Platforms Project 2019 – The Fair

17 mei 2019

KOPEKT (Corect) is a group that shows an attitude sooner than artworks. I could find myself right away in this referential amalgam.

Drawings from the taverna where they meet

And the drawings are not bad at all!

At Daily Temporary from Sweden I was asked to participate in a performance by Leticia Maria from Palma.

I was the surface for a projection of the art-cake that was made by visitors

The visitors got an apron and started to get creative on the cake which was projected on my belly…


Political art by studio Asynchrome at Kunsthalle Graz

Nice work by the Greek-Rotterdam artist Maria Ikonomopoulou at Vita Zita Studio

Various Artists from Bruxelles (B) showed a fantastic project in which they have the audience make their own artwork

The result is always minimalistic and beautiful. This is “Pocketwork” -Carbon on paper worn in the pocket for two or three months.

Orphaned Images: Video-cakes by The museum of Forgetting

Topp and Dubio from Den Haag participated with an intricate installation about a sign in a shop they encountered.

The details are pretty hilarious as often

Another platform from Den Haag is Elders with Paintings by Lucius Pax and Liesbeth Bos, ceramics by Corine Barendregt and photographic work by Liesbeth van Woerden.

Corine Barendregt shows abstract Ceramics, created by pressing clay in the structures she finds on the street.

Liesbeth van Woerden adds 3D elements to her minimalistic photographs

Lucius Pax shows a series of Paintings with urban portraits

From the UK:  H-M-S with numerous artists

Ed’s video from Guelph in Canada shows an installation by Jérôme Havre based on Plato’s cave

A Hero from my youth: The Silver Surfer in mosaïc- technique in Transform Art Platform from Beograd by Milan Cuk

The Bureau d’art et de recherche Roubaix with works on paper by Guilaume Krick and sculpture by Clara Juliane Glauert

A-Trans from Berlin shows beautiful works by Concha Argüeso from Spain

Which is clear when you get closer, the artist writes and paints on the back of the paper with wax

Other minimalistic works like this ensemble also look strong

Lucia Bricco showed the stage for her performances at Sub Rosa Space from Athens

Kunsthalle Kleinbasel shows vulva’s by Nina Herrmann under the name Where are you from?

I think I prefer these

Galleria Rajatila from Tampere in Finland shows these little pieces that I like.

Heidi Lincke’s work at Scotty from Berlin is great, but making pictures in this light is difficult. The rapper worked with Kendrick Lamar

These drawings at Scotty are also great: Magnetfelder by Zuzanna Skiba

ID:I Gallery from Stockholm uses textwork, though Alexander Mood seems to be sleeping on the side it is an interesting installation

I Always like the beautiful small collages by Sandra Gea. Here she seems to broaden her perspective

Very subtle works!

This light and airy installation was a nice surprise from Backspace in Athens, done by artists group Bo.Ba (Katarina Botsari and Eleanna Balesi)

Great Urban Photography from the AC-Institute in New york

The Bcademie, a post academic course in Rotterdam, was also present with the old Dutch game of pulling strings and win an Artwork

Amongst which this SD-card on which the whereabouts of a buried artwork is indicated, by Lucas van Eeden

This is done by Kimon Kirligitsis and it has soon disappeared

This is by the same artist, it did not take long for this one to be chosen by a winner.

The Alpineum Produzentegalerie shows great painting by Reto Leuthold

This drawing was shown at Pow Wow: Coming in Waves by Katerina Papazissi

The beautiful presentation of IS-Projects shows American abstractionists from NewYork

Like Jacob Cartwright

And Patricia Zarate

At Und. the work of Vasilis Bótoulas stood out. It was an interesting stand of a cultural site that issues maps of cultural spaces in Athens and has an interesting blog. Check

It’s al about La Divina Comedia with beautifully ingraved metal circles,by Niki Zachari

Left Sub Rosa Space with Lucia Bricco’s installation and on the right EX-MÊKH’s installation

And back at Und. this nice textpiece by Kiriakos Spirou

In the evening Lucia Bricco continued her performance “The morning, The morning, the morning by entering with a blanket with technical toys in a blanket that she carried like a baby. She then let it all fall on teh ground, wound the toys around her head as you can see here

Ant sat down, waiting.

A bigger machine came at her, trying to get pieces of the ground

She put toys under her shirt, let them fall again and then had another coffee

And EX-MÊKH was talking again, with colleagues, with student, with visitors…


Platforms Project 2019


Art Athina 2015-VII

6 juni 2015

This is an oversight of the to my taste most interesting initiatives at the Platforms Project of Art Athína:


8eleven from Toronto Canada with collective work by Laurie kang, Nadia Bellerique, Rosa Aiello and Lili Huston/Herterich


Lamprini Markou on virtue and attitude at Lustspiel from Greece


Mirka Minnula @ Rajatila Gallery from Finland


Mirka Minnula @ Rajatila Gallery from Finland


Martin Creed @ Kappatos Athens Art Residency


Martin Creed @ Kappatos Athens Art Residency


Martin Creed @ Kappatos Athens Art Residency


Le vide dans le vide ou la disillusion



Then, lots of activities at B’Printmaking Studio A.S.F.A. – TCA


With a very engaging project


Resulting in occupancy of the total surroundings of the booth with beautiful works


With 3D sketches of Istanbul


Near this we find a paradoxical booth of Provo Principles from Greece, clearly engaged in the present situation


With a heap of débris from the artists studios


and art in small match boxes


which work out nicely


Atrans from Berlin shows Marian Wijnvoord again with romantic landscapes


The artist has created. work in new techniques, oilpaint on photopaper


and she is clearly satisfied with the result. We are happy that Atrans will coöperate with EX-MÊKH in Berlin in september. Here you see Marian Wijnvoord and Isolde Nagel, the initiator of Atrans in front of their booth.


Another detail from the EX-MÊKH booth with a drawing of Ellen Rodenberg and a selfportrait of Kees Koomen


The crowd at EX-MÊKH’s booth with Maarten Schepers explaining


A view at Grauzone from Austria


And the Dada Academy from Austria


Which shows also the right couch for underneath your painting


I liked the booth of the Wiener Art Foundation from Wien (I guess) where painterly action was applied


and nice sculptures were to be found


IS-Projects from Leiden (the Netherlands) was one of my favourites


With an exhibit of abstract art curated by John Tallman


an esthetic oasis in this context.


With the work of initiators Guido Winkler and Iemke van Dijk next to eachother


Lo and Behold is a very interesting initiative witrh actions in public space


with a great number of artists participating, amongst whom a favourite of last year: Maria Lianou


and others whom I don’t know


Incart from Mallorca made a very lively impression


From Rotterdam came our friends of the Tupajumi Foundation with the TFHMF-award


This dynamic work was selected from the USA and came in just before the opening of the fair due to delay at customs.


I personally voted for this piece by Maarten Bel


The Tupajumi members took the votes from visitors


Dienstgebäude had a nice booth too with a.o. the work of initiator Andreas Marti (bottom)


Dutch artist Bob Gramsma


and Ingo Giezendammer with psychedelic wallpaper.


VHS-Blues by Julian Boily @ AMV from Canada


VHS-Blues by Julian Boily @ AMV from Canada


The French Extra Muros from Nantes (FR)


With an inventive 5 € lampshade


En Flo from Greece had an impressive socially engaged installation: Micro History


With jobless women sowing printed cloth together and handing it out to the public


empty solidarity….


@ Skouze “Errare ergo sum” the wine was bitter-sweet


and the floor contemporary in traditional technique


Campus Novel showed a very interesting project about the ever-changing sign of a restaurant in Athens


Kunstenaarsinintiatief Elders from Den Haag (N) was present with strong work by Liesbeth van Woerden, like this sound piece


And Architectural studies by Liesbeth Bos


This piece by Liesbeth van Woerden was particularly popular, you took some time for it by stamping a ticket


A Greek fan from last year came by to see our new installation


And documentation was dutifully taken care of by Maarten Schepers

Platforms Project

Art Athina 2015-VII – Talks: Dutch Initiatives @ Platform Projects

6 juni 2015

Today, saturday, was a very busy day: there was an unending stream of visitors goïng past our booth and in the afternoon we were part of Talks, a part of Art Athena in which discussions and lectures were pesented to an interested audience. Together with three other initiatives from Holland we tried to give an idea of our artistic practice. The space was not crowded but the talks were received well. As for EX-MÊKH: Greek artists wondered about how we financed all our activities. The city of Den Haag and especially STROOM, the bureau that executes cultural politics of the city, is very active in facilitating artistic endeavour. In spite of the national budget cuts artists in Den Haag have serious advantages because of the policy of this institution. On the other hand a project like the Malieveld does not cost a cent, it just takes energy to go to the Malieveld every week, to create something there and to discuss it. George Oreopoulos, the mediator of the talks wanted to know how high the tension would get between the three participators in EX-MÊKH during our projects, but I could reassure him: though discussions can get fierce we are and will stay good friends which helps a lot to get results. The other initiatives: IS-Projects from Leiden, the Tupajumi-Foundation from Rotterdam and kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders from Den Haag also showed their activities of which the first two are not only national. Elders from Den Haag is still young, but they do strive for more international exposure trying to get attention to the quality of perception of art. here you wil find some pictures:


Before the Dutch Initiatives Finnish Initiatives took the table. Here MUU from Helsinki with their exhibiting artist explained their way of working


George Oreopoulos, the mediator and the guy who is responsible for Beton Radio, an art show on Greek radio.


Berenice Staiger talked about the activities of the Tupajumi Foundation and explained the TFHMF award


The succesful FITAX-happenings were also explained


EX-MÊKH had prepared a brief history of our activities which your humble correspondent talked about

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With an interesting backdrop we felt very professional


Questions were answered accordingly


IS-Projects was represented by Iemke van Dijk and curating artist John Talmann. First Iemke told about how IS Projects started in their own home in Leiden and how they developed in an initiative that is not very well known in Holland, but shows mainly international activities. Then Tallman explained about how their presentation @ Platforms Project came to life. ( Sorry for the bad picture, something went wrong at that time)


A picture of the living room of IS-Projects in Leiden


Finally Liesbeth van Woerden and Liesbeth Bos of kunstenaarsinitiatief Elders explained their preconditions and showed mood pictures of their activities which worked wonderful in combination with the graphic mind-maps.

Art Athina 2015-Talks

Haags Hoogtij

6 maart 2015

Haags Hoogtij vond vandaag weer plaats onder een volgeblazen maan tijdens een aankrabbelend voorjaarsfront, een goede ambiance voor een sprankelend gebeuren dat zich inderdaad voor het publiek ontrolde. Bij deze een indruk:


Hoogtij begint bij GEMAK onder het genot van soep en brood. Marie jeanne de Rooij opent de avond.


Waarna Yvo van der Vat het woord krijgt om de jubileum-publicatie van Baracca te presenteren die vanavond het licht ziet.


Het eerste exemplaar wordt aan Joris Wijsmüller gegeven die direct behartenswaardige woorden over de Haagse kunstwereld spreekt.


Op naar Quartair waar een performancefestival plaats vindt deze avond. Met hier een doorlopende performance van Katinka van Gorkum


En all time favourites Topp & Dubio die het boekenweekthema aardig met de hedendaagse kunstpraktijk wisten te verbinden in een absurdistische actie!


Terloops werd het beeld dat ontstond ook bijzonder interessant


Maar het kwam maar niet af


Het doel


waartoe de middelen neigden


en toe werden gepast


het zou een resultaat kunnen zijn…..


Om de hoek Moose, een jong initiatief met een video van een betekenisvol kijkende jongeman die heen en weer zweefde op niets aan de hand muziek


Er was een energieke la-di -da-tentoonstelling ingericht met werk van wie het niet duidelijk was wie het maakte (maar maakt dat uit?)


En een kunstenaar die een hippie wil zijn (zo leuk was dat toer ook weer niet!)


en mooie subtiele grafiek


De foto’s waren wel een soort van sixties-gruizig


Deze doet me zelfs denken aan een oude Aloha cover


Kortom partytime!


Dan naar Sis Josip Gallery met werk van Roza Horowitz die via onnavolgbare wegen nu kandidaat is voor de Prix-de Rome


en zelfs werd aangenomen aan de Slate in London


Een echte goede schilder


Energieke doeken die naar olieverf ruiken


en geïnspireerd op haar Joodse wortels, zeker na een recent bezoek aan Jeruzalem


Bij Maurits van de laar is Marjolein van der Meij nu echt de derde dimensie in gedoken.


Nit alleen met tekeningen, maar ook met foto’s


Ronald Versloot, die ook bij van de Laar exposeert vindt, ook steeds andere invalshoeken


Even terug bij GEMAK blijkt het Cadavre Exquis-project van Baracca ook driftig voortgang te vinden, hier met Ibrahim Ineke, Tijs Ebbe Fokkens, Nina Roos en andere voor mij onbekenden


De resultaten smaken naar meer


Galerie Sophie toont werken van Bob van Dijk, die hier ook jaren werkte met NLXL


Het werk wordt opgehangen met kek passende krukjes eronder


Ook fotobewerkingen van Kerstin Vogel zijn in galerie Sophie te bewonderen.


De deelnemers aan JCA de kok Elders laten zelf hun werk zien, hier een werk van Liesbeth van Woerden


Gefragmenteerd werk van Liesbeth Bos


gebaseerd op gewonde gebouwen in Sofia, Bulgarije werken heel mooi


en deze video van Els snijders sprak me ook aan!


Bij JCA de Kok as such combineerde Ineke Sleeuwenhoek haar werk met dat van Jean van Wijk


Het werk van Sleeuwenhoek doet het goed met dat van Jean van Wijk


dat helder en formeel is


en veel associaties oproept


maar uiteindelijk wel een Hollandse kwaliteit uitstraalt


Tenslotte laten we een traan bij Ruimtevaart, een laatste biertje, een laatste blik onder anderen op de tentoonstelling van oud-gebruikers van de ateliers in Ruimtevaart, zoals hier Maarten Schepers met twee werken in perspectief


Ton Klop met Oratores


José de Bruijn met oostelijke atmosferen


Henk Hubenet met abstract expressionisme


Willem Marijs met een “Light-Piece”


Nic Blans


een passievol optreden van de Dust Bowl Drifers


het was een mooie tijd!

Haags Hoogtij



Maurits van de Laar

Sis Josip Gallery



Galerie Sophie


JCA de Kok


En Niels liep ook rond voor trendbeheer


2 februari 2013

Update 3 februari:Het malieveld was op de radio, Dubio (of Topp) werd geinterviewd voor Den Haag FM


Nieuw bloed: Liesbeth van Woerden


G.J. de Rook


G.J. de Rook


G.J. de Rook


Topp & Dubio: Allways Spring


Tableau de la Troupe


Maarten Schepers


Links: Liesbeth van Woerden, rechts: Maarten Schepers


Ellen Rodenberg: Comfort Zone 3: Heimwee


Gemeentelijke diensten en kantoniers


Hans Ensink op Kemna