On 27 November 2015, artist Christie van der Haak will be awarded the Ouborg Prize 2015 in recognition of her extensive and varied oeuvre. The award ceremony also marks the opening of her exhibition, entitled Sproken / Fairy Tales, at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The Ouborg Prize jury praised the artist’s versatility and the impressive way in which she works at the interface of art and design, employs a wide range of materials and techniques, and communicates her unfailing enthusiasm and passion to others.
Installation in the Projects Gallery
For her show in the Gemeentemuseum’s Projects Gallery, Van der Haak has created a site-specific installation that transforms the entire space into a vivid extravaganza of (sometimes dazzlingly coloured) fairy tale patterns. The spectacle is complemented by fabric designs, objets d’art and paintings, including the artist’s Apocalyptic Horsemen series from the Gemeentemuseum’s own collection.
Van der Haak has drawn her patterns in ink and coloured them in with gouache. The patterns are composed of a variety of semi-abstract motifs, derived mainly from flora and fauna. Since Van der Haak’s work bears a close relation to Art Deco, it harmonizes perfectly with H.P. Berlage’s museum building, universally regarded as a pre-eminent example of Art Deco architecture.
The publication accompanying the Ouborg Prize 2015 is a lavishly illustrated bilingual book entitled Sproken / Fairy Tales. It is designed by Studio Renate Boere and issued by Stroom Den Haag / Jap Sam Books.
The Ouborg Prize is the City of The Hague’s prize for the visual arts. Named after Hague artist Pieter Ouborg (1893-1956), it is awarded in alternate years to a Hague artist producing work of both local and national importance. The prize consists of a sum of € 10,000 plus a publication issued by Stroom Den Haag and an exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.