Galerie Helder prides itself on presenting the work of up-and-coming contemporary artists, displaying their creations in bright, airy surroundings with ample space to allow the artworks to speak for themselves. In amidst these fresh new artistic voices are the works ofestablished professionals such as Marena Seeling and the exquisite detail of Sander Reijgers. There is a self-professed ‘living room’ style atmosphere to the gallery, designed with the intention of making contemporary art as accessible as possible to people from all walks of life, demonstrating the importance of interior design harmonising with visual art to create a fluid ambiance. Galerie Helder has worked with the subtle canvas works of Yves Beaumont and the controversial portraits of Jans Muskee, making it an ideal venue for any modernist pilgrimage.
Galerie Helder, Tasmanstraat 188, Den Haag, Netherlands, +31 70 346 6309
In the centre of The Hague lies Galerie Ramakars, housing exhibitions of contemporary art from both established and emerging national and international artists. Set in a beautiful nineteenth-century canal house with adjoining sculpture garden, Ramakars boasts an in-house artist as well as nine stimulating exhibitions annually. Featuring the work of bold sculptor and conceptual artist Sioerd Buisman and the large, adapted nature scenes of Michel Hoogervorst, amongst others, Galerie Ramakers is an innovative collection of illuminated sculptures, fluid canvas paintings and dynamic sketches exhibiting the very best Dutch artistry.
Galerie Ramakers, Zeeheldenkwartier, Den Haag, Netherlands, +31 70 363 4308
De Galerie is a truly interactive experience, offering observers the chance to rent the art they see on display. Due to the alternative nature of the gallery, therefore, the scope of their exhibitions tends towards the more adventurous: exhibiting everything from the complicated, multi-coloured symbolism of Jacqueline Bozon to the striking photographs of conflict-riven Ireland by Luka Brase. The gallery offers extensive collections and a variety of styles from a large pool of artists, both national and international, broadening the aspect of aesthetic appreciation The Hague.
De Galeries Den Haag, Noordeinde 69, Den Haag, Netherlands,+31 70 392 0813
Het Cleyne Huys places two-dimensional art and free-standing sculpture in conversation under sensitive spotlights, prioritising modernist and postmodernist artistry from predominantly Dutch but also international artists. With an impressive catalogue of past exhibitions, Het Cleyne Huys has housed the fluid, ‘bubbling’ colour of Ger Jansen, the vivid, slightly distorted landscapes of Guus van Eck and the provocative pixel art of Jeanette Lotz, amongst a multitude of others, bringing art to life by offering the opportunity to dine amongst the art and enjoy the gallery as a reception venue.
Het Cleyne Huys, Noordeinde 154, Den Haag, Netherlands, +31 (0) 70 364 3556
The Haagse Kunst Kring is vital for any cultural trip to The Hague. Connecting three centuries of artistic prowess within the four walls, the famous Hague art circle provides a meeting point for artists and keen gallery-goers, an exhibition space for new artists as well as well-known faces on the contemporary art scene and a breeding ground for artistic experimentation, discussions, and debates. The art circle has four denominations: ‘visual arts’, ‘design and architecture’, ‘arts theatre and film’ and finally, ‘music’. Wander around the spacious, light building and enjoy the offerings from either division – often charmingly interlinked to provide a total artwork addressing each sensory dimension.
Haagse Kunst Kring, Denneweg 64, Den Haag, Netherlands, +31 70 364 7585
Heden strives to demolish the boundaries between exhibition, exhibitor and viewer, offering the opportunity to mobilise collections into the office and home space. For visitors to the area, however, the gallery is an enjoyable cultural experience featuring a multitude of well-lit modern artworks, from the exhibition of Gracia Khouw, innovatively focusing on the visual translation of sound, to the minimalism of Prilla Tania.
Heden, Denneweg 14A, 2514 CG Den Haag, Netherlands, +31 70 346 5337
In the striking blue wall of windows that is the Krandendonk Gallery frontage, sits a comprehensive collection of contemporary art and photography. From the experimental sculpture of Malte Waldel to the haunting portrayals of daily life depicted in the photographs of Bieke Depoorter, Kranendonk is a valid and important space for the display of modern art. With spacious, high ceilings inside and a leafy, floral patio outside for quiet contemplation, Kranendonk has everything needed for an afternoon’s cultural diversion. There are also a collection of cafes in the area and spaces to eat in the gallery itself.
Van Kranendonk, Westeinde 29, Den Haag, Netherlands, +31 70 365 0406