Amsterdam Art in RAI

Edition 18 May 2017

From Wednesday May 31 until Monday June 5 (2nd day of Pentecost) the Amstel Hall of Amsterdam RAI will host the 33d edition of KunstRAI/Art Amsterdam, the national Dutch fair for contemporary, autonomous and applied arts. Except contemporary painting, sculpture and photography, the 80 participants also exhibit art, design and jewellery. Apart from that, 25 galleries also present a solo booth in which they put a special focus on one of their artists. Ten young artists present themselves in a small RAWEdge booth.

Especially for beginning collectors with a profound love for arts but a smaller pocket, there is the Art Cabinet, which has works of the participating galleries in a price range below € 1.500. On Thursday evening June 1, Qlick Editions organises an evening programme for young art lovers under the name ‘A Curious Affair’. This programme will feature, among others, a cross-over between arts and classical music: ‘24Classics presents Club Classique’, including a performance of music by Dmitri Shostakovich. The evening closes on a nightly tour with flashlights along the fair. Those interested can apply for this very special part of the evening programme.

Solo booths, RAW Edge booths

No less than 25 galleries expand their booths with a solo exhibition in which the spotlights will shine on one specific artist from among their roster. In addition, ten younger galleries will present themselves in a smaller RAW-Edge booth. Focus Antwerp In the previous edition the Art Amsterdam spotlights were on the Berlin art scene. During this year’s edition the Belgian city of Antwerp has been invited to present its art scene. Antwerp has an international reputation when it comes to contemporary art. Amsterdam Art is expecting no less than six participants from Antwerp.

Attention for Outsider Art

This year’s edition has special attention for Outsider Art. This art form can rejoice in rapidly expanding international attention. Outsider Art is a broad definition that basically includes art of artists who, for various reasons, are active outside the mainstream art scene. The newly opened Outsider Art Museum in the Amsterdam Hermitage currently features an exhibition of works from the standard collection of the Museum. During every afternoon of Amsterdam Art, art historian Kati Wieg will have a forum discussion with artist and specialists in the field of Outsider Art. At the table one can find representants of, among others, museums, galleries, workshops, academies and auction houses. Apart from that there are daily lectures on Outsider Art. Sculpture Square

A large square devoted to sculpture and a presentation of the Arts- & Design platform complete the image of the contemporary arts in the Netherlands, which since three years seems to have been the exclusive territory of Amsterdam Art.

Opening hours
Wednesday May 31: 6 – 10 PM
Thursday June 1, Friday June 2: 12 – 0,875
Saturday June 3 until Monday June 5: 11Am – 6 PM

Amsterdam RAI, Hal 7,
entrance Wielingenstraat
Entree Adults € 15,-