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From May 12 to July 14, the Lange Vorhoot will be the setting for the Hague Sculpture '98. With some forty-five monumental sculptures by artists such as Rodin, de Saint Phalle, Léger and Chadwick, this will be the most powerful open-air exhibition of modern sculpture ever held in the Netherlands. All the major schools of the twentieth century will be represented there, from cubism and surrealism to abstract art. But above all, it will be an encounter with recent developments in sculpture. Two years ago this spectacular exhibition, featuring a different collection, was shown in Paris and Tokyo.
The exhibition begins with classical sculptures by masters such as Auguste Rodin, Aristide Maillol and Antoine Bourdelle. Next come the Cubists, such as Pablo Gargallo, Jacques Lipchitz and Ossip Zadkine. Their work shows how they experimented with assemblages, a technique pioneered by Pablo Picasso.
The thirties saw the birth of abstract sculpture, reflected in the works of Jean Arp, and Alexander Calder. After the Second World War abstraction came into its own. This can be seen from the works of Max Bill, Anthony Caro, Eduardo Chillida, Antoni Clavé, Jean Dubuffet; from those of Etienne-Martin, Emile Gilioli, Etienne Hadju, Barbara Hepworth; and from those of Robert Jacobsen, Marta Pan and François Stahly.
In the fifties the theme of light and movement took shape in the works of Yaacov Agam, Nicolas Schöffer, Jesus Rafaël Soto, and Vassilakis Takis.
Figurativism, a style so characteristic of artists in the sixties, is represented by the works of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Louise Bourgeois and Lynn Chadwick, Eugène Dodeigne, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, and Raymond Mason. Surrealists such as Max Ernst and Roberto Roberto Matta give shape to ideas with a touch of humour.
The second half of the sixties is characterised by new realism, a movement that makes use of existing objects. Artists such as Jean Tinguely and his companion Niki de Saint Phalle are among its best-known exponents, along with César.
The star attraction of this exhibition is a sculpture by Fernand Léger called "la fleure qui marche".
© Christoffer Grate 1998