A Grey Space Weekend x Karel van Laere: Reach – Exhibition

Fri 13 May
→ Sun 22 May
Times vary

The first solo exhibition by Karel van Laere opens during A Grey Space Weekend, marking the final presentation of his Open Space residency ‘Reach’.

A Grey Space Weekend

A Grey Space Weekend is an adventurous festival spreading throughout the entirety of The Grey Space, consisting of an extensive music program with live acts and DJs, an exhibition, performances and a performative symposium. Below you can find the different programs weaving together A Grey Space Weekend on the 13th and 14th of May.

Reach: Exhibition

From September to November 2021, during his Open Space residency at The Grey Space, Karel van Laere developed a new body of work titled Reach.

Karel van Laere’s work takes place at the intersection of live performance and visual art. His own body is the starting point in every artistic process. A recurring theme in his work is the antagonism between the human body and technological systems. Reach began with a fascination for laparoscopic instruments (robotic tools used for surgery). During his artistic research Karel has learnt to use these surgical devices, has spoken extensively with surgeons and has probed a number of works.

In this first ever solo exhibition Van Laere presents the new works alongside a selection of older works. The exhibition will open during A Grey Space Weekend, which also features performances by Van Laere and a performative symposium dedicated to Reach.

Opening Times


  • Friday 13 May – 16.00-01.00*
  • Saturday 14 May – 12.00-01.00*
  • Sunday 15 May – 12.00-17.00
  • Wednesday 18 May – 16.00-23.00
  • Thursday 19 May – 16.00-23.00
  • Friday 20 May – 16.00-01.00
  • Saturday 21 May – 16.00-01.00
  • Sunday 22 May – 12.00-17.00 
  • Friday 13/05 (evening 20.00-05.00) – €9.50
  • Saturday 14/05 (symposium 15.30-18.30) – €9.50
  • Saturday 14/05 (evening 18.30-05.00) – €9.50
  • The exhibition can be visited for free (donations welcome) between 15/05–22/05

A Grey Space Weekend is made possible by the City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Zuid-Holland and Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

Reach is a project by Karel van Laere developed in a co-production by The Grey Space in the Middle and Stichting Largo and is made possible by the City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, Mondriaan Fonds, Amarte Fonds, the In Art We Trust Fund (by We Are Public) and Laparoscopyboxx (a brand of Outside the Boxx).