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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Jareh Das

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Sherry Paik, New York

Guo Hongwei's recent watercolour paintings, showing at Chambers Fine Art in New York from 3 March, trigger pareidolia—the phenomenon of seeing random objects or patterns where they do not exist.

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Amsterdam Art Guide

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Current Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Nazif Topçuoğlu, Forbidden Knowledge at Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam
1 February–14 March 2020 Nazif Topçuoğlu Forbidden Knowledge Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Ciarán Murphy, there, there now at GRIMM, Amsterdam
1 February–21 March 2020 Ciarán Murphy there, there now GRIMM, Keizersgracht, Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Helen Beard, The Desire Path at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
4 April–9 June 2020 Helen Beard The Desire Path Reflex Amsterdam

Galleries In Amsterdam

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IN CONVERSATION WITH... DAVID LACHAPELLE Related Video & Audio IN CONVERSATION WITH... DAVID LACHAPELLE 19 June 2019, Reflex Amsterdam

In Conversation with... David LaChapelle is the fourth installment of our ongoing series of artist interviews. In this episode, LaChapelle tells us about his new exhibition Act of Nature and his thought process behind his beautiful works. Drawing from his immediate surroundings and his previous experience as a photographer to the stars, from...

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IN CONVERSATION WITH... BRIAN FAHLSTROM Related Video & Audio IN CONVERSATION WITH... BRIAN FAHLSTROM 30 April 2019, Reflex Amsterdam

Coinciding with American painter Brian Fahlstrom's first exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam, a new episode of 'IN CONVERSATION WITH...' has been released. In this artist interview, Fahlstrom gives us an insight in the background of his work and his artistic process. Fahlstrom’s picturesque works depict imagined landscapes that move freely between...

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David LaChapelle's 'Seismic Shift' - Reflex Amsterdam Related Video & Audio David LaChapelle's 'Seismic Shift' - Reflex Amsterdam 18 April 2019, Reflex Amsterdam

This video takes a closer look at the different facets of David LaChapelle's most intricate photographs, Seismic Shift . Both the social critique and art historical references inherent in the work are dissected and explained. Reflex Amsterdam is delighted to announce their latest solo exhibition of the celebrated and accomplished photographer...

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Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature Related Press Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature 2 April 2019, The Brooklyn Rail

Hockney–Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature is unabashedly a David Hockney (b. 1937) exhibition but with a twist, it winds the modern master's works around his lifelong fascination with Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). It's a daring pairing, and as Edwin Becker, Head of Exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum, told me, 'It's the first time we've dedicated our...

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An Exhibition Comparing Hockney and van Gogh Searches for Common Ground Related Press An Exhibition Comparing Hockney and van Gogh Searches for Common Ground 27 March 2019, Hyperallergic

AMSTERDAM — Entering Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum is like walking into a painted fantasy forest. Tree trunks are rendered in red, blue, pink, purple, yellow, electric green; leaves are hinted at with quick brushstrokes, or cartoonishly outlined. In the galleries upstairs, we come out of the trees...

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Nature boys – Hockney and Van Gogh in Amsterdam Related Press Nature boys – Hockney and Van Gogh in Amsterdam 7 March 2019, Apollo

'Matisse once said: two kilos of blue are bluer than one kilo of blue. Which is a very good remark, but in green it must be three kilos.' So says David Hockney in an interview with Hans den Hartog Jager, published for the first time in the exhibition catalogue for 'Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature' at the Van Gogh Museum.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH... IRIS SCHOMAKER Related Video & Audio IN CONVERSATION WITH... IRIS SCHOMAKER 8 December 2018, Reflex Amsterdam

On occasion of our new exhibition, 'Iris Schomaker: Walking the Line', a new episode of 'IN CONVERSATION WITH...' has been released. In this interview Iris Schomaker opens up about her artistic practice, process and the mysterious inhabitants of her work, discussing the development of her work since her last exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam in...

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IN CONVERSATION WITH... Todd Hido: Bright Black World - REFLEX Amsterdam Related Video & Audio IN CONVERSATION WITH... Todd Hido: Bright Black World - REFLEX Amsterdam 26 September 2018, Reflex Amsterdam

REFLEX Amsterdam is thrilled to present Bright Black World , a new exhibition by the celebrated American photographer Todd Hido. In this video, the star of the exhibition touches upon how he got into photography and what inspires him and his work. For the past three years, Todd Hido has been working on the series Bright Black World . This...

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, PAN Amsterdam 2019 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
24 November–1 December PAN Amsterdam 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Unseen Amsterdam 2019 at Ocula Private Sales & Advisory, London
20–22 September Unseen Amsterdam 2019

Once home to the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Amsterdam remains one of the most exciting places to encounter art. The prestigious Stedelijk Museum—established in 1874 by a group of Amsterdam residents—continues to stand as the Netherlands' leading institution to showcase modern and contemporary art. Its impressive collection holds the works of late-19th and early-20th-century giants in art history—Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and Chagall—and of postwar household names such as Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Responsible for exhibiting the forerunners of contemporary art, the Stedelijk has organised major solo shows of Mike Kelley, Marlene Dumas and Lily van der Stokker, among others.

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For enthusiasts of film and photography, EYE Filmmuseum and Foam are must-visit destinations in Amsterdam. Sometimes called 'the cinematic memory of the Netherlands', EYE houses the ever-growing collection of more than 40,000 films (both Dutch and international) in all genres. EYE is also acclaimed for its vast archive of posters and photographs, and expertise in film restoration, research and education. Located in one of the city's historic canal houses, Foam is a museum of contemporary photography devoted to promoting emerging and established talents. Among its international stars are August Sander, Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon, as well as the Netherlands' own Rineke Dijkstra, Erwin Olaf and Anton Corbijn.

In addition to its prestigious institutions, the city's galleries have made lasting contributions to Amsterdam's reputation as an international hub of contemporary art. Since its establishment in 2000, Annet Gelink Gallery has closely followed the latest tendencies and developments in the visual arts, championing leading Dutch artists Erik van Lieshout, Ed van der Elsken and Maria Barnas. Upstream Gallery—founded in 2003 and recently moved to a 17th-century canal house—is renowned for its experimental exhibitions and maverick artists. For a brief but concentrated experience of the Amsterdam contemporary art scene, one might benefit from the Amsterdam Art Weekend—an annual four-day event in November that is organised by major institutions and galleries in the city and transforms the area into a festival of exhibitions, performances, lectures and tours committed to contemporary art.

In 2013, two of Amsterdam's most celebrated historical museums have reopened after major refurbishments. The Rijksmuseum holds the Netherlands' largest collection of art and art objects, ranging from 500 years of Dutch painting to centuries-old costumes and delftware. At its heart, however, lies the works of the Dutch Golden Age Masters: 40 Rembrandts and four Vermeers, as well as paintings by Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Ferdinand Bol. The museum collection also extends beyond Europe, with nearly 8,000 objects from the Asian region. Second only to the Rijksmuseum in popularity, the Van Gogh Museum holds more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings of the internationally beloved painter and works by his contemporaries.

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