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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From violence to music

From August 26th to September 25th the Hardenbergzaal at Puchri houses Disarm (2013), an installation by the Mexican artist Pedro Reyes (1972). The installation is part of TodaysArt Festival 2016, which will take place in the center of The Hague this year.

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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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Alice Wonders

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) never ceases to spark the imagination. From the many book versions to a multiplicity of plays, dances etc., the story remains popular. Even visual artists find inspiration in Carroll’s famous narrative, as the recent exhibition No Cover Image at Arti et Amicitiae proved. Artists Stephan Jäschke, Laurent Proux, Tillmann Terbuyken, Marjolijn de Wit, Thijs Rhijnsburger, Arthur Stokvis and Bonno van Doorn created a space where one art piece flows over into the next and engaged the audience.

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Colorful reflection

Big shoes, collar, overdone painted smile, red round nose and an overall colorful outfit, who does not recognize the figure of the clown? He is a well-known character in popular culture and therefore presented artists with a relatable subject. Artists like Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat and Charley Toorop have concerned themselves with this red-nosed individual in their paintings. Today the colorful appearance of the clown decorates the exhibition space of the Boijmans van Beuningen in Ugo Rondinone’s Vocabulary of Solitude.

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Living in a quantifying world

In the article about Lisa Park I have already discussed the collection of data as a trait of the present times and Park’s visualization of this. However Park is not the only artist concerned with this interest; the group exhibition Spending Quality Time With My Quantified Self at Tent brings various artistic perspectives together. But where Park attends the data collection itself, the artists at Tent are preoccupied with the body, the self, within this omnipresent tendency.

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