De Ateliers DEBUT: Lara Almarcegui

00:05:11 785 Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Lara Almarcegui employs procedures similar to those of an archaeologist, but applies them to buildings and sites that still exist. For this exhibition, Almarcegui created a brand new work based on the Gemeentemuseum building.

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.

De Ateliers DEBUT SERIES: Lara Almarcegui
Supported by Outset Netherlands 
29 August – 15 November 2015

Video credits

  • Film by Mr. Frank commissioned by Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
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  • De Ateliers DEBUT

    Upcoming artists present their first solo in a Dutch museum: the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.