From 6 June to 11 September The Hague Sculpture and Museum Beelden aan Zee will be presenting monumental sculptures and installations by Chinese world-class sculptors at various locations in The Hague.
2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Chinese indentured labourers in the Netherlands. One of the places they settled was The Hague. For The Hague Sculpture, an excellent reason to organise the exhibition ‘The Hague under the Heavens – Contemporary Chinese Sculpture’.
Various locations in The Hague will be offering a wide-ranging, unique and surprising overview of Chinese sculpture since the 1890s. The artworks to be displayed are easily accessible and largely narrative. Important themes are the search for an own identity and the rapid social developments currently taking place.
The Lange Voorhout will be home to a free open-air exhibition with spectacular, life-sized sculptures by Sui Jianguo (The Red Dinosaur), Yue Minjun (Giant Man) and Zhang Huan (Copper Leg). The Kloosterkerk will house an exhibition of the work of Wenda Gu. In addition, the Lange Voorhout will display recent work by artists including Liu Jianhua, Wang Jin, Cang Xin, Liu Wei, Yin Xiuzhen, Jiao Xingtao and Hu Xiangching. In the downstairs halls of the Pulchri Studio, Dutch artists will present their vision on China.
Museum Beelden aan Zee
Museum Beelden aan Zee will be presenting the first open-air exhibition in the Netherlands of Sui Jianguo, China’s greatest sculptor. The exhibition will include Chinese stone tablets, bronze sculptures of Mao jackets depicting the emptiness of power and The Slant Paradise, an installation of ten very traditional Dutch objects – Delftware souvenir plates – blown up to gigantic proportions.
The outside terraces of the museum will be used for an exhibition of 114 almost man-sized figures from the 'Rent Collection Courtyard'. These sculptures tell the story of the exploitation of farmers by a land owner. This bronze Maoist propaganda sculptures are as important for modern Chinese sculpture history as the terracotta army of XiAn is for Chinese archaeology.
‘The Hague under the Heavens' is the first joint project between The Hague Sculpture and Museum Beelden aan Zee. The guest curator for the exhibition is collector Cees Hendrikse. Visit the website of The Hague Sculpture for more information.
Expertly guided tours of The Hague Sculpture are available throughout the summer in English, Dutch and other languages. Visit the website Rondleidingen.net.