Revising the past, reimagining the future

As the world changes, so does our relationship with the past that shaped it

Amsterdam Art x ArtReview Conference
Thursday, November 22 2018
09.30 - 17.00  
De Nieuwe Liefde, Amsterdam

Get your tickets à € 90,- here.

We are entering a period in which culture is a battleground for wider social and political disputes. These battles are fought not only in the creative and curatorial practices that shape the future, but also in revisions of the history of art: some neglected stories will be recovered and reclaimed, others suppressed.

Through international trade, colonialism and liberalism the city of Amsterdam played a critical part in shaping the world we live in today as well as the cultural inheritance of the West. This provides a compelling starting point for a series of talks and discussions about the role of art in contemporary society, the rewriting of art history and the future of the art market. The talks will offer you the opportunity to join these discussions and come up with concrete suggestions about how to create art histories and systems that reflect the values of a progressive society. 

LTR - susan pui san lok, Valeria Napoleone, Annette Schönholzer, Astrid Elburg, Raphael Rozendaal, Stephanie Afrifa, Imara Limon, Karen Archey, Kenny Schachter, Patricia Kaersenhout, Victor Wang, Clémentine Deliss, Sophie Orlando, Luise Faurschou, Meskerem Assegued

Influential local and international artists, museum directors, critics, curators and collectors are taking part in the conference, including Rafael Rozendaal (visual artist), Kenny Schachter (writer, curator and art dealer), Luise Faurschou (Faurschou Art Resources), Annette Schönholzer (coach and consultant at .connect the dots and former director of Art Basel), Patricia Kaersenhout (visual artist and activist) and many more.


9:30 Walk-in and registration

10:00 Opening Conference

10:05 Opening Column by Astrid Elburg

10:15 Panel discussion: 'Making histories: how does the past reflect the present?' 
How can institutions use their programmes to revise and reconsider the cultural history of the place in which they are sited?
Speakers: Meskerem Assegued (curator and director of Zoma Contemporary Art Center - Addis Ababa), Imara Limon (curator Amsterdam Museum), Clémentine Deliss (curator and publisher) and Victor Wang (independent curator, London and Shanghai)

11:15 Keynote: susan pui san lok and Sophie Orlando (leader and researcher of Black Artists & Modernism)
susan pui san lok and Sophie Orlando are researchers on the Black Artists and Modernism project, exploring artists and artworks largely neglected by British art history. After introducing their research into the UK’s public collections, susan and Sophie will discuss the intersections with their own practices as artist and art historian.

12:00 Lunch Break

13:00 Panel discussion: 'Free exchange: how does the market effect change?' 
There is much talk in the art world about decentring power and restructuring the canon. But how is that achieved, practically? What is the role, if any, of the market, of private foundations, of art fairs and of collectors in creating that change?
Speakers: Kenny Schachter (writer, curator, and art dealer), Annette Schönholzer (coach and consultant .connect the dots) and Valeria Napoleone (collector and art adviser)

14:00 Pitches: New Solutions - Open stage: Saba Askary, Hanna Yakovleva and Jue Yang

14:20 Keynote: Luise Faurschou (Art 2030 + Faurschou Art Resources)
Luise Faurschou is the founder of the non-profit initiative ART 2030, described by Artnet as ‘perhaps the most ambitious art project ever’. Here she puts forward a new way of thinking about how art can effect change in the world, and how it can engage with social issues

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Panel discussion: 'Future spaces: how to create new models?' 
What are the artistic and curatorial strategies changing the way that art is exhibited and distributed? How does art intersect with activism, and how can artists and curators bypass or change the infrastructures of art? Karen Archey (curator Stedelijk Museum), Patricia Kaersenhout (visual artist and activist) and Rafael Rozendaal (visual artist)

16:30 Closing

17:00 End

Our Conference Chair is Stephanie Afrifa, curator and moderator in the arts and culture industry.


Employees from the following organizations will be attending the conference
Employees from the following organizations will be attending the conference

A ticket includes access to the full conference, including coffee and tea during the day and a lunch. The conference ticket also includes access to the Professionals' Program of Amsterdam Art Weekend (22-25 November). An exclusive program with curator tours, receptions, previews and special events for art professionals around the world. Applying for the Professionals' Program is easy after you have bought your ticket. The Professionals' Program has a limited capacity.

Please note, tickets are nun-refundable.

Get your tickets à € 90,- here
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Discount Ticket
A limited amount of discounted tickets will be made available for students, people in receipt of benefits and those on a low wage. The tickets will be issued on a first come first serve basis. Get your discounted ticket à € 35,- here
Discount tickets will be made available to those who participate in the public programs of our partner institutions on a first come, first serve basis.

Online Stream
A free online stream via Facebook live will be provided for those who cannot attend the conference in person.
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This conference is supported by the Municipality of Amsterdam.

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