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A Blue Room

Exhibition of contemporary artists on the work of Louis Couperus

Tim Breukers
Geeske Harting
Wieteke Heldens
Hans Hoekstra
Astrid Nobel
Selma van Panhuis
Robbert Pauwels
Pim Voorneman

There is an audio tour available where art historian Philip Peters reads the chosen excerpts.

Opening: Friday November 6, 19:00 by film maker Jan Louter.

Open: November 7 - December 4, Fri-Sat-Sun 13:00 - 17:00.

Extra: November 22 at 14.00 guided tour with explanations of work by the artists.
Finissage during Hoogtij on December 4, 19:00 - 23:00.

A Blue Room is a group exhibition in the gallery of artists' initiative Quartair with work by eight artists made exclusively for this exhibition. The starting point for their works is the work of Louis Couperus, from which each artist selected one or more exerpts to transform into a new piece. The final works range from paintings to sculpture and installation.

Louis Couperus (1863-1923) is the most famous writer of The Hague to this day. This exhibition explores which themes in his multifaceted oeuvre appeal to artists from now and can be transformed to contemporary art. These themes themselves are often not related to any particular time or a particular environment, but to the human condition in general: love, art, struggle, life dissatisfaction, fate.

The title of the exhibition comes from an anecdote in which the wife of Couperus requests a blue room in a guest address. Her husband would feel most at home in an entirely blue room. The intention of this exhibition was to create a place that does not look out of place in the here and now, where at the same time Couperus himself might have felt at home. After all, it was his mental legacy that this exhibition came forth from.

Supported by Stroom Den Haag



Reykjavik Stories

27 september - 17 october 2015

Reykjavik Stories 27 september t/m 17 october 2015

Eight artists from Island:
Jón Óskar, Hulda Hákon, Finnur Arnar, Jóhann Ludwig Torfason, Ragnhildur Jóhanns, Dodda Maggý, Guðmundur Thoroddson en Sindri Leifsson

Opening: Saterday 26 september 17.00 by the Ambassadeur Bergdís Ellertsdóttir and all the artists will be present.

Opening hours: 27 september till 17 october from Thursday till Saturday 13.00 - 17.00

Finissage: Hoogtij - Friday 16 october, from 19.00 to 23.00

With thanks to Stroom Den Haag




No Patent Pending #12

Sunday, 20th September - 19:30
Adam Donovan, Young Eun Kim, Amir Bolzman, Yaprak Sayar, Yael Levy & Karlijn Hamer

No Patent Pending is a nomadic performance series presenting radical interdisciplinary practices that engage with sound, image, space and the body. Imagining new tools to articulate everyday phenomena, extending the body, remapping sense
perceptions, hacking and reinventing existing media and codes, creating time and space for events which find their
preferred storage medium in the memory of participants. Read More:

in cooperation with TodaysArt and Quartair


Members of Quartair at Bienale di Venezia: Jumping in and out of Venice

Jumping in and out of Venice
10 - 13 september 2015

Thom Vink, Geeske Harting, Jessy Rahman, Pietertje van Splunter en Harold de Bree

Quartair at the 56th Venice Biennale

opening: thursday 10 september 20,.00
open: 11, 12 and 13 september 13.00 till 17:00r
Artist talk sunday 13 september 16.00

A Horse, a horse.. , Quartair
Jaran Kepang, Jessy Rahman
Machines of Loving Grace, Harold de Bree with Mike Watson

A Horse, a horse.... , Thom Vink, Geeske Harting, Jessy Rahman, Pietertje van Splunter.
For the exhibition "Jump into the Unknown", part of the 56th Venice Biennale, Thom Vink, Geeske Harting, Jessy Rahman and Pietertje of Splunter
developed the art project "A horse, a horse" which reports on a (fictional) trip a life-size horse. This horse was used in the Netherlands and Venice
for films and performances. The horse sails on a boat through the Westland and emerges from the water as Hippocampus. The individual artists
tell their own story and over the horse during the trip from The Hague to Venice, is saddled with more stories, myths and meanings.
These actions are documented and resulted in a number of short films that where shown in the exhibition "Jump in to the Unknown"
and now at Quartair in the Hague.

Machines of loving grace - Harold de Bree, Mike Watson
‘The advance of surveillance beckons its eventual ubiquity. In a completely advanced surveillance society there can be no escape, even for those who develop the technology in order to further their own interests.’
‘This system echoes that described by Orwell in 1984, yet rather than the cameras working in one direction, as the surveillance of the public by law enforcement agencies, it appears that the public, with cameras ever at the ready, are just as implicit in this surveillance machine as the 'State'. It seems no one is free from the surveillance machine, and, further, that everyone finds themselves as an operator of it. In a sense this is empowering, yet at the same time, no amount of participation will lead to power over the surveillance mechanism itself just as no amount of exposure to the extent of surveillance will free us from it. Edward Snowden’s exposure of the level of government surveillance over the populace in the USA and other Western countries has been fundamental in aligning the debate over surveillance and internet use. However, many people already assumed such a level of continuous blanket espionage. The risk is that it being made so visible will make it an acceptable part of life.
Mike Watson, from forth coming book "Joan of Art: Towards a Conceptual Militancy'.
The aim of the work is to play with the unease felt by the audience, watched by the ever-increasing presence of security technology and their complicity within it. Within the unique island structure of Venice and during the opening events of the Venice Biennale this should be particularly effective.

A series of fast public surveillance performances will target high visibility areas. Locations will include: San Marco Square, Ponte di Rialto, Ponte Accadamia, Santa Margerita square, Santa Maria Della Salute, Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi, Via Garibaldi.Later at the exhibition "Jump into the Unknown", part of the 56th Venice Biennale.
A video is shown as part of an installation. Made from material shot when the performances where taken place, as if taken from a security camera's, 4 shots on one monitor. The monitor standing on a pile of the Black Flag publications.
The title of this publication derives from the injunction which the office of the Biennale di Venezia issued to the artists during the process of gaining permission to feature the work as an official Biennale event. Our performers could fly a flag in any colour, so long as it wasn’t black.
The content of the publication: the rights of citizens when arrested in the 83 participating countries of the 56 Venice Biennial.

With thanks to: NDH, Peter Delwel, Antti Tenetz.

With support from: Gemeente Den Haag en Stroom Den Haag




18 july

Maria Borba + Duplexx + Suprise Guests

Astronautas is a performance which departs from existential questions present in the study of Physics: why is something out there and not the void? The performance combines extracts from lectures, poetry and films with live music. This interaction between science, music and moving image is a collaboration between music duo Duplexx (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and theatermaker/cosmologist Maria Borba (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

About the artists
Graduated in Physics with a Master in Cosmology (at the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics) Maria has navigated from concerts to operas and exhibitions.
Duplexx is an experimental music project initiated by Bartolo and Leo Monteiro, based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Supported by The Hague's Municipality


Still from 5 lessons and 9 questions about Chinatown - Shelly Silver 2009

Difference Screen July 3th till 5th

An initiative from: Bruce Allan en Ben Eastop (UK)
Guest-curator for the Dutch Program: Albert Wulffers (NL)

Difference Screen presents a diverse program of moving image by international artists reflecting on changing political geographies,
through people and places. The program embarks on a worldwide journey across 20 countries over two and a half years,
interpreted by an evolving dialogue between artists, curators and audiences.

On each location there is a program with films by local artists. Now Dutch movies will become part of the Difference Screen programme.
Besides the screenings there will be continuous showing of six short films in the 'Installed Programme'.

Friday 3rd july

19:30 Doors open: Installed Programme
20:30 Screening 1- Identity including the internet and social media as tools for change.
International program curated and introduced by Bruce Allan en Ben Eastop (UK),
with works by Shelly Silver (VS), Heba Amin (EG), Abounaddara (SY), Renata Poljak (HR), Teboho Edkins (SA), Thomas Kilpper (DU)

Saturday 4th july
14:00 - 17:00 Installed Programme
20:00 Screening 2- I'm a stranger here myself
Dutch program curated and introduced by Albert Wulffers,
with works by: Jeroen Eisinga, Anna Abrahams, Tessa Janssen, Arianne Olthaar, Katelijne Schrama, Alina Ozerova.

Sunday 5th july
14:00 – 17:00 Installed Programme
17:00 Screening 3 - Humour and Survival in Adversity
Four movies from Georgia, curated and introduced by Bruce Allan

For more information: and

With thanks to The Hague Municipality and The Arts Council England





Quartair would like to invite you to come watch live stream television from NYC with us on Thursday, the 18th of June from 4pm. We celebrate the release of the STROBE Network. This special broadcast of the STROBE Network will be an one night event at Quartair filled with entertainment, recorded live from New York City straight to the audience in The Hague. Join us as we embrace and interact with television programming you have never seen before!

If the weather is good we will have a BBQ NYC-style so please bring your own meat or vegaburger!

STROBE Network is a temporary channel set to broadcast in June 2015 via live internet stream as part of Flux Factory’s 2015 programming. STROBE Network is a platform for artists to envision what they want out of mass communication that conventional programming denies. In addition to internet streaming STROBE Network will welcome a studio audience for live tapings at the sound stage in the Flux Factory gallery in Queens, NY and offer kiosks and viewing parties at a variety of off-site host spaces.

More info at and

Schedule for Thursday, June 18, 2015

16:00 - "Craigslist Shopping Network" - featuring Roopa Vasudevan
17:35 - "Awkward Stack of Books" - featuring Andrew Demirjan and Dahlia Elsayed
18:00 - "Baking with Mercury" - featuring Haram Becker and the Cannery Collective
18:20 - "All This Shit is Ours" - featuring Troll Food
20:05 - "The Salad Show" - featuring Stephanie Avery, Jason Kashruts and Miles Forrerster
21:08 - "I Feel Your Pain" - featuring Liz Magic Laser
22:30 - "Millionaire Worthy TV" -featuring Angela Washko?
23:08 - "Hollywood Burn" -featuring Soda Jerk


Quartair abroad

May 6th -June 18th

" Jump in to the Unknown" at the Palazzo Loredan dell’ Ambasciatore, part of the 56th Venice Biennale.

A horse, a horse ….. – Thom Vink, Geeske Harting, Jessy Rahman, Pietertje van Splunter

Members of Quartair: Jessy Rahman, Pietertje van Splunter, Geeske Harting, Thom Vink participate in the 20th Anniversary exhibition project of the Nine Dragon Heads, part of the Venice Biennale of 2015.

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Read more: Map of Art in Italy

9dragonheads at the Venice Biennale





In March 2015 P.S. (Performance Site) organized a festival at Quartair about performance art. It started during the Hoogtij on March 6th and ended with a day of Workshop with guest artist Willem Wilhelmus.


Hoogtij Friday March 6th- 19:00-23:00 continuous performances
Saturday afternoon March 7th - 16:00-23:00 reading Willem Wilhelmus and performances in the context of ArtScience
Sunday afternoon March 8th - 13:00-17:00 workshop Willem Wilhelmus
To subscribe for the workshop visit

Participating artists:
Ronald Bal, Liesje van de Berk, Sebastiaan Dijk, Katinka van Gorkum, Kirsten Heshusius, Jolanda Jansen, Lisetteh, Topp & Dubio, Alberto Novello, Xavier van Wersch and Wen Chin Fu.

Guest artist:
Willem Wilhelmus

Willem has been living and working in Helsinki since 1994. In 1999 he orientated his work solely to performance art. He combines both the creation and the organization of performance events such as the Fake Finn Festival of experimental live art, La Contact, New Art Contact, Art Contact and Kaapo Hintikka, all of them in Helsinki.

For P.S. Performance Art Festival The Hague, he will be in Holland for one weekend. You can learn more about the festival at https;// or facebook: P.S.

The workshop on sunday will be about performance art related to space.
Context: The space determines a big part of the final performance. How to deal with it as a performance artist? Where does the performer place his public in the room, opposite his performance? What kind of significance has the space in the performance, is it secondary or defining. How can space be used as an advantage in the performance and can you make it into the topic of the performance? Does the performer fit in with his environment or is he in advance looking for spots that are interesting to use in the performance?


Campagne beeld Selfportrait with Youth Organization Flag- Mihai Nistor - 2014

The bittersweet legacy of communism in Romania. Reflections (II): Young Artists
Young artists reflect on the historical events of 1989. What are the implications of the fall of communism in Romania 25 years ago and how do young artists relate to these topics? What dilemma’s do artists face today?
Arts foundation Mirrors of Romania organizes a student exchange program with young artists from Romania and The Netherlands. During one month the students will work in The Hague. The program consists of exhibitions in Quartair and GEMAK. Additionally there will be lectures, films and tutorials in GEMAK.

The program aims at an artistic exchange between Romania and The Netherlands. The reflections by the young artists will contribute to the research question: what is the role of the artist in (oppressed) society.
Reflections (II): Young Artists is the second part of the exhibition project The bittersweet legacy of communism in Romania. Reflections (I): Dan Perjovschi which took place in December 2014 at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague.

Artists: Ioana Ciora (The Hague, NL | Bucharest, RO), Csongor Szabó (Oradea, RO), Afra Eisma (The Hague, NL), Zsófia Gábor (Cluj, RO), Bas Kaufmann (The Hague, NL), Mihai Nistor (Iasi, RO).

For exact dates and time of the events see:


TOP 2015