Radical Autonomy

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  • Exhibition from october 2009 to January 3rd 2010.

Quentin Armand - Walead Beshty - Etienne Chambaud - Angeline Dekker - Simon Dybbroe Møller - Ryan Gander - Gerlach en koop - Benoît Maire - Ane Mette Hol - Navid Nuur - Paulien Oltheten - Evariste Richer - Ton Schuttelaar - Joëlle Tuerlinckx

In April 2006 the exhibition Modern(c)ité II, conceived by the Grand Café, was shown at the art centre Stroom Den Haag by invitation of its director Arno van Roosmalen. The dialogue between the two structures continues today with "Radical Autonomy", a project proposed by Arno van Roosmalen as the Grand Café's first guest curator.

There is a young generation of artists in The Hague that accord a central place to the questions of perception and interpretation. This phenomenon, which can also be seen in several emerging artists on the international scene, mixes a conceptual approach with minimal form to produce work-enigmas. Intimate and condensed, they invite the spectator to take the time to observe and to reflect, to take the risk of expanding her own perception of the world.

At a time when (purely visual) art could easily be absorbed by neighbouring disciplines such as design, fashion, architecture or advertising to economic, political or social ends, the artists brought together in "Radical Autonomy" remind us that " art could be a sanctuary for futility, obscurity, insight, ambivalence, joy and unease." (1)

(1) Maarten Doorman, "Gefoeter op moderne kunst is laf" ("Bashing modern art is cowardish"), De Volkskrant, 23.05.2009 


Ryan gander

Your Life on Three Act, 2005
City map of Saint Nazaire

Gerlach en koop

Post, 2009


Quentin Armand

100% bouteille de bière, 2008
68 x 45 x 51 cm
tire, bottles of bier
Courtesy of the artist

Walead Beshty

Six-Sided Picture A, 2008
photograph paper
127 x 254 cm
Courtesy Rodolphe Janssen gallery, Brussels

Etienne Chambaud et Benoît Maire

Position Actuelle de l'Idealisme (09.04.2008)
Position Actuelle de l'Idéalisme (15.04.2008)
Position Actuelle de l'Idéalisme (21.04.2008)

planispheres and pins
94 x 58 x 7 cm
Courtesy of the artist

Angeline Dekker

Internal Construct / Construction Interne, 2009
mixed media
500 x 150 cm
Courtesy of the artist

Simon Dybbroe Moller

Oh Spirit Duplicator, Oh moving Image (No more dry writing), 2008
16 mm film
1min 45s.
Courtesy Kamm gallery, Berlin

Unfold Your Dreams, 2004
series of photograms 
Courtesy Kamm gallery, Berlin

Thick Air, 2009
Courtesy Kamm gallery, Berlin

Ryan Gander

A Slowing of The Spectator's Eye, 2005
wall in fiberglass
Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam

Slijten (pagina 51) (usure (page 51)), 2009
210 x 297 mm
Courtesy of the artist

Concessies ? Nooit doen. (Concessions ? N'en faire jamais.), 2008
paper clips and scotch tape
97 mm
10 copies
Courtesy of the artist

Gond, 2009
polished hinge
Courtesy of the artist

Benoît Maire

Le réel est l'impasse de la formalisation;la formalisation est le lieu de passe-en-force du réel, 2006
Object's display
Collection Kadist Art Foundation, Paris

La Toile d'Araignée, Discussion avec Arthur Danto, 2006
Courtesy of the artist

Ane Mette Hol

Untitled (Notes), 2008
paper, pencil, colored pencils, pen and string
1x 14 x 8 cm
Private collection, Oslo

Untitled (Reversed Drawing), 2008
white paper, pigment, chalk, sticker
70 x 6 cm
Private collection, Stuttgart

Navid Nuur

Untitled, 2006-2008
box in plastic, black painting
Courtesy Plan B gallery, Berlin

Encounter, 2005-2008
copper plate, Vicks VapoRub®
120 x 100 cm
Courtesy Galerie Plan B, Berlin

« GRAND QUESTIONS », 2007-2009
blanket and roof coating
Courtesy of the artist

Tentacle Thought nr: 8, 2004-2009
fluorescent tube, yellow electric wires, mixed media
Courtesy of the artist

Paulien Oltheten

11 fragments of Japan, 2009
20mn 28s.
Courtesy of the artist

Man and Dog, 2002
3mn 50s.
Courtesy of the artist

Evariste Richer

Ellipse / Eclipse, 2007
diameter : 3m
Schleicher+lange gallery, Paris

Ton Schutelaar

Leadership, 2009
bicycle, dust
Courtesy of the artist

An Implied positive content, 2008
paper, painting, adhesive
Courtesy of the artist

Joëlle Tuerlinckx

Aquarelle blanche - 61 x 86 cm, 2008-2009
series of watrcolor
paper 61 x 86 cm, water, plexiglass,painted woord
64 x 89,5 x 4 cm
Courtesy Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp

FILMS D'ETUDE - série vent-soleil/espace, 2001-2009
compilation "Crystal Times", 2009
Courtesy Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp


Gerlach en koop

Artists collective.
They live and work in The Hague, NL.


- Faux Jumeaux, S.M.A.K, Gent, Belgium


- The place to be, Kröller-Müller Museum, Ottelo, NL
- Master Humphrey's Clock, CTP De Appel, Utrecht, NL


- The Moss Gathering Tumbleweed Experience, Antwerp, Belgium
- Lost Tongues Rediscovered, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague, NL

Paulien Oltheten

Born in 1982 in Nijmegen,NL.
Live and work in Amsterdam, NL.


- One moment, it's reallu beautiful!, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
- It won't stop until we talk, DVIR Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israël
- Off the Record, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL


- Open Studio 2008, ARCUS Project, Moriya, Japan


- Theorie van de straat (THeory of the street), Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

Benoît Maire

Born in 1976 in Pessac.
Lives and works in Paris.


- Organon and the wave, avec Falke Pisano, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria
- La collection du XXème siècle, ENSAPC, Paris


- 1929, Galerie Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux
- Les Feuilles, Palais de Tokyo, Paris


- Tiresias & the geometry, Art forum art fair, Berlin

Navid NUUR

Born in 1976 in Teheran, Iran.
Lives and works in The Hague, NL


- The Value of Void, S.M.A.K, Gent, Belgium
- (No) Norms Forgotten, 10m² project space, Sarajevo, Bosnia


- Solo booth, Art Amsterdam, Stroom, The Hague, NL
- Portfolio 1, Plan B, Berlin


- THE RISE OF "RE", project space Stroom, The Hague, NL

Evariste Richer

Born in 1969 in Montpellier.
Lives and works in Paris.


- Le Transpalette, Bourges
- Spy Numbers, Palais de Tokyo, Paris


- 3 millimètres par an, Galerie Schleicher+Lange, Paris
- Acclimatation, Villa Arson, Nice


- La Rétine, La Galerie centre d'art, Noisy Le Sec

En savoir plus ...

More informations about Stroom Den Haag 

More informations about the artists :

Walead Beshty

Etienne Chambaud

Angeline Dekker

Ryan Gander : Gb agency gallery

Gerlach en koop

Benoît Maire : Cortex athletico

Ane Mette Hol

Navid Nuur

Paulien Oltheten

Evariste Richer : Schleicher / Lange gallery 

Ton Schuttelaar

Joëlle Tuerlinckx : Schwarzwaelder gallery

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