KASPER BOSMANS - The Words and Days (mud gezaaid, free range)

21.01.2017 - 07.05.2017

The young Belgian artist Kasper Bosmans (Lommel, 1990) creates mysteriously elegant objects and paintings in which he intuitively combines his interest in local folklore and socio-historical anecdotes with the symbolic potential of materials. Like an artistic anthropologist, Bosmans combines stories and legends from different cultural and historical contexts in an associative manner. He blends these into speculative new mythologies for our demystified world. In this exhibition Bosmans responds to hidden histories in the collection of the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem.

Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij

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EVELYN TAOCHENG WANG - Solo exhibition: Allegory of Transience

21.01.2017 - 07.05.2017

The first solo museum exhibition of Chinese artist Evelyn Taocheng Wang (Chengdu, 1981) is based upon her fascination for Dutch painting from the Golden Age. During her childhood in China, this Dutch art functioned as a pars pro toto for the entire history of Western art. Wang connects personal memories and fantasies to larger themes, such as cultural and sexual identity and exoticism, and develops these in performances, paintings and videos. In this exhibition the artist reflects on the history of Haarlem as a place for innovation in seventeenth-century painting. She does this on the basis of the representation of the human body and clichés concerning the ‘male view’. A new video piece will situate this theme in several locations in and around Haarlem that are historically associated with gender categories – such as the courtyards for single women, the so-called Hofjes of which Haarlem still has twenty functioning.

Wang extends her domain into the Frans Hals Museum, where she casts an exoticizing glance at the Wadden Islands with the video series A Home Made Travel MV Series, as part of the ongoing series ‘New & Old’ (on view from 25 March to 20 August 2017).

RICHARD TUTTLE - Solo exhibition

21.01.2017 - 07.05.2017

The minimal, sensitive and sometimes sensual gesture is the trademark of American artist Richard Tuttle (Rahway, New Jersey, 1941). With a minimum of ‘poor’ materials – varying from paper and cardboard to thread and textile – he creates wordless sculptures and paintings that speak in a thousand
tongues. Those that don’t know better, would call Tuttle a formalist as it isn’t clear from the start which themes he touches on with and through his work. His oeuvre, however, is imbued with the fact that art should be ‘nourishment’ for the soul. In the historic Vleeshal on the Grote Markt, Tuttle is working on a new, site specific ceiling sculpture that reflects the history of 17th century Haarlem as the Dutch city where the production of high quality damask and silk took place.

Artist talk

Preceding the opening on 20 January, an artist talk with Richard Tuttle took place in De Hallen Haarlem. Follow this link to listen to the conversation between Tuttle and director-curator of Mu.ZEE, Phillip Van den Bossche.

Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij

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GABRIEL LESTER - How to Act

21.01.2017 - 07.05.2017

The installation How to Act offers an immersive cinematic experience without the use of film images. On the basis of bundles of coloured light, which perform a choreography to a soundtrack of sometimes romantic, sometimes exhilarating film music, the viewer is presented with a series of evocative ‘scenes’. Each viewer will thereby create their own story with their own imagination, in their mind. How to Act has assumed different forms over the years. It is always a site specific installation; this version was acquired by the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem in 2015.

Gabriel Lester (Amsterdam, 1972)
How to Act, 1999–2015
Light and sound installation with 50 lamps and soundtrack
Acquired with support from the Mondriaan Fund

Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij