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Mid-May Picks, Amsterdam
by Andrea Alessi

April might doet wat zij wil, but if last week was any indicator, May seems to be the cruelest month in the Netherlands this year. Cheer yourselves up in this grey, windy weather with some art! There’s plenty to see in the wake of the art fairs, including plenty of interesting solo shows at galleries and art spaces. Plus, group shows seem to have started early this year, so maybe we can even convince ourselves that summer is here!

Opened last weekend (May 21):

Martijn Hendriks’ Almost Nothing and Almost Everything explores process and abstraction at Martin van Zomeren. Until June 25.

Light – Part II, a guest-curated group show at Gabriel Rolt organized around the theme of light. Until June 25.

Ji Yong-ho’s Mutation at Canvas International Art, where tires become hybrid creatures. Until June 11.

Martha Colburn’s Dolls Vs Dictators at Diana Stigter. Until June 25.

Ruperts Worte, Davids Stimme paintings from Michael Kunze at Fons Welters. Plus Myriam Mechita in the Front Space. Until June 18.

Work stemming from Levi van Veluw’s painstaking installations in Origin of the Beginning at Ron Mandos. Until June 25.

[Levi van Veluw will showcase new work from a series of new installations, photographs and videos in which he draws from his own childhood memories to thematically and narratively develop his own brand of self-portraiture.

The artist has created 3 “rooms” covered with more then 30.000 wooden blocks, balls and slats respectively. Each “room” is executed as a life-size installation (4m x 2.5m x 2.5m) and will be presented at the gallery together with photographs and videos.]

Curators from this year’s curatorial program at De Appel present Fluiten in het Donker. Until June 26.


Opened May 14:

Lucy Woods’ timely Vicini Lontani / Distant Neighbors at Upstream Gallery explores Mediterranean migrations. Until June 25.

My hands in your sneakers is a duo exhibition by Michiel Ceulers and Jean Charles de Quillacq at Juliette Jongma. Until July 2.

Akinci presents a group show, Melting Point. Until June 18.

[The exhibition ‘Melting Point’ at AKINCI during the warm days of May and June involves a project by the young Dutch artist duo Teun Castelein (b.1980, Roelofarendsveen, NL) and Coralie Vogelaar (b. 1981 Delft, NL) who shipped over a block of ice of a melting glacier from Greenland to the Netherlands. With this project titled “My Polar Ice”, Castelein and Vogelaar make a statement about the importance and at the same time pointlessness of trying to save nature. This project first presented at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam last year, will be re-installed at AKINCI.]

Vous Etes Ici presents the first of their “Introducing…” series, a group show titled From Germany with Love. Until June 18.

~Andrea Alessi, a writer living in the Netherlands.

(Images: Ruperts Worte, 2011, oil on canvas, 140 x 170 cm; Courtesy Fons Welters;   Levi van Veluw, Origin of the Beginning 1.3, 2011, 120 x 100 cm, Lambda print on di-bond with anti-reflex perspex; Courtesy Ron Mandos; Buster Keaton on the set of Samuel Beckett's FILM (1965); Courtesy of Evergreen Review; Courtesy Vous Etes Ici)

Posted by Andrea Alessi on 5/24/11 | tags: guide openings

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