Visitors at the Oude Kerk during Amsterdam Art Week 2021, foto ALMICHEAL FRAAY

Celebrate Change Symposium 
in collaboration with Amsterdam Museum and Pakhuis De Zwijger

In honour of our 10th anniversary, we are organising a symposium on the theme of Celebrate Change in collaboration with Amsterdam Museum/Refresh Amsterdam and Pakhuis de Zwijger. We will be looking back on ten years of Amsterdam Art Week and the many developments that have taken place throughout the Amsterdam art scene and speculate on how these will continue in the future. 

Speakers: Raul Balai (artist), Kévin Bray (artist), Nina Folkersma (director Amsterdam Art), Adriana Gonzalez-Hulshof (former director Amsterdam Art), Nina Hama (Hama Gallery) and Rein Wolfs (director Stedelijk Museum). 

Tuesday 10 May
20:00 – 22:00
Pakhuis De Zwijger

Opening Night Galleries & Young Section
Join us during the Gallery Opening Night on Thursday 12 May and get to know Amsterdam’s contemporary art scene! During this festive evening, no fewer than 35 galleries throughout the city will open their doors to our visitors from 5 PM to 9 PM. They will be presenting their latest exhibitions, specially organised for the Amsterdam Art Week. You will be able to visit both established galleries and the emerging galleries from the Young Section.

Thursday 12 May
17:00 – 19:00
All galleries

Young professionals visit a gallery during Amsterdam Art Week 2021, foto: JHELISA PANFRED

Rijksakademie Open Studios
For over 150 years, the Rijksakademie has been invested in artistic development and forward-thinking art. In their residency programme, they houses an artist community that is highly international, multi-disciplinary, experimental and critically engaged. During a two-years’ residency, up to fifty artists enter an open-ended process in which they challenge themselves, deepen their practice and explore new territories, in and beyond the art field. Each year the Open Studios enables the artists to share their work with wider audiences in ambitious and imaginative ways. You can also connect with the creative life of the Rijksakademie through their programme of lectures, performances and screenings that explore contemporary artistic practices and debates.

Friday 13 until 15 May
12:00 – 19:00
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten

Amsterdam Art Week exhibition: It’s Your Birthday
In honour of the 10th anniversary, Amsterdam Art will be organising the It’s Your Birthday exhibition. The artworks made available by the participating galleries and residencies represent different phases of a party: from the preparations to the afterparty and the subsequent hangover. The exhibition can be seen from 11-15 May in the Amsterdam Art Gallery in Capital C. This is your opportunity to purchase a special work from one of our participating institutions! 

Tolerance test, Charlotte Schleiffert

Tolerance Test
in collaboration with Nieuw Dakota and Johan Idema

Tolerance Test is a theatrical installation consisting of fifteen large drawings by Charlotte Schleiffert. These drawings depict whimsical and flamboyant human-animal beings and socially relevant themes, such as inequality, power, mass media, consumerism, eroticism, status and identity. The drawings — some more than 3.5 metres in height—are arranged in a circle, in the middle of which visitors can take a seat. Throughout an audio story voiced by Romana Vrede and others, the creatures seem to come to life. The presentation tests visitors’ tolerance: to what extent can you continue to face inequality in today’s society?

12 – 15 May
11:00 – 18:00
Nieuw Dakota

Performance Kévin Bray

ISO invites you to a new lecture-performance by artist Kévin Bray. Developed during his residency in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, the performance bridges the past and the present through the lens of science and fiction. In exploring the evolution of man’s relationship with the natural world, Kévin Bray creates resonances in the present that resonate with the depths of our past.

Kévin Bray’s lecture and performance will be followed by a music set by Teki Latex, accompanied by video works made by the graphic design students of the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague), where Kévin Bray has been teaching for the past eight years.

Thursday 12 mei
21:00 – 02:00

Het HEM & Friends Party
in collaboration with project spaces

The energetic world of contemporary art in Amsterdam is largely shaped by the city’s countless large and small project spaces. On Friday 13 May, Het HEM will join forces with these spaces and organise a party that expresses everyone’s unique creativity. Every institution will provide a programme component; from a mini exhibition, a DJ set to a spoken word performance. A party for and by artistic Amsterdam; a moment to come together, admire art and have fun.

Friday 13 May
21:00 – 02:00

Amsterdam Art Week Talks
in collaboration with Equals and ArtTable Nederland – this event has been moved to september 2022

Amsterdam Art Week Talks presents two round-table discussions, each focusing on different current topics in contemporary art: Women & Tech and Collecting & Diversity. At the first round table, we will approach the opportunities surrounding tech in the art world from the perspective of the maker and the art institute. We invite Equals to join the conversation, to learn from their knowledge and perspective from outside the artworld. In the second round table discussion, we will explore how art institutions, galleries and private collectors can actively address diversity in their collection and exhibition policies, as well as how the different players in the field of contemporary art can contribute to a more inclusive representation of artists.

Saturday 14 May
11:00 -13:00

A Selection from the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION + Afterparty
in collaboration with Eye Filmmuseum

With over 900 artworks by 291 artists from all over the With more than 900 works of art by 291 artists from around the world, the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION is one of the world’s most extensive private collections of time-based art. For Amsterdam Art Week, founder Julia Stoschek has curated a selection of works from her collection focusing on music and states of ecstasy. The screening will be followed by an  afterparty, featuring trippy visuals from Eye Filmmuseum’s Peter Rubin archive.

Saturday 14 May
20:00 – 02:00
Eye Filmmuseum

New Harvest
in collaboration with Eye Filmmuseum
Immerse yourself in a film programme featuring the best moving image based works of the past two years. The programme features selected works by artists from participating Amsterdam galleries and residencies, hand-picked by a selection committee consisting of curator Marian Cousijn of Eye Filmmuseum, artist Kévin Osepa and Amsterdam Art director Nina Folkersma. 

Sunday 15 May
13.30 – 15:00 + 15.30 – 17:00
Eye Filmmuseum