The first of the Rembrandt exhibitions to open is Rembrandt Privé at the Amsterdam City Archives. This show dives into the various traces of Rembrandt’s life found in the city’s documents revealing details about his daily life, his work, his clients, his wives, children and money problems. Through original 17th-century documents, both well-known and lesser known tales are brought to light and etchings and drawings from the city’s collection and others on loan from the Rijksmuseum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis can be seen.
Freedom of Movement
For this year’s Municipal Art Acquisitions exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum the focus is on time-based media with works relating to Freedom of Movement. The exhibition explores the idea of visa-free travel for citizens outside their own country shedding light on contemporary political movements. This fascinating show brings together film, video and web-based work along with performance, sound and dance that sets about questioning what freedom of movement means in relation to migration and official national documents. This one will get you thinking. Image: Basir Mahmood, Monument of Arrival and Return, 2016. Video installation, 9 minutes 36 seconds, courtesy the artist.
Huis Marseille’s latest exhibition Recent Histories, Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from the Walther Collection brings together big names in the field alongside recent work by young African photographers. Spanning several generations of African artists, the exhibition presents multi-faceted, personal perspectives of the continent that consider identity, migration, origins, and the legacy of colonialism. Overlapping narratives and histories connect and separate to get to the heart of what makes work ‘African’. Expect a strong array of work tackling major themes including state of mind and emancipation with work by Em’kal Eyongakpa, David Goldblatt, Mame-Diarra Niang, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok and Michael Tsegaye.
The Alchemical Wedding at the EYE Filmmuseum promises to be a fascinating affair as this Czech surrealist stages his first retrospective in the Netherlands. In the world of master animator Jan Švankmajer (Prague, 1934) absolutely anything can come to life: steaks, pebbles, iron locks. His films are full of obsession, lust, horror and eroticism, with abuse of power as a strong undercurrent. Expect bizarre and dark work encompassing film and sculpture in addition to a large selection of tactile objects including collages, prints and sick maps (whatever they may be!) There's also an extensive programme of films, talks and events. Check EYE's website for more information.
The Confetti Piece
David Claerbout originally trained as a painter but over the years became more interested in the concept and nature of time investigating it through photography, film and digital technology. The outcome, as seen in this new exhibition at Annet Gelink Gallery, challenges concepts of time through the manipulation of still and moving imagery confounding our understanding of an image. It’s a fascinating show that includes works on paper.