Amsterdam Art Weekend is 100+ art exhibitions, 52 venues and 82 events across the city.

What to see? Where to go? Here is my TOP 10 selection that also makes for a nice route.

1. Spot New Talent at the Rijksakademie. Once a year, 45 emerging-artists-in-residence open their studios to the public. 

Karimah Ashadu, Sodoko Power Man (2018), Film still, HD, Digital film, Courtesy of the artist
Karimah Ashadu, Sodoko Power Man (2018), Film still, HD, Digital film, Courtesy of the artist

2. At De Ateliers, not too far, acclaimed British-Nigerian artist Karimah Ashadu, whose work could be seen at the MoMA in New York last June, presents her newest film “Power Man”.

3. A 6 min walk away, at Flatland Gallery, the newest documentary series and book on the devastating reality and psychological estrangement on Aleppo by South African artist and writer Katharine Cooper can be seen.

4. At Prince Claus Fund Gallery, curator Selene Wendt selected works that reflect on the unpredictability and absurdity of violence. Among these are works by acclaimed artists Teresa Margolles (Mexico) and Regina José Galindo (Guatemala).

Kendell Geers, Installation View Voetstoots (2018), Courtesy Kendell Geers, Galerie Ron Mandos Amsterdam
Kendell Geers, Installation View Voetstoots (2018), Courtesy Kendell Geers, Galerie Ron Mandos Amsterdam

5. Reputed Ron Mandos Gallery exhibits South Africa-born Belgian artist Kendell Geers whose work is a reflection on colonialism and its power structures.

6. Just 3 minutes away, a group exhibition at Martin van Zomeren pairs established Dutch conceptual artist Pieter Engels with recent works by Janis Rafa, Katja Mater, Christine Moldrickx, a.o.

7. Around the corner, Annet Gelink Gallery has been transformed by David Claerbout’s “Confetti” piece at the intersection of digital, film, photography, past and present. 

8. Stigter Van Doesburg is just as close by. There, Jimmy Robert creates work in direct dialogue with the practice of Dutch conceptual artist Stanley Brouwn (1935-2017), through a shared interest in the poetic potential of ephemeral materials, traces and rumors.

9. Find even more food for thought at the intimate art book fair appropriately located at Looiersgracht 60. Today an exhibition space, the venue used to be home to a cardboard and paper factory. 

10. Last but not the least, hurry up and make sure to experience Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda at the Eye Filmmuseum. A key figure in electronic music, his immersive spatial soundscapes will see you off into the night.

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