From 14 September 2018 to 6 January 2019 The Sensation of the Sea: In Honour of Bas Jan Ader is presented at The Mesdag Collection in The Hague.
The Mesdag Collection is home ‘to the exceptional collection of 19th-century art assembled by the renowned painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sientje’.
For this exhibition, guest curator Joanna De Vos has invited several international artists to engage in a dialogue with The Mesdag Collection.
These contemporary artists are captivated by the grandeur and tempestuousness of the ocean. The attraction of the sea is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for them, a ‘battery for the imagination’.
The Sensation of the Sea shows works of art by Bill Viola, Nan Goldin and Jan Fabre, amongst others.
Odes to the performance In Search of the Miraculous by the Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) form the exhibition’s connecting thread. Ader disappeared in 1975 as he attempted to sail across the Atlantic. His soul became one with the untameable power of the sea. The tributes to Ader’s artistic practice highlight the enticement and mystery of the ocean.
Visitors are encouraged to discover how the contemporary artworks integrate into the 19th century museum and to prepare themselves for a series of surprising and special ‘encounters’.
It all sounds intriguing.
The Mesdag Collection is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12 to 5pm. And there are ticket charges (unless you’re under 18, or hold one of a variety of cultural cards).
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Oda Jaune, Out of space, 2015, © Oda Jaune. Private Collection. Courtesy Galerie Templon, Paris-Brussels