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Gallery Opening Night at Stigter Van Doesburg, with work by Roman Wolgin, during Amsterdam Art Weekend 2015 | © Fabian Landewee
1n Gallery Opening Night at Stigter Van Doesburg, with work by Roman Wolgin, during Amsterdam Art Weekend 2015 | © Fabian Landewee
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The Essential Guide To Amsterdam Art Weekend 2016

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Updated: 2 November 2016
Amsterdam Art Weekend is an annual festival that focuses on contemporary developments in the art world. To accomplish this, organizers invite over 50 promising, and established, artists to present their work at Amsterdam’s leading cultural institutions. The program takes place over four days at the end of November and features a massive roster of exhibitions, openings and performances. We’ve put together some of this year’s highlights to give a brief overview of the impressive line-up.
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Mimesis Of Mimesis by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

📅 Thursday, November 24 | 21.30- 23.00

Mimesis of Mimesis will present Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s interpretation of the Guatemalan Civil War. The artist lived through this conflict and has choreographed a performance around his recollections. These memories will be communicated through Ramírez-Figueroa’s bodily movements and physical presence, a technique that will create a dramatic image of this turbulent period’s historical repercussions.

📍 If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution,Westerdok 606, Amsterdam +31 20 337 8711

k.364 by Douglas Gordon

📅 Thursday, November 24 to Sunday, November 27

Douglas Gordon’s latest video installation follows two Israeli classical violinists as they retrace their family’s tragic past and the Holocaust’s effects on the present. Together, they travel from Berlin to Warsaw, a journey that their grand-parents made while fleeing from the Nazis. They recognize that Europe was once their family’s home but can only find faint, yet poignant remnants of their history.

📍 National Holocaust Museum, Plantage Middenlaan 27, Amsterdam +31 20 531 0380

In The Spirit Of Nature by Martin Gusinde, Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Mario Cravo Neto

📅 Thursday, November 24 to Sunday, November 27

In the Spirit of Nature explores the photography of three artists whose work revolves around a sense of communal loss and spirituality. Each photographer uses natural props or backdrops to deconstruct these themes and captures their subjects within contexts that hint at broader sociohistorical circumstances. This collection spans several genres and includes anthropological photography, photojournalism and portraiture.

📍 Huis Marseille, Keizersgracht 401, Amsterdam +31 20 531 8989

Gravitational Feel by Fred Moten and Wu Tsang

📅 Thursday, November 26 to Friday, November 27 | 16.00-17.00

Fred Moten and Wu Tsang’s collaborative work fuses performative art with conceptual sculpture in order to produce ‘chance events’ that blur human sensations. The piece will combine several palpable elements that encourage reflection on the nature of intimacy while questioning spectators’ subjective experience. The artists will perform Gravitational Feel at Splendor– a gallery that was established by a group of musicians.

📍 Splendor, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, Amsterdam +31 20 845 3345

Night Soil by Melanie Banajo

📅 Thursday, November 24 to Sunday, November 27

Night Soil examines the counter-cultural currents running beneath late capitalism and presents several heterogeneous communities living on the margins of modern society. These groups have chosen to express themselves by experimenting with drugs, intimacy and labor- small acts of rebellion that challenge contemporary norms. Their endeavors are presented via three three short-length documentaries, all of which will be on display during Amsterdam Art Weekend.

📍 FOAM, Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam +31 20 551 6500

Still from Night Soil / Economy of Love, 2015 | © Melanie Bonajo

Nanae by Charlotte Dumas

📅 Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27 | 19.00-20.00

In November 2014 Charlotte Dumas set out to document Japan’s eight native horse breeds. These majestic creatures are rapidly dying out and many face extinction. During her time abroad she traveled to several isolated locations to find these rare breeds and used her cinematographic skills to film Japan’s rural landscapes. Her footage will be screened during Amsterdam Art Week alongside another exhibition that contains Dumas’ still photography.

📍Andriesse Eyck Galerie, Leliegracht 47, Amsterdam +31 020 623 623 7

The Leaf Once Pilgrim by Stéphanie Saadé

📅 Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27

Lebanese artist Stéphanie Saadé will be presenting her first solo exhibition in the Netherlands during Amsterdam Art Weekend and will discuss her work during a talk on Saturday, November 26. Her art addresses the fleeting nature of the organic world and its relationship to human existence. This ephemerality is uncovered via subtle imagery that draws attention to our experience of time and place.

📍Akinci, Lijnbaansgracht 317, Amsterdam +3120 638 0480

In My Heart There is A Room Designed For You by Anna-Bella Papp

📅 Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27

Anna-Bella Papp creates small clay reliefs that are evocative of large-scale architectural works. These flat, geometrical sculptures are presented on tabletops or walls, and appear to recall vast landscapes that verge on the imaginary. Her work remains minimalist, a quality that effectively conveys a measure of languished ambiguity. ‘In My Heart There is a Room Designed For You’ will be held at the artist’s Alma Mater, De Ateliers.

📍De Ateliers, Stadhouderskade 86, Amsterdam +31 20 673 9359

Libby Libby Libby by Helen Verhoeven

📅 Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27

While living in Berlin Helen Verhoeven became enthralled by a local artist and waitress called Libby. Verhoeven found herself gravitating towards this beautiful, young woman and eventually formed a creative relationship with her. This bond led to the creation of a series of paintings that reproduce this alluring figure’s charismatic presence aptly titled Libby Libby Libby.

📍Stigter Van Doesburg, Elandsstraat 90, Amsterdam +31 020 6242361

MANIC / LOVE / TRUTH / LOVE by Jordan Wolfson

📅 Saturday, November 26 | 22.00-00.00

The Stedelijk will be launching its latest installation during Amsterdam Art Weekend which will revolve around American artist Jordan Wolfson’s animatronic marionettes. These bizarre puppets are equipped with motion sensors that allow them to interact with visitors and change their behavior according to movement. Wolfson’s video photography and digital artwork will also be on display.

📍 Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, Amsterdam +31 20 573 2911