Looking for the new Rembrandt
Denise Mosbach, Wednesday, October 23, 2013 , 238 Views
Every year in November, the PAN takes place in Amsterdam: the most important Dutch fair for art and antiques. Its status in the art world is comparable to that of prestigious fairs such as the FIAC in Paris, Art Basel and Art Brussels. Visitors really do travel through time. Stunning sculptures from Ancient Greece stand alongside hypermodern works from avant-garde Studio Job. Not to be missed.
But the Netherlands also has plenty for art lovers beyond the PAN, the Nouvelles Images gallery for example. This gallery in The Hague has been named the most loved in our country and with good reason. It is our oldest gallery, situated in a stately space on the chic Westeinde and its floor space is around 600 square metres. The gallery shows the work of various artists: “We have a beautifully interesting blend of established artists like Carel Visser and Armando and a number of artists from the younger generation such as the British artist Helen Frik, and David Bade, born in Willemstad”, says Sander Cremer of Nouvelles Images.
If you want to indulge your artistic side in Rotterdam, you have to visit Witte de Withstraat: a trendy, artistic lane where nice galleries are mixed in with hip boutiques. Galerie Van Eijck, ECCE, Witte de With and Tent are all worth a look. The last two are in the same building; a typical old-school building with beautiful rooms. Both galleries focus on Contemporary Art. Witte de With has been around for 20 years and is an art institution in itself. Tent is younger but no less impressive, with 1000 square metres of floor space.
If you like photography you have to visit the Amsterdam photographic museum, Foam. There are inspiring photos from young talents, as well as greats like Anton Corbijn and Annie Leibowitz. It’s in fact a range of exhibitions gathered in a fine canal side house on Keizersgracht and you effectively kill two birds with one stone: visit a real Amsterdam house and experience fantastic photography. And as you would expect from a museum of this calibre, there is also an excellent café with a relaxed vibe to sit down in.
Galerie Nouvelles Images: Westeinde 22, The Hague
Witte de With & Tent: Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
Foam: Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam