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Hellen van Meene Show Opens at Hague Museum of Photography

WEB girl red hair HvM 0072Hellen van Meene, Zonder titel, 1999, 39 x 39 cm, c-print

A RETROSPECTIVE of work by celebrated Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene, entitled The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits, opens next month at Fotomuseum Den Haag. Van Meene is known for her formally staged, unsettling portraits of gauche adolescent girls seemingly lost in thought.

WEB HvM girl sofa 0465_1300_pics_Hellen van Meene, Zonder titel, 2014, 39 x 39 cm, c-print

Born in 1972 Hellen van Meene graduated from the Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) in 1996 and came to international attention when she was selected as one of the finalists in The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize 2001, The Photographers’ Gallery, London. Since then she has shown widely and her work has been acquired by major museums in the Netherlands and around the world such as Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and MoMA, New York.

WEB HvM  dog380_1300_picsHellen van Meene, Zonder titel, Moskou (Rusland), 2010, 29 x 29 cm, c-print

Van Meene began by taking pictures of young girls of her acquaintance but now her work includes “boys, still lifes, dogs and other animals”.

WEB girl hair HvM 0439_Hellen van Meene, Zonder titel, 2014, 39 x 39 cm, c-print

Her photographs take the form of small-format prints which enhance the intense intimacy of work and also forces the viewer to come close to look at them. The retrospective at the Hague Museum of Photography, consisting of over 90 photographs, is accommodated in six vivid, enclosed spaces. It extends from Van Meene’s earliest photographic works, produced in 1994,  to her most recent images, never previously seen in the Netherlands.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same name, containing an essay by Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The publication is available in Dutch (Ludion, ISBN 978-94-9181-932-2), English (Aperture, ISBN 978-1-59711-317-5) and German (Schirmer/Mosel, ISBN 978-3-8296-0717-9).

by Caroline Simpson

Hellen van Meene, The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits, Fotomuseum Den Haag, August 29 – November 29, 2015

Colour Unleashed – Modern Art in the Low Countries show in The Hague


Mondrian show SS1

 Portret van Dolly, 1909 by Kees van Dongen,

EXPLORING the influence of the French Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists, such as Claude Monet, Paul Signac, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne, on the artists of the Low Countries, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is bringing Dutch and Belgian masters, as well as the French, together for the first time in a new exhibition, Colour Unleashed – Modern Art in the Low Countries 1885-1914 later this year.

Mondrian show SS2Mill in sunlight, 1908, oil on canvas, 114 x 87 cm
by Piet Mondriaan  Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

On show will be work by artists of the Low Countries, such as Leo Gestel, Jan Toorop, Piet Mondrian, James Ensor, Jan Sluijters, Henry van de Velde and Rik Wouters, as well as the French masters Claude Monet, Paul Signac, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne and so on. Their work will be brought together to examine the interaction between artists from France and the Low Lands so that the viewer can examine and experience the differences and similarities in their paintings. The French artists will be on show in one large exhibition room with all other rooms filled with work by the Dutch and Belgian artists.

This  exhibition has been made possible due partly to the current renovation of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, as a result of which some of the top items in its collection can now travel to other museums around the world. The show is also part of a year of events celebrating the cultural ties between the Netherlands and Flanders.

by Caroline Simpson

Colour Unleashed – Modern Art in the Low Countries 1885-1914 is on show at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag from October 3, 2015 – January 4, 2016

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