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The Art of Banksy, Amsterdam

The Art of Banksy, Amsterdam, 27th September 2016
By Michele H.

Having negotiated the vagaries of the Breda to Amsterdam train schedule and won (mainly thanks to KrissStallabrass and her mastery of the NS Reizen App), we made our way from Amsterdam Central station to the Beurs vanBerlage, the old Stock Exchange. Within this beautifully restored 19th century building is a new subterranean gallery, currently housing The Art of Banksy.

There, we found a comprehensive collection of more than 85 original works on canvas, paintings, photographs, and sculpture. The exhibition included well known works such as Balloon Girl and several of the playful ‘Rat’ artworks. Wewatched the short, Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, a sideways look at the creation and marketing of street art. It was perhaps best described by the New York Times as “a trompe l’oeil: a film that looks like a documentary but feels like a monumental con.”

Who is Banksy? A street artist? A political activist? A vandal who targets public places? Is he Robert del Naja, frontman of Massive Attack? Or a cathedral-school educated Bristolian? Or a group of artists? Although he takes great lengths to conceal his identity, Banksy advocates a direct connection between an artist and his constituency, maintaining “There’s a whole new audience out there, and it’s never been easier to sell. You don’t have to go to college, drag round a portfolio, mail off transparencies to snooty galleries or sleep with someone powerful, all you need now is a few ideas and a broadband connection. This is the first time the essentially bourgeois world of art has belonged to the people. We need to make it count.”

art-saleIt could be said that Banksy’s subversiveness diminishes as his prices rise. He may already have reached the tipping point where his success has made it impossible for him to remain rooted in the subculture from which he emerged.

The irony that his anti-establishment art commands huge prices isn’t lost on him. “I love the way capitalism finds a place – even for its enemies. It’s definitely boom-time in the discontent industry.”

granniesTowards the end of the exhibition, we pondered further the disconnect between a street artist exhibiting his work in a solid Dutch building.It transpires that the architect, Hendrik Petrus Berlage,was a staunch socialist who believed the stock exchange trade had a short lease of life. Inspired by the Italian Palazzo Publicos, he decided to design the building in such a way that it could serve as a grand communal home, a public palace, after socialism had triumphed. A fitting place for a Banksy collection after all.

We exited through the gift shop and found a nice place for lunch by the canal.
lunch

Museum MOTI: exhibit “Nieuwe Lusten – Modern Delights”

By Jennifer W.
Museum MOTI: exhibit “Nieuwe Lusten – Modern Delights”, on 19 April 2016

Six members of the IWC met at the MOTI Museum for the current exhibition Nieuwe Lusten–Modern Delights.

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The exhibit featured work by four Dutch artists commissioned to deliver their interpretation of Hieronymus Bosch’s the Garden of Earthly Delights.  Each artist us20160419_114550ed different digital tools to create their version of the iconic triptych in pixels, file remixes, animations and projections. It was quite an interesting exhibit, with strong images starting from a peaceful garden ending with a garden in decay. Much to ponder with such a strong subject and varying artist interpretations.

 

 

20160419_112506The museum also featured the Van Gogh Minis. This exhibit features dioramas, with each artist developing an interpretation of one of Van Gogh’s works. The pieces ranged from simple boxes with 3D effects of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings to a 3D virtual reality headset with a moving image of a scene from one painting.  The ongoing exhibit of visual culture images and media were also very entertaining with some almost dizzying visual creations and creative advertising media. 

20160419_112241We ended the morning with a quick bite and lovely coffees at bij Kaatje!