Editorial / De Schiedammer Online
Jacques Tange in his new gallery – (below) the former Tange building at Schie 50; photos: Jan Schrijver
SCHIEDAM – ‘The Bible House’ on Lange Haven 70 – the building next to Havenkerk – will be Jacques Tange’s new gallery. In a month’s time, Jacques and Belinda hope to have completed the renovation work so that the public can be received. The official opening is scheduled for early September.
Boei is the owner of Havenkerk and the adjoining Bible House (connected to it via an interior door). The building was once built as a block factory for shipping. In 1919 it was purchased by the church to serve as patronage. Following the purchase of the church and bible house, Boei has thoroughly renovated the Garden Church in recent years. The church is now used to hold events. Fun-key Events from Schiedam takes care of the use of this event venue.
The Bible House must also be architecturally thoroughly renovated. This major renovation will not be completed for the time being. Jacques and Belinda Tange can already move in with their Galerie Jabelle. The rear of the building is not yet usable. The rear part is supported by various support legs and beams. This rear part is closed off from the front part. The front part can already be used for the gallery.
When we had a cup of coffee with Jacques and Belinda just before the Whitsun weekend, the ground floor was filled with work from the artist. During the Whitsun weekend, friends came to help move the works to the top floor. “We already know how to paint the walls, it will be a beautiful blue-gray color, a color that Jacques often uses in his works”, Belinda already lifts a corner of the veil. “You also see a cove to the left. We have a special color in mind for that and a particular destination, but we keep it a secret for a while; it’s going to be fun.” The old ceiling is damaged. “We solve this by stretching a ceiling under it. It is an ingenious, affordable and quick solution, which at the same time looks delicious and beautiful,” says Jacques.
Initially, it was Jacques and Belinda’s intention to remain established with the gallery and studio in the rented building Schie 50. They wanted to buy and radically renovate this historic building and then also live there. Jacques and Belinda had already made design drawings for it. “Earlier this year, the municipality sold the property to Van Wijnen (Van Wijnen is the company involved in housing construction in the Dirkzwager area, ed.) On condition that they offer it to us. Well, it has been nicely fulfilled, However, we find the offer price of 825,000 euros disproportionate, apart from the fact that we had to demolish a number of outbuildings at our expense and pay for the soil remediation below. In addition, the building we renovated could not be legally divided. and our business premises for gallery and studio. The plan was that it should also be the cultural center for the new residential area that emerges. ” Belinda adds: “But asking for 825,000 euros for a property whose value, according to the assessment we had made, was somewhere between 3 and 4 tonnes, we thought was a little too much.”
Jacques and Belinda have now chosen another solution. The studio has recently been established at Tuinlaan 76 in the De Moluccas building. Fun-key Events drew the couple’s attention to the possibility of renting the Bible House. “It was a setback that we did not find it financially possible to buy the property on Schie, but we think we will get something positive in return,” Belinda replies. “And it’s also good for the city, I think this building on Lange Haven is a gallery,” adds Jacques. “This part of the city is becoming a cultural and creative breeding ground. We have all sorts of ideas. For example, our concert grand is now in Havenkerk. We can start arranging concerts. We are already receiving from passers-by who see some paintings behind the window – already before we are ready inside and can receive people – positive reactions. “
Jacques and Belinda had wanted to say goodbye to the Schie 50 in a festive way with a final exhibition entitled ‘Schienale’. Schienale got going, but the festive character got a damper. A few weeks ago, the couple had gone shopping in preparation for the Schienale and bought, among other things, three boxes of wine. These boxes had just been removed from the car and placed in the building at 50 Schie, Jacques and Belinda were visited by municipal supervisors. “We have now received an official administrative warning from the municipality by letter. We are not allowed to serve alcoholic beverages in a gallery, we are not even allowed to have alcoholic beverages in our gallery,” says Belinda. “In our 35 years of experience as a gallery owner, we have never seen this would be a problem,” notes Jacques.
Belinda: “We can serve a maximum of a glass of wine or a beer six times a year, it turns out, and we have to apply for an Article 35 permit, with a detailed description including a card. It’s not just the extra paperwork, but you can also not manage as a gallery owner with six times a year.What you can do is hire a catering company that has a permit but it increases the cost.It can also be a problem for other gallery owners in Schiedam.gallery owners in Schiedam beat heads together on this. ”
Jacques Tange participates in the MET AMS event in Amsterdam on 15 June. He will make ‘live’ paintings during this event. The paintings will then be for sale as NFT (non-fungible token).
Jacques Tange made a statue of Miffy. That statue has stood on Mariaplaats in Utrecht since September 2016. Utrecht turns nine hundred years old in 2022. On the occasion of this anniversary, Ravensburger has made a puzzle. Maarten van Rossem rides the Miffy statue of Tange on a cargo bike, as can be seen in the puzzle.