“Fons Hof”

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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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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