Transportation: On foot
Join us on a tour through the historic heart of the city and discover several surprising cultural places. In the middle of the red light district we will enter several monumental buildings, all dedicated to contemporary art. Be surprised by what you can discover behind these beautiful canal-side facades and step into the new worlds of Upstream Gallery, W139 and De Oude Kerk.
The tour starts at Upstream Gallery, founded in 2003 and located in a monumental canal house from the 17th century. The gallery is specialised in digital art and during Amsterdam Art Week the 4th solo exhibition of Jen Liu will be on view. Liu is a visual artist from New York who works in a multidisciplinary way. During the tour you will be introduced to her video work and paintings and get a glimpse into her artistic practice.
We continue to W139, a leading production and presentation space for contemporary art on the Warmoesstraat in the old centre of Amsterdam. Founded in 1979 by a group of young artists as a platform for artistic experimentation, it remains a place for encounter and exchange between artists and a curious public. During Amsterdam Art Week, the work of Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, an Iraqi artist known for his ‘existentialist’ works with dark, shadowy figures that speak of human vulnerability, but also of themes such as love, freedom and language, can be seen here.
Around the corner from W139 is the Oude Kerk, the city’s oldest building, anno 1306. In the Oude Kerk, heritage, contemporary art, music and on Sundays still churchgoers come together. The installation ‘Path’ by Brazilian artist Antônio Obá was created especially for the Oude Kerk. In the installation, which consists of various media including sculpture, painting and performance, Obá invites us to walk along a path through the church space.
For this tour, we ask you to bring your museum card when visiting the Oude Kerk
This tour is created by Floor de Bruin & Julia van der Voort, 3rd year students of the Breitner Academie