to Nov 11


An abandoned chair in the street is in several respects an icon for the history of the Nieuwmarkt neighbourhood where you are now. An image that is often used to refer to the persecution of the Jews - think of the holocaust monuments in Krakow and Oslo - that has left a strong mark on this neighbourhood. The image of an abandoned chair also refers to the uprising against urban renewal that took place here in the 1970s. Chairs and other furniture were used to build barricades to keep the police out. Nowadays you can still find deserted chairs around here, maybe they belong to the artists and old residents who are moving out because of astronomical rent and tourism. 

In this exhibition three local artists reflect on the neighbourhood they live in. The paintings of Kyra Sacks contain silent witnesses and reminders of what once was. The installations and sculptures of Claire Begheyn are monuments for our desire for nature. Towers of natural materials and found pieces of furniture form a city inhabited by the memories of abandoned objects. 

Artist Anita Mizrahi witnessed the revolt in the seventies, she has seen the neighbourhood change over time. On November 11 she will tell a story about the strong appeal the neighbourhood has had on artists.

The exhibition is part of De maand van de geschiedenis and Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt (10 & 11 November)

Vernissage: 12 October17 - 21 hrs
Finissage: 11 November 12 - 18 hrs

Open daily 10 - 17, entrance free.

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During China Pavilion 2018 Galerie Fleur & Wouter organizes an exhibition about artist and illustrator Johan Kleinjan, who has developed a special relationship with China.

Johan (42) regularly works in guest studios in Asia. In 1999 he studied for half a year as an exchange student at the Tokyo Zokei University in Japan where his fascination with Asian culture began. Later he worked in Taiwan, Beijing, Peking and Chongqing.

Together with other artists and filmmakers, Johan lived in China for a long period of time in squatted buildings. They formed the Antistrot collective and jointly undertook projects such as murals and exhibitions. Under the pseudonym Jopie Stropie Johan once even ended up in a Japanese porn movie. Since 2010 Kleinjan has been a member of the collective Kamp Horst.

The raw and distinctive style Johan works in, forces you to look closer at the ordinary things in life. He spent four months as artist in residence in Beijing at the Chinese Institute for Provocation, which cooperates with the Dutch Mondriaan Fund. Wherever he goes Johan takes his pencils and sketchbook. He likes to draw people in their own environment, preferably without them being aware of it. In China people eat out much more often than in the Netherlands, and crowded places such as restaurants are excellent locations for Johan to work. His drawing materials are easily hidden between all the dishes and bowls on the table.

The week before the exhibition Johan resides in de Torenkamer of VondelCS - you can follow his progress on the AVROTROS radio program Opium and in this blog. Here he will make a work about Chinese culture that will be shown together with his series Chinezen die chinezen during China Pavilion in the Winter Garden of VondelCS.

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Art Date
to Aug 24

Art Date

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people - Vincent van Gogh

At Art Date you will experience an evening about the love for art, art about love and maybe art will help you find love. A performance about heartbreak, a giant painting of an orgy, an art historical lecture on the extraordinary love lives of artists, a quiz and the chance to meet the love of your life, during this evening you are having a date with art.

Quizmaster Tobias Verhagen, art rebel Sam Andrea, performance artist Eva Mooiman and art historian Wouter van Herwaarden are your hosts for the evening at the sexy, arty and lovely Sociëteit Sexyland. 

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Fata Morgana
to Jul 3

Fata Morgana

Paradise means something different to all of us. It can be a white beach with palm trees or a desolate American highway surrounded by desert. In this exhibition, eleven artists reflect on their idea of paradise.

Our longing for paradise is timeless. It says something about what we desire as humans. Dreaming of deserted beaches or living in the jungle shows that we want to return to nature, back to a simple life, far away from the fast pace of our everyday lives. We flee from the declining security of a world that seems increasingly unfair and where our ideals are slowly slipping out of our hands.

Our search for paradise will always continue. It is most beautiful during the moments we long for it. In the exhibition we celebrate the search for paradise as a catalyst for improving our lives. Nevertheless, we accept that paradise is no more than a fata morgana.

Participating artists: Laura Andalou, Iris Donker, Niels Egidius, Iris Haverkamp Begemann, Floor van het Nederend, Lonneke van der Palen, Kyra Sacks, Marijke van Seters, Stikstok, Eleonora Stol & Mark Welagen.

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Down and Out Down Under
to Oct 12

Down and Out Down Under

Iris Haverkamp Begemann investigates social conventions and human behavior in her photographs of outcasts and flamboyant types. Her main themes are equality between people and the bizarre ways humans treat the nature around them. Her camera is a weapon that humorously shows her thoughts about life and all its strange passers. During Down and Out Down Under, Iris sells photos to finance her next project in the Australian Outback.

Pilbara, heavy haulage girls

In the Australian Outback, giant train trucks from 50 to 100 meters transport goods to the farthest corners of the desert. Under bizarre circumstances, the drivers of these trucks spent up to three weeks on the road. The majority of them are male. The few women in this profession do not get the same opportunities as the men. That’s why the female truckers have organized themselves as the Pilbara, heavy haulage girls. By organizing 28 day bootcamps, they try to prepare women for a life on the road.

Iris is fascinated by the fact that these bootcamps exist and frustrated that these women are not treated equally as men. She will join them on their bootcamp and will capture their lives in a new series of photographs. The series will become an ode to those who do everything they can to be accepted and achieve their dream.

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Art Trade
to Sep 20

Art Trade

During the event fifteen artists will offer their painting, drawing or photo up ‘for sale’. Visitors get the chance to make a bid with anything you can possibly think of except for money! What about a stay in your second home, your extra bike, a home-cooked four-course dinner or a blue diamond? What do you have to offer?
At the pre-sale exhibition in the afternoon visitors can make their bid. The festive auction will take place in the evening under the direction of auctioneer and theatre-maker Tobias Verhagen. It’s the artist’s choice on which offer to take on.

Participating artists are:  
Anita Mizrahi, Carmen Schabracq, Eleonora Stol, Eva Mooiman, Floor van het Nederend, Josefina Anjou, Kyra Sacks, Laura Andalou, Lonneke van der Palen, Marijke van Seters, Marilyn Sonneveld, Niklas Hallman, Perishable Rush, Sam Andrea, Sanja Marusic, Shannon Avril Martin and Stikstok.

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Wild Beasts, new talent in painting
to May 14

Wild Beasts, new talent in painting

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Wild Beasts: New talent in painting
Opening: 29 April 16:00 - 20:00
Finissage: 14 May April 16:00 - 19:00

Galerie Fleur en Wouter is pleased to announce a new exhibition: Wild Beasts, new talent in painting. In this exhibition we will present four upcoming artists who work in the same medium. With the artists we will investigate how one can still work in a 'slow' medium such as painting in an area where 'fast' media such as photography and film are becoming more and more popular in art, as well as daily life. Sam Andrea, Renske van Enckevort, Niklas Hallman and Olivier Schimmel all react to this trend in a different way.

We hope to see you during this exhibition.

Fleur & Wouter


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'Elan'  an exhibition with Eleonora Stol and Anton Martineau
to Jan 22

'Elan' an exhibition with Eleonora Stol and Anton Martineau

Martineau and Stol are soul mates. They both find inspiration in themes such as passion, lust, poetry and the tango. This can be seen in Stol’s colorful and expressive style, with references to surrealism in theme and technique. Martineau’s work is equally expressive, but the palette is sober. In his work we find themes such as the still life, the courtesan and the portrait, but in surprising interpretations. Both artists have always gone their own way. Martineau, for example, wouldn’t link himself to the famous CoBrA group. This has left the artists with a unique position in the contemporary Dutch art scene.

During the exhibition we present work on paper and canvas. Edwin Becker, head of exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum, will perform the opening

 Foto: © Inta Nahapetjan

Foto: © Inta Nahapetjan

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