Thanks to the rise of the internet art has become available for a bigger and wider audience. So why would you visit a dusty gallery? These young gallery owners will prove you the opposite.
Name: Emmelie Koster
Gallery: No Man’s Art Gallery
Location: Nieuwe Herengracht 119, Amsterdam
The story of Emmelie is one that tells you that you can do anything you put your mind to. Growing up Emmelie always knew she wanted to become a lawyer. After graduating cum laude from her masters in Law and Economics she felt like using her other half of the brain. She embraced her creative side and bought some brushes and canvases but quickly discovered she had little talent for painting. She felt that it was a waste to throw the paintings away so she decided to sell them online on the website No Man’s Art Gallery. The paintings did not sell but a lot of artists approached her about exhibiting on the website. Discovering the need for an accessible art space she came up with the idea to organize a pop-up gallery. The Gallery was a major success which led her to organize many more pop-up galleries. Her entrepreneurial spirit has brought the No Man’s Art Gallery to many corners of the world and is a big hit today.
Open: Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 – 18:00
Name: Mo van der Have
Gallery: Torch Gallery
Location: Lauriergracht 49, Amsterdam
After the unfortunate death of his father, who founded the gallery, Mo continued his legacy. When Mo was only 22years old he went from being a marketing student to a gallery director. He studied everything from technology to mathematics to philosophy and marketing. Except for art, for that he was already a bit fed up. This since his father was a gallery owner and his mother an artist. He was raised with regular visits to art fairs, openings and studio’s such as from Herman Brood. Putting it gently it was an overkill of art. This brought Mo to look for a future somewhere other than the art world. In retrospect Mo is glad his parents dragged him everywhere since those experiences gave him the knowledge and skills that would normally require years and years of working in a gallery. Mo strives to take after his father who was a pioneer in finding new ways of expression as respectable forms of contemporary art and promoting these in the gallery.
Open: Thursday – Saturday between 12:00 – 18:00
Name: Meier Boersma & Ruben Bunder
Gallery: Vriend van Bavink
Location: Geldersekade 58, Amsterdam
Bavink is the friend of the artist and also a firnd of Amsterdam. Vriend van Bavink was founded by Ruben Bunder eight years ago. Finding his partner in crime, Meier Boersma, who joined him three and a half years later. Vriend van Bavink offers a platform for young and upcoming artists. Striving to exhibit diverse shows that are innovative and unique. Diversifiyng themselves from the traditional galleries by offering a place where space and freedom is given to a wide range of artists to experiment. The name Bavink is derived from a character from a book called “De uitvreter, titaantjes, dichtertje” by Nescio, who is the friend of the artist.
Open: Friday – Saturday between 13:00 – 18:00
Name: Michele van Vliet, Nana van Dijk
Gallery: The Photo Graduates
Location: Throughout the Netherlands
These two beautiful ladies met each other during their studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy where they both studied photography. During their graduation in 2013 they found that they shared the same visions in aesthetics, precision and work ethics. Only one year later they founded The Photo Graduates. The initial intention of the project The Photo Graduates was to organize a one-time exhibition but it quickly grew into a plan with a lot of potential. The success of the project made them decide to turn it into a platform from which they were going to present a selection of newly graduated talents throughout the year. The Photo Graduates can be seen as a traveling gallery that gathers a group of newly graduated talents to exhibit from different locations. The space where the exhibitions occur vary from major galleries such as the WTC Art Gallery to empty office buildings.
Name: Bob Smit
Gallery: Bob Smit Gallery
Location: Slaak 20, Rotterdam
Bob used to work in the hospitality and with the money he earned he collected art. Because Bob often had to work in the evening he had time during the day to work as a volunteer at various art institutions and to visit galleries. On his 25th he went to study Fine Arts at the art academy. During his first year at the academy he founded the Bob Smit Gallery. He started by renting space from a restaurant owner for who he used to work. After his second year at the academy the quit the study to fully focus on the gallery and to set up an art fair: Rotterdam Contemporary (formerly RAW Art Fair). The Bob Smit Gallery only exhibits work from Rotterdam based artists who diversify themselves and who can be identified with a recognizable handwriting.
Open: Tuesday – Friday between 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday – sunday between 13:00 – 17:00
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