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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.
Between 1862 en 1968, right where the provincial house of the Province of South Holland now stands, there used to be a zoo. It did not only have animals, but all sorts of events were organised there as well. This week the exhibition Art and the zoo of The Hague is opening in the provincial house. A number of works referring to the zoo, taken from the collection of the province, are on display. Other works have been placed by association, as a counterpart to historical photographic material of the zoo. The alternating exhibitions are part of the province’s new art policy, that QKunst helps implement.
It took hard work and patience, but now we can finally see it: Jennifer Tee’s artwork for the metro hall of Amsterdam Central Station. On Friday 15 December, Jennifer Tee’s impressive Tulip Palepai was revealed to the press and stakeholders, and simultaneously, to the general public, since this location is already in use. It will therefore be the first artwork to be visible before the official opening of the North South Line, on 22 July 2018. Want to know more about this work? Watch the documentary Leaving Limbo by Lisa Boerstra, about the creative process that led to this piece of art.
Jennifer Tee and Pieter Litjens in front of the artwork. Photography: Jorrit ‘t Hoen.
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.