Kees Koomen is trying some more diary sound bytes on the wall for the Hybrid Art Fair 2024:
On saturday December 2 Het Grote Aanschouwboek (The Big Aanschouwbook) was presented, a survey of 22 years of De Aanschouw in the Witte de Withstreet in Rotterdam. De Aanschouw is the smallest art gallery in Rotterdam and in The Netherlands if I am not mistaken. It used to be a display case on the front of a café, De Schouw, which was situated opposite the building in which De Rotterdamse Courant had it’s offices. As soon as the newspaper went to the printer it was put in the display case and the editors went to De Schouw to have a beer and to discuss the contents of the new edition.
The presentation of Het Grote Aanschouwboek took place in a well filled auditorium in TENT, you can see an account of the happening here! The book shows all the exhibitions and artists, weekly changes and the Overschilderschilderijen (overpaintpaintings) of which documentation is still available. We are happy to say that very few is missing. Edo Dijksterhuis wrote a history of De Aanschouw and collected anecdotes can be found in the back of the book. The participation of EX-MÊKH can be found in it, including a poster of underground member Ben Faydherbe who is responsible for the design of our publicity. An overpaint-painting of EX-MÊKH member Kees Koomen can also be found in the book. The graphic Design of bureau 75B is special for a relatively small book with no less than 1150 pages. It developed into a brickstone-account of a period of art and friendship!
EX-MÊKH will participate in the Hybrid Art Fair in Madrid from Februari 24 to 27. The fair is held in a hotel in the centre of the city and participants are expected to exhibit in hotelrooms. We will present work under the name Con alma trying to give the neutral and functional hotelroom a soul, the soul of EX-MÊKH!
In the mean while publicity for participants is starting as you can see on this page!
EX-MÊKH has been working on a new site and after having great holidays in which we did some “woodshedding’ on the Veluwe we put the site on-line yesterday. All the exhibitions since 2014 are on the “exhibitions”-page, we will continue to work to get the exhibitions from 2006 onwards on the site.
Last November EX-MÊKH was invited for the Hybrid Art Fair in Madrid. We already heard nice stories about this fair so we decided to apply. The fair is held in an old hotel in the centre of Madrid:
This Fair is also part of the side program of ARCO Madrid and the Madrid Art week
After long deliberations, and because the surferspace for the old site was not available any more, we started to look for possibilities for a new site. The old software (Microsoft Frontpage) was long out of date and couldn’t be handled by the new versions of Microsoft anymore. So now we are trying to get this done, the new site is under construction.