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‘Beautiful. This shows what can be achieved with art to turn a metro line and its stations into liveable areas.’ ‘Slowly but surely it all becomes clear: we will have the most beautiful metro line in Europe.’ Just a few of the reactions on the website of the Metro & Tram Service about the North-South Line, where pictures were recently placed of Gerald van der Kaap’s almost completed artwork for Europaplein Station. I want a permanent wave / Ich möchte gern eine Dauerwelle / Ik wil graag een permanent. This sentence from a travel dictionary forms the starting point of Van der Kaap’s (1959) design for Europaplein Station. He started working on a design that would strongly influence the atmosphere in the station, where Europe is a central theme. The design’s rhythm is dictated by the sentence I want a permanent wave and a film-like scenario. Recently, Véronique Baar and Gerald van der Kaap were on location with the art project team to assist to the mounting of the glass tiles in which the artwork has been made.
Véronique Baar and Gerald van der Kaap on location. Photo: Jorrit ‘t Hoen.
From Assen to Bocholtz and from Middelharnis to Zutphen. For Rabobank, team Q is all over the country. Just recently, we tasted a well-deserved ‘Zundertse trappist’, a local brew from Van Gogh’s native village, after doing an inventory there. Since 2012, QKunst is preferred partner of the Rabobank art department for art-related advice to local banks. ‘Almost all the banks have been collecting art in the past decades. Due to organisational changes and an ever-decreasing number of offices, more and more art is kept in storage. Knowledge about how the collection was built is often no longer available’, says project manager Jet Vermaning. ‘To get insight in the collections, we do inventories and appraisals of the collections, that we then disclose in an online collection management application that we developed ourselves. We then give custom advice to each individual bank’, says Jet. Since the agreement, QKunst already visited a good half of the 103 local banks. ‘We notice that our work generates a greater consciousness when it comes to the value of the collections among the bank employees. That is very rewarding.’
If you think you know Paris and you’re looking for a new travel experience, or if you would like to see something else than the usual tourist hotspots, stop right there! QKunst team member Nanda Janssen is a curator and writer based in Paris. She recently started organising special guided tours: Paris Insolite – discovering new, unknown and hidden arts and culture. The Louvre, the Pompidou and the Musée d’Orsay are not on the programme. Instead, Nanda will show you hidden gems where exciting things happen when it comes to contemporary art. ‘Through my work, I get to see a lot of new places buzzing with art, but I cannot always write about them in the art magazines I work for, because there is simply no room. While I’m actually thinking: this is great, everybody should see this! With Paris Insolite, I can show these places. On top of that, I have a much more direct interaction with my readers. For me, that’s a bonus.’ The next tour is planned on May 5 and 6, and then on July 7 and 8. For more information, check nandajanssen.nl.
Galleria Continua, Paris. Photo: Nanda Janssen.
In a commitment to social return, QKunst is going to accompany five interns during a collection registration internship at the Province of Gelderland this April. QKunst team member Imee Luteijn, who works as an art consultant the Province of Gelderland, will be accompanying the interns at the Provincial House in Arnhem. ‘The collection consists of 2400 objects. These have all been registered, but there are some gaps and inconsistencies. The interns will check the whole collection, to complete the missing information and make sure that it is registered in a consistent way. For these students, this is an opportunity to get to know a valuable collection outside the walls of a museum, and to have a great number of works pass through their hands, an opportunity that is rarely presented to them at university. Thanks to this internship, they will have a better chance to find a job in their field of work, and that fits the social return concept. For the province and for QKunst, this is a good way to share knowledge and experience with the upcoming generation of art professionals.’
At the beginning of this year, Bouwfonds Property Development (BPD) moved into new headquarters: the Burgerweeshuis, a former orphanage in Amsterdam. Arts and culture will play a major part in this monumental building – designed by Architect Aldo van Eyck. ‘Of course, we have art from our collection all over the building’, says Caroline Coffrie, conservator of the BPD Art Collection and QKunst-team member. ‘But now we also have a small exhibition space where we want to organise exhibitions three times a year. We want to combine these with cultural events, such as lectures. During these events, the exhibition space will be open for the public. We also hope to organise tours this spring, to give those interested access to our collection and this special building’, says Caroline.
After years of work, the end of a big QKunst-project is in sight: art for the North South Line. The metro will start riding in July 2018 and the coming months are much needed to finish the stations and the artworks. However, you were recently able to take a look behind the scenes. Indeed, on Saturday 20 January 2018, Metro & Tram organised an open day. Six of the eight station were open for the public: Noorderpark, Centraal Station, Rokin, Vijzelgracht, De Pijp and Europaplein. The open day was first and foremost a ‘building site visit’, but with a sneak peek of the art that will soon be accessible with your ov-chipcard. About 40.000 people enjoyed this opportunity!
Behind the scenes. Photography: Wiep van Apeldoorn.
During a lively meeting with the Provincial State members and employees of the Province of South Holland, QKunst explored the possibilities for visualising the first article of the constitution at the provincial house in The Hague. This way, the province wants to increase consciousness about the meaning of Article 1. The Provincial Executive suggests to write out a contest and to connect the realisation of the artwork to the opening of the renovated government building. This route was explored in the first meeting. QKunst accompanies the province with the layout of this process.
The Article 1 bench on the Hof square in The Hague.
More and more, railway stations tend to develop into a ‘third place’, a place you can go to even when you don’t need to travel. What is art’s role, traditionally a partner of the railways, in this development? Ella Derksen and Véronique Baar answered this question for Boekman Tijdschrift, a quarterly magazine about trends and structural changes in culture and cultural policy. The essay was published in the June 2017 edition, themed ‘Art and the public space’.
One by one, the artworks in the stations of the North-South line are reaching their completion. On 23 March 2017, it was Rokin Station’s turn. During a well-visited preview, one could come and admire the work by British-French art duo Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel. Prior to the event, Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool published an interview with Véronique Baar, about the art for the North-South line and the artwork by Dewar en Gicquel.
Jennifer Tee (1973) is one of the selected artists for the North-South line. She was commissioned to create an actual imaged story for the entrance hall of the central station. Director Lisa Boerstra made a documentary about Tee and follows her while she completes her artwork. The documentary Leaving Limbo shows Jennifer Tee’s search for identity and connection. At the same time, it shows how art and reality cross and influence each other.