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New Gallery Season - Amsterdam

Not a Formula One fan? Art Fix comes up with an alternative this weekend. As usual, the end of summer marks the opening of the new gallery season in Amsterdam. Luckily for us, all galleries will be open from 11:00 to 18:00 this Saturday and Sunday. Step into the weekend with your Art Fix Tiplist in hand and make your way to the unmissable Dutch galleries. Here’s what’s on this weekend:

Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour – Ron Mandos

An absolute must-see and a very relevant exhibition titled “Lessons of the Hour” is currently showing at Ron Mandos gallery. Here, distinguished British filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien, shows beautiful photos and a powerful video about the life of the self liberated freedom fighter Frederick Douglas. Ask the team at Ron Mandos to tell you more about the exhibition as it will enhance your experience and make it an unforgettable one. 

Equal Affections – Grimm Gallery

Fixer this is your last chance to see the exhibition “Equal Affections” curated by Edwin Oostmeijer! This show is very much in tune with the current conversations on gender – really worth a visit, yet not one for the “shy” ones. A group show with 14 artists will be showcased on September 3rd from 17:00-19:00 and the exhibition will conclude on Sunday, September 5th.

Alex van Warmerdam

Next up at Grimm Gallery is filmmaker, theatermaker, writer and painter Alex van Warmerdam. We are looking forward to his exhibition consisting of paintings depicting full-length figures in landscapes and interior settings. 

Breyten Breytenbach: Breyten – Stevenson

In his first solo show in Amsterdam since the 2000s, South African writer and artist Breyten Breytenbach makes his return to the city at Stevenson Gallery. The exhibition features new paintings and drawings, as well as a poem Breytenbach wrote back in the 90s about his former gallery. 

The Constructed Images – The Ravestijn Gallery 

Do not miss out on the chance to see the amazing group show “Constructed Images” in the bright Ravestijn Gallery with specially constructed walls on the Westerdok. In this show, nineteen artists showcase photography’s ability to not only reproduce but also be the source of something brand new. 

Tip: It is easy to park at the front, so make sure you don’t miss this one.

Michael Bailey-Gates: A Glint in the Kindling 

The Art Fix team is looking forward to the exhibition of the accomplished American photographer Michael Bailey-Gates who will have his first exhibition in Europe this October. As the new roaring voice joining the LGBTQ and gender dialogue, Bailey-Gates photographs his subjects (often posing himself) beyond what is real in an attempt for us to question our relationships with others. 

Anne Geene: Book of Plants –Galerie Caroline O’Breen

Explore the fresh solo exhibition by photographer Anne Geene, who captures the beauty of plants in her images. She investigates, collects and rearranges the world around her and documents it with her camera. Keep an eye out for this artist as she will exhibit her artworks at the Vestibulum, Kröller-Müller Museum from September 25th till February 2022.

David Maljkovic: In the Corner of The Eye – Annet Gelink Gallery

Croatian artist David Maljkovic takes his color test cards one step further to create drawings, aluminium sculptures and installations in this absolutely beautiful exhibition. The colors flow from one work to another and seem to all be interconnected as a result.

In The Bakery, Annet Gelink Gallery is pleased to present Echo, Saturn—The Courts, the first solo show by the Bangladeshi Omar Adnan Chowdhury at the gallery. Slightly unsettling, but worth the experience. Stop by the gallery and see how this artist makes you feel. 

Ilona Langbroek: Terra Incognito – Bildhalle

The Dutch photographer Ilona Langbroek is high on our list of promising artists. We loved her photographs “Silent Loss” which are based on the artist’s own family history involving the Dutch East Indies. 

Philip Akkerman: Van een gek voor een gek – Torch

Remember Philip Akkerman from our episode on self-portraits? We were lucky enough to run into him at his show in Torch Gallery where he explained his troubled relationship with white walled museum spaces. He prefers to show his self-portraits in people’s homes and let the artworks be part of their interiors. Make sure you don’t miss the bedroom all the way at the back of the gallery.

Helen Verhoeven: Puff Puff Goodbye – Stigter van Doesburg

Don’t skip the solo show by the Berlin-based Dutch-American painter Helen Verhoeven. As soon as you enter the gallery, you’ll notice the portraits of females with dark stares boxed into ceramic shiny frames. These works were made by the artist during lockdown and most likely represent her mood at the time. The Art Fix team really enjoyed this seriously cool exhibition and recommends you see these works IRL (in real life).

Raquel van Haver: Amo a la Reina – Kers Gallery

There is no way you can ignore the Colombian Raquel van Haver’s ‘loud’ paintings showing at Kers Gallery. Large collages of oil painting with a mix of plants, ash, tar and even hair. Van Haver’s portraits are friendly and come across as sympathetic. Check out the interesting small portraits too. 

Great Art/Small Sizes Festival – Multiple Made

Great art, small sizes by two artists Arie Schippers and Anne Feddema. The small format of the paintings invites you to have a closer look. All of them are unique and pricing is more affordable because of  their size, giving you the chance to literally pocket an artwork and take it home.

Combine: Group Show – Fons Welter

Featuring works by Adriano Amaral, David Jablonowski, Jennifer Tee and Tenant of Culture, the group show at Fons Welters Gallery invites us to think about the relationship between nature and culture, as well as the role humans have in interfering with wilderness. The exhibition is titled after the artists’ desire to approach nature, climate and environment holistically.  

Marinus Boezem and Noor Nuyten: Reading a Wave  – Upstream:

Marinus Boezem and Noor Nuyten title their exhibition at Upstream Gallery by referencing Italo Calvino’syou cannot observe a single wave without bearing in mind the complex features that concur in shaping it and the other, equally complex ones that the wave itself originates […] there are some forms and sequences that are repeated, though irregularly distributed in space and time.” (Mr Palomar, 1983). This exhibition brings together two conceptual artists who make us wonder about time and space. 

William Kentridge – Joods Historisch Museum

  • Until 24 Oct 2021 
  • Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1 
  • jck.nl

William Kentridge is a South African minimal and conceptual artist. He is one of the most important artists of his generation and his work reflects his strong social commitment, formed by his identity as a Jewish, white South African who grew up in a politically engaged family. Sensitive issues such as the colonisation of Africa, Apartheid and political conflict are major themes in his work, which he has described as ‘politically concerned, but distanced’.  

UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR

The Unseen Photo Fair takes place from Thursday 17 to Sunday 19 September in the iconic Cultuurpark Westergas in Amsterdam. Unseen is the leading international fair for the latest developments in contemporary photography. Tickets are available online.

Caroline Walker: Windows – KM21 The Hague

  • Until 28 Nov 2021
  • Stadhouderslaan 43, The Hague
  • km21.nl

Long-time Art Fix fave Caroline Walker’s exhibition in KM21 museum is an absolute must-see. She will take you into the world of voyeurism with “Windows”, where anonymous women, mostly in the service sector, are the main subject in the paintings. Here, Walker blurs the boundaries between public and private, giving a face to the female labor force. 

The next Art Fix Podcast will feature Caroline Walker. Stay tuned Fixers!