This year, Expo and Galerie Bart are celebrating a twenty-year milestone in the art world. In 2003, Bart started out with a vision of wanting to provide young artists with a space to tell their stories and present their artworks. When opening his first gallery Bart kunst in huis close to home, he knew that he wanted to set up shop in the capital, closer to “the action”. He needed less than five years to make that a reality. Over the course of the following years, the original branch left the fairs and sales to the Jordanese outpost in order to establish a space for large-scale projects and artistic experiments instead.
Now, some name changes, address changes and twenty years later, Expo Bart in Nijmegen and Galerie Bart in Amsterdam are places embedded in the core of the Dutch art landscape, where everyone is welcome to enjoy and admire contemporary art by artists both young and young at heart.
To celebrate this, we will open a jubilee exhibition om 29 June. Discover a big variety of artworks created by artists we collaborate with. The artworks presented have a symbolic size of 20 x 20 cm and will exclusively be shown at our gallery. So be sure to be the first one to check them out during the festive opening. This event will also be a unique opportunity to have a drink with the artists themselves as most will be present during the opening!
To make the opening a real celebration, there will be special musical performances, drinks and food!
We’ve invited Fernando Olivera to do a musical performance. He runs ANT- Physical Theatre Company, founded in Amsterdam in 2016 with the intent of bringing together classical and contemporary references through different arts— dance, theatre and music improvisation. During the opening event, Fernando and percussionist Felipe Duarte will perform music from their project called ‘foreign sound.’ A special performance dedicated solely to one of the most famous Brazilian music styles – Bossa Nova. The performance has at its core a rhythm based on samba, also influenced by jazz music.
As the evening progresses, Edgar Ramiro will take over the music. His main focus has always been to break through the boundaries of genres and cultures. This way he unites people and inspires them with music they might have never heard before. Bringing such a wide range of sounds and styles, and mixing this in his own unique style, he will always find ways to surprise people and set any dancefloor on fire. Edgar Ramiro is born in Amsterdam, coming from a mixed-race family with roots in Surinam, Curaçao, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Around the age of 18 he started collecting vinyl, mainly because he inherited a collection of records from his Aunt from Curaçao. While cleaning up and listening to these records, he learned more about his own cultural background. The collection contained a wide range of Caribbean Music, Surinamese Music, Soukous, Zouk, Soul/Funk, Disco, Reggae and Afrobeat.
In Addition, we are organising special events, from studio visits to a talk by one of our artists. Stay tuned for more information about the events! So make sure you visit us at the opening and celebrate twenty years of Bart in art with us!