Unseen Amsterdam offers a dynamic programme for engaging with contemporary photography. In this new feature, we shed light on some exciting highlights we have planned for the 2017 edition.
This week, we are highlighting our Open Gallery Night, which is taking place on Saturday the 23rd of September. For one special evening during Unseen Amsterdam, a handful of local galleries and institutions are opening their doors for exclusive late-night visits. We invite you to travel through the lively streets of Amsterdam by night, immersing yourself in a range of exhibitions that challenge and reinvent the medium of photography. There are over 20 locations participating in this year’s Open Gallery Night, some of which are highlighted below to give you a sense of the special events we have planned for our guests!
Photo: MELISSIËR from the series Last Child in the Woods, 2017 © Melanie Bonajo/AKINCI/Selection made by Unseen
This year’s Open Gallery Night is also the opening night of Greenberg by Kahmann, a collaborative exhibition created by Kahmann Gallery and world renowned New York-based photography gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery. A selection from the Greenberg Gallery will be shown, including works by artists such as Dennis Stock, André Kertesz and Robert Frank. Visitors are invited to attend the official opening during their night time exploration of Amsterdam.
Photo: Nageur sous l'eau Esztergom Hongrie © 1917 Donation du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, André Kértesz
Exclusively for Unseen Amsterdam, IN4ART, in collaboration with artist Vermibus, is presenting the exhibition IN4ART Spotlights Vermibus. For this exposition, the artist shares his perspectives on what he calls ‘mental pollution’, providing an alternative outlook on beauty standards. At 20.00 during Open Gallery Night, IN4ART will be hosting an artist talk with Vermibus, which visitors are welcome to attend to get to know more about the artist’s practice!
The Merchant House
The official opening of the exhibition Making Things Happen: Young Artist in Dialogue with Sylvie Bonnot & Zhu Hong is taking place at The Merchant House during Open Gallery Night. Broaching the issue of how young artists insert themselves into the history of an art medium, this exhibition is organised as a visual dialogue between individual works. Guests are welcome to attend the opening of this interesting event during their route through the city.
Photo: Fireclouds 014, 2017 © Sylvie Bonnot/The Merchant House
The Ravestijn Gallery
The Ravestijn Gallery is presenting the exhibition Dissasembly/Reverse, a presentation of two series by Polish photographer Bownik, who specialises in the creation of large format prints that combine an affinity for conceptual complexity with an astute sense of detail and composition. During Open Gallery Night, the Ravestijn Gallery will be open from 20.00 until late, so that visitors can experience Bownik’s work well into the evening during their citywide jaunt.
Throughout Unseen Amsterdam, the first major institutional exhibition by artist Aimée Zito Lema called Imprinted Mater will be on view at contemporary exhibition centre Looiersgracht 60. The show explores the relationship between photography, objects, history and memory. Zito Lema is exhibiting a project specifically commissioned for the show, as well as a selection of new installations and video works. At 20.00 during Open Gallery Night, the book launch for Zito Lema’s accompanying publication will be free for all visitors to attend.
Photo: Imprinted Mater. Digitally manipulated fragment of an archive image (Archivo General de la Nación Argentina (Dpto. Doc. Fotográficos)), 2017 © Aimée Zito Lema
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
In a special collaboration with Unseen Amsterdam, the Waldorf Astoria is presenting an exhibition of Grolsch Unseen Residency winner Lana Mesić’s sculptures. The works were created as a part of her series The Currency of Ideas, which is also being exhibited at Unseen Amsterdam 2017. One sculpture is made of 15,000 two pence coins, referencing the 2008 financial crisis and how its aftermath has affected our current economic situation. During Open Gallery Night, visitors wearing their Unseen Amsterdam wristband will be offered a complimentary drink at the Waldorf Bar while browsing the exhibition.