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Ex-Mêkh - tentoonstelling - september-october

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


Recent events:

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.

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

Opening Friday, June 7th, 2019 from 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th, from 1 pm to 6 pm

ArtScience Interfaculty (KABK/Koncon):

Toussaintkade 55,
The Hague



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.

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Doors open 19:00 | Concert 19:30
Entrance €4



Hoogtij #57 Friday, 24th May 2019 | Moon Gallery

Moon Gallery

Moon Gallery

During Hoogtij#57, when the gravitational pull of the moon is at its strongest, the Moon Gallery will land a selection of its artifacts at QUARTAIR.
Join us on the 24th of May to observe the moon and reach for the stars. Moon Gallery is an international collaborative artwork and a gallery of ideas worth sending to the moon. Together we develop a culture for future interplanetary society.

Participating artists: 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 and soundscape by Attie Bauw.

Core team: Anna Sitnikova (curator, exhibition designer), Elizaveta Glukhova (curator, graphic designer), Bernard Foing (space sector expert and visionary) and Alexander Zaklynsky (creative initiator)

About the project: Moon Gallery is an initiative to launch 100 artifacts to the moon within the compact format of a 10×10×1cm plate on a lunar lander exterior panelling as early as 2022. Moon Gallery invites art projects and artifacts inspired by the moon and by the thrive for human exploration to join our mission. What are the ideas that we want to promote into the future? What are the ideas that we want to leave behind?
Future moon missions require public engagement and the brightest ideas from different cultures and backgrounds. This is what Moon Gallery aims to stimulate.

Hoogtij #57 Friday, 24th May 2019
from 7 pm
and Saturday from 12:00 to 22:00


Toussaintkade 55,
The Hague





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, Pietertje van Splunter

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May 17-18, 2019
Friday 18:00-23:00
Saturday 15:00-23:00

Toussaintkade 55,
The Hague


Open doors MAR residency at Quartair


You are warmly invited to the Finissage of 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.

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

2 Feb 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm
Exhibition from February 3rd to 9th, 12pm - 5 pm (closed on Monday & Tuesday)

Review by Villa Next Door

Toussaintkade 55,
The Hague




GOLF festival is a new, three-day festival with performances, installations and lectures about the interaction between image and sound. GOLF is organised by the Haarlem cultural organisations 37PK, Nieuwe Vide en Pletterij in cooperation with Quartair.

The festival takes place on three evenings, Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December 2018, at three locations in Haarlem: 37PK, Pletterij and Nieuwe Vide, where each location offers a program that matches their character and approach.

The name GOLF (Dutch for “wave”) references the way in which sound and light come to us, as waves, and it references the artists who take the stage during this festival and who are part of a wave of new, exciting experimental art forms.

Friday December 21st | 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

Saturday December 22nd | 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

Sunday December 23rd | 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 was occupied by Latvian artists. An evening that let us catch a glimpse of what the capital Riga and its citizens are. Get to know their art, drink their traditional beverage, 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 by 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





Quartair in Italy:


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: from Thursday to Saturday, 16:00-19:30
and by appointment:
until November 30th, 2018

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



With thanks to:




E-Witness, Women and War

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. Yet, women also have been fighters and heroes; at times they might also be instrumental in perpetuating war.

E-Witness 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 consists 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: Wednesday until Sunday
from 13:00 to 17:00
and by appointment:
Until Sunday, 28th Nov

Toussaintkade 55
The Hague

Read more on the program E-Witness, Women and War




See what you know


“See what you know” refereert naar het weten dat voortkomt uit het kijken. Het intuďtieve 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.

With works from:

Delphine Courtillot

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

Opening: Friday 12 October, 2018 at 7 pm
Exhibition until 28 Oktober
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm
and by appointment:

Toussaintkade, 55
The Hague


Thanks to:



Past events:



Upcoming: '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.

Review by Kees Koomen on:

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:




Past events:

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

How deep, how high, how fast and how far can we go? Shall we talk about the path, which lies ahead of us? About the work we want to create and the dreams we have. We wonder. What are the possibilities in our everyday lives? Can you push the sky? The magic of the mundane only reflects when you put it out there.

The group exhibition As Far As I Can Reach is built on a foundation of these questions and consists of new work made by five artists. The work is specifically made for Quartair.

The common denominator that brought these artists together for this exhibition is a sense of wonder about the magic of the mundane. However, the work of these individuals emerges in very different ways and through different routes, from your tears smashing on concrete to waterfalls swallowed by soaked pillows.

The opening on the 8th of June, 8 pm,
coincides with the start of the art festival Holaa! in The Hague.

Open: 12:00-18:00 on 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 of June
Sunday 17th closed

The exhibition will be supervised by the artists themselves.

Curious? You can find us on social media.

Photo's from Daan Loeff.





1-2-3 juni
Sorry no english available
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.


Photo's from Dana LaMonda







opening 20 April 18.00 - 23.00

Saterday 21 April and Sunday 22 April 12.00 - 18.00

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.
with thanks to Stroom Den Haag

Photo's by Lotte van Uittert and Dana LaMonda





Do not disturb

9 March - 31 March

For already 25 years Quartair stands open for art and artists from all over the world.
It is less known that 11 artists also have a studio in this building.
In this jubilee year the members from Quartair show their work during “Do not disturb” .
With: 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: Friday March 9th at 19.00 hours during Hoogtij # 52
Open: from March 9th till March 25th 2018
on Friday, Saterday and Sunday 13 till 17 hour.

Exibition prolonged!
Extra open Friday 30th and Saterday 31th of March 13:00 - 17:00 hour
Finissage at 16:00 Saterday 31th March







The Winter exhibition of the MA Artistic Research

Friday 16 February from 17.00

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.

The exhibition will also be open on Saturday 17 February, from 13.00 - 16.00.

MA Artistic Research