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Dutch Brand ST. Studio Debuts its SS17 Collection

DUTCH womenswear brand ST. Studio has debuted its SS17 Collection. The elegant collection takes inspiration from the influential ballet company, Ballet Russes, an itinerant ballet company based in Paris that performed between 1909 and 1929. The company is well known and appreciated for its world-class choreography and revolutionary costume design.

image-one-st-studioST. Studio SS17 Collection

The refined and powerful collection offers much in the way of design including exquisite tailoring, supple denim, modern co-ords and romantic 3D-lace.

Highlights of ST Studio’s SS17 collection include wide-leg trousers, flared jeans, mini skater skirts and power suits, bringing back some of the styles from the sixties.

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With prices range from £22 to £170 there is something in this chic and versatile collection to suit any woman.

by Alice Fiancet

The ST Studio SS17 collection is available here.

ST Studio 43 Carnaby Street London W1

Kröller-Müller Museum Presents New Show of Sculpture

THE Kröller-Müller Museum, Holland presents Move On, a new exhibition of 20th century drawing and sculpture which opens later this month. The show, which is based on the theme of movement displays work by Dutch artists Gerrit van Bakel, Tom Claassen, Constant, Martin van Oel, Panamarenko and Carel Visser. Either painfully slow or alarmingly fast, movement is conveyed through an eclectic mix of visionary ideas and humour from the futuristic machine to the tatty soft toy.

Tom Claassen’s sculptures are found in public spaces such as airports, parks and carriageways. His cutesy cartoon animals are monumental pieces but deflate any sense of importance. Claassen’s over-sized rat is sluggish and fat. Divested of razor sharp teeth and scurrying feet, it defies the aggressive nature of its real life counterpart.

Kröller-Müller Museum, Dutch, sculpture, drawing, artTom Claassen, Untitled (Brigid), 1998, latex, sand, burlap, synthetic textile and polystyrene foam,
130 x 390 x 860 cm, Courtesy of Kröller-Müller Museum. Photograph: Cary Markerink

Fascinated by the mythical possibility of human flight, Panamarenko creates imaginary vehicles inspired by existing designs. His jet-propelled rubber car, Polistes is based on the Porsche 917 and takes its name from a species of wasp that fly to a high altitude.

Kröller-Müller Museum, Dutch, sculpture, drawing, artPanamarenko, Polistes, jet-propelled rubber car, 1974, steel, wood, polyurethane foam, rubber,
fabric, glass fibre, silicon, pvc, 98.5 x 209 x 378 cm, Courtesy of Kröller-Müller Museum. Photograph: Cary Markerink

Carel Visser, a constructivist sculptor and collagist from Raavenswaay is celebrated for his elegant minimalist works from metal and concrete. Visser incorporated collage into his sculptures using a variety of materials which included iron, sand, cardboard, glass and even walking sticks from the British Rail lost property office. His work, Cart implies movement with a neat trail of sand which appears to reference the slow drudgery of historical farming techniques.

Kröller-Müller Museum, Dutch, sculpture, drawing, artCarel Visser, Cart, 1981, photo: Marjon Gemmeke, steel, wood, rubber, glass, plaster, cardboard, rope, sand, 117 x 455 x 170 cm, Courtesy Kröller-Müller Museum / Photo: Marjon Gemmeke

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, Move On opens is on from November 26  until April  23, 2017 at The Kröller-Müller Museum, Houtkampweg 6, 6731 AW Otterlo, Holland

Telephone: +31 (0)318 591 241

Front page image: Panamarenko, Polistes, jet-propelled rubber car, 1974, steel, wood, polyurethane foam, rubber, fabric, glass fibre, silicon, pvc, 98.5 x 209 x 378 cm, Courtesy of Kröller-Müller Museum / Photo: Cary Markerink


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

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV Den Haag
Tel: 31 (0)70 3381111 email:

Dutch museum acquires two more sculptures by Louise Bourgeois

LB SS1Spider Couple (2003) by Louise Bourgeois

THE GEMEENTEMUSEUM, The Hague, has acquired two large sculptures by the French artist Louise Bourgeois, Spider Couple (2003), from her famous spider series and Clouds and Caverns (which has never previously been exhibited) on long-term loan. The Louise Bourgeois Studio owns a number of the artist’s larger sculptures, and it loans them to only a few museums in the world. The Gemeentemuseum,  already owns a sculpture by Bourgeois Cell XXVI (2003), from her celebrated later period, which was bought by the museum in 2011, with support from the Friends of the Gemeentemuseum and various funds. It is the only institution in the Netherlands  to own any work by Bourgeois and, after this recent acquisition, becomes one of the Louise Bourgeois Studio’s permanent partners in Europe.

LB SS2Clouds and Caverns by Louise Bourgeois

Gemeentemuseum has the world’s largest collection of Mondrians, hosts runaway shows such as the Mark Rothko exhibition and the presentation of The Vincent Award. The loan of these  sculptures confirms its rising profile in the modern and contemporary art world. “The arrival of Spider Couple and Clouds and Caverns strengthens our position even further,” says director Benno Tempel.

The purchase of Cell XXVI in 2011 was the stimulus for the Double Sexus exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum, in which the Bourgeois was closely involved. When she died shortly before the opening, at the age of 98 in 2010, the museum completed preparations for the exhibition with the Louise Bourgeois Studio. The Gemeentemuseum’s close relationship with the artist and the studio has now been cemented by the long-term loan. The two sculptures now occupy a place of honour among the permanent exhibit of modern art.

by Caroline Simpson