This year we’ve invited Ronald Ockhuysen, director of the VandenEnde Foundation, to ‘star’ ✨  five works at the 36th edition of the PAN Amsterdam.

“Art has many functions: it provides insight, works as therapy and offers the opportunity to escape from the issues of the day. Especially in these times, full of polarization, anger and incomprehension, art is the ideal hiding place. It makes it possible to muse for a while, and to get a moment of peace of mind.”

He selected five works that bring a moment of peace of mind.
At Booij Arts, Fine Art - Rare Items (stand 80) he selected a Linocut ‘Musée Municipal D’art Moderne Ceret’ by Pablo Picasso. For Picasso, applied art also deserved devotion and beauty. This poster is so much more than an announcement: it is a work that you can look at for hours.

At Galerie Fontana (stand 74) Ronald selected Theater #10 by Ruud van Empel. The artist is a master of latent unease. In his recent work, he explores nature through digital and analogue manipulation. The result is an enchanting landscape that feels uncanny at the same time.

At Hein A.M.  Klaver Kunsthandel (stand 69) Ronald selected 'Portrait of a woman en profile’ by Thérèse Schwartze. Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918) can be considered the most successful female Dutch artist of her time. Schwartze was known for her fast working method. According to an estimate from the year after her death, she made about 1000 drawings, pastels and paintings over the course of her career, which lasted roughly 40 years. And despite her fast pace of work, her portraits are extremely sensitive.

At Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen (stand 72) Ronald selected Burton Way by Marie Jose Jongerius. Los Angeles is the city of illusions and palm trees. Marie-José Jongerius makes it clear that these palm trees will soon also be an illusion: the iconic trees have been planted and will not survive due to climate change. In this way, these beautiful photos are also an ode to transience.

At BorzoGallery / The Mayor Gallery (stand 36) he selected TK1017 3/8-60 by Tadaaki Kywayama. He is a master of minimalism, who passed away this summer at the age of 91. The Japanese, who worked and lived in New York, made a name for himself with paintings that provide no guidance. As a result, everyone can see what he or she wants. In this way, this work gives free rein to the imagination.