Our artists photographed by Andre Smits

Between 2019 and 2020 photographer Andre Smits visited Quartair to photograph our artists in their natural habitat and add them to the ever growing project Artist In The World. The series includes Blanka de Bruyn, Pietertje van Splunter, Ludmila Rodrigues, Geeske Harting, Jessy Rahman, Thom Vink, Mike Rijnierse, Marlies Adriaanse and Dana LaMonda, among the 5327 (and counting) artists from around the globe. Check our pictures below:

Visit the project: artistintheworld.com

Online expo Should I Stay or Should I Go

An online exhibition presented by iii in collaboration with Quartair.

In the hit single from 1981 Mick Jones of UK band The Clash infects us with an ear-worm: “If I go there will be trouble, if I stay it will be double”. Is the song really about an unhappy love story, or is the question pressed by the punk rocker hinting to something else?

This exhibition starts as an anthropological investigation and ends in a series of playful rituals engaging with our senses through song and food. Questions around identity and migration are viewed through the individual experiences of members of the international artist community in The Hague. Tensions experienced while living in transition between places and cultures serve as fuel for three new works.

With works by: Wen Chin Fu, Matteo Marangoni, Daniël Siegersma, Davide Tidoni

ONLINE exhibition from 29th May 2020 to 14th June, 2020
Opening on Friday, May 29th with Hoogtij #61 – the online edition

Visit the exhibition on: stay-go.nl

Special events:
29 May
| 21:00 – 23:00 online Karaoke party with Matteo Marangoni + Davide Tidoni
10 June | 19:00 online cooking workshop with Wen Chin Fu

Davide Tidoni and Matteo Marangoni in Strangers in Karaoke address the challenge of becoming familiar with a foreign culture while confronting negative stereotypes. In Tune of the Hamlets Daniël Siegersma channels his attachment to the native language of his ancestors by joining in song the different dialects of Low Saxon. Wen Chin Fu in Nederlands Gastronomisch Inburgeringsexamen responds to her experience with the process of acquiring Dutch nationality by imagining an immigration test over food culture in The Netherlands.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go is a project commissioned by Tetem and developed by iii with the participation of: Erfan Abdi, Marije Baalman, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Wen Chin Fu, Ji Kang, Gábor Kerekes, Lars Kynde,  Sebastiaan van ‘t Holt, Hanna Ijäs, Matteo Marangoni, Marit Mihklepp, Farah Rahman, Flora Reznik, Jonathan Reus, Ludmila Rodrigues, Daniël Siegersma, Davide Tidoni, Gabey Tjon a Tham, Sissel Marie Tonn and Philip Vermeulen.

Tune of the Hamlets by Daniël Siegersma is realised with Giovanni Salice, Isidor ten Hooven, Lester Kamstra, Willy Weerman, Herman Loning, Angela Siegersma, Reitze Brouwer, Douwe Gnodde, Herman Telgenkamp, Janny Veltman and Trijnie Groeneveld.

This exhibition is presented by iii with financial support from The Municipality of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag and The Creative Industries Fund NL.

A Simple Fizz – MAR/KABK at QUARTAIR

Friday, March 6th | Hoogtij#60
Opening at 19:00
Exhibition runs through the weekend March 7-8, 2020

MA Artistic Research @ Quartair
Curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist

KABK Master of Artistic Research students create an exhibition of their works in collaboration with Stockholm based curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist: the culmination of a week of curatorial experimentation.

Video installation: Park Jaehun

Studenten van de KABK MA Artistic Research maken een tentoonstelling van hun werk, in samenwerking met de in Stockholm gevestigde curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist: het hoogtepunt van een week van curatoriële experimenten.

Participants/Deelnemende kunstenaars:
Mazen Achkar
Esther Arribas Rovira
Leonie Brandner
Georgie Brinkman
Biba Cole
Adele Dipasquale
Rebecca Dunne
Davide Ghelli Santuliana
Serene Hui
Daniel Iglesias Gonzalez
Lena Longefay
Alejandra López Martínez
Ghiath Mardini
Juliana Martinez Hernandez
Daphne MonastiriotiJaehun Park
Hugo Plagnard
Elfi Seidel
Jessie Siegel
Alkaios Spyrou
Jan Tomza-Osiecki
Annemarie Wadlow

Master Artistic Research
Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten / Royal Academy of Art 

Facebook event: A Simple Fizz

Sarajevska Zima – Sarajevo Winter Festival 2020

Some of our artists and guests are taking off to Sarajevo Winter Festival. They will join our long-term collaborators, Nine Dragon Heads, in the occasion of their 25th anniversary.

Exhibition, performances and talks by Rosh Abdelfatah (NL/SY), Blanka De Bruyne (BE), Paul Donker-Duyvis (NL), Rodi Khalil (DE/SY), Dana LaMonda (UK/NL), Jessy Theo Rahman (NL/SUR), Ingrid Rollema (NL), Kito Sino (BE/SY), Pietertje van Splunter (NL).

Nine Dragon Heads poster

Collegium Artisticum, National Theater BiH, Bosnian Culture Center 36th International Festival Sarajevo / Winter Sarajevska Zima 2020 sarajevskazima.ba

Thanks to:

The Other Book Fair

Art book fair – 29 November – 1 December 2019

We are proud to host The Other Book Fair, a unique celebration of artists books in all its facets. This is the first biennial event in The Hague that combines an art book fair with exhibitions, workshops, talks, presentations, demonstrations, films, and performances at various locations.

Opening: Friday 29 November 2019, 18:00 – Hoogtij #59
with performance by Jip Piet

This first edition of The Other Book is devoted to the Riso revolution: artist’s books produced with Risograph and Mimeograph stencil duplicators.
The festival program is curated by Lula Valletta/The Other Book, with contributions from West Den Haag and Grafische Werkplaats.

Opening performance by Jip Piet

Locations: Quartair, Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag, Billytown, Page Not Found, The Grey Space in the Middle and West Den Haag
Visit: theotherbook.eu

Instagram: @theotherbookfair
Facebook event: facebook.com/events/theotherbook

With support of

Ex-MÊKH / Live web

Deelnemers: EX-MÊKH – Ellen Rodenberg, Maarten Schepers, Kees Koomen en gastkunstenaars: Marian Wijnvoord, Niels Post, Frans van Lent.

De kortste verbinding tussen twee punten is een rechte lijn. Zijn er meer punten dan ontstaat er al snel een web. Sommige verbindingen worden intensief gebruikt, andere bevinden zich in de periferie.

Abstig: Marian Wijnvoord

EX-MÊKH (Ellen Rodenberg, Kees Koomen en Maarten Schepers) brengt met de tentoonstelling MÊKH-web haar in 13 jaar opgebouwde netwerk in kaart.
In eerste instantie zijn kunstenaars uitgenodigd die van invloed zijn geweest op de ontwikkeling van het collectief. Deze kunstenaars zijn: Marian Wijnvoord (Berlijn), Frans van Lent (Dordrecht) en Niels Post (Rotterdam).

Niels Post: On Spam, Comment Spam #68
Niels Post: On Spam, Comment Spam #68

Het laatste weekend organiseert EX-MÊKH een Live-web met meer kunstenaars uit ons netwerk. Geen week wordt dus hetzelfde, verweving vindt plaats door toevoegingen en verschuivingen. Publiek en kunstenaars die EX-MÊKH al langer volgen, weten dat het aan te raden is om alle drie de weekends in de gaten te houden op social media. (Hier zullen acties bekend worden gemaakt).

Frans van Lent brengt een performatieve ode aan misschien wel de populairste bijbaan onder kunstenaars; lid van de opbouwploeg
Frans van Lent

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MÊKH-WEB op Trendbeheer.com

MÊKH-web duurt van 20 september t/m 6 october 2019De opening vindt plaats op 20 september van 19.00 t/m 23.00 uur
Openingstijden: september 21 en 23: 13-17 uur
september 27, 28 en 29: 13-17 uur
oktober 4, 5, en 6 oktober 13-17 uur
Op 27 september zijn tijdens Hoogtij #58 van 19.00 t/m 23.00 uur de uitgezette sporen van MÊKH-web te zien


Killing Horizons | ArtScience masters

June 7-9 2019
Performances and installations by first year masters of the ArtScience Interfaculty, KABK/KonCon.

Turbulence: performance by Mint Park

Participants: Felix Bodin, Gabriela Acha, Timoteo Carbone, Alexander Heil, Ian Ouros, Berk Özdemir, Mint Park, Lianne van Roekel, Daan Westerheide, Iva Berkovic.

Gabriela Acha: video still
installation Lianne van Roekel. Photo by Dana LaMonda

InTake 2019

May 17-18, 2019

QUARTAIR proudly presents the first edition of InTake – Interdisciplinary Art Forms – bringing together works that stimulate all the human senses (vision, hearing, smell, touch, and taste) with the goal of enhancing the impact of the experience for the audience.

InTake seeks to create a space of opportunity for artists to present art pieces/performances that question the role of the audience and that explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary collaboration, with hope that simultaneously stimulating various human senses (vision, hearing, etc.) will enhance the impact of the experience and will challenge the audience to take an active stance in the absorption of perceived information.

Through the span of two days InTake combines artistic performances and an exhibition, joining together visual arts, electronic music, classical music, video art, physical theatre, contemporary dance and poetry. Each live performance includes an after talk by the artists, followed questions and answers. By creating different focus points throughout the space, we invite the audience to explore it, thus offering a dynamic experience.

Interaction is a permanent aspect of our existence. It continuously shapes the way we perceive ourselves and the world we live in. However, when it comes to the audience and their interaction with art, there seems to be a kind of communication gap. When watching a concert or going to an exhibition, humans seem to have become passive creatures; they have alienated themselves from the process. We have grown comfortably accustomed to performances and/or exhibitions that do not request much from us, allowing us to be passive in the perception of information. This is especially true in my field of expertise, classical music.


Under Line

Quartair proudly presents seven Hong Kong artists, first time in The Netherlands: Tsang Chui Mei, Jamsen Law, Julvian Ho, Lee Suet Ying, Tap Chan and Vee Leong / Li Tzimei. Curated by Jamsen Law/nProject

Lee Suet Ying: latex works

Opening 2 Feb 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm
Exhibition from February 3rd to 9th, 12pm – 5 pm
(closed on Monday & Tuesday)

Under•Line is an ongoing project taken form as experimental exhibition-in-progress. The exhibition in The Hague is the second edition, after the debut in its home, Hong Kong. The show explores the concept of the lines, to reflect on how it is visually presented and what it usually represents. The interconnected artworks in Under•Line look underneath the told. Poetically re-placing in the bits and pieces, the artworks can be viewed as a whole, as well as individually.

Lines in us. Lines of territories. Lines in battles. Lines of the terms of reference. Lines in the sails. Lines of the crossings. Lines in the script. Lines of the ordinary people and objects. Lines in the imageries of the spoken words. Lines of the colours and layers of sensibilities. Lines in the interpretations of the expressions. Lines under the currents. Lines in the memory of the stories. Lines of the fiber. Lines in the knots of psyche. Lines of thoughts flowing in front of the site and veneer of the confusion. Lines in the artificial lighting. Lines of remarks to the understandings.

Julvian Ho: III – no.6 ”幻”

Looking out to the sea, waves under the waves, flipping over each other, they visually create sequences of lines, interact with the lines above and below. Like an undercurrent, the possible unknown hidden in the blackest black are reviewed/recreated with Julvian Ho’s marks of charcoal, pencil and graphite, awaiting lights to penetrate. The organic lines forming a seascape would as well capture the softened shapes of others, all would be merged and unified. Visit also: cargocollective.com/julvianho

A line is a path for Lee Suet Ying, but it is a path to track down the particular moment in the obscure childhood turned out to be a re-cast path defining differences and changes at the present. Every brush stroke visible in her latex objects is a record of repetitive crafting, overlapping with the lines tracing the patterns of tiles of the old days, they gave organic transformation extended from the artist’s memory.

Tap Chan explored the physicality of material and nature of flows. Batches of fibre became batches of lines of thoughts. Natural flows of air give breath to the flows of emotion and subconsciousness. Spirits and energies stored in the mass radiate vibes through its weightless matter. A waterfall is an emblem of continuous motion, an emblem of the world in which the elements change ceaselessly while its shape remains the same.

Vee Leong and Li Tzi Mei revisited the theatre text Fragments of Stones and Gold (2014), an examination of failure in the neo-liberal society, through the act of drawing and sound. In the auditory scenery composed of layers of sounds that emit unspoken words of the protagonist, a female security guard, voices shriek and murmur under the fading and entangled lines. In the course of keeping themselves straight, the lines deform and defy. Together with the erroneous lines they form an everyday record of people struggling for a living; the modern offerings, if not sacrifices to the deity of prosperity.

Jamsen Law

Jamsen LAW, the curator, and also one of the participating artists, uses the arrangements of each venue, selection of artworks, lighting, additional objects and decorations, as well as a new set of artwork(s) of his, to create unique experiences for each edition. Treating each exhibition site as a new canvas or a white theatre, more possibilities are attempted to be discovered from the expandable artworks created by other participating artists.

Read review on Villa Next Door.

See photos on Facebook.

This exhibition was supported by