Guest Artist
Marjolein Van Haasteren

I am fascinated by landscape !

My landscapes are mystical moments in time. Each represents a desire to capture a specific moment. Light is my most important tool. In my earlier work people were the focus and I saw landscapes as merely the décor. I have evolved. The human element has become part of the backdrop, eventually disappeared, and the landscape has assumed more of the foreground, to feature as the actual subject.

In transparent layers I am exploring the intersection between form, abstract and romanticism. I want my paintings to reflect cinematic mood and shared memories. Everybody recognizes the images, without knowing why, where or when.

My choice of topics is axiomatic. I am fascinated by Industry because of its iconic appearance, its capacity to dominate natural landscape. Images with a forbidden beauty. This starkly contrasts whit nature with its dreamlike, meditative even trance- inducing quality. Two worlds that contrast and coalesc. An ambivalence, a merger of harshness and poetry.

I use photographs of specially selected landscapes, searching for the perfect light and composition in various times and places. The photographs are the foundation, the start of both my little “panels” as well as my bigger paintings. Through my self- invented technique, natural elements are materialized. Life forms and distorted reflections swirl like mist or ghosts. This technique is luminous yet firmly edited. An inviting palet, not pale but woad.

Marjolein Van Haasteren

Exhibitions (Selection)


  • 2016          Hello Darkness, Pulchri Studio, Den Haag (NL)
  • 2016          KunstRAI 2016, Contemporary Art Fair, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2016          Rotterdam Contemporary, International Art Fair,, Rotterdam (NL)
  • 2015          Art Fair DE, International Art Fair, Cologne, (Germany)
  • 2015          Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Summerexhibition 'Woest'
  • 2015          Galery Project 2.0, The Hague, 'After Fair'
  • 2015          KunstRAI, Contemporary Art Fair, solo presentation by Project 2.0, Amsterdam
  • 2015          Ann's Art, Groningen, solo exhibition 'The Fuse' (NL)
  • 2014          Project2.0, The Hague, 'Proliferate' (NL)
  • 2014          Galery Cafe Leidse Lente, Leiden, 'Synonym of Landscape'
  • 2014          KunstRAI, Contemporary Art Fair, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2014          Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Summerexhibition 'Light'
  • 2014          Gallery Le Petit Port, Leiden,  'Bias', solo (NL)
  • 2013          Art The Hague
  • 2013          Leiden artists in The Millfactory, Leiden (NL)
  • 2013          KunstRAI, Contemporary Art Fair, Amsterdam
  • 2013          Gallery De Meerse, Hoofddorp, 'A Place Not Yet Left Behind'
  • 2012          Galerie le 59, rue de Rivoli, Paris, (France) with Galerie Bertrand Gillig
  • 2012          Un peu d'Espace(s) duo show with Patrick Cornillet, Galerie Bertrand Gillig, Strasbourg (France)
  • 2012          Project 2.0, The Hague, 'Beacons', solo
  • 2012          Galerie Le Petit Port, Leiden, ‘Unreminiscent of nature’
  • 2011          St-Art, International Art Fair with Galerie Bertrand Gillig, Strasbourg (France)
  • 2011          Scheltema Complex, Leiden, '´t Laatste Oordeel', in cooperation with Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal
  • 2011          Galerie le Petit Port, Leiden, ‘Pendragon’, solo
  • 2010          Galerie Project 2.0, Den Haag, ‘Inclusus’ , solo
  • 2009          AAF, Foire d'art contemporain, Battersea Park, London (UK)
  • 2009          Galerie Smelik en Stokking, Rotterdam, 'Westelijk Handelsterrein' (NL)
  • 2008          Galerie Mooi, Alkmaar, ‘Revisited’, solo (NL)
  • 2008          Galerie De Meerse, Hoofddorp, 'City', solo (NL)
  • 2007          Houses of Art, Amsterdam, 'Friends'
  • 2007          Galerie Le Petit Port, Leiden, 'City City, Bang Bang', solo
  • 2006          Houses of Art, Marbella, (Spain)
  • 2004          Helsinki, 'Miniprint Trienale' (Finland)
  • 2004          Denpasar museum, 'Portraits' (Indonesia)