Unveiling new sculpture Lara Schnitger in The Sculpture Gallery

This princess saves herself

Saturday 23 October 2021, 17:00
Location: Grote Marktstraat, The Hague
Program will follow soon
>> More info about the procession Suffragette City and to participate: click here

As of Saturday 23 October the city of The Hague will be the home of a powerful statement on solidarity and female empowerment. We are looking forward to the unveiling of the new sculpture This princess saves herself by the Dutch artist Lara Schnitger. It is the latest addition to The Sculpture Gallery, the remarkable outdoor arrangement in the city center of sculptures by leading artists.

Procession Suffragette City
Prior to the unveiling of the sculpture, Lara Schnitger will present Suffragette City, a sculptural procession championing women's rights, following a tradition of artists' street performance and protest marches. The procession is an act of solidarity and is both playful and political; and an imperative demand for equality and safety. Anyone who wants to raise the volume on the conversation about the ongoing struggle for women's rights is welcome! Similar performative protest marches took place in a.o.: New York, Basel, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Paris, Berlin and Sydney. In now in The Hague! Click here for more information.

Lara Schnitger uses textiles as a form of expression. In her work she uses the evocative power of the material and symbols from everyday life, she gives them political meaning and transforms them into outspoken feminist statements. She often builds both suggestive, intimate sculptures and architectural installations in which texts also play an important role. Like much of her work her new bronze sculpture This princess saves herself is both humorous and politically charged.
"... Princesses in fairy tales are always saved by a prince. This Princess takes care of herself! She doesn't need a man. It's time we changed those old-fashioned fairy tales!!!," Schnitger said, of course also referring to the Dutch princesses.

More about Lara Schnitger
Lara Schnitger (1969, lives and works in Los Angeles) studied at the Kitakyushu Centre for Contemporary Art, Japan; Ateliers 63, Amsterdam; Academie Vyvarni Umeni, Prague and The Royal Academy of Art The Hague. Her work is shown internationally in a.o. Kunsthaus Dresden; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; Museum Het Domein, Sittard; Kunstwerke, Berlin; the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Power Plant, Toronto; and the Royal Academy in London. It was featured at the Liverpool Biennial in 1999 and the Shanghai Biennial in 2002. In 2019 she was approached to design public art works for The Chelsea Highline and Hudson Yards, and in 2018 for Sydney Laneway Projects. Lar Schnitger also had a solo exhibition at Stroom Den Haag in 2005: My other car is a broom.

An exhibition of work by Lara Schnitger opens at Annet Gelink Gallery in Amsterdam on Saturday 16 October.

More about The Sculpture Gallery
The Sculpture Gallery in The Hague was conceived and designed by P. Struycken. Due to its permanent character and annual new commissions, it is a unique example of art in the public space: since the early 1990s it has shown a cross-section of Dutch sculpture art. Curator of The Sculpture Gallery is André Kruysen; project manager on behalf of Stroom is Vincent de Boer, advisor and supervisor of art in public space.

Procession, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2017
photo: courtesy the artist