= The Crawford Arts Review: The Art of the Netherlands: The Hague

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The Art of the Netherlands: The Hague

We travel northwest of Hague Centre today and visit the Gemeentemuseum, the famous modern art building built in the 1930s by the celebrated architect HP Berlage. The Gemeentemuseum (literally the museum of The Hague Municipality) itself has been called a modern palace of the arts. Here you'll find Art Nouveau of the Netherlands, Mondrian and de Stijl, and a continually changing display of modern art, including Delftware. See also this link to the permanent collection. 

Until Sunday 3 June
Morgan Betz: Flies on Milk, Green Eggs on Ham

Betz, a Dutch-American, offers a colourful display of mainly geometric forms. Colour blocked, they have the look of giant children's book illustrations. The visual imagery is never quite what it seems which puts the works on the edge of disconcerting. The art's DNA reminds me of early colour magazine printing more than anything: gaudy but very flat. This may be partly to do with the fact that instead of a brush, Betz uses a piece of card. Covered with paint and pressed flat onto the canvas, the paint, or at least most of it, transfers. It's a method that makes for a stylised, abstract and interestingly uneven result.

Until Sunday 19 August
Richard Hutten: Sit!
A graduate, like Hella Jongerius previously featured here, of the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Richard Hutten has assembled '100 chairs that matter', some from his own collection. They're fun, endlessly inventive, and some, like his Table Chair, are icons of design. You should note that Hutten is the designer of the Berlage chairs in the Gemeentemuseum cafĂ© as well as the benches and side tables in the Garden Gallery.

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Stadhouderslaan 41
2517 HV Den Haag

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