Coronavirus (Covid-19)

In response to the Corona crisis and the necessary and restrictive measurements, West is making its programme accessible to all people staying at home with the section Thuistezien (dutch for watch at home).

With Thuistezien the institution wants to contribute to the quality of life in this serious situation. By means of a daily video, publication, report or column, the institution aims to soften the stay at home with a moment of imagination and reflection. For suggestions and reactions you can contact us via:

In line with the national policy regarding the coronavirus, our location on the Lange Voorhout is closed to the public until Monday, April 6, 2020.
Thuistezien 5 — 27.03.2019

Cesare Pietroiusti
Free Distribution

Conceptual artist Cesare Pietroiusti succeeds Taiwanese artist Tehching Hsieh with a 1-year-long exhibition at West. This exceptional exhibition model is reserved for prominent artists with a distinctly exemplary role. Just like in the work of Hsieh, Pietroiusti is not focused on art as an object, but on life itself as a form of art. Because the exhibition is now temporarily closed due to the current situation (Covid-19), artist Cesare Pietroiusti personally offers the work 'Untitled (incomplete drawing), 2020 -' to you. West will send you one of the 5,000 drawings, made with fire, for the exhibition 'A Variable Number of Things'.

Are you interested? Please transfer € 2.50 for the shipping costs to Stichting West: NL63 INGB 0000 8298 85, stating your name and postal address. You will receive a unique drawing in your mailbox.

More info about Cesare Pietroiusti at West

Thuistezien 4 — 26.03.2019

Online Spinoza Circle #12-A:
Common Notions

Spinoza was a radical and a rebel. His philosophic writing was boldly secular and rational, scintillatingly irreverent and irrepressibly critical, committed to friendship, and emancipated embodied experience. Today, with globalised capitalism in crisis, these principles are suddenly in question. Can Spinoza’s thinking help us gain agency to face our challenges today? Through the readings and discussions in the monthly Spinoza circles we hope to re-evaluate the status and prospects of the contemporary challenges.

The sessions are convened by Baruch Gottlieb, and this month, hosted online. The Spinoza reading circle is open to anyone who would like to read Spinoza regardless of previous experience. Main language of discussion is English.

Sunday 29.03.2020, 14 hrs
Tickets 0,-/6,- euro.

Thuistezien 3 — 25.03.2019

Interview by Metropolis M
West & Kunstforum

Q: Just like a Kunsthal, Kunstforum is a German invention, which nowadays can be found in all sorts of countries. What is the difference between the two types of institutions?
A: The difference between the two is that a forum emphasises the encounter with the other. Kunstforum wants to create time and space for everyone to discover for themselves what art is; and does not want to define it from within the organisation. We are convinced that it is not up to us to tell what the true art is. It's more about offering choices, making suggestions on how to look at things. Heinz von Foerster, an Austrian scientist, biologist and father of second-order cybernetics, claimed: truth does not exist, truth is the invention of a liar. The more choices everyone has, the more possibilities arise.

> read the whole interview

Thuistezien 2 — 24.03.2019

Katja Diefenbach
Spinoza & the Arts Passionate Reason

Katja Diefenbach is professor for cultural theory at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart Germany. Her work explores contemporary aesthetic theory, the reception of Spinoza and Descartes in contemporary French philosophy. Her most recent book examines Spinoza in post-marxist philosophy, exploring the concept of structural materialism. Katja Diefenbach was one of the speakers at the 2-day symposium Spinoza & the Arts: Passionate Reason at 04.10.2019 and 05.10.2019 at West Den Haag. Her lecture is recorded and edited by West.

Thuistezien 1 — 23.03.2019

Musical Material #8

As kick off for the section Thuistezien (Watch at home) we selected a quite special concert of the Polyband and Jasper Stadhouders, which was preformed at Musical Material #8. A collaboration between Rewire and West Den Haag, where specialists in the fields of music and art, perform and reflect within an intimate setting.
The performance is including Chicago based jazz trumpet player Jaimie Branch and the The Hague based composer and accordeonist Leo Svirsky. Polyband performed with: Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti (movement), Jaimie Branch (trumpet), Genevieve Murphy bagpipes), Marta Warelis (keyboards), Leo Svirsky (accordion), Jeroen Kimman (guitar), Jasper Stadhouders (guitar), Miguel Petruccelli (bass), Tristan Renfrow (drums), Philipp Moser (drums), Sandor Caron (sound engineer). The concert was performed at Korzo Den Haag on 30.11.2018 and filmed and edited by West.

The concert was performed at Korzo Den Haag on 30.11.2018, and filmed and edited by West. More information about Musical Material #8.