23 Nov - 26 Nov 2017
Amsterdam Art Weekend invites you to follow the tracks of former residents of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten who, since graduating, are now leading trends in contemporary art. You can find their works at art galleries, museums and institutions worldwide. Don’t forget to stop by the RijksakademieOPEN during the Art Weekend, where you will have an exclusive opportunity to visit the studios of emerging international artists. You will be surprised by the variety of talent you can discover!
Tjebbe Beekman, Avondrood (After glow), 2017, acryl op canvas op paneel, 204 x 205 cm.
As an outsider to the Netherlands, Japanese artist Rumiko Hagiwara (1979) uses the misreadings and misconceptions she encounters in her daily life as an important source of reference in her art. She reveals the factual misalignment between what is there, what we see and what we say. For this exhibition, Hagiwara has created new work highlighting humorous situations displaced from their Asian context which have gotten lost in translation and take on new meaning.
Otto Berchem (United States, 1967) presents a series of works exploring his continued interest in history, poetry, signs, codes, and language. Inspired by the condition of synesthesia, he uses color to reveal the aesthetic connotations of past revolutionary moments.
Tjebbe Beekman (The Netherlands, 1972) paints large urban landscapes and interiors. The series of pictures featured in this exhibition depicts the studios of well-known avant-garde artists, including some of their motifs and influences. Beekman creates spaces that dazzle with their mix of perspectives and techniques.
Inti Hernandez (Cuba, 1976) lives and works in Amsterdam and Havana. ‘Cotidiana’ focuses on elitism and the experience of the community, the metaphysics of time, and the relationship between free will and responsibility. The ‘Chair in Disbalance’ series is a symbolic reference to the traditional swing chair, which brings comfort and interaction with the community.
‘Useless Objects’ are intricate wooden sculptures for domestic use: beautiful, yet futile. The exhibition includes also work by Hernandez’ former teacher and mentor, René Francisco Rodriguez (Cuba, 1960).
For the exhibition ‘Some Things Hidden” artists Sara Blokland (The Netherlands, 1969) and Femmy Otten (The Netherlands, 1981) have been invited to make a site-specific installation in the former studio of artist Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht, in Castrum Peregrini, a WWII safe house. Blokland is a visual artist who works mainly with photography and film, while Otten explores beauty through wood, plaster and paper. From these materials, she creates elegant sculptures, reminiscent of archetypal figures from Greek and Egyptian mythology, yet fresh and contemporary.