Private Scene walk-in workshops
Every Sunday in November Foam offers free walk-in workshops inspired by Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase’s exhibition Private Scenes. It’s an opportunity to experiment with the image-making process by using biographical photos and other materials to create an exciting new image. Use colour, framing and composition to startling effect in your search for personal style. Sunday afternoons throughout November at Foam.
Secret rooms & troubled dreams in the Oude Kerk
Smack bang in the middle of the red-light area you’ll find the Oude Kerk (old church), relatively recently transformed into an exhibition space usually staging experiential installations by leading lights of the art world. They’ve recently opened several historic spaces not usually for public eyes. So why not pop in and discover the College Room, the Mirror Room, the Board Room, the Holy Sepulchre, the Iron Chapel and the library where you can learn all about Amsterdam’s oldest building, its rich history and see some of its collection? Also of note is the recently renovated organ and coming later in the month, The Instrument of Troubled Dreams, an installation by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.
If you like your art data-based and pixel-(im)perfect, then Japanese artist Ryodi Ikeda’s breathtaking installations at the Eye Filmmuseum are a must. Large-scale and immersive, these works draw on mathematical concepts, quantum mechanics, data, sound and light to create mind-expanding landscapes from which to ponder our contemporary data-reliant world. It’s fair to say his works are overpowering, transporting you into another realm where you become aware of scale and fascinating soundscapes. This one’s not to be missed. Expect to be bombarded!
Until 2 December 2018 // Eye Filmmuseum
Every November the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) hits screens in town. This year, and for its third outing, the Stedelijk Museum’s Video Club will be guest curated by artist Basir Mahmood who will also moderate a conversation with curator Lauren Wetmore. Basir will respond to memory and space, the key theme for IDFA in 2018, through carefully selected works from the Stedelijk’s collection. He’ll also be screening one of his own films and will be encouraging audience engagement and discussion.
16 Nov, 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm | Stedelijk Museum
Amsterdam Art Weekend
It’s an all-in affair for Amsterdam Art Weekend with 100 plus exhibitions, performances, screenings, tours, talks and workshops taking place in an array of galleries, project spaces, museums and art institutions across the city. Known for showcasing the latest developments in contemporary art, this art fair is all about highlighting cutting-edge artists and provides a terrific opportunity to discover up-and-coming talent alongside more established names.
22-25 November 2018 // More info
Fans of outsider art should head to the Hermitage’s Outsider Art Museum for an intriguing insight into Finland’s take on Outsider Art. The ITE Art | Finnish collection Ammann is an exhibition of private collector Max Ammann’s collection of Outsider Art based around the Finnish idea of Itse Tehty Elämä, ‘self-made life’. Making use of materials found in Finnish forests, it’s all about the artists who live solitary lives in these forests, their takes on fantasy, curiosity and creativity.
Until 13 January 2019 // Outsider Art Museum