Video: Karel Appel In The Hague
At the Municipal Museum in The Hague (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) Karel Appel is called “perhaps the most famous Dutch artist of the second half of the 20th century” internationally. The list of cities included in the tour of his exhibition, which is timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his death, underlines the above: in the coming years, more than a hundred of Appel's works will travel from The Hague to Paris, London and Washington.
Many people still associate Karel Appel with the Cobra group of European avant-garde artists, for which he once became one of the founders, and the vibrant 1950s, after which he worked for another half century. In The Hague, they tried to show all the merits of his artistic figure and the variety of points of view that are born in a dialogue with his art. The 67 canvases, 12 sculptures, 60 graphic works that made up Appel's retrospective illustrate his early interest in outsider art, stylistic experimentation and a non-trivial look at every genre - from portraits and nudes to urban landscapes.
The aerobatics of travelers who are keen on art is an opportunity to refresh their eyes on Karel Appel, and in addition, to catch a gigantic retrospective of Isa Genzken in Amsterdam, which, however, is only available until the end of spring.
A retrospective of Karel Appel at the Municipal Museum of The Hague will be open from 16 January to 19 May 2016.
Karen Appel. Vragende kinderen, 1948. From the collection of the Center Pompidou, Paris.