Benelux Spring Tip List 2022 - ART FIX
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Benelux Spring Tip List 2022

Left your Easter holiday plans until the last minute? Don’t worry Fixers, we’ve got you covered. Art Fix will take you from Groningen in the north of Holland all the way to the south of Luxembourg for a unique spring break with an artful twist. Here’s what you can’t miss:

THE NETHERLANDS

 

JR: Chronicles in Groninger Museum

Did you catch Time Magazine’s March cover of the monumental photograph of a young Ukrainian refugee? This was initiated by French artist JR with the help of over 100 local volunteers. 

Now you can see JR’s brilliant work a little closer to home: at the Groninger Museum.

Rob Scholte: Reproduction Obliged in Museum de Fundatie 

It was once said that copying is the highest form of flattery, and Dutch artist Rob Scholte is in the business of handing out compliments. Titled “the king of copyright”, his paintings appropriate art and advertising, showing a blatant disregard for originality and the rights of ownership. 

ART FIXER SPOTLIGHT

Couleur Local at Kunsthub Bink

Heard of Elburg? It’s one of the oldest fishing cities in the Netherlands. If hook, line, and sinker isn’t your thing, visit pop-up gallery Bink instead. Founded by Art Fixer Petra Boersma, the gallery is home to “Couleur Local”, featuring works by 10 different artists, ranging from recently graduated Rakshita Bhargava from Minerva Groningen to internationally operating Ronald A. Westerhuis (designer of the national MH17 monument in Vijfhuizen). 

Abrasive Paradise at Kunsthal KAdE

Close your eyes and imagine paradise. Your imagination will likely include some form of nature. This exhibition is a commentary on the shortage of nature in our modern societies, despite their consistent presence in our imagination. As a result, we’ve found nature in new places – roof gardens, vertical farms, and alongside pavements. Twelve contemporary artists, including Rinus Van de Velde, Frederic Kunath, Michael Raedecker and Hadassah Emmerich, reflect on this trend of a new, created natural paradise. 

Bastiaan Woudt: Twist at Kranenburgh

Bastiaan Woudt’s digital photography takes inspiration from famous photographers such as Man Ray, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Though following in the footsteps of these masters, Woudt’s contemporary studio photography uses digital techniques. His works are said to have a “sculptural quality”, something to see for yourself in Kranenburgh this spring.

Van Gogh and the Olive Groves at Van Gogh Museum 

It’s said that Van Gogh created over 900 paintings in his life, but have you ever seen his olive grove works? The artist made fifteen olive paintings, constantly experimenting with various approaches. Fascinated by the gnarly shapes of the olive trees and their ever-changing colors, he painted them over and over at different times of the day. 

Etel Adnan: Colour as Language at Van Gogh Museum

This retrospective of the work by the artist Etel Adnan (1925-2021) is one not to miss, especially given the talented artist’s recent death. The exhibition features more than 80 of her works, presented alongside ten works by Vincent van Gogh, who was a significant source of inspiration for Adnan. 

Art Fix: Instead of using an easel when she painted her works, she laid the canvases flat on the table. “This comes from the fact that I started as a writer. I put a canvas on the table and I attack the surface as if I am writing”, explains the artist. 

WonderBuhle at Galerie Ron Mandos 

The Ron Mandos gallery presents a new exhibition by WonderBuhle. WonderBuhle’s inspiration is his youngest daughter; uNeyzi, the moon or the one that sits among the stars. When we entered the gallery, we were struck by the most beautiful colors; the purest sage green, golden, blues, anthracite, and splashes of vibrant pink. A must-see for our daydreamers.

Bas Schippers: Solo at Madé van Krimpen

No need to look hard to find this gallery. Behind the bright green door, you’ll find the works of the vibrant Bas Schippers. These works are rough, raw, and mystical –  telling the story of youth and the need to live up to certain expectations. 

Stefani Jemison at Annet Gelink

Into cinematography? Head to Annet Gelink Gallery for a new show hosting an impressive combination of video art, installation, sculptures and drawings by the American artist, Stefani Jemison.

Alex Dordoy: Monster at Grimm Gallery

After two years of quiet, slower lives, you may find solace in Alex Dordoy’s nostalgic paintings. Scottish painter Dordoy often paints multiple versions of the same image in varying bright hues, suggesting the passing of time by means of an artificial light source. 

Exclamation Mark: A Groupshow at The Ravestijn Gallery

This spring, The Ravestijn Gallery combines the work of five artists and turns into a real treasure trove. Upon entering the gallery, your eyes immediately go to the glass shelves of Matt Lipps. Similar to the art of Theis Wendt — where everything seems to disappear in an infinite depth on a flat surface — Lipps’ work transforms from 2D to 3D. The way Mark Mahaney photographed the Alaskan Nights truly gave us chills — utter desolation, where nothing seems to grow or live.

Jens Knigge & Witho Worms: Around the Polar Circle at Galerie Caroline O’Breen

For the photography junkies, head to Galerie Caroline O’Breen for “Around the polar circle”. The two photographers display photographs of the Nordic landscape made using similar tools. Though capturing the same glaciers and mountains, they’re starkly different. Can you guess which photographer shot in summer and which in the winter? 

Thomas Hoepker: The Way it Was at Bildhalle Adam South

Thomas Hoepker’s show at Bildhalle Gallery is a must-see for all boxing lovers. Looking back at the artist’s lifetime of important works, followed by mesmerizing photographs of New York City and portraits of Mohammed Ali.

Albarran Cabrera: Playing With the light of the Universe at Bildhalle centrum 

“Every day you play…” is the title of a love poem written by Chillean Pablo Neruda. It also served as inspiration for the solo exhibition for artistic duo Albarrán Cabrera. The opening line of this poem “Every day you play with the light of the universe” describes what it feels like to be a photographer. Let your imagination run wild with the unique photographs of these two artists that aim to discover the why of things.

Group Show at Fons Welters 

Behind the inviting, bubble-like door of Fons Welters Gallery, lies a concoction of abstract works made by international artists who were asked to react to the notion of “modernism” in art. Their titles “Run to the rescue with love” and “He is sneaky” reinforce that they need to be experienced in real life!

Dangerous bodies at Kers Gallery

In the mood for female art? The Kers Gallery brings together the works of 5 female artists in “Dangerous Bodies”. From photographs to paintings to installations, the Kers Gallery has something for the lover of every medium. 

Serge Alain Nitegeka at Stevenson Amsterdam

Johannesburg-based artist Serge Alain Nitegeka comes to the Netherlands with his first solo show and two consistent colours: Art Fix yellow and blue. Influenced by his own experience as a refugee, Nitegeka’s works address issues of identity sparked by forced migration and cultural and political borders. 

Thomas Raat: Dynasty at Stigter Van Doesburg 

At Stigter Van Doesburg you’ll find Thomas Raat’s playful work. Highly critical, Raat often uses established works of art as starting points for his modification. We spotted the signature Lacoste crocodile and the works of Roy Lichtenstein, what about you?

Barbara Hepworth at Rijksmuseum Gardens

  • 3 June – 23 October 
  • Rijksmuseum Gardens, Amsterdam
  • rijksmuseum.nl

Every year, the Rijksmuseum Gardens invites one artist to exhibit a sculpture. For this ninth edition, English sculptor Barbara Hepworth takes the stage. Many of the sculptures are important public works that have never previously been moved from their place, and we can’t wait for the summer to bring the unveiling of Hepworth’s pieces. 

Guido van der Werve at Eye Film Museum

  • Until 29 May
  • IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam
  • eyefilm.nl

Hop on the ferry at Central Station and travel across the water to the Eye Film Museum. Here you’ll find the first retrospective exhibition of Guido Van der Werve, the artist known for his extremes. Prepare for films based on extreme physical endurance and skill, involving climbing, cycling, swimming and running!

Jonathas de Andrade at FOAM

  • Until 8 May 
  • Keizersgracht 609 
  • foam.org

There are few artists that choose to print their photographs on cardboard, but meet one of the rare few: Jonathas de Andrade. The walls at FOAM are covered with his photographs of local supplies of a Brazilian indigenous community with deaf-mute inhabitants. In a film, visitors can see their unique and energetic sign language. 

Luc Delahaye at Huis Marseille 

French photojournalist Luc Delahaye returns to the Amsterdam canals for a second solo show. Operating as a professional war reporter between the late 1980s and the early 2000s, Delahaye earned international recognition for his work in war zones. The range of his reportage – from a riot in Gaza to  the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake – addresses the difficult practice of photojournalism itself. 

FOODIE FIXES AMSTERDAM

Cafe Twee Prinsen: For your canal-side coffee & baguette fix, head to this newly-opened cafe. 

Gertrude: For a post-gallery lunch, head to Gertrude’s sunny terrace. Order the aubergine.

Toscanini: Our fave spot for home-cooked Italian in Amsterdam, save space for dessert.

Toki: Grab a coffee at this delicious corner-located cafe with one of the best playlists in town. 

Cafe Parlotte: For a post-museum drink, head here for white wine and oysters. 

Cafe Caron: A little bit of Paris in Amsterdam, the best french food in Amsterdam. 

De Juwelier: The bone marrow grilled with mushrooms, sourdough toast and parsley is to die for. This restaurant is always packed, so book well in advance.

Domenica: Italian restaurant, not only for Sundays.

Joncquil: Mid – Life – Career – Queste at Galerie Ramakers

Dutch artist Joncquil has selected a few of his personal favorites from his oeuvre for his show in The Hague this spring. Even when depicting familiar imagery such as animals or clowns, his paintings disconcert and disorient the viewer. Don’t forget to take a selfie at the back of the gallery, and use #selfielovewallpaper when you post it on your socials.

Rachel de Joode and Maja Klaassens at Dürst Britt & Mayhew

Hop of the train at The Hague Hollands Spoor to visit this cool gallery and step into the worlds of Rachel and Maja.

Mondrian: Moves in Kunstmuseum 

If you have time for only one exhibition in The Hague, this is the one! To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, the museum created “Moves”, exploring Mondrian’s inspiring relationships with fellow artists of his time, and his role as a source of inspiration to many others, like Bob Bonies, Germaine Kruip and Bridget Riley. Victory Boogie Woogie combined with Imi Knoebel and Frank Stella serves as a vibrant grand finale.

Victory Boogie Woogie combined with Imi Knoebel and Frank Stella serves as a vibrant grand finale.

FOODIE FIXES THE HAGUE

Single Estate: Choose your bean of choice and grab a delicious cappuccino at The Hague’s finest cafe. One of the only corners that has sunshine all day. 

Dolly: Vegans unite, a new spot for vegetarian treats has opened in The Hague! Dolly’s Vegetarische Restaurant has the best banana bread in town.  Open on weekends only.

Antony Gormley: Ground in Voorlinden

From English cathedrals to Australian seas, the figures of Antony Gormley have travelled the world far and wide. Now they come a little closer to home. The major retrospective exhibition “GROUND” brings together work spanning Gormley’s career, from his early lead sculptures from the 1980s to recent large-scale installations. We can’t wait for this show to open.

The Unapologetically Indiscreet at Cokkie Snoei

Who is the most unapologetically discrete person you know? When thinking about discretion, we can all conjure little moments we wish we’d had more of it. “Beautiful Indiscretions” brings together an international group of artists whose work deals with notions of speaking out in a seemingly joyous manner about topics that often remained unseen in the past. 

Henry Woide and Vanessa Fairfax – Woods at Contour Gallery

Inspired by old English folklore, the artists showing at this great photography gallery create their own modern myths and legends. They make visual stories, approached from a sense of humor, darkness, and ethereal beauty. 

Frank van der Salm: Now + Here at Roof A

The images shown by Frank Van der Salm are powerful and imposing, both due to their scale and visual style. His works can confuse the viewer – inviting us to rooftops of Tokyo and Dubai. Don’t forget to go head to the rooftop of Roof A to see the impressive installation of Atelier van Lieshout

FOODIE FIXES ROTTERDAM

The Ballroom: Escape the city in the courtyard garden, with one of the 100 Gin & Tonic on the menu. Truly the best bar in town.

Héroine: From art in museums and galleries to art on your plate. Héroine is not your usual restaurant; sit back, relax and let the chef surprise you with the most amazing food. 

Zoro Feigl: Zonvonkengesproei at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

This spring, Zoro Feigl – known for his kinetic works pulsing with energy – will go big with a solo show in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam with a large number of new, playful and often overwhelming installations. The presentation takes up half of the building and also marks the reopening of the museum building after a long renovation. 

Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be in De Pont Museum

  • Until 24 July 
  • Wilhelminapark 1, Tilburg
  • depont.nl

The city of textiles welcomes Kara Walker, who opened her private archives of 600+ drawings that she carefully kept hidden from the outside world for over 28 years. De Pont presents these unknown treasures along with brand new works and a series of animation films in Walker’s first major solo exhibition in the Netherlands.

Laure Prouvost: Deep See Blue Surrounding You at the Bonnefanten Museum

This exhibition immerses the visitor in a dreamlike world. At the heart of that world is Prouvost’ fictional short film “They Parlaient Idéale”, which can be viewed in one of her mesmerizing installations at the museum. 

BELGIUM

Simon Laureyns at Geukens & DeVil Antwerp

Simon Laureyns’ exhibition “Early Birds” reveals a new dimension to its viewer in its color and form. Like an open book whose pages are waiting to be read, the artist’s fabric objects spread widely into the surroundings. 

The Nineties: 40 Years of Zeno X Gallery 

  • Until 7 May
  • Leopold de Waelplaats 16, Antwerp
  • zeno-x.com

Zeno X Gallery celebrates its 40th anniversary with several exhibitions that bring together historical and new work. With work by the artists Dirk Braeckman, Anton Corbijn, Marlene Dumas, Mark Manders and Luc Tuymans.

Guy Mees: Cut-Out Horizon at Gallery Sofie Van de Velde

Belgian artist Guy Mees is known for his paper cutouts—elongated, irregular scraps of colored paper pinned directly onto the wall. These works are now on view alongside those of Ellsworth Kelly and Blinky Palermo, forming a dialogue of form and color. A true celebration of minimalist giants! 

Kati Heck at Tim van Laere Gallery

Kati Heck portrays her figures in a photorealistic way with a great attention to every detail. Her works are reminiscent of Otto Dix and George Grosz, featuring indulgent bars, dancers and actors. The perfect show before a wild weekend ahead.

FOODIE FIXES ANTWERP

Nives: For a cappuccino and nibble.

Bar Vert: Where to grab lunch and a Bloody Mary to re-energise during your art tour.

Victor: For an aperitivo and oyster to start your evening.

St Vincents: To see some of the coolest furniture in Antwerp.

Hotel Pilar: For a good night’s sleep and incredible food you must go to Hotel Pillar. Don’t forget to order the shoestring fries!

ART FIXER SPOTLIGHT

Cathalijn Wouters: Studio Life at Francis Maere Fine Arts 

Artists’ studios are fascinating and intimate places, a chance to see what lies behind closed doors. The studio, everything in it and all that takes place there, is a recurring subject in Art Fixer Cathalijn Wouters’ recent work at her new show “Studio Life”.

Keith Coventry at De Brock Gallery

The exhibition introduces the British artist’s recent ‘New Estates’ series. Each painting highlights sites where violent acts have occurred recently. Focusing only on the crime scene sites and omitting any information as to the exact crime committed or distressing details of the individual victims.

Art Brussels 2022

  • 28 April – 1 May, 2022
  • Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86c, Brussels
  • artbrussels.com

The discovery fair of the contemporary art scene in Belgium’s capital. During the preview, Art Fix will launch the limited edition print by Shirley Villavicencio Pizango. We have a few tickets available for Art Fix members. Interested? Email ivy@art-fix.com.

Rinus Van de Velde: Inner Travels at Bozar

  • Until 15 May
  • Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels
  • bozar.be

A self-proclaimed armchair voyager, Rinus Van de Velde narrates tales of semi-heroic quests and adventures, articulated around his imaginary travels and his fictitious encounters with figures of recent art history. An exhibition for those with a big imagination!

Viewing Depot Ex#02 at VanhaerentsArtCollection

The VanhaerentsArtCollection is a unique and comprehensive collection of contemporary art, assembled by the Vanhaerents family. The recent collection “Viewing Depot Ex#02” features iconic works by celebrated artists including Rudolf Stingel, Lorna Simpson, Bruce Nauman and Jason Rhoades.

Heidi Bucher at Mendes Wood DM

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe: Black Rodeo at Almine Rech

  • Until 16 April (last week)
  • Rue de l’Abbaye 20, Brussels
  • alminerech.com

Your last chance to see the European solo exhibition debut of Otis, featuring several new large format paintings. Quaicoe’s paintings and installations show the untold stories of the Black American cowboy. 

Danielle Kwaaitaal – Still Water at Michele Schoonjans Gallery

In its underwater series “Ultraviolet” & “Zephyr”, Kwaaitaal takes a completely new artistic direction. Photographed glass vases and ceramic jars, the artist makes a reference to Giorgio Morandi, who painted pots and pitchers and vases in Bologna all his life. 

Cassi Namoda: Tropical Depression at Xavier Hufkens

Cassi Namoda is a painter whose work tells the historical narratives of life in post-colonial Africa, particularly those of the artist’s native Mozambique.

Sausage Party at Rodolphe Janssen

“Sausage Party” is a group exhibition that brings together works by 24 international artists. The ‘sausage’ as a theme may appear amusing, even banal, yet it is striking to note the number of artists who have already approached the subject like Emily Mae Smith, Genesis Belanger and Tony Matelli.

Fundamental Occurrences at Nosbaum Reding

This is a group show you don’t want to miss! Look out for the electric work by Ana Karkar.

Frida Kahlo: The Life of an Icon at Horta Gallery 

Immerse yourself in the turbulent life of the Mexican artist through original films, video projections and digital installations projected onto the walls, ceiling and floor of the Horta Gallery.

FOODIE FIXES BRUSSELS

Rebel: Our number one wine bar in Brussels. 

Grain Bakery: For the best croissants and focaccia in all of Brussels. 

Ötap: For a dinner of natural wines and healthy food. 

Francine: Lean into Brussel’s French side at this delicious wine bar with local, seasonal food. 

Titulus: The place to get your wine and cheese fix in the Belgian capital. 

Brasserie the Spoon: For the best moules. 

LUXEMBOURG

Edward Steichen: The Family Man at Castle Clervaux

The most popular exhibition in the history of photography, Edward Steichen’s The Family Man has returned to its birth country and is displayed permanently at the Castle Clervaux for all to enjoy. A mass of 503 photos taken by 273 artists from 68 countries, Steichen wanted to create a portrait of human life – the good and the bad – in images and he certainly succeeded. 

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg

  • Until 5 September
  • 3, Park Dräi Eechelen, Luxembourg-Kirchberg
  • mudam.com

Missed Lynette Yiadom-Boakye exhibitions at the Tate? Head over to the Mudam in Luxembourg where you’ll see 67 paintings that span two decades. Known for her portraits of fictitious people, she invites viewers to raise questions of identity and representation. Our favorite part? Her paintings are coupled with poetic titles, allowing her to “write about the things I can’t paint and paint the things I can’t write about”. 

Rafael Grassi-Hidalgo: Forms of Life at Nosbaum Reding

These works flirt with the viewer the second they walk through the gallery’s door. Beautiful flowers on bright blue canvases are just what you need to add a splash of color to your day. Check out Grassi-Hidalgo’s take on the forms of life.

FOODIE FIXES LUXEMBOURG

Um Plateau: The best terrace in the city for a drink at the end of long Art Fix day. Hungry for more? The food at Um Plateau is unbelievable. Our advice; order as many starters as possible and share with your friends.

Cereal Lovers: In need of some caffeine? The coffee menu at Cereal Lovers has something for everyone .