Amsterdam Art launches first Gallery Weekend in 2020 & moves Art Weekend to spring 2021

Amsterdam Art is pleased to announce the launch of the very first Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend from 18-21 November 2020, a weekend of contemporary art with Amsterdam galleries as its main focus.

Next year, from 15-18 April 2021, Amsterdam Art will organise the ninth edition of the Amsterdam Art Weekend simultaneously with the Open Studios of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. During the Art Weekend not only galleries will take part, but also museums, project spaces, residencies and many more.

The Amsterdam Art Weekend, featuring 58 locations ranging from galleries to residencies and cultural institutions, attracts 48,000 visitors annually from the Netherlands and abroad. Unfortunately, living in ‘the new normal’ means that large-scale events of this kind will probably not be hosted for the time being. The smaller-scale Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend, on the other hand, is suited to the new situation, and its primary aim is to stimulate the Dutch art market. The Gallery Weekend is hosted by galleries in Amsterdam and therefore, the number of visitors can be managed more easily and safety measures can be implemented. Several Amsterdam institutions, including regular partners such as Oude Kerk, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Stedelijk Museum and the Ateliers, are also part of the programme.

Caroline van den Tempel, director of Amsterdam Art: “The Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend is the perfect opportunity to put Amsterdam galleries and the artists they represent in the spotlight. Our aim for the Gallery Weekend is to inspire all Dutch art lovers, the experienced and especially the newcomers, to buy art.”

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten has been a major partner since the founding of Amsterdam Art. Due to the spread of COVID-19, they have decided to extend the current residency period to May 2021 and to move the annual Open Studios to April 2021. During the Open Studios, dozens of resident artists will present their work to the general public for the first time. Because this is a significant event for the contemporary art scene, it makes sense to organise Amsterdam Art Weekend simultaneously from 15-18 April. Once again in April, the connecting role of Amsterdam Art Weekend between the city’s numerous galleries, museums, project spaces and artists will be used to its fullest potential.

Emily Pethick, director of the Rijksakademie: “More than ever, we see how important it is for art organisations to work together to maintain a rich cultural ecosystem in the Netherlands and abroad. In this respect, we would like to continue our collaboration with Amsterdam Art Weekend. With spring being a natural time of renewal, we will stimulate new energy and new perspectives through this annual celebration of culture in the city, in what we hope to be a better climate”.

About Amsterdam Art
Since 2011, Amsterdam Art has been working to position Amsterdam nationally and internationally as a creative and cultural city of high-quality contemporary art. Through close collaboration with Amsterdam’s galleries, residencies, museums, project spaces and auction houses, the Amsterdam Art Weekend has created an indispensable platform for contemporary art. Through mutual collaborations, it aims to highlight the special character of Amsterdam as a contemporary art city.