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.