The De Ateliers DEBUT SERIES is the fruit of the close and enduring relationship between the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and De Ateliers.
The show by Lara Almarcegui (b. Zaragoza, Spain, 1972) is the third in the series of solo shows by artists who have spent time at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (the Netherlands’ premier institute fostering young artistic talent). This valuable initiative is sponsored by Outset Netherlands and the Niemeijer Fund. For her forthcoming exhibition in the projects gallery, Almarcegui has created a brand new work based on the Gemeentemuseum building.
Almarcegui has worked in close cooperation with the museum to carry out a specific investigation into the bricks used by the museum’s architect, H.P. Berlage, to construct his last great masterpiece in the 1930s. The results of the investigation are encapsulated in the ‘listing’ that will be on display in the projects gallery from 29 August. In addition, the artist will exhibit Buried House, Dallas (2013), a video showing a house being demolished and the rubble being buried in a large hole on the same site: a way of suggesting that all the materials that make up the buildings important to us – from private homes to churches – will eventually end up in the ground, covered over with new structures of significance to subsequent generations and cultures.