Contemporary Art Initiatives
Toussaintkade 55
The Hague

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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 itscitizens 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





Follow us 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



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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 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.

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


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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:

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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