A. Aardewerk, Den Haag | Albricht, Oosterbeek | Aronson Antiquairs, Amsterdam | Kunsthandel A.H. Bies, Eindhoven | Bijl-Van Urk, Alkmaar | Borzo Gallery, Amsterdam
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Art Affair, The Christmas Edition at Amsterdam Hilton December 17th through 20th, 2020
Art Affair doubling in size, now twelve participants
Amsterdam, December 1st, 2020 – After a successful first edition in September of this year, the six original exhibitors will now be organising a second edition of this sales exposition together with another six befriended colleagues. Art Affair, The Christmas Edition will take place from December 17th through 20th and will again be held at the Amsterdam Hilton where both the Ballroom and the so called Orange Rooms will be transformed into a luxurious and intimate boutique-event at which visitors can safely roam around, in line with the latest guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
“During the first edition we allowed a maximum of 40 visitors per room at each moment”, says co-founder and participant Robbert van Ham of Jaski Gallery. “At this point in time it looks like that number will even be 30, but in the festive days towards the Holiday Season, we want to take the opportunity to meet with our clientele.”
The twelve international art dealers have known each other for years, in part through their mutual participation in international art fairs like TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s leading art and antiques fair. Because large scale events cannot take place at the moment, this group of colleagues, who complement each other’s specialities, decided to unite in one luxurious and intimate selling exhibition which can be visited in complete safety.
“We wanted not only to see each other again, but also to receive our clientele in a setting that they are familiar with from art fairs like TEFAF Maastricht,” says Robert Aronson. “It is easier to adhere to the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) at a smaller event. It is something that we have given a lot of attention to. We adhere to the highest standards, follow the guidelines to the tee. Additionally the Amsterdam Hilton is equipped with a modern Hepa filtered air treatment system, whereby the air is not recycled, but refreshed with outside air.
The participating dealers are
A. Aardewerk, Den Haag (antique silver and jewellery).
Kunstgalerij Albricht, Oosterbeek (19th and 20th century paintings).
Bies Kunsthandel, Eindhoven (19th and 20th century paintings).
Aronson Antiquairs, Amsterdam (17th and 18th century Delftware).
Bijl-Van Urk, Alkmaar (17th century Old Master Paintings).
Koetser Gallery, Zürich (17th century Old Master Paintings).
Borzo Gallery, Amsterdam (modern and contemporary art).
Jaski Gallery, Amsterdam (modern and contemporary art).
Kollenburg Antiquairs, Oirschot (17th and 18th century applied arts).
Salomon Stodel Antiquités, Amsterdam (17th and 18th century applied arts).
Marjan Sterk Fine Art Jewellery, Amsterdam.
Vanderven Oriental Art, ’s-Hertogenbosch.
During the sales exposition they will present the most beautiful and special objects in their respective fields.
The Amsterdam Hilton Ballroom has a separate entrance at the Apollolaan in Amsterdam-South. Due to the limited number of visitors that are allowed in at any given time, we kindly ask for visitors’ patience before entering the room. However any waiting time can be carried out in the pleasant and dedicated Art Affair lounge.
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Facing an Empty Calendar, Six Dutch Old Master Dealers Will Launch Their Own Humble Art Fair at an Amsterdam Hotel
The Art Affair, as the event is called, will be held in a hotel in Amsterdam.
By now, many of the major art fairs Old Master dealers rely on—Frieze Masters, TEFAF New York, and La Biennale Paris—have been cancelled for 2020. Whether or not TEFAF Maastricht, the mother of all Old Master fairs, will take place next spring is anybody’s guess (especially considering the heat organizers took after numerous fairgoers contracted COVID-19 at the March event).
That’s why half a dozen Dutch Old Master galleries are taking matters into their own hands this September with the launch of their own art fair—or Art Affair, as it’s cleverly called. The event is emblematic of the kind of hyper-local, highly specialized gathering that may become more common in the social-distancing era.
The expo, scheduled to run from September 3 through 6 at a ballroom at the Hilton hotel in Amsterdam, will be decidedly humbler than the aforementioned brand-name international events. But while there probably won’t be any oysters or cinematic floral arrangements, you also won’t have to pay to get in. The organizers are promoting the experience as a quaint and—most importantly—spacious opportunity for collectors and causal art lovers alike to get some face time with art and the people who sell it.
The idea for a communal event first came to the organizers, who know one another from years of participating at TEFAF Maastricht, two months ago. “It became apparent then that larger art fairs couldn’t take place due to the ongoing pandemic,” Robert Aronson, an Amsterdam based antiques dealer, tells Artnet News. “However, from our clientele, we got the message that they wanted to come visit us under proper and safe circumstances. We got together and decided to go ahead with a small-scale event.”
The expo will adhere to the current guidelines laid out by the Dutch Centers for Disease Control. There will be no tickets or timed appointments, but capacity will be capped at 40 people.
Among the galleries participating are A. Aardewerk from the Hague, Kunstgalerij Albricht from Oosterbeek, Bijl-Van Urk from Alkmaar, Jaski Gallery from Amsterdam, and Kollenburg Antiquairs from Oirschot.
It’s a small snapshot of the country’s art and antiques landscape that is otherwise lost in the global ambitions of a bigger fair.
“The overhead of the larger events might make it more difficult to continue with a smaller committed group of exhibitors,” Aronson notes. “So it is very well possible that for the time being we might see more of these small events, rather than full-blown art fairs.”
As for any event in 2020, there are still a lot of question marks. Will people feel comfortable attending? Will they be inclined to spend money on art? But for the participating dealers, success in 2020 is being graded on a curve.
“It might sound cliché, but the fact that we are finding each other as friends and colleagues and we will surely see a number of our clients already make the event successful,” Aronson says. “Who knows what the future will hold, but united we stand stronger.”
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