, communication, fertile land, an enormous sewer, enviable wealth and economic power.

Astrid Nobel

The Dutch derive their self-importance from its supposedly heroic battle with the sea water.

Astrid Nobel

With the rising of the sea levels due to climate change, this battle may well become less heroic.

Astrid Nobel

Moreover, the Dutch seem to take the North Sea for granted; its economic and military exploitation continues intensively.

Astrid Nobel

In doing so, the idea of necessity is usually directly linked to an efficient business model.

Sheng-Wen Lo

To the Dutch necessity means business: if there is no business in it, it is not necessary.

Sheng-Wen Lo

In that they don’t differ from their North Sea neighbours Germany, Denmark, Norway, Britain, France and Belgium.

Sheng-Wen Lo

It’s just that the Dutch derive their national pride from it.

Laura Schippers

The North Sea also gave Dutch art the idea of seascapes.

Laura Schippers

Especially the ones from the seventeenth century became immensely popular nationally and internationally, and laid the foundation for an artistic tradition.

Laura Schippers

A more postmodern or post-postmodern tradition can be experienced in Quartair’s present show Neighbour North Sea, featuring works by Tanja Engelberts (1987), Sheng-Wen Lo (1987), Astrid Nobel (1983) and Laura Schippers (1985).

Tanja Engelberts

Indeed some of the exploitation of our maritime neighbour can be seen and interpreted in the show.

Tanja Engelberts

However, it also shows very diverse aesthetics and ways of seeing and feeling.

Tanja Engelberts

Whether it is the monumentality of an obsolete oil platform, or the sheer magic of the sea itself.

Tanja Engelberts

By the way, i wrote an article about one of the works on show by Astrid Nobel in Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the article in VLR (in Dutch).

Tanja Engelberts

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Back To Normal, The Connection; Trixie, Billytown, Quartair, The Hague

Trixie

Last week i visited Trixie, Billytown and Quartair to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the mega-exhibition Back To Normal which was initiated by Alternative Art Guide and Artist-Run Network Europe. Works on show are by artists of Trixie, Billytown, Quartair, Hgtomi Rosa, U10 Art Space (Belgrade), Sandwich Gallery (Bucharest), C5CNM (Beijing), Artisterium (Tbilisi), Flux Factory (New York), Uniarte (Willemstad, Curaçao) and MA Project (Perugia). Billytown doubles with its exhibition The Connection together with CLC Gallery Venture (Beijing). Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch).

Marija Sevic

As i’ve written quite extensively about the three shows in VLR, i just leave you here with some pictures without any text. The shows can still be seen over the weekend.

Jonas Raps
Lidija Delic
Thijs Jaeger
Nina Ivanovic
Nemanja Nikolic
Iva Kuzmanovic
Billytown
Cristian Raduta
Bernice Nauta
Bernice Nauta
Cristian Raduta
Bram De Jonghe
Bram De Jonghe
Daniela Palimariu
Bram De Jonghe
Zhang Miao
Jin Ningning
Iede Reckman
Iede Reckman
Iede Reckman
Melle de Boer
Marc Oosting
Henk Visch
Aaajiao
Aaajiao
Yu Ji
He Wei
Nabuqi, Robbin Heyker
Robbin Heyker
Kiki Wang
Henk Visch
He Wei
Maja Klaassens
Quartair
Lehna Huie
Letizia Cassetta
Barney de Krijger
Qing Qu
Barney de Krijger
Lehna Huie
Jan Dirk Adams
Yukari Nakamichi
Yukari Nakamichi
Yukari Nakamichi
Dana LaMonda
Elene Rakviashvili
Elene Rakviashvili
Raily Yance
Manuchar Okrostsvaridze
Barney de Krijger

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

Jan Dirk Adams

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