“Art Rotterdam”

In Rotterdam, Haute Photographie revamps the fair concept

Putting on a museum-quality collective show, Haute Photographie, held in Rotterdam from 8 to 12 February, is renewing the concept of image-related commercial events. A lowdown on the first edition… Haute Photographie is a new fair concept tested out by Dutch gallerist Roy Kahmann during Art Rotterdam Week, from 8 to 12 February. After a pilot initiative last year, Haute Photographie has just welcomed crowds of visitors to its first edition, held over five days. Organisers filled a 1,250 m2 space adjacent to Rotterdam’s FotoMuseum. Some 250 works by around fifty artists were presented by five galleries. This new type of fair was designed to offer a more intimate and convivial version of the big yearly events that punctuate the photography market, of which Paris Photo has become emblematic. “I hate the current system of fairs organised by stands that are limited in size and in which the visitor’s attention gets lost,” explains the Haute Photographie founder. “I wanted image presentation to be closer to that in a museum while offering the possibility of buying works. Here, visitors can discover pieces in a relaxed atmosphere before going off for a meal in the starred restaurant or looking around the bookshop.” Instead of the customary stands, organisers have taken the collective-hanging approach, with each artist being accorded wide picture rails. These were presented in a highly organised space that facilitated circulation and offered armchairs and benches. Particular attention was paid to lighting. Young and vintage talent At the fair’s entrance, visitors were ushered in by a selection of three large prints by Antoine d’Agata, hanging opposite three images of Rotterdam’s parks by Jeroen Hofman.  Polaroid nude shots by Carla van de Puttelaar were on offer at €1,450 while black-and-white portraits of young sailors by Belgian Stephan Vanfleteren were priced at €2,950....

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Fons Hof: “Art Rotterdam, a very active little fair”

Destination the Netherlands for the 18th edition of Art Rotterdam, from 9 to 12 February. An international vision, a European perspective… A meeting with Fons Hof, the fair’s director. Dedicated to the emerging scene and young contemporary-art talents, Art Rotterdam is welcoming around one hundred Dutch and European galleries. The fair is being held at the Van Nelle factory, a huge modernist-style industrial building, built between 1925 and 1931, today on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The director of Art Rotterdam, Fons Hof, tells Art Media Agency about the specificities of the fair and what’s new for the 2017 edition. Can you give us the lowdown on Art Rotterdam? For this 18th edition, we are expecting around one hundred galleries spread between the main section and the New Art section. Art Rotterdam defends the new and emerging contemporary-art scene. While remaining on the European scale, its outlook is international. The selection committee chooses galleries on the basis of their programming and their international approach. These are mainly established in the Netherlands, with foreign participants making up 40 % of the main section, and 20 % of the New Art section. Selection for the New Art section, reserved to galleries which have existed for under seven years, is in the hands of Natasha Hoare, a curator at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. In the workshops of the Van Nelle factory, the Intersection section is welcoming, for the third year, installations and performances by artists or non-commercial structures. For the fifth year, the Mondrian Fund will be presenting the “Prospects & Concepts” exhibition, featuring the work of 66 young artists who received grants from the fund in 2015. The curator is Stijn Huijts, director of the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht. Finally, the selection for the video...

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Art Rotterdam 2015

From 5 to 8 February, the art fair Art Rotterdam will be taking place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. New for the 2015 edition will be the section entitled ‘Intersections’, which involves 16 non-commercial spaces dedicated to videos, installations and performance art. The theme of this section this year will be ‘Dutch Flemish’, meaning it will focus on Dutch and Flemish initiatives; the links between the Dutch and Flemish artistic climate will be highlighted by a series of lectures and a debate programme. “Intersections adds an extra layer to Art Rotterdam. A perfect way for a broad audience to get acquainted with an alternative scene with lots of room for experiment,” said Samuel Saelemakers, this section’s curator. “Intersections shows a very specific part of the art world, namely; the spaces where artists can create their first exhibitions, completely independent. It is an exciting addition to all that Art Rotterdam has to offer in young art,” added Fons Hof, the event’s director....

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Art Rotterdam attracts overwhelming number of collectors interested in emerging works

Rotterdam, 14 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). The 15th edition of Art Rotterdam, which took place between 6 and 9 February 2014, attracted 21,500 visitors – proving to be a great success for organisers. An increase in visitor numbers of 35% was announced, compared to figures for last year’s edition. A new location has no doubt contributed to the success of this year’s fair, which took place in the Van Nellefabriek. A prized reminder of the city’s industrial past, this constructivist building was erected between 1925 and 1934, and is amongst one of those considered to be listed by UNESCO. A total of 114 galleries participated in the event, half of which were from the Netherlands, with the other half including a prominent number of Belgium-based institutions. The fair offers a forum for young artists, an aspect which has been promoted since the fair’s inception, with Director Fons Hof stating: “The fair is a platform for young artists, and corresponds with the Holland market. All collectors buy work by young artists in Holland, even the very largest collectors.” The prices of works presented at Art Rotterdam, therefore, tend to remain reasonable – this is the case both for the fair’s main section “New Art”, but also for “Projections”, a newly inaugurated element of the event dedicated to video art. The fair offers a number of works for less than €5,000, such as those by Esther Jiskoot, priced between €2,500-4,500 – a remarkably low price for the unique works produced by the talented, 51-year-old artist (Lutz Gallery, Delft). The fair’s accessible policy also extends to works by Niki de Saint Phalle: a photolithography of the artist’s work is available from Utrecht’s Kunsthandel Meijer, with each of the 300 editions present priced at €1,250. Support for young artists is reinforced by the...

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15th edition of Art Rotterdam

Rotterdam, 9 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Between 6 and 9 February 2014, the most important international contemporary art fair in the Netherlands, Art Rotterdam, is to take place. 90 galleries are to participate in this edition, an increase from last year, half of which are international. Amongst the proposed themed spaces, Art Nouveau is to showcase 25 young galleries, who are to present solo exhibitions of emerging artists, while the video section Projections is to show 19 films and videos, projected on large screens. Fons Hof, born in 1966, previous Director of the Hof & Huyser gallery in Amsterdam, is Art Rotterdam’s Director: “Art Rotterdam occupies an important slot on the calendars of European contemporary art collectors. The Projections section we launched in 2013 further accentuates the international aspect of the Salon. Projections Art Rotterdam is an international meeting place for lovers, collectors and creators of film and video...

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