Established in 1983 by multi-genre professional musician-turned-art dealer Martin Rogge, Flatland is an Amsterdam-based gallery operating on an international scale. The gallery has been based since 2012 in the heart of art-rich Amsterdam—near the photography museum Foam, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Rijksmuseum—and is best known for representing innovative and international photographers. From this foundation, the gallery has expanded to a broader roster of contemporary artists using more varied media. Since 2015 the gallery is co-directed by Fiona van Schendel.Read More
Flatland operates its own publishing house, which produces not only artists’ books but also publishes The Flatland Journal three times a year. The journal draws contributions from art critics based at The New York Times and Le Monde.
Flatland today represents over 20 artists, not including the artists with whom the gallery regularly collaborates, such as Alec Soth, Martin Parr, and Ugo Rondinone. Among the represented artists are a core of award-winning, internationally established documentary and art photographers including Paolo Ventura and Jocelyn Lee. They are accompanied by younger emerging artists such as South African Katharine Cooper, Stelios Karamanolis and Kim Boske.
As it continues to push genre boundaries, Flatland represents a significant visual artists outside the field of photograpy, such as the painters Guy Yanai, Alice Brown and virtual female art duo Pinar & Viola.
From its early years,when Flatland was first operating from within an old school in Utrecht, the gallery has played a role in the careers of several now-leading artists. One of the gallery’s first exhibitions was a Marlene Dumas solo exhibition titled The artist as a young girl (1984). In 1987 the gallery also held one of the first exhibitions of photographer Erwin Olaf. Since the 1980s Flatland has also collaborated with artists working with music, film, video, and multimedia installations, such as Micha Klein, Rob Johannesma, Lydia Schouten, and A.P. Komen & Karen Murphy.
Flatland Exhibitions and Art Fairs
Flatland extends its reach internationally through art fairs that include; Art Brussels; Paris Photo; Art Rotterdam; Code Art Fair, Copenhagen; Art Paris; and viennacontemporary. The gallery also participates in annual festivals in Amsterdam, such as Unseen Amsterdam and Amsterdam Art Weekend. In conjunction with the gallery’s activities, the Flatland Foundation, established by Rogge in 2007, is building up a museum-quality collection of art and photography. Artists featuring in the collection include Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Hans Op de Beeck, The Sanchez Brothers, Jakup Ferry, Adam Jeppesen, Mark Seliger, Christina Garcia Rodero, Miles Aldridge and Zhang Xiaogang.
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