From 1 to 17 November 2013, various locations alongside the Amsterdam canals will play host to an innovative new exhibition: Chambres des Canaux: The Tolerant Home.

The theme of the exhibition is tolerance – a concept that arguably has its roots in the period in which construction began on the Canal Ring, 400 years ago this year. Works by artists including Marlene Dumas, Joep van Lieshout, Germaine Kruip, David Claerbout, Ina van Zyl and Fiona Tan will grace the walls of numerous unique canal-side properties including the mayor’s official residence.

Modern art alongside the Amsterdam canals

Guest curator Siebe Tettero selected works by artists who are all actively connected to Amsterdam in various ways – either living in the city or having completed training at an Amsterdam institution such as the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. The works included in the exhibition all share a connection with Amsterdam’s long-standing tradition of tolerance – the theme of Chambres des Canaux. This tradition can be traced back to when the Canal Ring came into existence – a period that saw unprecedented economic and cultural development in Amsterdam and ushered in the Golden Age. It’s a time that has enduringly captured the imagination and is also looked upon as providing the foundations for the modern-day Netherlands.

Tickets for Chambres des Canaux go on sale on 1 August 2013. All access tickets cost €13 and will be available at the Visitor Information Centres at Amsterdam Central Station, Leidseplein and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as well as online via
A publication introducing the featured artists and locations will accompany the exhibition.

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