Anton Corbijn, curator of the Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam

This year, the Unseen Photo Fair will be taking place from 16 to 25 September at the Museum Het Schip and different venues in the Spaarndammerbuurt district in Amsterdam. Curated by well-known Dutch photographer and film director Anton Corbijn, the exhibition “Touched – Craftsmanship in Photography” will gather 12 international photographers including Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, Miroslav Tichý and Daisuke Yokota. The festival will also be presenting a spectacular exhibition, “The Politics of Sport”, by artists Christto & Andrew, in an outdoor swimming pool, as well as an exhibition of contemporary Japanese...

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A new director for the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has announced the appointment of a new director: Taco Dibbits. He will be taking up his new position on 15 July and replacing Wim Pijbes who announced his departure in March in order to take charge of a new contemporary-art institution, the Museum Voorlinden, scheduled to open in September in a natural park near The Hague. Taco Dibbits formerly worked for Christie’s as director of the Old Masters department. He then joined the Rijksmuseum in 2002 as curator of 17th century painting prior to the museum’s renovation. He namely supervised the reorganisation of the museum’s collections and its digital shift by making high-definition visuals of many works available to the public. As of 2008, he became the museum’s director of...

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Stedelijk Museum looking for a new space in Amsterdam

The Stedelijk Museum is seeking a new space for contemporary art in Amsterdam. The project has been undertaken in partnership with Ammodo, an agency specialising in the support of artistic and scientific projects. This project is being supervised by curators Emily Pethick, Sophie Goltz and Eungie Joo. A meeting is scheduled at the museum from 17 to 19 June, gathering professionals from the Dutch and international art world. The director of Stedelijk Museum, Beatrix Ruf, believes in the project’s necessity: “We feel it is vital to have a location in Amsterdam that augments our own program and acts as a bridge between major institutions like the Stedelijk and the contemporary field of art. It must also enhance the city’s current program. The venue needs to reflect the city’s culturally diverse and international context, and connect with global art movements. Together with Ammodo, we look forward to investigating ways of creating an inspiring place that offers compelling artistic encounters in Amsterdam and contributes to the city’s thriving artistic...

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The Van Gogh Museum to sell its services to collectors

The Van Gogh Museum has found a way to raise new funds: an offer of consultancy services for collectors. This original initiative should allow the institution to make up for the loss of various public subsidies. The institution’s offer of consulting services for conservation and museum management targets companies, other public institutions, but also private collections. Finding new funds is a constant challenge for museums, especially in the current economic context. While museums are used to sharing their collections and knowledge about these collections, the commercial use of this wealth is still a taboo in this milieu. The new service, stemming from a pilot project initiated two years ago, aims at having museum staff spend 5 to 10 % of their working time offering these new services, namely for educational programmes. If demand is high, then jobs will be created. Adriaan Dönszelmann, managing director at the Van Gogh Museum sees no ethical problems in this development, but instead, a way to offer advice on the art market to collectors whose acquisitions can potentially be shown in museums. Another example of a public/private partnership, this time initiated by the public sector. The new financing model arises at just the right time to compensate for the decline in public funding going to the museum (-€7 million per year), in other words 20% of the museum’s total...

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Wendelien van Oldenborgh to represent the Netherlands at the next Venice Biennale

The Mondriaan Fonds has announced that Wendelien van Oldenborgh will be representing the Netherlands at the 57th Venice Biennale. Residing and working in Rotterdam, Wendelien van Oldenborgh has been selected for her artistic project named “Cinema Olanda”, comprising three films that explore different facets of the Dutch postcolonial past, and the impact of this past on today’s society and on contemporary Dutch identity. The artist’s work reflects on current political issues. The exhibition will be curated by Lucy Cotter and will be held in the Rietveld Pavilion. The selection committee for the Dutch pavilion comprised of Lorenzo Benedetti, Nathalie Hartjes, Aernout Mik, Mirjam Westen and Brigit Donker, chairperson of the jury (and director of the Mondriaan Fonds). The artist is enthusiastic about her nomination: “This will be a wonderful moment to share the current transformations in Dutch society with an international...

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