E Wega di Bida

Exhibition

E Wega d Bida
The Game of Life

By Suzet Rosaria

Opening Saturday September 11
Exhibition till October 23

E Wega di Bida is an ode to the maturing process of life where self-development takes the forefront. “In the game of life you are the player and your opponent. You decide your next move, but you are also in charge of your reaction to it”, according to Rosaria.

Rosaria compares the game of life with the game of chess. The game of chess has dominant black and white colors. Symbolizing the extremes in life, the good and the bad in you and what lies in between.

For this exhibition, the artist used a variety of techniques, materials and vibrant Caribbean colors. With these materials she created textures to add depth and character to her work. With this, she wants to illustrate that each life path has several layers. Life is not always a smooth ride.

Apart from the repetitive theme of black and white checkered fields in her work she also plays with other recurring forms and (human and/or animal) figures. Each having a different meaning.

About the artist
Rosaria finished her studies at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Beeldende Kunsten (The Netherlands) in 1993. Since 1990 she had various solo exhibition and took part in many group exhibitions in The Netherlands and Curaçao. Her work can be seen in homes, buildings, offices and private collections worldwide. Apart from being a visual artist Rosaria is also art teacher at the secondary school MIL. For some years now she has been designing carnival costumes for the teen parade for which she received the best designer award in 2019 and the best group overall award in 2020.

E Wega di Bida will show till October 23. Stay tuned for the workshop and activities program.

Forma di mi Alma

Exhibition

Forma di mi Alma - Shapes of my Soul
Mijn Ziel in Vormen
by Bettie Abbad van Lange.

 

 

Opening Saturday July 17
10.00 AM- 2.00 PM
Exhibition till August 28

Forma di mi Alma sheds light on the oeuvre of Bettie Abbad van Lange and consists of ceramic sculptures and objects, but also drawings and paintings from the 1960's until recent years. Her contribution to the development of Curaçao ceramic art in the second half of the last century is significant.

Opening Saturday July 17
Around 11.30 am on the opening day, art historian Josée Thissen-Rojer will hold an introduction and tell us more about the artist's work and life.

Forma di mi Alma
Bettie Abbad van Lange is a ceramist 'pur sang', with a passionate drive that pushes her towards perfection time and again. A final shape is not just a shape but represents the culmination of an inner quest that is brought to light through her hands. The materials, the shapes and the finishing with glazes and textures capture not only the process but also the story - or perhaps better - the message that this artist wants to share.
This exhibition shows work ranging from the 1960's to 2004 and gives an overview of the various journeys that Bettie has taken with her ceramics, paintings and drawings.

About Bettie Abbad van Lange
After her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Applied Arts St. Joost in Breda, the Netherlands, Bettie Abbad van Lange (1941) worked for five years at the prestigious Experimental Department of De Porceleyne Fles (Delft Blue) in Delft. In 1971 she moved to the Caribbean with her husband Dito Abbad. First they lived in Bonaire, then went to Curaçao where she set up her studio. She experimented a great deal with the structure(s) of clay, glaze recipes, and was a ceramics teacher at the Akademia di Arte, which had just opened.

Bettie Abbad van Lange exhibited throughout the Netherlands, in Germany and countless times in Curaçao (25 exhibitions in total). Her work has been acquired by the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Porceleyne Fles in Delft, the 'Rijkscollectie' in The Hague, the Municipal Museum of Arnhem, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is also in private collections in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Curaçao, Venezuela, Aruba and Costa Rica. In Curaçao her work is also in corporate collections such as the Court of Justice, SVB and the Sint Elisabeth Gasthuis (our former hospital)

Pottery Nomad | Pixel Explorer

Exhibition

POTTERY NOMAD
PIXEL EXPLORER

Haruko Greenberg
Mariette Arkenbout

Opening Saturday June 5
10.00 AM- 2.00 PM
Exhibition till July 10.

Haruko Greenberg and Mariëtte Arkenbout have a special position in our community as they are the spouses of the American consul general Allen Greenberg and the Dutch representative Erwin Arkenbout. These ‘spouses of’ also happen to be remarkable creative women who share their uniqueness through their art with others wherever they are -or rather wherever the jobs of their husbands take them.

Haruko Greenberg connects to where she is through clay. She literally discovers the new country by working with her hands creating pottery pieces as a personal salute to the place she has been welcomed to. The strong sun of Curaçao, colorful buildings of Willemstad, and beautiful nature of the island inspired her to make pottery with vibrant colors and natural texture. “My pottery is a sum of all the places where I lived and the experiences I have had there with people.  As I travel from one place to another, my creations have spread in various parts of the world.  What a joy and privilege to imagine my piece can be in someone’s hand, holding a warm cup of coffee, spending a happy little moment of someone’s life somewhere!”

With Mariëtte Arkenbout it's all about movement, light, and colors as they are caught on film and in photographs. She is a storyteller who no longer needs words. She uses images and works on them with a variety of techniques and materials to play out her story and see where it leads to. A sewing machine being one of her tools. This artist is a professional photographer who seems no longer interested in the final result of a picture. The end result for her is the starting point to explore and study the infinite possibilities of what could happen with a photograph or a still after its final version. “Exploring the visual world of images is my passion. Whereas I started my career in writing, sometimes taking pictures for magazines and street photography, I discovered that the storytelling fashion and dance world where your imagination can run wild was more my cup of tea. Usually, I choose a series of pics and start exploring. I use ribbons, paint, and a sewing machine to create my collages. “

MEET THE ARTISTS Di muraya pa muraya

Event

Meet the Artists Di muraya pa muraya
Arte di muralista kontemporaneo
From wall to wall
Art by contemporary muralists

Saturday May 29
10.00 AM- 2.00 PM

Participating artists: Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom

You are cordially invited to come by and meet all six artists, have a chat, listen to what they have been up to and what is coming up next in their careers.
In the past years, especially the city center of Curaçao has seen a large number of murals appear on her walls.  They are expressions of a positive outlook. In addition to being bold and colorful, they convey a message to the viewer and empower the youth and neighborhoods, allowing everybody to see the hidden beauty of their own ‘bario’ with renewed hope.
Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom are some of the many muralists who contributed to this development on the island.
You can meet all six of them on this last day of the exhibition.

Sirkulo di Bida

FUNDRAISING

Sírkulo di Bida
Buy Your Own Circle(s) of Life to support the Healthcare in Curacao

Landhuis Bloemhof and the Ronald McDonald House Foundation invite you to buy one of our Circles of Life to support the Healthcare on the island.

Over 75 volunteers created more than 100 Sírkulo di Bida (Circles of Life) with discarded materials used in the medical world, as part of a series of workshops given by artist Michèle Russel-Capriles during her exhibition Ban Serio! These Circles are going on sale to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Foundation. This foundation is now helping out at the CMC by providing meals for personnel and staff who are working day and night, beyond the call of duty fighting Covid-19.

The Sírkulo di Bida workshops started out as a community art project. The original idea was to embellish the RMHC at CMC. Regretfully due to new regulations the project could not be completed as planned. Now the Circles will reach even more corners of the island and serve an urgent and beautiful cause.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN SIRKULO DI BIDA
Please scroll through our digital catalogue via this link to choose your favorite Sírkulo.

HOW TO ORDER
If you wish to purchase a circle, please

* Mail us via info@bloemhof.cw

*Mention: the number of the circle(s) you would like to purchase and the page number

* Your full contact information (name, surname, address, phone number)

* We will send you an email back to confirm your purchase, with further instructions for payment

* Pick-up or delivery will be possible after the lockdown

* Overseas shipping available upon request

 

No circle, just donate?

* Make a transfer to MCB Bank 16831208 and clearly state: donation Sírkulo di Bida

BONUS
The artist Michèle Russel-Capriles is willing to visit your home or office to make an art installation if you buy 5 or more circles and make an extra donation.

Catalogue Di muraya pa muraya

Catalogue

Di muraya pa muraya
Arte di muralista kontemporaneo
From wall to wall
Art by contemporary muralists

Participants: Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom

Digital Catalogue
Enjoy our current exhibition by clicking on this link  Catalogue Di muraya pa muraya - Arte di muralista kontemporáneo.
Scroll through the catalogue to experience the diversity of their work from the comfort of your home.  See something you like? Contact us via info@bloemhof.cw.

ART TALK ‘MURALISTANAN DI PASADO’

Event

ART TALK
'MURALISTANAN DI PASADO'
by GARRICK MARCHENA

Wednesday March 24
7.00- 8.30 PM
Via ZOOM. Please register in advance at info@bloemhof.cw

During his development as a muralist, Garrick Marchena sought information from several muralists from before his time. Who were they. What have they painted. Why did they choose to paint those works and why in that place. “It is important for me to understand the development that muralism has gone through in order to be so respectful of what others have done for me. It's a process and I don't know everything yet,” says Garrick.

Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m. Garrick will share his knowledge and experiences with the public.

Di muraya pa muraya

Exhibition

Di muraya pa muraya
Arte di muralista kontemporaneo
From wall to wall
Art by contemporary muralists

Participants: Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom

February 13 to May 29, 2021

In the past years, especially the city center of Curaçao has seen a large number of murals appear on her walls.  They are expressions of a positive outlook often used to cover up crumbling dwellings.
In addition to being bold and colorful, they convey a message to the viewer and empower the youth and neighborhoods, allowing everybody to see the hidden beauty of their own ‘bario’ with renewed hope.
Avantia Damberg, Francis Sling, Garrick Marchena, Jhomar Loaiza, Johanna Franco Zapata and Sander van Beusekom are some of the many muralists who contributed to this development on the island.

Avantia Damberg is a multidisciplinary visual artist who started her artistic career with video art and animation and now focuses on collages in the broadest sense. She has painted several murals in Punda such as the 'Pundawings' and the tribute to our ‘Hidden Heroes’. In Otrobanda 'Colorful Steps' and the 'OTC tiles stairs' in collaboration with the Kaya Kaya artists are her showstoppers.  She recently finished a tribute to the immigrant population of Suffisant at the Odulio Willems Stadion.

Francis Sling is a graphic designer with a passion for music, sculpture and poetry. His paintings can be regarded as a poetic expression in color. Francis' very first mural in 2014 is the 360 ° rendition of the underwater world at the Dolphin Academy. Besides a growing number of murals in Curaçao, Francis also painted several in Aruba and in the 'International Youth Hostel Mandala' in Xining, China.

Garrick Marchena studied civil engineering and started painting in the area of Saliña in 2003. In 2009 he made his first street mural called 'Urban Angel' under the alias 'Zigski'. In recent years Garrick has painted several murals in both Curaçao, Cuba and his native island Aruba. His well-known 'Angelito Negro' was for many a first encounter with his work and for fellow artists a push to make murals in the city center.

Jhomar Loaiza is a Venezuelan artist inspired by the African roots of the Caribbean. He studied art in Coro.  In 2013 he participated in ‘The Longest Painting Festival’ here and was noticed. His first mural in Curaçao covers the doors of Ashley Mauricia's studio at Plaza Piar in Punda. He since moved to Curaçao and now has work scattered all over the island. His striking use of color and expression stand out from far.

Johanna Franco Zapata started her art education at the Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) and then went on to study Visual Arts in the Netherlands.  Art does not stand still and has different perspectives and in this process the Colombian artist takes up the challenge of constantly rediscovering herself. Her first mural, ‘Franco & Zapata’ was painted in the gardens of the IBB in 2014. One of her most recent public art projects is the revamping of the guardhouse on the way to ‘Grote Knip’ Beach.

Sander van Beusekom studied Art Direction at the Junior Academy in Amsterdam. Together with his sister Nicole, he runs the graphic design agency BLEND Creative Imaging. He is co-founder of Street Art Skalo which aims to refurbish and beautify neighborhoods, and to promote local talent. In 2019 he was commissioned by CTB to make the mural 'Tickle Me Curaçao' in Wynwood, Miami, in anticipation of the Art Basel Art Fair.

Duets

Event

A preview:

Corsen and Dibo D.
'Duets' concert at Landhuis Bloemhof

Sunday February 28
Extra Concert 1: 4.00 PM
Extra Concert 2: 6.00 PM

With 'Duets' the well-known musical duo Randal Corsen and Dibo D will take the audience on an adventurous trip of both swinging and melancholic Antillean classics plus a number of their own compositions. Even Dibo's winning carnival tumba from 2019 'Kòrsou Ta Den Su Gloria' will be performed with a jazzy twist.

Randal Corsen and Dibo D started a special musical collaboration in 2016. Concerts followed in Curaçao, Aruba, the Netherlands and Colombia. They challenge each other to make innovative music and scored hits on the charts of Curaçao.

About Randal Corsen made a name for himself as a pianist, composer and arranger in the Dutch jazz and Latin scene; he won an Edison jazz award, composed an opera for Tania Kross, was musical director for Izaline Calister for many years, and has also worked with greats such as Roy Hargrove and Paquito D'Rivera.

 About Dibo D is one of the most successful young singer-songwriters of Antillean popular music, known in Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire as well as among the Antillean public in the Netherlands. He also made a name for himself in the Dutch urban scene for a number of years.

Landhuis Bloemhof is pleased to announce this concert, of course with the necessary precautions related to Covid-19. The concert 'Duets' will therefore be played twice on Saturday 27 February. The first one starts at 6:00 PM, the second concert at 8:00 PM. Tickets cost 50 guilders (including a drink). There are only 35 tickets available per concert. Your ticket is for sale at Landhuis Bloemhof. Due to the limited number of seats we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance.

Duets

Event

A preview:

Corsen and Dibo D.
'Duets' concert at Landhuis Bloemhof

Saturday February 27
Concert 1: 6.00 PM
Concert 2: 8.00 PM

With 'Duets' the well-known musical duo Randal Corsen and Dibo D will take the audience on an adventurous trip of both swinging and melancholic Antillean classics plus a number of their own compositions. Even Dibo's winning carnival tumba from 2019 'Kòrsou Ta Den Su Gloria' will be performed with a jazzy twist.

Randal Corsen and Dibo D started a special musical collaboration in 2016. Concerts followed in Curaçao, Aruba, the Netherlands and Colombia. They challenge each other to make innovative music and scored hits on the charts of Curaçao.

About Randal Corsen made a name for himself as a pianist, composer and arranger in the Dutch jazz and Latin scene; he won an Edison jazz award, composed an opera for Tania Kross, was musical director for Izaline Calister for many years, and has also worked with greats such as Roy Hargrove and Paquito D'Rivera.

 About Dibo D is one of the most successful young singer-songwriters of Antillean popular music, known in Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire as well as among the Antillean public in the Netherlands. He also made a name for himself in the Dutch urban scene for a number of years.

Landhuis Bloemhof is pleased to announce this concert, of course with the necessary precautions related to Covid-19. The concert 'Duets' will therefore be played twice on Saturday 27 February. The first one starts at 6:00 PM, the second concert at 8:00 PM. Tickets cost 50 guilders (including a drink). There are only 35 tickets available per concert. Your ticket is for sale at Landhuis Bloemhof. Due to the limited number of seats we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance.