Six Amsterdam galleries bring you “Nieuw Amsterdams Peil”
Six leading galleries in Amsterdam’s Jordaan area are jointly organizing an art project titled Where do we go from here? For the duration of the project, the gallery spaces of Annet Gelink Gallery, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Galerie Fons Welters, Stigter Van Doesburg, tegenboschvanvreden and Martin van Zomeren function as one exhibition space. Works by twenty-five artists are shown, mostly within galleries that don’t normally represent them. Some of the artworks, performances and site-specific pieces have been produced specially for this occasion.
At a time when the cultural sector is under strain and populist agendas are growing, many feel the need for reflection and a different response to fragmentation, individualism, self-interest and fear. This collaboration has come about due to the need to develop new formats as a response to the somewhat worn model of the large art fairs and to the commercial interests associated with them. The six galleries have formed a group called Nieuw Amsterdams Peil and an important aspect of their collaboration is that the proceeds from the sale of works will be equally shared by participating galleries. So it makes no difference in which of the galleries a visitor purchases work.
Nieuw Amsterdams Peil invited Alessandro Vincentelli – who is Curator of Exhibitions & Research at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – to curate the project. The title of the exhibition has been derived from a work by the artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson, D’où venons-nous? Que sommes-nous? Où allons-nous? (study no. 4), from 1976. Vincentelli’s curatorial focus on language, communication and miscommunication touches on the unsettling idea that, in these unusual times, a venomous type of rhetoric seems to be giving rise to the ‘freedom’ to say things previously deemed ‘unutterable’. He elaborates: “Careless speech has rarely had such disturbing consequences. The recent US Presidential election, the British Brexit vote, the upcoming Dutch national elections – what better time to question the role of speech, Who speaks, Who acts? There is a significant sense that we simply don’t understand the direction of travel currently being followed. Now, at the beginning of 2017, there are many rallying cries to make this year different to the last. Where do we go from here? starts with this question.”
Where do we go from here?
Maria Barnas, Yael Bartana, Otto Berchem, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Jasmina Cibic, Dina Danish, Peggy Franck, Dora García, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Hedwig Houben, David Jablonowski, Gabriel Lester, Alexandra Leykauf, Cristina Lucas, Chaim van Luit, David Maljkovic, Navid Nuur, Paulien Oltheten, Anna Ostoya, Oscar Pabón, Susan Philipsz, Amalia Pica, Falke Pisano, Antonis Pittas, Sue Tompkins
15 January – 25 February 2017
Courtesy of the artists, Annet Gelink Gallery, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Galerie Fons Welters, Stigter Van Doesburg, tegenboschvanvreden and Martin van Zomeren function
Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij