Open studio route Benoordenhout

During the open atelier route I will be drawing with ink.You’re welcome on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018, from 12 till 17. My studio is located at Oosterbeek 2c, Den Haag, at the entrance of Parc Clingendael (23 on the map).

I am also participating in the group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschoppstraat 5, Den Haag (same opening hours).

 

Upcoming exhibitions
December 2018, Galerie Atelier Herenplaats (group): etchings, linocuts
December 1 2018 till January 8 2019, Kunstgroep Wassenaar (group): drawings
June 8 till July 7 2019, Kunstgroep Wassenaar (duo with Willem van Dam): drawings

 

Book presentation Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

The book ‘Geen woorden maar beelden, 25 jaar Galerie Atelier Herenplaats, Outsider Art in Nederland’ is also available in English. In almost 300 pages filled with wonderful images and texts, it describes the journey of Herenplaats. It is an art academy for mentally and physically challengend artists, where I enjoy teaching linocutting and etching.

The bookpresentation was held on 29 June 2017 at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Watch the crowdfunding clip for more details or visit the studios and exhibitions at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats. Schietbaanstraat 1, 3014 ZT Rotterdam.

Open studios Atelier Route 2017

Upcoming this weekend:
Open Studios Route Bezuidenhout and group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschopstraat 5, Den Haag (number 1 on the map). 
You’re very welcome on 20 and 21 May from 12.00 till 17.00
My studio is nr 24 on the map.

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Update exhibitions

My etchings are on show at the exhibition Hogedrukgebied at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats; extented till 16 January 2017. Watch this crowdfunding video for the HPL 25 book and find out more about the fine art department where I work with mentally challenged artists.

Last year the Open Studio Route Benoordenhout was a success, with 130 visitors in my studio at the parc. This year it’s scheduled for 20 and 21 May 2017, from 12.00 till 17.00 at Oosterbeek 2c, 2597 VJ, Den Haag.

Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

Upcoming:

Galerie Atelier Herenplaats exhibits etchings and linocuts
made by their mentally challenged artists (some under my supervision),
Punt 5 (children) and Willem de Kooning (art academy students).
They also show some of my previous work and recent work.

From 7 October till 28 November 2016>extended till 16 January 2017.
Schietbaanstraat 1, 3014 Z, Rotterdam

The exhibition is part of Fine Arts Month 2016, visit their site for the other locations.

linocuts, etchings

Open studio route

Upcoming: On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2016 I will be proudly presenting my new studio. I am participating in the open studio route Benoordenhout from 12.00 till 17.00. During that weekend I am also showing one work at the group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschopstraat 5, 2596 XH Den Haag.

My new studio is situated in the beautiful parc Landgoed Oosterbeek (bordering the parc Clingendael and the Dierenambulance and opposite the Haagse Bos). Post address is Oosterbeek 2c, 2597 VJ, Den Haag.

Review of Rossetti’s Obsession, Exhibition

The concept of the current travelling exhibition (now at the William Morris Gallery until 4-1-2015) is perfectly in line with my own exhibition ‘A Memory Palace of Her Own’. Opposite to the room I occupied a few months earlier yet another room is filled with ‘images of Jane as herself’. Photographs, drawings and paintings are juxtaposed with Jane’s embroidery and handwriting. The exhibition offers insight in the relation between Jane as herself and Jane as a muse.

photograph by Margje Bijl, © William Morris GalleryThe exhibition illustrates that Jane Morris was multitalented, more than a pretty face. During the opening speech Jan Marsh surprised the William Morris Gallery by donating, on behalf of Frank Sharp, a book with a cover designed by Jane Morris. Photographer India-Roper Evans took photographs of the exhibition and noticed me while I was admiring the recently acquired Honeysuckle, designed by William Morris and embroideried by Jane and Jenny Morris.

© India Roper-Evans, Margje Bijl©India Roper-Evans, Parsons' photographs of Jane Morris, William Morris Gallery© India Roper-Evans, ROSSETTI'S OBSESSION AT WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY© India Roper-Evans© India Roper-Evans After the private view of the exhibition Kirsty Walker accompanied me to visit Kelmscott Manor. They currently exhibit the Centenary Exhibition; photographs that were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery earlier this year. At Jane Morris’ grave I have paid my homage to Jane even though she lives on in my mind… You can read Kirsty’s review of our trip here. Jane Morris' grave, Margje Bijl, photograph by Kirsty Walker, Kelmscott Manor, William Morris' grave

Review of Rossetti’s Obsession, Catalogue

A few days before John Robert Parsons photographed her, Rossetti wrote in a letter to Jane Morris: ‘…The photographer is coming at eleven on Wednesday. So I’ll expect you as early as you can manage…’.

I had always assumed that the photographs had been taken in the course of a single day. However, while reading Jan Marsh’s catalogue for the exhibition ‘Rossetti’s Obsession: Images of Jane Morris’, I became intrigued by the following paragraph: ‘In autumn 1865 the Morrises moved to Queen Square, central London; earlier in the year they had spent a few days at Tudor House, where Rossetti organised a photo shoot, with Jane taking various poses to use as studies for future compositions…’

Eager to find out how to divide the series of photographs into separate shoots, I disregarded the order used in ‘Album of Portraits of Mrs. William Morris (Jane Burden) Posed by Rossetti, 1865’. Instead, I rearranged the photographs in what I myself surmise is the actual sequence in which Parsons took these photographs. I leave it to you to decide how the photographs should be distributed over the several sessions, if at all…

The narrative and voice are from an off-the-cuff recording for my exhibition at the William Morris Gallery. If you want to buy the cd or simply leave a comment please go to the contact page!

Limited Edition CD

Limited Edition CD at the William Morris Gallery

By subtly pervading both my art and my subconscious, Jane Morris has built herself a Memory Palace. Gradually, a very personal relationship with her developed, through a series of remarkable dreams.

A limited edition CD was made especially for the private view of my exhibition ‘A Memory Palace of Her Own’ at the William Morris Gallery in 2014. I greatly enjoyed making this off-the-cuff recording with composer Jolle Roelofs, who is also responsible for the editing of the sound fragments and the improvisations on ukulele and piano.

In this fragment I will be meeting Jane and William Morris. There are no more limited edition CD’s for sale at the William Morris Gallery. If you are interested in a copy just let me know and I can send you one.

Exhibition at William Morris Gallery

Excerpt from an email I received from the curator of the William Morris Gallery, Carien Kremer: ‘We would like to offer you a slot in our 2014 programme, showing the photographs in the Discovery Lounge…It would be great to mark the commemorative year with a contemporary take on Jane’.

What are you proposing to display?
A series of four self-portraits. I visited several of Rossetti, Jane and William Morris’ former homes and took staged photos on location with the photographer Hein van Liempd. Referring to Jane Morris’ life story I transformed her world into my own, adopting contemporary clothing and poses.

I Cannot Love You, Hein van Liempd, William Morris Gallery, Waltham Forest, Margje Bijl, Jane Morris, Rossetti, William Morris, Philip WebbHow is your work relevant to the William Morris Gallery?
The William Morris Gallery is one of William Morris’ two former homes included in my series ‘A Memory Palace of Her Own’. The other, Red House, was designed exclusively by William Morris and Philip Webb, who collaborated in the design of the ‘Green Dining Room’ which is also shown in my series.

On his doorstep, Rossetti's house, studio, atelier, workshop, Tudor House, Cheyne Walk 16, hein van Liempd, Margje BijlAre there parallels with the collection?
I took photos at Rossetti’s studio, as this is the location of the famous photo series of Jane Morris which was the incentive for my own project. In the archives of the William Morris Gallery I have studied the reproductions of this series. There, I also enjoyed the privilege of reading Jane’s letters. I have incorporated her handwriting in my photo of the Red House.

A New Pattern for the Empress, Red House, Hein van Liempd, William Morris, Jane Morris, Philip WebbWhy is it of interest to our visitors?
In the course of my trips to London and Oxford I have seen many inspiring works of art and artefacts from various museums, archives and from one depot. In my work, I often refer to these objects or quote from the many works on the Pre-Raphaelites. As an artist, it is my hope that my personal viewpoint will supplement the existing works of art and artefacts in the William Morris Gallery to contribute to Jane and William Morris and Rossetti’s cultural heritage.