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BlowUp Art The Hague

BlowUp Art Den Haag kunstwerk Crested van Steve Messam op parkeergarage Museumkwartier - Fotograaf: Ronald Smits
Stroll past giant-colored inflatable art around during the second edition of BlowUp Art in Museumkwartier The Hague!

This second edition of BlowUp Art The Hague is again full of spectacular, giga-coloured creations designed specifically for a location by national and international artists. Walking past the six temporary blow-up artworks will make you relive the beauty of the city centre. You won't want to miss it! Come, admire and be amazed by outdoor art.

Very special art

Six temporary works of inflatable art have been specially designed for the Berlage Kiosk, the Hofvijver, the side wall of the Koninklijke Schouwburg, the exit of the parking garage at Tournooiveld, The Passage and the shell path along the Lange Vijverberg.

Pulchri Studio hosts a small expo of sketches and proposals (entrance hall Lange Voorhout 15). The inflatables are made by a selection of international artists, designers and architects:

  • Paul Cournet (FR/NL)
  • Steve Messam (UK)
  • Raw Color (D/NL)
  • Lambert Kamps (NL)
  • Yamuna Forzani (IT/UK/NL)
  • Theo Botschuijver (NL)

BlowUpArt The Hague is a project by BinnenhofBuiten, endorsed by The Hague & Partners. BinnenhofBuiten produces events, exhibitions and promotions during the closure of the Binnenhof. BlowUp Art The Hague is curated by Mary Hessing.

Map BlowUp Art The Hague

BlowUp Art Den Haag plattegrond van het Museumkwartier met de zes kunstwerken
Map with the six blow-up artworks in the center of The Hague. 

Paul Cournet – Solar Cloud

‘Solar Cloud' floats like a cushion above the free-standing pavilion that the great Dutch master Hendrik Pieter Berlage designed a hundred years ago. Cournet's new intervention seems to be connected to this precious jewel of the Hague’ building history by an umbilical cord.

It is not surprising that Cournet's eye fell on the Berlage Kiosk, as the favorite location for his blowup artwork at the Buitenhof. After studying architecture in Bordeaux and Paris, Paul Cournet worked as a senior architect at Rem Koolhaas' renowned OMA in Rotterdam. In 2021 he started his own studio ‘Cloud’.

Note: Unfortunately, this artwork can no longer be seen as it has been damaged by wind and branches from nearby trees.

'The subscript 'Good News' refers to Edwin Schlossberg's art project in the 1968 Whole Earth Catalog, a countercultural publication about ecology, cybernetics and architecture.'
Paul Cournet
BlowUp Art Den Haag portretfoto Paul Cournet - Fotograaf: JW Kaldenbach
BlowUp Art Den Haag Solar Cloud Paul Cournet - Fotograaf: Ronald Smits
Paul Cournet - Solar Cloud - Berlage Kiosk Buitenhof 

Steven Messam – Crested

Bigger than a house, light as a feather. The latter is quite essential because Steve Messam's inflatable textile artworks are often applied to monumental buildings all over the world.

Precision precedes the playfulness. Once inflated, the impact is gigantic! The red spikes are constantly moving in the wind, turning an everyday place into a cheerful situation.

‘I am particularly interested in landscape stories. How they have been shaped by nature and human interaction over time. How humans have shaped them through agriculture, mining, leisure and culture. All those stories are packed into every landscape.’
Steve Messam
BlowUp Art Den Haag portretfoto Steve Messam - Fotograaf: JW Kaldenbach
BlowUp Art Den Haag kunstwerk Crested van Steve Messam op parkeergarage Museumkwartier - Fotograaf: Ronald Smits
Steve Messam - Crested - Parkinggarage Toernooiveld

Raw Color – Compressed Cylinders

'Compressed Cylinders' is a game of lanky tubes that are inflated against the walls of an empty shop window. The space fills with color. When they deflate, a new composition of cheerful shapes is created.

This artwork was made by Raw Color from Eindhoven. Since 2007, the design duo (Daniera ter Haar (NL) and Christoph Brach (D)) have been developing a pure approach to color, which can take shape in graphic design, photography or products. Their work has been purchased by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Textile Museum. 

‘Raw’ stands for the pure and essential, which we are always looking for. ‘color’ is nice as it represents a visual identity. Color can be found in graphic design, photography, textiles, etc. So in that sense, it represents the diversity of our studio’.
Raw color
BlowUp Art Den Haag portretfoto Raw Color - Fotograaf: JW Kaldenbach
BlowUp Art Den Haag kunstwerk Compressed Cilinders van Raw Color aan de Lange Vijverberg - Fotograaf: Ronald Smits
Raw Color - Compressed Cylinders - Lange Vijverberg

Lambert Kamps – Submarine

‘Space is too precious to be used carelessly’, says designer and artist Lambert Kamps. The world is filled with cars and buildings that we only use for a small part of the day. There’s art that makes you wonder ‘if only it wasn't there’.

'Submarine' in the Hofvijver is very visible most of the time, but sometimes sinks down underneath the water surface. Seemingly playing on the eternal question: 'to be or not to be’.

‘Everything has its moment. As an artist it is good to realize that it is nice when your work is there, but also great when it is gone again.’
Lambert Kamps
BlowUp Art Den Haag portretfoto Lambert Kamps- Fotograaf: JW Kaldenbach
BlowUp Art Den Haag kunstwerk Submarine van Lambert Kamps in de Hofvijver - Fotograaf: Ronald Smits
Lambert Kamps - Submarine - Hofvijver

Yamuna Forzani – A big heart

On the side wall along Schouwburgstraat, two small facades heave under the bulk of a modern annex of the Koninklijke Schouwburg. This surreal borderland is the ideal backdrop for Yamuna Forzani, an Italian-English artist connecting opposites.

‘The LGBTQIA+ is a globetrotters’ new utopia.’ Growing out of the globe, like spheres encircling a planet, are gender symbols. Our world needs equality and optimism. Forzani studied Textiles and Fashion at KABK Forzani and ventures out into the world from The Hague.

‘Celebrating and empowering [LGBTQIA+ people] brings me a lot of joy and purpose. It’s for the community, by the community.’
Yamuna Forzani
BlowUp Art Den Haag portretfoto Yamuna Forzani - Fotograaf: JW Kaldenbach
BlowUp Art Den Haag kunstwerk een groot hart van Yamuna Forzani bij Koninklijke Schouwburg - Fotograaf: Ronald Smits
Yamuna Forzani - A big heart - Side wall of the Koninklijke Schouwburg

Theo Botschuijver - Ode to the Light Bulb

Pitch dark doesn’t exist here. A century ago, electricity drove the darkness out of our homes and streets. Artist Theo Botschuijver thinks it's a bit of a shame that the light bulb has been forgotten. Energy-saving lamps and LED are more economical of course, but they would never have existed without this glowing icon. You can see Theo Botschuijver 'Ode to the Light Bulb' in the dome of The Passage

Botschuijver has been working in inflatable art since 1967. Music lovers will recognize the giant inflatable pig from Pink Floyd's Animals from 1977. Sean Connery in a large silver ball that walks on water in James Bond's 'Diamonds are Foreveris also his work.

Many thanks to Amsterdam Light Festival. 

You can use it as architecture or make it look like something: a flying pig, a drum kit or an octopus. You can go in or on it. It's an experience.'
Theo Botschuijver
BlowUp Art Den Haag portretfoto Theo Botschuijver - Fotograaf: JW Kaldenbach
BlowUp Art Den Haag kunstwerk Ode aan de gloeilamp van Theo Botschuijver - Fotograaf: Ronald Smits
Theo Botschuijver - Ode to the Light Bulb - Passage


Inflatable art is 99% air, blown into a layer of very thin coated textile. The new interventions are not fixed to the construction of the monuments to which they temporarily add a pleasant lightness. 

Unfortunately, this event has already taken place. A new date for the next edition is not yet communicated to us.

View all upcoming events in The Hague in the agenda overview

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