Must-See Art Guide: The Netherlands

This week's guide includes Ugo Rondinone, Calvin and Ruby Black, and more.

Ugo Rondinone, vierzehnterseptemberzweitausendundfünfzehn (2015). Courtesy of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Just in time for the arrival of spring, a new sentiment is blooming into the art world: “now that the Armory and VOLTA are over, I can’t wait for TEFAF.” After the all the buzz surrounding New York City and its many art fairs dies down, now is the time to hop a plane and fly to good ol’ Europe, and set your sights on the Netherlands. Widely considered as the world’s leading art fair, TEFAF is setting the standard for excellence in the art market. Showcasing artworks from 275 of the world’s major galleries, this fair has it all: antiques, Old Master paintings, jewels, furniture, and both Modern and contemporary art. As a perfect <i>mise en bouche</i> for this feast, we have put together a list of exhibitions currently on view throughout the Netherlands.

First stop, Amsterdam, where Galerie Bart presents the work of Ton Slits and Aldwin van de Ven: Slits explores the contemporary visual language of computer games, while De Ven offers a glimpse into her private world through dreamy paintings and sculptures. “Edging Iris” at C&H art space presents a group show of the artists Rob Bouwman, Arthur Stovkis, and Vincent Uilenbroek, all focusing on contemporary painterly abstractions.

Next, let’s head to Rotterdam for two exciting museum shows. Ugo Rondinone reveals a magical installation populated with clowns and rainbows at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The Swiss artist brings together both new and older works into one large, colorful examination of human existence. Just don’t be afraid of clowns—there are nearly 45 on view! Recently opened, “The Museum of Everything” at the Kunsthal Rotterdam displays a major survey of international works from over 100 alternative artists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including Henry Darger, Guo Fengyi, Martín Ramírez, and Sam Doyle alongside works by established artists like Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, and Grayson Perry.

Over in the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, The Hague is sure to delight with its many exciting shows. The group exhibition “Un Certain Regard” at Dürst Britt & Mayhem addresses the body with artworks by Leigh Ledare, Sylvie Fleury, and Walter Pfeiffer, to name a few. And since we’re in the middle of Women’s History Month, make sure to stop by Galerie Maurits van de Laar where two powerful female artists, Andrea Freckmann and Lilian Kreutzberger, are currently highlighted. Freckmann’s paintings place her own life on the canvas, and Kreutzberger’s textural works feature patterns laser-cut from wooden panels and filled with plaster, emphasizing the rhythm of positive and negative shapes.

So many things to see, so don’t waste a minute, and make the most of the Netherlands!

Installation view (2016). Courtesy of Galerie Fons Welter and photo credit by Gert Jan van Rooji

Installation view (2016). Courtesy of Galerie Fons Welter and photo credit by Gert Jan van Rooji.

Exhibition: Baroque
When:
January 30–March 12, 2016
Where:
Galerie Fons Welter, Bloemstraat 140, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Kasper Akhøj. Courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne Projects.

Kasper Akhøj. Courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne Projects.

Exhibition: Welcome (To The Teknival)
When:
February 6–March 19, 2016
Where:
Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Rozengracht 207 A, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Rachel de Joode, Walter Pfeiffer, installation view (2016). Courtesy of Dürst Britt & Mayhew.

Rachel de Joode, Walter Pfeiffer, installation view (2016). Courtesy of Dürst Britt & Mayhew.

Exhibition: Un certain regard
When: February 6–March 26, 2016
Where:
Dürst Britt & Mayhem, Van Limburg Stirumstraat 47, The Hague, The Netherlands

Installation view (2016). Courtesy of Francis Boeske Projects.

Installation view (2016). Courtesy of Francis Boeske Projects.

Exhibition: Solid Ground
When:
February 7–March 12, 2016
Where:
Francis Boeske Projects, Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41A, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Doug Hashford. Courtesy of Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam.

Doug Hashford. Courtesy of Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam.

Exhibition: Next Day II
When:
February 11–April 3, 2016
Where:
Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam, Justus van Effenstraat 130, Badhuis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ton Slits, No title (2005). Courtesy of Galerie Bart.

Ton Slits, No title (2005). Courtesy of Galerie Bart.

Exhibition: Ton Slits & Aldwin van de Ven
When:
February 13–March 26, 2016
Where:
Galerie Bart, Elandsgracht 16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ugo Rondinone, vocabulary of solitude (2015). Courtesy of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Ugo Rondinone, vocabulary of solitude (2015). Courtesy of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Exhibition: Ugo Rondinone
When:
February 13–May 29, 2016
Where:
Museum Boijmans, Museumpark 18, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Andrea Freckmann, installation view (2016). Courtesy of Galerie Maurits van de Laar.

Andrea Freckmann, installation view (2016). Courtesy of Galerie Maurits van de Laar.

Exhibition: Andrea Freckmann, Lilian Kreutzberger
When:
February 21–March 20, 2016
Where:
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Herderstraat 6, The Hague, The Netherlands

Arthur Stovkis, O.T. (2016). Courtesy of C&H art space.

Arthur Stovkis, O.T. (2016). Courtesy of C&H art space.

Exhibition: Edging Iris: Rob Bouwman, Arthur Stovkis, and Vincent Uilenbroek
When:
March 5–April 9, 2016
Where:
C&H art space, 2de Kostverlorenkade 50, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Calvin and Ruby Black, Untitled (c. 1970). Courtesy of The Museum of Everything and Kunsthal Rotterdam.

Calvin and Ruby Black, Untitled (c. 1970). Courtesy of The Museum of Everything and Kunsthal Rotterdam.

Exhibition: The Museum of Everything
When:
March 5–May 22, 2016
Where:
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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