Unveiling new sculpture Gabriel Lester in The Sculpture Gallery


Friday 29 June 2018, from 17.00 hrs
Program with Gabriel Lester & Ionica Smeets
Location: Paardcafé, Prinsegracht 12, The Hague

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Language spoken: Dutch
Unveiling: 18.00 hrs at Grote Marktstraat - Everyone is welcome!

Since the early 1990s Stroom Den Haag has developed a unique Sculpture Gallery in the city center of The Hague. On Friday 29 June we will add a new sculpture on the Grote Markstraat, Bambaataa by the internationally renowned artist Gabriel Lester. It is a sculpture that plays with and comes to life through the use of light.

17.00 hrs: walk-in in Paardcafé, Prinsegracht 12
17.20 hrs: welcome by Arno van Roosmalen, director Stroom Den Haag
17.30 hrs: mathematician Ionica Smeets about the relationship between abstraction and realism in the imagination of man
17.45 hrs: Gabriel Lester about cinema with camera
18.00 hrs: unveiling Bambaataa
18.30 hrs: drinks in Paardcafé
19.00 hrs: end

Bambaataa is part one of a series of works. The rest will be on view in November this year in an exhibition in Galerie Fons Welters.

The title Bambaataa refers to one of Gabriel Lester's idols, Afrika Bambaataa (NY, 1957), a pioneer of electro house and hiphop. In the 1980s Lester himself worked as a producer of rap music and founded the bands Definitely Def and Utile Connection. In the 1990s he performed as a freestyle spoken word artist with jazz and hiphop musicians. The title is also a rhythmic reference to the three shapes that form the face: bam-baa-taa.

More about Gabriel Lester
Gabriel Lester (1972, lives and works in Amsterdam) makes architectural installations, performances and films that deal with time, space and memory. He studied at the art academies of Breda and Brussels and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He continued his education in Stockholm, New York, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. His work has been on view in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, De Appel art centre in Amsterdam, Bonner Kunstverein and the Minsheng Museu in Shanghai. In recent years Lester contributed to the Venice, Moscow, Sydney, Istanbul, Marrakech and Sharjah (VER) Biennales and to Documenta (13) in Kassel.

The Sculpture Gallery in The Hague is a concept and design by P. Struycken. Through its permanent character and yearly commissions it offers a unique format for art in public space and offers a cross section of Dutch sculpture since 1990. Curator of The Sculpture Gallery is André Kruysen. Project supervisor on behalf of Stroom is Vincent de Boer, advisor and coordinator art and public space.

Gabriel Lester, sketch 'Bambaataa'
photo: courtesy the artist
Gabriel Lester, sketch 'Bambaataa'
photo: courtesy the artist
Sculpture awaiting its unveiling
photo: Stroom Den Haag