After the successful presentation of Focus Berlin last year, Antwerp will now be our guest city. Six galleries from Antwerp will be represented on the Focus Antwerp Square. An overall Belgium atmosphere will be noticeable throughout the entire fair.
Photo: Shinichi Sawada, one of the artists whose work will be show at the Outsider Art Square at KunstRAI
One of this years squares will be dedicated to Outsider Art. Outsider Art is pure and unpolished art, created by those who do not conform to the conventional society and world of art. The Outsider Art Museum, located in the Hermitage in Amsterdam, and two specialized galleries will be showing their works at the Outsider Art Square on KunstRAI. See the full programme.
Every afternoon at 1.30 PM art historian Kati Wieg will receive guests from the artworld to talk about Outsider Art. Hans Looijen, director of the Outsider Art Museum will give a tour of the exhibition on Thursday, June 1st and Friday June 2nd, at 5 PM.
A Curious Affair and the Art Cabinet
For the starting collectors with a lot of love for art, but not a lot to spend, there will be the Art Cabinet. The Art Cabinet – created with the help of Qlick Editions – will be filled with art up to € 1.500,-. Qlick Editions will also organize and program on Thursday night the 1st of June, called ‘A Curious Affair’. Young art lovers will experience the cross-over between art and classical music: “24Classics presents Club Classique”, with a performance of Sjostakovitsj. The night will end with a tour in the dark.
Cherry Garden sculptures
Image: Kersentuin exhibition 2016
The Cherry garden is a sculpture garden curated by Annelien Kers (owner of Kers Gallery Amsterdam and organiser of ONGEKEND Young Masters @ Auction ). With 20 monumental ceramic sculptures as well as many smaller ones, by renowned and young artists. This years theme is: Animal sculpture.
Image: WOW presentation with work by Winde Rienstra
Galleryholder Rob Malasch organizes a backstage-presentation in collaboration with the young Amsterdam platform WOW, which is a hatchery for graduates of Amsterdam Art. WOW is a hostel, artist-in-residence, restaurant and more. Artworks of different disciplines will certainly give a diverse contribution to the fair.
GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMY
Students of the Amsterdam Gerrit Rietveld Academy regularly work together with scientific and cultural institutes. The results are intriguing projects which will be on show at KunstRAI. Thanks to curious and investigative art students art and design start to play a new role in society.
Image: a work by Hrafnkell Guðmundsson, 1-25, May 2017, Gerrit Rietveld Academie