SHOW WHAT YOU WANT SHOW

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An “open call” art magazine may perhaps be ushered in best with an “open source” art exhibition. That is, the SHOW WHAT YOU WANT SHOW to celebrate the inaugural issue of Platform Platvorm. A magazine with a crystal clear concept that makes you wonder why it wasn’t there already. Each artist could design its own spread without letting form or content be edited. And all creatives of this firstling could bring in work for the SHOW WHAT YOU WANT SHOW. No intervention of star curator, or over ambitious art director.

The exhibit runs until Sunday, June 28th at BART INVITES – Bloemgracht 2, Amsterdam.
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 to 17:00

Platform Platvorm is an initiative of Bas van Wieringen and Ana Zwartjes. The Platform Platvorm magazine can be ordered here.

Daniel MullenDaniel Mullen.

Roos van DijkRoos_van_Dijk.

Show what you want show 03Show what you want show.

Jans Muskee_Mattijs van den BoschJans_Muskee, Mattijs van den Bosch.

Bas FonteinBas Fontein.

Anna ZwartjesAnna_Zwartjes.

Pascal SmelikPascal Smelik.

Bas van WieringenBas van Wieringen.

Konstantin GuzKonstantin Guz.

Roberto VoorbijRoberto Voorbij.

Tamara Dees
Tamara Dees.

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The spectacular Arp Museum in Remagen, Germany

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Located along the Rhine in a beautiful 19th century railway station can the Arp Museum be found. Since 2007 in a truly sublime manner complemented by a new building designed by Richard Meier. Among others with a drilling technique that is also used in railway construction for the building of tunnels, has the upper part been established, where in addition to temporary exhibitions of contemporary art, the work of Hans Arp and his wife Sophie Taeuber-Arp takes center stage. Until 25 May can here the work of the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto be seen for whom the physical is an important aspect in the perception of art. The senses of touch and smell are addressed by this installation artist who positions himself explicitly as a follower of Arp.

Arp Museum 05Ernesto Neto – Paxpa – There is a Forest encantada inside of us (2014).

Arp Museum 07Ernesto Neto – Paxpa – There is a Forest encantada inside of us (2014).


Arp Museum 06Ernesto Neto – Lipzoids (1996-2014).

Arp Museum 08Ernesto Neto – Two columns for one bubble light (2007-2014).

Arp Museum 12Barbara Trautmann – Kaa (2007).

Arp Museum 10Richard Meier – Arp Museum (2007).

Arp Museum 11Richard Meier – Arp Museum (2007).

Arp Museum 04Richard Meier – Arp Museum (2007).

Arp Museum 09Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen – Germany.

Arp Museum 01Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen – Germany.

Arp Museum 02Anton Henning – Bistro Interieur No. 253.

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Contemplative collection for a meditative museum building: The Kolumba in Cologne

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Apart from the mandatory visits to the Cathedral and the Museum Ludwig the Kolumba absolutely belongs to the ‘must sees’ in Cologne as well. This – by Peter Zumthor designed – beautiful construction is halfway between a museum and a church. Zumthor’s modern design is quite literally located on the ruins of the church of St. Kolumba – hence the name – and forms a whole with the Böhm’s chapel. But it’s above all the overall contemplative atmosphere in which both classical and modern art is displayed which makes this a meditative and reflective experience.

Depicted are works of the exhibition ‘Playing by Heart’ which runs until August 24, 2015.

Kolumba06Esther Kläs – 0/6 (rumba) (2013).

Kolumba07Jannis Kounellis – Tragedia civile (1994).

Kolumba05Jannis Kounellis – Tragedia civile (1994).

Kolumba03Robert Klümpen – Je t’aime (2011).

Kolumba08Michael Buthe – Untitled (1992).

Kolumba09Michael Buthe – Untitled (1992).

Kolumba04Kolumba, reading room.

Kolumba02
Roni_Horn – When The How and The What Are The Same (1991).

Kolumba01Roni Horn – When The How and The What Are The Same (1991).

Kolumba10Bernhard Leitner – Serpentinata (2004/2014).

Kolumba11Bernhard Leitner – Serpentinata (2004/2014).

Kolumba12Madonna with the grape, Bavaria (± 1480). Hartmut Neumann – Vogelwelt I und II (1995).

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Artist Portraits, at the beautiful Bar Moustache

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Last month I had the pleasure to exhibit my ‘Artist Portraits’ at the, beautifully by ‘byStella’ designed, Bar Moustache, in the center of Amsterdam. For who missed it here are some images.

The photographs of this series – that all follow the same concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist – are a limited edition and can be ordered via Saatchi Art.

Roberto Voorbij at Bar Moustache 01Roberto Voorbij – Artist Portraits (2015).

Roberto Voorbij at Bar Moustache 02Roberto Voorbij – Artist Portraits (2015).

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Mesmerizing mural, based on the design of a color test

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This mural you could probably categorize as Optical Art. After all it does have a similar hypnotic effect. Particularly if you look at it a bit longer. But aside from this first formal interpretation it certainly does concern an engaged artwork. By leaving out any readable numbers – which in the original design from 1917 were visible for the non-color blind – the work suggests that everyone who looks at this mural is colorblind. It’s no coincidence that for this version has been chosen to use the Dutch national color orange.

Roberto Voorbij - Color BlindnessRoberto Voorbij – Color blindness (2015).

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Portrait 17: Bourgeois.

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Portrait 17, part of the ongoing series ‘Artist Portraits’. Originally commissioned by ARTISTS NOT ARMIES. All collages have the same clear concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist.

A selection of the series  is being exhibited at Wolvenstraat 23 – Amsterdam, this month.

Roberto Voorbij - Portrait 17 (Louise Bourgeois)

Roberto Voorbij – Portrait 17: Bourgeois. (2014).

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Portrait 16: Oppenheim.

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Portrait 16, part of the ongoing series ‘Artist Portraits’. Originally commissioned by ARTISTS NOT ARMIES. All collages have the same concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist. A selection of the series will be exhibited at Wolvenstraat 23 – Amsterdam, next month.

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Roberto Voorbij – Portrait 16: Oppenheim. (2014).

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