“Still better than that wall with mud,” sneered former VVD MP Han ten Broeke, referring to ‘art’ in the House of Representatives. Not everyone understands that such work has to cost half a ton. Critics, for example, wonder whether the colored surfaces should not have actually served as a rug, or whether buying a wall hanging from a Swedish furniture giant would not have been much cheaper.
After the temporary relocation of the Senate and House of Representatives, a lot of tax money has been set aside to provide the new parliament with ‘art’. “Independent advisers have made a selection,” says a spokesperson for the Senate about the choice. “The executive committee of the Senate ultimately opted for this work.” According to the spokesman, this cost 50,000 euros.
‘Symbol for politics’
President Jan Anthonie Bruijn of the Senate cannot believe his luck, according to his response. “Your position in the room determines your image of the work. As soon as you take a different position, you see something different. That to me is a symbol of politics. We look at the same thing, but we all see something different. Together you see the whole.”
Brown says there was no doubt. “The choice was unanimously made for the proposal by Navid Nuur, who convinced us with his presentation of a work that is 21st century and at the same time has recognizable elements of the 17th century plenary room at the Binnenhof.”
Senator Theo Hiddema (FVD) has his own view. “This monstrosity owes its place to fear among politicians: they do not want to pass for unfashionable and conservative. If the artist had responded better to this, there would still have been a barrel.”
Hiddema can imagine how the colored boxes were sold as works of art. “This is no banal bedspread! This is a decorative cloth that symbolizes Wider Bandages. Kudos to the artistic bolleboos who knows how to increase the emptiness in his work to the weight of half a ton.”
Chunks of clay
Earlier, the artwork in the temporary House of Representatives also caused a stir. There is a lack of understanding about the lumps of clay that have been placed against the wall and have cost 200,000 euros. Many parliamentarians see a climbing wall in it. However, artist Jos de Putter tried to imitate the Dutch landscape by using earth, clay and sand. The earth then watches along, the artist reasons.