How did The Hague mature from a 19th-century town into a modern metropolis? The exhibition 'The(n) Hague and now, I Spy with my little eye’ offered visitors the chance to view the city through the eyes of old masters and young artists.
25 August until 8 October 2017
Students from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague drew inspiration for The(n) Hague and now from their Hague predecessors and the ever-evolving city itself. The exhibition showcased a unique blend of Hague School works and contemporary art by young artists, with the city of The Hague as a central theme.
The(n) Hague and now
Cities metamorphose so rapidly that it’s almost impossible to observe the process. And one individual’s perception is not necessarily the same as another’s. The Hague boasts a rich history. It’s a city that’s alive and constantly changing. Fortunately, its fascinating evolution has been recorded by numerous artists over the years.
The Hague School
Paintings by old masters from The Hague School (Mesdag, Arntzenius and Mauve) reveal the city’s shrinking medieval centre, fluctuating dune landscape, sea and beach. And, of course, the zeitgeist and day-to-day life of its many inhabitants. Looking back at the work of these artists enables us to observe familiar places as they once were and perceive just how different the city is today.
Royal Academy of Art The Hague students
Students of the Interior Architecture and Furniture Design department at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague use progressive mediums to illuminate the modernised city from a fresh perspective, entering into a compelling dialogue with the Hague School greats: at times brazen, at times playful, yet always surprising. With its artistic clash between past and present, The(n) Hague and now allowed us to experience the city’s transformation from a sleepy 19th-century town into a modern metropolis.
The Art of Making Art Exhibitions
The(n) Hague and now was developed by 'The Art of Making Art Exhibitions' course participants. This comprehensive training programme for young creative professionals is organised by the Van Gogh Museum and covers all aspects of exhibition creation.
More information about the exhibition, training programme participants and the creative path to the end result (an exhibition at the Mesdag Collection) is available on the 'The Art of Making Art Exhibitions' digital platform: www.dkvht.nl.