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Art Affair, The Summer Edition at Amsterdam Hilton June 17th through 20th, 2021
First Live Art Event In 2021 – 2nd Edition Doubles in Size
Last September the first successful edition of the Art Affair, took place before Covid prohibited physical cultural events. The organizers had seized the opportunity, to organise the small scale event after the summer, when heath regulations were eased. Six world-class art dealers participated in this innovative boutique-style selling exhibition, in the ballrooms of the Amsterdam Hilton. Now, almost a year on, the second edition will feature 12 outstanding art dealers. The visitors can again safely enjoy the exhibits according to the latest strict health guidelines. Art Affair, The Summer Edition will take place 17-20 June 2021
“During the first edition we allowed a maximum of 40 visitors into the space at each given moment,” says co-organizer and exhibitor Robbert van Ham of Jaski Gallery. “As numbers are calculated per square meter, the maximum amount of visitors this time will be comparable. Despite the limitations, we are really delighted to be able to receive our guests and friends again in person.” Co-organizer Robert Aronson adds: “we are looking forward to working with our colleagues again, and receiving our visitors in elegant surrounding in the Hilton, befitting of both our guests and objects.”
The twelve participating top-class art dealers, have known each other for many years – mostly through their participation in international art fairs such as TEFAF Maastricht. As large art fairs still cannot take place, they again joined forces to create an opportunity to meet our clientele. “At a small-scale event the new rules are much easier to implement,” says colleague Emiel Aardewerk, “the physical security of our visitors has been our focus of attention and we will uphold the strictest norms. The Hilton Hotel, was an excellent choice of venue, as it has a modern air purification system, which draws air from outside through HEPA filters.”
The Summer Edition Participants are
A. Aardewerk, The Hague (antique Dutch silver & jewellery), Kunstgalerij Albricht, Oosterbeek (19th & 20th century paintings), Bies Kunsthandel, Eindhoven (19th & 20th century paintings), Aronson Antiquairs, Amsterdam (17th and 18th century Dutch Delftware), Bijl-Van Urk, Alkmaar (17th century Old Master Paintings), Koetser Gallery, Zürich (17th century Old Master Paintings), Borzo Gallery, Amsterdam (modern & contemporary art), Jaski Gallery, Amsterdam (modern & 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 (jewelry) and Vanderven Oriental Art, ’s-Hertogenbosch (Chinese Ceramic & Works of Art).
The ballrooms of the Amsterdam Hilton have a dedicated entrance on the Apollolaan.
Because of the number limitations per room, two dedicated lounges will be available to make a possible wait more comfortable.
Art Affair – The Summer Edition
17-20 June 2021
Opening hours 11am – 7 pm
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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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Art Affair at Amsterdam Hilton | June 17 – 20, 2021