What is the colour of monuments in The Hague?
15 December 2015 - 15 January 2016
Opening: Monday 14 December, 17.30 hrs
by mayor Jozias van Aartsen
During the opening the Tank Man Prize 2014 will be presented to Markyan Matsekh uit Kiev
Location: Atrium City Hall, Spui 70, The Hague
Open: Monday to Friday 7 - 19 hrs, Thursday 7-21.30 hrs and Saturday 9.30-17 hrs
Closed: December 25 (Christmas Day) and 1 January (New Year's Day)
Do statues and monuments always speak the truth? Or do they show only one view of history? And who decides what colour this view has? An exhibition about monuments in The Hague, who commissioned them and the role of (contemporary) artists. The exhibition in Atrium City Hall presents a selection of famous (and not so famous) monuments in The Hague. Or better said, the models of these monuments. Arend Groosman designed two pavilions for their display.
The reason to organize this exhibition lies in two new monuments, one for Queen Juliana of The Netherlands and one for Thorbecke (the Dutch politician who drafted the revision of the Constitution of the Netherlands in 1848). The designs for the Thorbecke Monument, by the artist Thom Puckey, and the Juliana Monument by Ingrid Mol, will be shown to the general public for the very first time.
Also on view: Tank Man by the Spanish Fernando Sánchez Castillo. This work alludes to the events at Tiananmen Square in China in 1989, when a young man stood in front of a tank and forced it to stop. The artist turned this revolutionary moment in history into a monument that has a number of diiferent forms: a field of 5000 jade green, miniature men, a life-size sculpture made of marmble and the Tank Man Prize.
Fernando Sánchez Castillo invites everyone to take home one small Tank Man from his installation Made in China. In exchange he asks the visitors to make a statement about democracy and human rights.
Take a picture of your private Tank Man monument at home, and send it to - firstname.lastname@example.org - or post it on social media using the hashtag #TankMan
This project is also part of Attempts To Read The World (Differently)
More The Hague statues are on view in the exhibition Held op Sokkel in Haags Historisch Museum (thru 24 January 2016).
The exhibition Remembered Always... is organized by: Stroom Den Haag in collaboration with Stichting Atrium City Hall and the Haags Historisch Museum.
Concept, texts and organisation: Sandra Spijkerman
The exhibition is made possible in part by: Mondriaan Fund, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Atrium City Hall and The City of The Hague.
With special thanks to the lenders: Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen; the heirs of Hans Bayens, Amsterdam; firm Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague; Verzetsmuseum Zuid-Holland, Gouda; and residents of the Maastrichtsestraat, The Hague.
Den Haag FM, 15 December 2015
De Gelderlander, 15 December 2015
De Posthoorn, 14 December 2015
Omroep Scheveningen, 14 December 2015
AD Haagsche Courant, 12 December 2015
Den Haag FM, 12 December 2015
- 15 Dec '15 - 15 Jan '16
- Atrium City Hall, Spui 70, The Hague
- Entrance: free