We're counting down the days until Amsterdam Art Weekend! This year we're glad to announce that we are in the company of five great ambassadors. These five people, who are well versed in the contemporary art field, will guide you through the varied and comprehensive programme that Amsterdam Art Weekend has to offer.
Our ambassadors have selected the exhibitions and highlights that they are looking forward to the most. If you'd like to make your own selection, use this link.
Meet Chloe, she’s an actress and photographer. Her relationship with the arts started at a young age when she developed an interest in dance, and a fascination for the rich history of Egypt. She’d spend hours walking through the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague when she was younger, but her more focused art experiences occurred in Amsterdam. At home, she also has a number of paintings and drawings – art can create a certain atmosphere. Outside of work she likes to spend the afternoon in a museum walking around by herself, grabbing a coffee and then heading out somewhere to eat with good friends.
So which day is Chloe most excited about?
“Gallery night on Friday – I’ll go through my whole selection of exhibitions in one go! I also think it’s really nice to look at art in such a cozy atmosphere, alongside music, spoken word, or performances.”
Flatland Gallery, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Annet Gelink Gallery, Eye Filmmuseum, Tegenboschvanvreden, Gallery Night
“You might feel like you need quite a lot of courage to enter a gallery, because they’re sometimes so quiet and empty. So I think it's important to cross that threshold (...)”
Chloe’s selection below is pretty comprehensive already, but there are also two other events she says you shouldn’t miss: the opening at Foam on Thursday 22 Nov at 17:30, with the work of photographers Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukacs.
“Photography is usually the ‘final’ work, or it captures moments in our perceived reality, but Broersen and Lukacs have managed to use the medium as a starting point from which to dive into fantasy. I’m interested in how they did this and how their final work came to be.”
And of course, make sure to go to the after-party at ISO on Saturday night to close the weekend off!
Flatland gallery – On view here is the work of Katharine Cooper, South African portrait and social documentary photographer. Her images present a very clear story – the individuals in front of her lens seem to provoke you or look at you with vulnerability. They attract you to contemplate for a while, as if you yourself become part of whatever is happening in the image, in that moment. Because of this purity and realism you come very close to her work. I’m really looking forward to this exhibition.
Gerrit Rietveld Academie – All art disciplines come together at the Rietveld – I’m very curious about what the new generation is making right now. The academy is an interesting place to visit because this is where the emerging generation of artists is working, which further feeds my inspiration.
Annet Gelink Gallery– I’m very curious about how David Claerbout’s film and photography will interweave in this art installation – my greatest loves happen to be film and photography so that’s why I can’t wait to see this show.
Eye Filmmuseum – Here you can see work by Ryoji ikeda, a Japanese visual artist and a key figure in electronic music. His datamatics light works are very impressive – I just think it's really cool. I’m looking forward to disappearing into this artwork during his live performance.
Tegenboschvanvreden – I’ll check out the work of Paul Kooijer, which consists of collage and performance. His work has an element of mystery, which makes me curious. There will be lots of different images on show and I wonder how it will all come together. I guess there's only one way to find out.
Gallery Night – You might feel like you need quite a lot of courage to enter a gallery, because they’re sometimes so quiet and empty. So I think it's important to cross that threshold and for everyone to go to galleries more and hear gallery owners talk about the works on show – it’s always inspiring. Gallery Night is good for that.