The Dark Chapter - Het Scheepvaartmuseum
A new exhibition is due to open on Thursday, June 27th. The Dark Chapter, an exhibition about the slave trade. This exhibition takes you step by step through the dramatic story of the slave ship named the Leusden.
The Leusden was involved in a major disaster on the River Maroni (or Marowijne) in Suriname in 1738. The ship was never found. We use this piece of information as a starting point. You will set off to find out further information about the ship and its story yourself. Along the way, you will discover the economic background to the slave trade and the conditions during the ship's journey.
The Dark Chapter is based on the book Het slavenschip Leusden (The slave ship Leusden) by Leo Balai. You will find Leo himself in the exhibition too. He is the person who invites you to investigate further. You will meet all kinds of people on board, both below deck and on deck. The unravelling of the story is gripping and emotional.
At the end of the exhibition, we look back on the slave trade from a modern perspective and we challenge you to think about questions such as: is slavery really a thing of the past?
Slavery is a sensitive subject, with many different facets. In The Dark Chapter, we have opted to look at the matter from the perspective of our own field of expertise, the history of shipping.
You can read more information about this exhibition on The Scheepvaartmusuem Website.
PAN Amsterdam regularly offers packages with lecture and guided tour in Dutch. Right now, we don't have any information yet.
Every day art lovers who would like to spend an hour getting a good idea of the diversity of PAN Amsterdam can take part in Rondje PAN (“Around PAN”), a guided tour in Dutch that provides a more detailed explanation of a number of top items.Price € 5 per person (subject to availability, max. 15 persons per tour). Rondje PAN is every day at 1 and 2 pm. For reservations, please bring your fair entry ticket and go to the information desk at the fair.
Oskar Kokoschka: Portraits of people and animals - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Rotterdam, 21 september 2013 t/m 19 januari 2014
Gustav Klimt called him ‘the greatest talent of the younger
generation’. This autumn Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing the work of
Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), the master painter who has inspired generations of
artists. This major retrospective brings together Kokoschka’s confrontational
portraits more than half a century after his work was last exhibited in the
In 1950 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen was the first Dutch
museum to purchase a painting by Oskar Kokoschka, ‘The Mandrill’ of 1926. This
autumn 150 paintings and drawings from private collections and major museums
such as MoMA and Tate will be assembled in Rotterdam. In eight themes the
exhibition offers a personal perspective of the painter around the period of
the First and Second World War. From a serie of children's portraits, portraits
of the Viennese elite to politically charged allegories. The exhibition begins
with Kokoschka’s earliest portraits and his discovery by the famous modernist
architect Adolf Loos in 1908. The exhibition ends with his last self-portrait
(1971/1972). With the title ‘Time, Gentlemen Please’, the announcement for
final orders in British pubs, Kokoschka prefigures his own death.
More information about the exhibion: www.boijmans.nl
Our daily bread - The Rijksmuseum
September 21, 2013 to January 7, 2014
On behalf of the Rijksmuseum and NRC Handelsblad, Henk Wildschut photographed, for one year, the production of fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, fish and eggs in the Netherlands for the exhibition Document Nederland: Ons dagelijks brood [Documenting the Netherlands: Our Daily Bread]. For this purpose, he visited large-scale and organic pig and chicken farmers, a fish farm, a dairy certifying agency, greenhouse farms, various laboratories, a seed improvement company and a chips producer. The exhibition Document Nederland: Ons dagelijks brood paints a highly diverse and even surprising picture of how our food is produced. Photographer Henk Wildschut set off with a great deal of scepticism, but in the end he found that Dutch food production also has its benefits.
'Ons dagelijks brood' shows that how our food is produced is a far cry from the romantic notion of ‘life in the countryside’, even when it comes to organic food that is so popular nowadays. With consumers demanding good and safe food and less use of antibiotics, the production process becomes ever more technical and clinical. But this also means that non-organic food is increasingly becoming just as ‘organic’ as organic food.
Wildschut says, ‘Our food production process is all about economy, efficiency and profit. This ultimately widens the gap between humans and animals. I found out that I didn’t actually know where my food comes from. I started this assignment with a notion that many people probably have: that our food production system has all kinds of failings. I’ve changed my mind about that. Large-scale production also means innovation, energy savings, better food quality control and even better animal welfare.’
Read more about this exhibition on The Rijksmuseum Website.
Patat door Tjalf Sparnaay
De schilderstijl deze kunstenaar noemen we realistisch omdat zijn schilderijen naar de werkelijkheid zijn geschilderd en hedendaags omdat het om een nog levende en/of na 1945 geboren kunstenaar gaat. Omdat Sparnaay zijn onderwerp heel erg uitvergroot en in close-up onder de aandacht brengt, krijgt hij een extra naam toegevoegd: we noemen hem niet alleen een hedendaags realistisch schilder, maar tevens een megarealistisch schilder. Hij is een schilder van deze tijd, van onze tijd, van nu. Een ultra modern kunstenaar die gewone alledaagse onderwerpen schildert in een volstrekt nieuwe stijl. Zijn schilderijen laten naast een nieuwe beeldtaal ook humor zien. Daarnaast is het ook verrassend en verontrustend, want hoe krijgt hij het toch voor elkaar? Zijn schilderijen lijken wel foto’s, zo glad is het oppervlak en je ziet haast niet dat het in lagen is geschilderd. Er is op dit moment dan ook niemand die het hem op deze manier na doet. Sparnaay zijn megarealistisch Patat is technisch vakkundig en traditioneel geschilderd. Het is monumentaal en theatraal met een mysterieus tintje.
PAN UNDER THE MAGNIFYING GLASS
The vetting prior to PAN has always fascinated people, but it remains closed to the press and the public for the protection of the exhibitors. During the fair there will be a hance to take a peek at what goes on behind closed doors. A limited number of visitors will be able to spend an hour going round the fair with one of the vetting experts to hear and see what the expert is looking for (tour in Dutch). Participation is free for visitors who have a valid fair ticket (subject to availability, max. 10 persons per tour). Please go to the Information desk in the entrance hall for more information.
See the influence of master painter Oskar Kokoschka at PAN Amsterdam
10th of September, 2013
The expressive and colourful paintings of the Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1990) are not just the subject of the major autumn exhibition of the Musuem Boijmans Van Beuningen. The museum and PAN Amsterdam are creating a contextual link between the exhibition in Rotterdam and the art fair in Amsterdam. The exhibition's guest curator, Beatrice von Bormann, is compiling a tour for PAN (24 November - 1 December) that focusses on the versatility of Oskar Kokoschka's oeuvre.
Along this route, art historian Beatrice von Bormann explains the different disciplines that Kokoschka mastered and used in his work. The tour she is designing at PAN Amsterdam covers paintings and decorative art objects that are for sale at the fair - from old masters to contemporary artists. Von Bormann explains the link between each of the chosen objects and Kokoschka's work. A map of the route will be available at the entrance to PAN Amsterdam in the RAI exhibition centre.
Kokoschka - Multi-Faceted Artist
The tour puts Kokoschka's oeuvre in a broader art historical context as a result with of the links with other works at the fair. Oskar Kokoschka is best known for his painted portraits and townscapes, but he also designed picture postcards, dust jackets, theatre posters and a number of fans for the Wiener Werkstätte (the Autrian version of the British Arts and Crafts movement). He also wrote plays, designed stage sets and made countless drawings, watercolours and lithographs on the most diverse subjects throughout his life.
The cooperation between between Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and PAN Amsterdam is a continuation of the succesful collaboration during 'The road to Van Eyck' - the exhibition in the autumn of 2012. On that occasion Friso Lammertse, curator of old master paintings and sculptures at the museum, compiled a 'Road after Van Eyck.' He put it together on the basis of the works of art at the fair in which he recognized of Van Eyck's influence. This was the first ever example of such cooperation between a museum and an art fair.
Unique Retrospective Rotterdam
When the exhibition opens on 21 September, a hundred fifty of Oskar Kokoschka's paintings and drawings will be on display in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Masterpieces have been lent by private collectors and such internationally renowned museums as Moma in New York, Neue Nationagalerie in Berlin and Tate Modern in London. Against a backdrop of eight themes, the exhibition sketches a personal perspective of the painter during the periode around the First and Second World Wars.
The exhibition Oskar Kokoschka - Portraits of People and Aninmals has been made possible by the generous support of the Ondernemingskring Bijzondere Begunstigers, BankGiro Loterij, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, SNS REAAL Fonds, Ploum Ridder Princen, Zabawas, the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, which granted an indemnity guarantee, K.F. Hein Fonds and Farrow & Ball.
MUSIC AT PAN
9th of September, 2013
Every day during PAN you can enjoy music courtesy of Steinway Center Nederland. A variety of pianists will perform their repertoire of smooth jazz on exceptional and exclusive models from the builders of the best piano possible: Steinway & Sons. These “Crown Jewels” are not only handcrafted pieces of art, but also a sheer pleasure to listen at. For more information: www.steinway.nl/crown-jewels