Contemporary Art Initiatives
Toussaintkade 55 The Hague

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Bilderdijkstraat 141
2513 CN The Hague
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From August 29 till September 26

An exhibition of six Belgium artists
Caroline Coolen, Stéphanie Leblon, Stefan Serneels, Anton Cotteleer, Hedwig Brouckaert en
Hans Demeulenaere.

Friday August 29th from 7:30 pm, at 8 pm., opening speech by Stef Van Bellingen

Friday September 26th, also open from from 7 pm. till 11 pm., during Hoogtij #39

from August 30, Friday to Sunday from 1 pm. to 5pm. or by appointment.

"Born with a brick in your stomach....”
The exhibition BRIQUE, exhibits the work of six Belgium artists. Five of them work in different media, but all have a clear affinity with ‘the figure', broken down and rebuilt, in fragments and abstraction. BRIQUE revers not only to construction and deconstruction in the work but also to the 'building mania' in Belgium.
The sixth artist Hans Demeulenaere searches for the boundaries between scenography and installation and will build a sculptural installation with the use of bricks. His intervention integrates the works from Brouckaert, Coolen, Cotteleer, Leblon and Serneels in a monumental sculptural installation and will be reacting on the old industrial architecture of the exhibition space Quartair.
Flemish art historian and curator Stef Van Bellingen wrote an accompanying essay and will open the exhibition.


This exhibition is made possible with support from
Stroom Den Haag, de Gemeente Den Haag, de Vlaamse Overheid en de Vlaamse vertegenwoordiging/Ambassade van België

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11 July - 16 July

"Glinting honey in the dark, a feather tickling on my back."

Opening: Friday 11 July 19:00 - 23:00 hour
Open: 12- 18 July from12:00 till 17:00 hour.

Finissage: Friday 18 july 17:00 hour

Nishi Ko, Gabey Tjon, Sukebeningen
The Project Sukebeningen presents Japanese eroticism, inspired by the Dutch beach Scheveningen, as a form of collaborative works with invited artists. Its objective is to explore sensuality and to accommodate different views on eroticism each invited artist possesses.

This time we develop a new work with two artists: Nishiko and Gabey Tjon a Tham. Using found objects and controlled kinetics, we make an installation that generates erotic feeling and may trigger one's erotic fantasy.
Although dealing with a somewhat sensitive topic, the work welcomes diversity of visitors because of its balance between being entertaining and serious, open and private, exploring the contradicting possibilities of the subject.

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supported by Stroom Den Haag



"We shall not cease our explorations"

Pierfrancesco Gava, Arefeh Riahi, Ewoud van Rijn, Grigoris Rizakis, Sissel Marie Tonn, Anne-Marie Twigge, Marieke Zwart.

opening hours (sat. 14/06 - sun. 15/06): 15-20 hrs
opening hours (thu. 19/06- sun. 22/06): 15-21 hrs

Thursday 19 June 5pm: Artist Talk and Performance Anne-Marie Twigge

Friday 20 June 6pm-11pm: Food&Proof Sissel Marie Tonn, Arefeh Riahi & Pierfrancesco Gava
Food&Proof originally started as a way to get MAR people and ArtScience people to mingle more, but quickly merged into an expanded network of people, who are interested in pitching their unfinished thoughts, projects and research. We keep a focus on creating a safe space for these newly born ideas, a place for constructive critique and a shared desire to bring people forward with valuable feedback. And of course the food component: everyone brings a delicious, easily shareable (and preferably homemade) dish!
For the event series at Quartair we thought it would be interesting to bring these unfinished ideas from the safety of the studio into a more challenging environment - The Gallery! To change things a bit we would like to focus on performance (/live art/durational installation - whatever you want to call it!). There will be a conversation with the Holy Mother, a documentation of a ritual bathe in the canals of The Hague...
If you have a performance that has not quite taken it's finished shape, or which you don't quite feel ready to show to the grand public then shoot us a line.. Then we will try and create an interesting program for the night. As time is always an issue with these evenings unfortunately we cannot fit more than 5 people in max.

Rules for participation:
Bring your most constructive, open-minded, critical self
Bring a pillow or blanket to sit on
Bring *GALLERY-WORTHY* food! So no Albert Heijn ready-made or the like... We'd like to keep it a bit classy :*

Sunday 22 June 13pm : Performance Ewoud van Rijn
Drawing Down the Muse, a ritual performance for summer solstice
Walk-in from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Friday June 6, 2014, 2-9 pm.

New media, art, science and technology come together in the New Media New Technology Open Lab Expo by creative researchers from the Media Technology MSc programme, and hosted by Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, The Hague.

The Open Lab will not be a static expo, more a playful research space that mixes scientific approaches to art with creative approaches to science, for all audiences. The researchers work from personal inspiration and curiosity and create physical works to explore their concepts or engage the visitor to evoke ideas or questions. Many installations are interactive, some are early studies and prototypes, others will be more polished end products. The makers will be around to discuss the concepts, inspiration, ideas and methods behind their work, and even hack some more on the fly.

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IC-98 & Thom Vink

Opening: Saterday 10 may, 18.00 hour.

Finnisage: Friday 30 may, 19:00 hour, during Hoogtij #37

IC-98 (Visa Suonpaa en Patrik Soderlund), Turku, Finland
Thom Vink, The Hague, the Netherlands.

Openinghours: Thursday till Saterday from 13.00 till 17.00 hour and by appointment.

Finnisage: Vrijdag 30 may, 19:00 hours, during Hoogtij #37

During Hoogtij visit from pARTytent a nomadic exhibition tent for art with a ever changing group of Dutch artists. With Anke Land, Hinke Schreuders, Pier Penning, Ferry Staverman, Marisa Rappard, Niels Broszat, Maite Louisa, Erik-Jan Ligtvoet, Harold de Bree, Jessy Rahman, Geeske Harting, Marlies Adriaanse and Pietertje van Splunter.

with thanks to Stroom Den Haag.


Members of Quartair take part in:
The Second Explodes , Kunsthalle Hotel Eurocenter Lana, Italië
2 mei 20:00 uur
3 mei Artwalk

“The Second Explodes”
Dutch artists from Den Haag will come to Lana from April 28th until Mai 4th in the context of an artist’s exchange between Southern Tirol and Den Haag. The title, The Second Explodes, refers amongst others to an explosion of activities which will take place within a short time.
Apparently fleeting encounters (between artworks/public/artists) which can be experienced as a concentration of events. An explosion of events that will commence in each a stream of associations. Next to showing existing artworks the main starting point for the artists will be to create site-specific work and there will also be performances. The Second Explodes is a happening.
There will be film, performance, drawings, paintings, installations and sound. And don’t miss the ARTWALK!
A master of ceremonies will accompany the visitors and he will put the different happenings and artworks in the spotlight.

Jessy Rahman, Marlies Adriaanse, Elizabeth de Vaal, Erik-Jan Ligtvoet, Topp&Dubio, Ingrid Rollema, Kees Koomen,
Maarten Schepers, Ellen Rodenberg, Mike Rijnierse, Ludmila Todrigues, Stefanie Scholte, Pietertje van splunter,
Geeske Harting, Maite Louise, Diána Zékány, Csaba Nemes.

with thanks to Stroom Den Haag

Unloading in The Kunsthalle

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Perennial Art presents the third leg of the touring exhibition
After Edinburgh in 2010 and Berlin in 2011, now at Quartair, The Hague

A Draw Back

April 4th till April 27th

Sara Bomans, Iris van Dongen, Marcel van Eeden, Jay Isaac, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Michael Kirkham, Arno Kramer, Nathan Menglesis, Fiona Michie, Samantha Rees, Sebastiaan Schlicher, Witte Wartena, Robin Whitmore.
Perennial Art

OPENING April 4th at 19:00 hour, with a performance at 20:00 hour.
Opening hours: Friday till Sunday  12:00 - 17:00 hour and by appointment

We are open on first Easterday,
but closed on Kingsday Saterday 26th of April



Still from movie "Syrië" from Ingrid Rollema, Gerard Holthuis en Suzanne Groothuis december 2013

Theater of The Wrong Decision invites you

Friday February 28 from 20 hour till 21 hour.

At the Theatre of The Wrong Decision are working:
Frans Zwartjes, Gerard Holthuis, Sandro Bruti,Rosh Abdelfatah, Jessy Rahman,Marsel Loermans, Yvette Commandeur,Mary Sue Siegel,Michael de Roo, Suzanne Groothuis, Paul Bruijninckx,Maite Louisa, Marlies Adriaanse,Tom Dommisse, Eva Villanueva.

"Theater of The Wrong Decision" is an initiative from Ingrid Rollema.

Also open during Hoogtij March 7 from 19 hour till 23 hour
"THEATRE OF THE WRONG DECISION" with work from , Marsel Loermans en Ingrid Rollema.

Impression of Hoogtij, photos by Rosh Abdelfatah





Some members from Quartair are participating in 'Twist to exist' curated by Jessy Rahman,
part of the XXX International Festival Sarajevo “Sarajevo Winter 2014”, PAFF (Peace, Art Freedom)
February 7- 20, 2014 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina