publication date 10-3-2017

'Archive Fever' in De Nederlandsche Bank

Juliaan Andeweg, Semâ Bekirovic, Tim Breukers, Marije Gertenbach, Folkert de Jong en Aimée Zito Lema
De Nederlandsche Bank (Art Space), Amsterdam
10 maart - 20 april 2017

In 1994 French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2014) defined an archive as “a place which assures the possibility of memorisation, of repetition, of reproduction, or of reimpression”. The archive of the Rijksakademie voor de Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, which houses an historical and contemporary collection, is a striking example of Derrida's definition. This collection of books, prints, drawings, paintings, plaster, photos and digital visual material is carefully curated in a special place, and provides a comprehensive and varied overview of developments in visual arts over the past three centuries, which since its creation has served as a source of inspiration for residents.
The exhibition ARCHIVE FEVER presents work by various academy alumni which has a direct or indirect link to this collection. The different ways in which the artists have approached, used and experienced the collection is evident from this latest exhibition. Antique sculptures are felt, iconic images surpassed, classical images recast in contemporary materials and the life cycle of objects is analysed layer by layer. The reasons for reaching back into the history of art to create new works are equally varied, ranging from the need for artists to relate to a place to the urge to improve on existing work and to also ask questions about their own work.

Artworks from Rijksakademie alumni Juliaan Andeweg, Semâ Bekirovic, Tim Breukers, Marije Gertenbach, Folkert de Jong and Aimée Zito Lema expose the tensions between established images and the changing world around them.
The exhibition can be viewed by appointment only: +31(0)20-5242183.