Tangible memories

Most people take photographs to capture the memorable moments in their life. They want to be able to look at these images and reminisce about the events of the past, share them with others and tell the stories. Photography is regarded as a suitable medium for this because it relies on reality to be able to capture an image. So even though photographs can be manipulated, most people still consider them to be showing truths, what is seen in the picture must have happened at some point in time. It is this aspect of photography which surfaces in the exhibition Ask the Dusk by photographer Lara Gasparotto at the Fotomuseum Den Haag.

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Peanut butter and floating rocks

Every person has expectations when deciding to visit an exhibition, depending on how much you already know of the art on show beforehand. Still some artists manage to take you by surprise in doing something that raises different thoughts or feelings then you imagined. Dutchman Wim T. Schippers (1942) is such an artist, he has made installations that will leave you wondering for why and how etc.

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Mirrors and water

A visit to the Chateau Versailles, France, is a spectacle in itself; the grand building lavished with gold and other decorations, the decadent interior, and not to forget the immense gardens surrounding it. It was commissioned by Louis XIV (1638-1715) to replace the hunting lodge his father had built at Versailles. Also known as the Sun King Louis XIV established his monarchy firmly and had the longest reign in European history (1643-1715). His palace had to fit his position and express his autonomy.

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Optical movement

Imagine standing in front of a geometric black and white painting with a repeating pattern, a zigzag for example, and wondering why it attracted your attention. At first you do not understand, but as your eyes examine the paintings surface you will start to see movement in there. You do not believe your eyes since it is only paint on a canvas, or is it a trick? No, this is what meeting an early Bridget Riley painting is like. The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague currently houses an exhibition where you can experience this for yourself.

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Iron spirals

Gran Canaria, an island known for its touristic recreation, is also the place where the sculptor Martín Chirino (1925) originates from. A visit to the Castillo de la Luz (Castle of light) in Las Palmas will provide you with an overview of his work. Since March 2015 this castle houses the Martín Chirino Art and Thought Foundation dedicated to showing and studying the oeuvre of the celebrated sculptor. The building itself is restored and modified to be an tranquil backdrop for Chirino’s forged iron artworks.

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