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Amsterdam Stuff - Harold Strak & Willem van Zoetendaal

Museums/Institutes Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography

Keizersgracht 401
1016 EK Amsterdam
info@huismarseille.nl
+31 (0)20 5318989

Open Tue - Sun / 11-18 hrs

Exhibition 9 Jun — 2 Sep

Opening 9 Jun

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It all started with a single dedicated photographer, Harold Strak, who is well known for an almost scientific approach to the medium combined with a technical, but artistically inspired perfectionism. In 2009 he began working on a project that he never suspected would become his magnum opus: photographing the (mostly small) archaeological objects that were discovered during the construction of the Noord-Zuidlijn metro line beneath Amsterdam’s historical centre. Amsterdam Stuff is devoted to Harold Strak’s consummate product photography, with a daring and unusual design by Willem van Zoetendaal. The exhibition also emphasizes the reiteration and replicability so characteristic of the medium of photography. In nine years Amsterdam’s Department of Monuments and Archaeology unearthed 700,000 different, everyday objects, of which Harold Strak made 35,000 photographs. Ultimately, 15,000 of these photographs are depicted in Stuff, an extensive catalogue of archaeological finds being published simultaneously with the opening of the new Noord-Zuidlijn. The exhibition Amsterdam Stuff spotlights a special selection of this extraordinary wealth of objects in a new, remarkable, and monumental way.

 

 

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