What comes to mind when you hear “Art Gallery”? To us, an art gallery could be a pompous hall that is full of artworks by famous artists. Or, a minimalist white cube exhibiting bizarre modern art items. Or, it could be a marketplace that sells artworks for sky-high prices. But, Tiny Art Gallery, like a little world on its own, just brings our imagination of art galleries to another level.
In this gallery, the artworks are hidden right behind the windows in the heart of The Hague. The works of art are barely the size of a palm but as detailed and diverse as any fingerprint, ranging from sculptures to paintings to films. This little world brings together 63 unique patterns of whorls and lines by 63 artists’ fingertips.
Because of Covid-19, all my friends’ exhibitions were cancelled, and all the art spaces are not open; nothing is happening. So why not make it really tiny, and then we can still make a massive big show with all of us together, but it is very small,”Marijn van der Leeuw, the creator of Tiny Art Gallery
If you make small things, you don’t have a budget; you are not limited by financial conditions. So you can think really big while doing small work. You can just make your work ideal because it is really small.
“It’s so public. It’s as if you are looking at the sculpture on the street. Everyone can look at it. Everyone can think about it. […] That’s the most important to me. You don’t feel any barriers of ‘oooh, I’m going to the museum’. You can just have a look and say whatever you want to say about it and think about whatever you want.”
Tiny Art Gallery plans to leave its fingerprints around The Hague and expand its trail. Maybe one day, you will find a small art gallery behind the window right next to your home!
Where to find Tiny Art Gallery?
Herderinnestraat 10, 2512 EA Den Haag