Founded in 2003 in Amsterdam Upstream Gallery quickly gained a prominent position in the Dutch art market. The gallery is concentrating on the top international contemporary art market and represents a mix of artists from the Netherlands and abroad.
Upstream Gallery is very proud to announce its relocation to a 17th century grand canal house in Amsterdam's city centre. In the new season the gallery will open its doors at the piano nobile of the Poppenhuis (‘Poppen House’) on the east side of the Kloveniersburgwal. With the relocation to this city palace, built by renowned architect Philips Vingboons in 1642, the gallery takes the next step in its development.
About our new location
The ‘Poppenhuis’ (Poppen House) came in 1642 in the place of the private home ‘De Gulden Steur’, that the grandfather of Joan Poppen, Jan Poppen, had built in 1601. Jan Poppen was a prosperous merchant, and co-founder of the VOC (‘United East India Company’). The father of Jan Poppen, Jacob Poppen, had been alderman and three times mayor of the city of Amsterdam. He was one of the wealthiest citizens of the city and left a tremendous estate at his death. Jan Poppen himself was shut out of important political positions after he had converted to Roman Catholicism. The family of his mother’s side, the Wuytiers, was also Catholic.
During his time, Philips Vingboons (1607-1678) was a much sought-after architect in high Catholic circles and had built houses for, for instance, the Cromhout family on the Herengracht. The Poppen House is one of the most refined classical-school city-palaces in Amsterdam and is one of the key works of Vingboons. With its sleek, classical facade, it draws much attention among the many step-gables in the area. The house was not, as was usual, a combined merchant’s house and warehouse, but served mainly living and representation.