This year, Amsterdam Art Week celebrates its 10-year anniversary. To honor this occasion, Amsterdam Art Week has initiated a new tradition: an annual symposium in collaboration with Amsterdam Museum and Pakhuis de Zwijger, which will be held the evening prior to the opening of AAW.
The theme of this year’s symposium will be ‘Celebrate Change’. We will look back at AAW’s first ten years, by reflecting on the changes that have taken place within the Amsterdam art scene during this time, as well as speculate on the continuation of change in the future.
The symposium facilitates a conversation between established museums and galleries, as well as new art initiatives and organizations. During this conversation we question existing definitions of what museums or galleries are, and make space for more fluid forms and practices, which can be seen across the sector today.
Join us for the pre-launch of this new edition of Amsterdam Art Week, in which change is celebrated!
In celebration of Amsterdam Art Week’s 10-year anniversary, we reflect on everything that has happened so far with the organization’s current and former directors and discuss their hopes for the future.
Adriana Gonzalez-Hulshof (former director Amsterdam Art)
Nina Folkersma (director Amsterdam Art)
In what ways can renewal within Amsterdam’s art scene be recognized? In conversation with representatives of new initiatives of the past ten years in the city, we discuss the ways in which they have implemented change. What changes are necessary right now, and how do they contribute to making those changes? How do these changes relate to the established network of cultural institutions in the city?
Nina Hama (Hama Gallery)
Rein Wolfs (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)
Change in the infrastructure of art in the city also means change within the practice of makers that work within it. Both in their connection to different institutions, organizations and galleries, as well as by being independent cultural entrepreneurs, makers navigate the market. We’ve seen many significant changes in the infrastructure of art over the years, influenced by factors such as the invention of NFT’s or the COVID-19 pandemic. What changes have makers recognized, and how has this shaped their practice, their ‘brand’, and their relation to institutions and collectors? Do makers need institutions at all anymore?
What predictions does the futureteller make for this edition of Amsterdam Art Week? This year’s futureteller, will give her predictions on this year’s Amsterdam Art Week. What should we look out for? Where can this year’s theme best be recognized? And what might we expect from next year’s edition, during which another futureteller will be passed the baton?