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Front Space: 30: No History Makes You Old

Galleries Galerie Fons Welters

Bloemstraat 140
1016 LJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 4233046

Open Tue - Sat / 13-18 hrs
+ by appointment

19 Mar — 30 Apr

Time 19 Mar, 17-19 hrs


Makes no history old? Or makes having no history at all old? ‘No history makes you old' [1] Job Koelewijn wrote with eucalyptus on a simple two-person bed sheet, shown during his perhaps most legendary exhibition at the gallery: ‘The World is my Oyster' in 1996. It is a quote that conveys an ambiguity; advocating looking back, as well as looking ahead.

Galerie Fons Welter exists thirty years. At least, more or less thirty. The first exhibition Fons organized, opened on March 1, 1985 - in what was then called Galerie voor Ruimtelijk Werk. In a simple shop window on the Palmdwarsstraat he presented, as the name already indicated, exclusively spatial work. A few years later, in 1988, the gallery moved to its present location, a former garage, near the Western Church in the heart of the Jordaan-area.

To honor and to celebrate this "thirty" year anniversary, the gallery, in the time span of a year, dedicates its exhibition program in the front space – known for years to our regular visitors as Playstation - to the archive of the gallery, its artists and exhibitions . By way of introduction to this introspection, the archive itself will be the central focus of this first presentation, in all its organized and fragmented disorder. We invite the visitor to explore this collection of images, publications, magazines and articles with us. Retrospective in her gaze, this series of exhibitions narrates the subjective story of a time frame, from memory, but also from her contemporary reinterpretation.

[1]Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason, 1983.


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