Contemporary Art Initiatives
Toussaintkade 55
Den Haag

Bilderdijkstraat 141A
2513 CN Den Haag

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Ex-Mêkh - tentoonstelling - september-october

The Other Book - Art book feest - 28-30 november



Afgelopen projecten:

Killing Horizons | ArtScience Masters @QUARTAIR



“We arrived, we had Ideas, we had to destroy them.
Throughout the year, each one of us eventually matched the null hypersurface
defined by the vanishing of the norm of a killing vector field
- his or her personal Killing Horizon.
From this zero point, we departed happily
and determined to build new horizons to kill.”


The ArtScience Masters - first year - showcase their works and processes of a year-long incubation. ArtScience is about killing what one might imagine on the horizon; it demands change in perspective and the axis of the exhibition is disorientingly interdisciplinary. From mechanical sculptures, sound and light installations, to augmented reality and performances, the experimentation is the crucial part of our process and we are interested in the unexpected outcomes.

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

ArtScience Interfaculty (KABK/Koncon):

Opening vrijdag 7 juni, vanaf 19:00
Zaterdag & zondag van 13:00 tot 18:00

Toussaintkade 55,
Den Haag



Among Others

Among Others, a musical event, a concert, seemingly typical - some composers perform their works. A late May evening, an art space for a concert space. A drink, a conversation, a cigarette . . . before, in between and after.

The evening’s program will consist of four works by four composers:

Ernests Vilsonsan ostensible pinning down of an ostensible object (I-VI)
Gabriel PaiukDistance/Fiction experiment (with piano)
Sohrab MotabarSpring (for piano and two channels fixed-media) performed by Darina Žurková
Edgars Rubenisin 28’ 42”

Focusing on the predominantly ‘current’ within their artistic practice, the performances will uncover a segment of what might fall under the term ‘contemporary’ composition; the contemporaneity being the consolidating quality, allowing an openness to expand across their manner of operation.

Doors open 19:00 | Concert 19:30
Entrance: € 4 euros


Sohrab Motabar (IR/NL)
Motabar’s main field of interest is electroacoustic music, where he works with algorithms, chaotic functions and microsound. Using non-standard synthesis his music - resonating like a maze - he explores obscured dimensions and experimental modes of perceiving and listening.

Ernests Vilsons (LV/NL)
Vilsons currently studies electronic music at the Institute of Sonology pursuing a research in birdsong and systematic explorations of intonation.

Edgars Rubenis (LV/NL)
Having started out as an experimental guitar player, Rubenis now writes for various acoustic and electronic instruments.

Gabriel Paiuk (AR/NL)
The compositional and sound-art work of Paiuk is focused on the way notions, practices and material aspects of sound mediation play a role in modulating our listening. It takes the form of sound installations, works for instruments and electronics, and collaborations with other artistic disciplines.

Darina Žurková (CZ/NL)
Žurková is a composer, audiovisual artist and performer (voice, piano, electronics) originally from the Czech Republic.

Donderdag, 30 mei 2019

Deur 19:00 | Concert 19:30
Entrée €4


Hootgtij #57 vrijdag, 24 mei 2019

Moon Gallery

Moon Gallery

Tijdens Hoogtij, wanneer de zwaartekracht van de Maan het sterkst is, zal Moon Gallery een selectie van kunstvoorwerpen doen landen in QUARTAIR. Vergezel ons op 24 mei bij het observeren van de maan en het reiken naar de sterren. Moon Gallery is een internationaal kunstcollectief. Een verzameling van ideeën die het waard zijn om naar de maan te sturen. Samen ontwikkelen we een interplanetaire cultuur voor een toekomstige samenleving.

Deelnemende kunstenaars: Dana LaMonda, Studio Samira Boon, Daria Akhrameika, Daria Kozhina, Arina Livadari, Jorick De Quaasteniet, Anastasia Izotova, Thomas Heidtmann, Kornelija Chaleckyte, Suzanna Hamelink, Mary Kuiper, Alexandra Arshanskaya, Sarah Bovelett, Maria Beaumaster en soundscape door Attie Bauw.

Kern team: Anna Sitnikova (curator, expositie ontwerp), Elizaveta Glukhova (curator, grafisch ontwerp), Bernard Foing (wetenschappelijk expert en visionair) en Alexander Zaklynsky (initiatiefnemer)

Over het project: Moon Gallery is een initiatief dat in 2022 100 kunstvoorwerpen naar de Maan wil lanceren in het compacte formaat van een 10x10x1 cm plaatje op de buitenkant van een maanlander. Moon Gallery nodigt kunstprojecten uit die geïnspireerd zijn door de maan en menselijke exploratie als drijfveer hebben. Wat zijn de ideeën die we de toekomst in willen bevorderen? Welke ideeën willen we achter ons laten?

Toekomstige Maanmissies vereisen maatschappelijke betrokkenheid en de helderste ideeën van verschillende culturen en achtergronden. Dit is wat Moon Gallery beoogt te stimuleren.

Hoogtij #57 vrijdag, 24 mei 2019
vanaf 17:00
en zaterdag van 12:00 tot 22:00


Toussaintkade 55,
Den Haag





In a span of two days, InTake will combine performances and exhibition, promoting the interaction between the fine arts, electronic music, classical music, videoart, physical theatre, contemporary dance and poetry.

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

With works by Laura Maneiro, Lydia Buijs, Iliada Charalambous, Ana Francisca Costa, Leonie Schneider, Martin Gabriel, Ymke Vertelman, Görkem Ar?kan, Sarah Atzori, Kyaz x Bimetric, Dorota Matejová, Yung - Tuan Ku, Miro Bollen and Pietertje van Splunter

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Mei 17-18, 2019
Toussaintkade 55,
Den Haag


Open doors MAR residency at Quartair


You are warmly invited to the Finissage of MAR (Master Artistic Research), after a week long residency at Quartair, this Friday 15/02/2019, from 19:00 to 23:00

Participating artists: Adele Dipasquale, Alejandra Lopez, Annemarie Wadlow, Alkaious Spyrou, Arthur Cordier, Biba Cole, Daisy Madden-Wells, Daniel Iglesias, Davide Ghelli Santuliana, Elfi Seidel, Helena Sanders, Jaehun Park, Jan Tomza-Osiecki, Jesse Siegel, Katrina Niebergal, Lucy Cordes-Engelman, Matthew Lanning, Mel Chan, Rebecca Dunne and Wilfredo Orellana.

With the curatorial help of Raimundas Malasauskas.

The Master Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) is an intensive two-year programme for highly motivated artists.

Friday, February 15th, 2019, from 19:00 to 23:00
Facebook event

Toussaintkade 55,
The Hague





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.

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 of the told. Poetically re-placing in the bits and pieces, the artworks can be viewed as a whole, as well as individually.

Met Tsang Chui Mei, Jamsen Law, Julvian Ho, Lee Suet Ying, Tap Chan and Vee Leong / Li Tzimei (Hong Kong)

2 februari 2019, 18:00 tot 21:00
Van 3 tot 9 februari, 12:00 - 17:00 (maandag & dinsdag gesloten)

Review door Villa Next Door

Toussaintkade 55,
Den Haag




Het GOLF-festival is een nieuw driedaags festival met performances, installatiekunst en lezingen rondom de interactie tussen beeld en geluid. GOLF wordt georganiseerd door Haarlemse culturele instellingen 37PK, Nieuwe Vide en Pletterij in samenwerking met Quartair. Het festival vindt plaats op drie avonden, vrijdag 21, zaterdag 22 en zondag 23 december 2018 op drie locaties in Haarlem: 37PK, Pletterij en Nieuwe Vide, waarbij elke locatie een programma aanbiedt dat is toegespitst op het eigen karakter. De naam GOLF staat voor de manier waarop beeld en geluid tot ons komen, als golven, en voor de kunstenaars die tijdens dit festival een podium krijgen en deel uitmaken van een golf van nieuwe, spannende experimentele kunstvormen.

vrijdag 21 december | 37PK
19:30 Lucas Hoeben & Joost Nelissen | No New Museums and Other Stories
20:00 Mark IJzerman | Cantus Viscous
21:00 Mariska de Groot | Nibiru
21:45 Jaromir Mulders & Marlinde Vos | Boot, Work, Reboot
19:00-23:00 Mike Rijnierse & Rob Bothof | Piano / Forte

zaterdag 22 december | Pletterij
20:00 Sanne Huijbregts & Joost Lijbaart | Footage
21:00 Oguz Büyükberber & Tobias Klein | [busy mind of the] lonely commuter

22:00 Joost Rekveld & Rutger Zuydervelt & Dirk Serries
19:30-23:00 Timo Hoogland | Circle of times

zondag 23 december | Nieuwe Vide
15:00 Lecture 1: Jarl Schulp
16:00 Lecture 2: Peter Bruyn
17:00 Lecture 3: Joost Rekveld
19:30 Gijs Gieskes
20:15 Vito Willems
21:00 Nikki Hock | Trial by Fire
21:45 Leeza Pritychenko & Fien | Lethean Seal





A glimpse of Riga

During Hoogtij #55, QUARTAIR will be occupied by Latvian artists. An evening that will let you catch a glimpse of what the capital Riga and its citizens are.
Get to know their art, drink their traditional Black Balsam, listen to the band The Bad Tones (concerts at 20:30 and 22:00) and watch the 16 mm shortfilm ‘’Sound we see: Riga’’ where 25 artists capture the vibe of the city.

Participating artists: Rudolfs Stamers, Gundega Strauberga, Estere Betija Gravere, Sabine Vernere, Ieva Jakuša, Nanda Milberta, The Bad Tones and Eliza Elizabete Ramza.

The Bad Tones

The Bad Tones is a psychedelic rock quartet from Latvia previously known as The Pink Elephant. Mixing skills crafted through classical rock and blues standards with the song writing approach of modern, independent music, they've developed their own style and form. In Quartair they will perform as a trio, so you will meet The Bad Tones lite version.

Friday, November 30th, 2018
Doors open 19:00
Concert: The Bad Tones 20:30 and 22:30
Film: ''Sound we see: Riga’’(on view all night long)
Curated by: Eliza Elizabete Ramza

Contemporary Art Initiatives
Toussaintkade 55,
Den Haag

A Glimpse of Rigais generously supported by Riga's Black Balsam and Henri Willig cheese makers







Talking with Hands

The second part of this exchange project with Fusion Art Gallery / INAUDITA takes place now Turin, Italy.

Quartair artists - Harold de Bree, Geeske Harting, Wieteke Heldens, Erik-Jan Ligtvoet, Astrid Nobel, Jessy Rahman, Mike Rijnierse, Ludmila Rodrigues, Pietertje Van Splunter, Thom Vink - will open 'Talking with Hands' exhibition on Friday, 9th November at 19:00. Fusion Art Gallery / INAUDITA is a project space and artistic residence, run by Barbara Fragogna, artist and former curator of KunstHaus Tacheles, Berlin.

Opening: Friday, Nov 9th at 19:00
Visit: Thursday until Saturday, from 16:00-19:30
and by appointment:
until November 30th, 2018

Address: Piazza Peyron 9/g, Torino, Italy
+39 349 3644287



With many thanks to:





When looking at the role of women in history we often see women working on the background; widows, orphans, but also victims of (sexual) violence. From the rape of the Sabine women, the Korean and Indonesian ‘comfort women’, the kidnapped school girls of Boko Haram, to the IS women. But women also have been fighters and heroes; at times they might also be instrumental in perpetuating war. Read more on the page: E-Witness

E-Witness, Women and War is a program that aims to revisit and reflect on the role of women in war. Korean art group Art Ze-An departs from their historical perspective, the Korea war. The Dutch artists in the show focus on more recent events. With: Min Cheolhong, Heo Eunyoung, Shim Jung-ah, Chung Kyungmi, Ha Min-su, Han SoongHun, Hwang Seonyoung, Kim Suhyang, Shin Young-Seong, Jessy Rahman and Theater of Wrong Decisions.

The program consisted of an exhibition at Quartair, a Round Table at the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) on Tuesday, 20 Nov 16:00-18:00 in ISS Aula, and an Urban Safari, on Saturday 24 November - 11:00-13:00, in The Hague.

Exhibition Opening Friday, November 19th, 2018 at 18:00

With guest speakers: Dr Kees Biekart, Associate Professor in Political Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Kathleen Ferrier, former member of the Dutch parliament and currently advisor to the ISS Board.

Opening hours:
From Wednesday until Sunday (28th Nov, 2018)
from 13:00 to 17:00
and by appointment:

Toussaintkade 55 o
The Hague

Read more on the program: E-Witness page



See what you know


“See what you know” refereert naar het weten dat voortkomt uit het kijken. Het intuïtieve maken is een van de uitgangspunten van het reizende kunstenaarscollectief The Act of Painting. In het maken zit het weten. Je bent de ruimte die je schildert en je bent de actie die je maakt in het beeld.

In deze expositie is werk te zien van:

Delphine Courtillot

Raymond Cuijpers
Wieteke Heldens
Robbin Heyker
Jeroen Hofhuizen
André Kruysen
Ilona Plaum
Pietertje van Splunter
Marie van Vollenhoven
Nies Vooijs

Opening: vrijdag 12 Oktober, 19:00
20:30 Openingswoord door schrijver/curator Mark Kremer
Tentoonstelling: van 12-28 Oktober vrijdag t/m zondag van 13.00 t/m 17.00
and by appointment:

Toussaintkade, 55
Den Haag

Met dank aan:





Currently: 'Talking with Hands', the first exhibition of the new season 2018-2019. As part of our international cooperations, this exchange project between Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives and Fusion Art Gallery / Inaudita (Turin) will bring eight artists from Italy to The Hague, and later in November, ten artists from Quartair will travel and exhibit in Turin.

Check review by Kees Koomen:

Artists - Talking with Hands - The Hague:
Valeria Dardano
Alessandro Fara
Barbara Fragogna
Sebastiano Mortellaro
Ettore Pinelli
Maya Quattropani
Leardo Sciacoviello
Davies Zambotti
Fusian Art Gallery

'The hand of the human may be distinguished by the precision grip; however, the humanity of the hand, Heidegger argued, lies in its possession by the word. ‘Man does not “have” hands, but the hand holds the essence of man, because the word as the essential realm of the hand is the ground of the essence of man’. Thus language holds the hand, and the hand holds man.' - Tim Ingold
('Making Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture',  2013)

Opening: Friday September 7th, at 19:00-00:00
Exhibition from September 7- 23, 2018
Opening times: from Thursday until Sunday 12:00-17:00
and by appointment:

Thanks to:



Liza Wolters, Mike Moonen, Sophia den Breems, Gordon Meuleman, Marilou Klapwijk

Hoe diep, hoe hoog, hoe hard en hoe ver kun je gaan? Zullen we het erover hebben, over dat wat nog voor ons ligt? Over het werk dat we nog willen maken en wat onze dromen omvatten. We vragen het ons af. Wat zijn de mogelijkheden in ons alledaags bestaan? Kun je lucht duwen? De magie van het dagelijkse verschijnt enkel als je het belicht.

De groepstentoonstelling As Far As I Can Reach is gebouwd op een fundering van deze vragen en bestaat uit nieuw werk van de vijf deelnemende kunstenaars. Het werk is speciaal gemaakt voor de tentoonstellingsruimte van Quartair.

De gemene deler die de kunstenaars samenbracht voor deze tentoonstelling is de verwondering over de magie van het alledaagse. Echter ontstaat het werk op totaal verschillende wijze en weerkaatst het ene als tranen op beton en landt het ander zacht op een doorweekt kussen.

Download hier de tekst van Eline van der Haak over de tentoonstelling. PDF

We zien je graag tijdens de opening!
8 juni 20:00 uur

Gelijktijdig met de opening van het Haagse kunstfestival Holaa!

Hierna is de tentoonstelling nog te zien op 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 van 12.00 tot 18.00 uur

zondag 17 juni gesloten - Beste bezoeker, de laatste kans om onze tentoonstelling te bezichtigen is verplaatst. Zondag 17 juni zijn we wegens omstandigheden helaas gesloten, mocht je toch nog heel graag willen; stuur mij een mailtje of je maandagavond er bij kan zijn! Een laatste rondleiding om 20:30, met koffie.

De kunstenaars suppoosten zelf!

Foto's van de opening van Daan Loeff.

Download hier de tekst van Eline van der Haak over de tentoonstelling (PDF)





1-2-3 juni


Heet uit Milaan bij Quartair
In april vindt in Milaan jaarlijks de internationale Designweek plaats. Designliefhebbers uit de hele wereld overspoelen de stad een week lang om het nieuwste op het gebied van design te (laten) zien.
Ooit was het alleen de meubelbeurs, maar inmiddels is ieder leeg plekje in de stad gevuld met design. Nederlandse ontwerpers zijn al jaren zeer populair. En tijdens Festival Designkwartier spot jij deze pareltjes – heet uit Milaan – gewoon in Den Haag bij Quartair!

Geopend 1-2-3 juni van 11:00 - 18:00 uur.



foto's van Dana LaMonda








20 april tot en met 22 april

Opening vrijdag 20 april 18:00 - 23:00 uur

zaterdag en zondag 21 en 22 april 12:00 tot 18.00 uur

Fresh Dough

Iliada Charalambous, Luis Maly, Leonie Schneider, Jeannette Slutter.

Today we constantly experience a changing social, and urban landscape in which temporality is the norm, objects are made to be replaced instead of to last.
Fresh Dough is an exhibition where four young artists based in The Hague react to this notion of temporality through sculptural ephemerality and a reaction to space.
Four diverse approaches to sculpture and site-specificity will be presented in Quartair to explore the temporality in contemporary sculpture and perhaps its very ephemeral nature.

Luis Maly (1991, Wiltz) is a multidisciplinary artist based in The Hague. For the past year he is busy making architectural interventions in space. These normally are consisted by large scale installations. His work is a open dialogue with the exhibition space. By studying the space he composes a work which fits harmonically to the location.

Leonie Schneider (1993, Munich) is a visual artist and musician, currently based in The Hague. She is in the graduation year of her bachelor study of fine arts at the Royal Academy of The Hague. Her artistic practice deals with the topics power and authority in social structures. The concept of family constellation is often an inspiration to the positioning of her sculptures. The idea of the stage, where audience and sculptures are performing together reappears in her exhibiting.

Iliada Charalambous ( Limassol, 1993) is an artist currently based in The Hague. She holds a BA diploma in Fine Arts, sculpture from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague. Currently she is engaged in an artistic practice exploring various aspects of the human condition within contemporary society in relation to the past.

Jeannette Slütter's (1988, Enschede) work consists of site-specific installations/situations. She studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and is living and working between Rotterdam and The Hague. In her works she questions the format of exhibition, with an interest in duration and movement.

met dank aan Stroom Den Haag

foto's van Lotte van Uittert en Dana LaMonda





Do not disturb

9 maart - 31 maart

Quartair staat al 25 jaar open voor kunst en kunstenaars uit de gehele wereld.
Minder bekend is dat ook 11 kunstenaars een atelier in het pand hebben.
Ter gelegenheid van ons jubileumjaar laten de leden van Quartair tijdens “Do not disturb” hun werk zien.

Met: Wieteke Heldens, Harold de Bree, Mike Rijnierse, Thom Vink, Astrid Nobel, Marlies Adriaanse,
Geeske Harting, Erik-Jan Ligtvoet, Ludmila Rodrigues, Jessy Rahman en Pietertje van Splunter.
Opening: vrijdag 9 maart 19.00 uur tijdens Hoogtij # 52
Open: 9 t/m 25 maart 2018
vrijdag, zaterdag en zondag 13 tot 17 uur.

wegens succes verlengd !
Extra open vrijdag 30 en zaterdag 31 maart 13:00/ 17:00 uur met
Finissage om 16:00 uur zaterdag 31 maart

impressie van Hoogtij #42 op chmkoome's blog
jegens en tevens





The Winter exhibition of the MA Artistic Research

Vrijdag 16 februari vanaf 17.00 uur

Students of the MA Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) will exhibit their research practices at Quartair as the culmination of a week of curatorial experiments with Stockholm based curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist.

Participating artists:
Mel Chan, Arthur Cordier, Lucy Engelman, Daisy Madden Wells, Katrina Niebergal, Ángel Orellana,
Matthew Lanning, Helena Sanders, Paulien Bekker, Greta Facchinato, Xaviera Hardjopawiro, Loretta Moore,
Hsu Wai Lun, Minsook Kang, Valentino Russo, Raquel Sanchez, Cristiana Vignatelli.

The evening will begin with a public discussion between Engqvist and curator/educator Clare Butcher on the roles of curators and artists, on exhibiting artistic research, and on the place of exhibitions within the art school context.

The exhibition follows on from an earlier event held at STROOM, Den Haag on February 9 with artist Marysia Lewandowska. Both events focus, in different ways, on issues related to the modes and contexts of artistic distribution.

De tentoonstelling is ook geopend op Zaterdag 17 februari, van 13.00 tot 16.00 uur.


MA Artistic Research