David Bade (b. Curacao, 1970) often makes his art in interaction with the public. This autumn he will be experimenting with visitors to Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. For two weeks, he will set up his studio in the museum and attempt to engage visitors in conversation. The resulting artwork will then be added to the museum’s collection. Visitors will also have the opportunity to buy a portrait by David Bade. The proceeds will be used to help finance the museum’s acquisition of Bade’s latest installation. To cover the other portion of the purchase price, the museum will receive financial assistance from Outset Nederland, a private international art fund which has been operating in the Netherlands since 2012. It supports contemporary art by providing finance for international collections, production, exhibitions and publications.
‘This will become a painting or sculpture, in consultation with you’ is the message on the cover of a sketchbook, part of the installation Calimero 5. The book, full of drawings and notes, hangs from an amorphous figure made of everyday objects like an ironing board, and polyurethane. It will soon be added to the Gemeentemuseum’s collection, but not before David Bade has asked the public for their input. From 25 November to 9 December he will set up his studio in the museum, and invite visitors to help him complete the work.
But the Gemeentemuseum and Bade also have another role in mind for the public: that of patron/collector. Visitors will be able to help finance the acquisition of Calimero 5 by purchasing a piece of art themselves. Bade will draw portraits which he will then sell for €150 (A4 format) or €250 (A3 format).
About David Bade
With great aplomb, David Bade conquered the Dutch art world when he was awarded the Prix de Rome for his drawings in 1993. Thirteen years later, along with Tirzo Martha, he set up Instituto Buena Bista (IBB), an academy and place for contemporary art in Curacao. In 2010 the GEM staged a major retrospective of his work, as did the S.M.A.K. in Ghent in 2014. He has also carried out a number of projects in public spaces, such as the ‘lifelong’ workshop/performance David Bade Draws Heerlen Under the Table for Schunk cultural centre in Heerlen (since 2013) and All You Can Art commissioned by Kunsthal Rotterdam (2016, 2017, 2018).
The Gemeentemuseum’s collection includes 21 works by David Bade, including the sculpture Big Fish Day (avant la lettre) which has stood outside GEM since 2002. With the addition of Calimero 5, the museum will own a representative selection of Bade’s work.