2017/2018 UPCOMING EVENTS
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AS PART OF TMH MASTERWORKS SERIES: PROBLEMATIC OF AN ART OBJECT:
Friday 15 September, 19:00-22:00—Season Opening and Pino Pinelli Catalogue Presentation
FOR OUR TMH MASTERWORKS SERIES: PROBLEMATIC OF AN ART OBJECT, we invite artists previously featured in the program for special projects to query the essence of what constitutes an art object today and to explore its art historical analytics. Pino Pinelli (b. 1938, Catania, IT) is recognized as an innovator who over a 50-year career in painting has been strategically forging a most singular creative language. This is the first project in the three-year ongoing program of TMH Masterworks.
AS PART OF MAKING THINGS HAPPEN: YOUNG ARTISTS IN DIALOGUE:
Friday 22 - Sunday 24 September
THE MERCHANT HOUSE JOINS UNSEEN ART FAIR, AMSTERDAM
Saturday 23 September, 19:00-22:00
OPENING WITH THE ARTISTS SYLVIE BONNOT & ZHU HONG
Saturday 28 October, 15:00-17:00
TMH TALK ABOUT ZHU HONG AND SYLVIE BONNOT’S EXHIBITION. Program TBA
THIS IS THE FIRST OF THE THREE EXHIBITIONS IN OUR SERIES MAKING THINGS HAPPEN: YOUNG ARTISTS IN DIALOGUE. How does a young artist insert him or herself into the history of an art medium? With this series, we broach this issue in three collaborative exhibitions of six young French artists who share geography, art education, and attitude to their métier. The shows are organized as visual dialogues—both playful and serious— between individual works. The project is conceived by Marsha Plotnitsky, TMH Founding Artistic Director, in collaboration with art writer and curator Hubert Besacier.
TMH TALK SERIES IN OCTOBER:
Thursday 5 October, at 19:00
ANTOINETTE VONDER MUEHL’S PROJECT “FOR IRON I GAVE GOLD”
Presentation of the project with Olav Velthuis, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam, specializing in cultural and economic sociology and sociology of the arts.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR MORE EVENTS IN MAKING THINGS HAPPEN: YOUNG ARTISTS IN DIALOGUE:
Friday 10 November, 7pm
FINISSAGE AND CATALOGUE PRESENTATION FOR THE ZHU HONG AND SYLVIE BONNOT EXHIBITION
THE COLLABORATIVE PROJECT BY ZHU HONG (1975, FRENCH, BORN IN CHINA) AND SYLVIE BONNOT (1982, FRENCH) IS THE FIRST IN THE SERIES MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. Both artists use multiple techniques in their work (painting, drawing, and installations) with photographic material as a point of departure and idiosyncratic return. The show is organized as a visual dialogue of individual works. At the center is ephemeral wall art created by each artist as a reflection on a common image. Discussion moderated by Marsha Plotnitsky, founding artistic director of The Merchant House, an art space/gallery rooted in the canal topography of Amsterdam and running an extensive public program since 2012.
EVENTS FOR THE ELSA TOMKOWIAK & MARY SUE EXHIBITION:
Opening: Friday 24 November, at 19:00
TMH Talk: Saturday 16 December, 15:00-17:00.
Catalogue Event: Friday 26 January, at 19:00
EVENTS FOR THE BORIS CHOUVELLON & MENGZHI ZHENG EXHIBTION:
Opening: Friday 20 April, at 19:00
TMH Talk: Saturday 26 May, 15:00-17:00. Program TBA.
Catalogue Event: Friday 6 July, at 19:00
Friday 28 April, 19:00 - 22:00—Opening with the Artist:
PINO PINELLI’S SHOW INAUGURATES OUR TMH MASTERWORKS SERIES following his recent museum exhibitions at Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2016) and MARCA Museum, Catanzaro, Italy (2017). With the show’s theme dedicated to Mondrian, we also mark the centenary of De Stijl movement.
Pinelli (1938) is hailed for a most singular creative language in his magisterial disseminations. He lives and works in Milan.
Friday 5 May, 19:00 - 21:00
WE JOIN AMSTERDAM TRAIL: TRIBAL ART ORIGINS AND PINO PINELLI
For the sixth year running, the Amsterdam’s tribal art galleries have invited contemporary artists to exhibit among their ethnographic objects. They are now joined by contemporary art galleries, which reciprocate by presenting tribal objects in conjunction with their exhibitions. The Amsterdam Trail (Friday to Sunday, 5-7 May, 2017) follows a walking route through Amsterdam's much loved Spiegel Quarter, Amstelveld and the Jordaan. Read more
Saturday 27 May, 15:00-17:00—THM Saturday Talks:
YOUNG AMSTERDAM WRITERS AND ARTISTS
DISCUSS THE WORK OF PINO PINELLI,
LED BY MAARTEN VAN DER GRAAF
Pino Pinelli’s show inaugurates our TMH Masterworks Series following his recent museum exhibitions at Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2016) and MARCA Museum, Catanzaro, Italy (2017). Pinelli (1938) lives and works in Milan.
Saturday 24 June, 15:00-17:00—TMH Saturday Talks:
PINO PINELLI AND DE STIJL
The Italian master Pino Pinelli (b.1938) is hailed for a most singular creative language in his magisterial disseminations. With his exhibition’s theme dedicated to Mondrian, we mark the centenary of De Stijl movement and will address Pinielli’s contribution to art history 100 years after De Stijl.
Saturday 1 April—Judit Reigl Finissage Concert:
19:45 INTRODUCTION BY PROF. CHRISTA-MARIA (MIA) LERM-HAYES
20:15 FRANCES-MARIE UITTI PLAYS JOHN CAGE, GYÖRGY KURTAG, MARCEL DUCHAMP, AND HER OWN COMPOSITIONS
Cutting-edge cellist-composer Frances-Marie Uitti will perform Marcel Duchamp’s rarely heard Erratum Musical (1913) as well as works by Cage and Joyce. Uitti’s second Reigl Program connects her own music to them while being informed by her many collaborations with composers, filmmakers, and artists. The webwork of links to other artists—John Cage, William Anastasi, Royden Rabinowitch, and Brian O'Doherty—who share an affinity to Joyce, is also the subject of Prof. Lerm-Hayes’s introduction. This thinking is still deeply relevant today. Read more
February 18, 15:00-17:00—First TMH Saturday: HILARIUS HOFSTEDE READS FROM AND DISCUSSES HIS NEW BOOK MICROSOFT MON AMOUR (8.244 LINES TO DISCONNECT FROM THE INTERNET). Accompanied by Hans Hasebos (percussions).
In his American debut, Hofstede takes stock of the pop and digital mass communication mystery and metaphysics with his idiosyncratic playfulness and socially engagement. The 8.244 lines (best ingested and savored in small quantities) zap from the Paleolithic cave to a presidential tweet, and from Bill Gates to Dr. Funkenstein.
Published—with love—by ZIP Records San Francisco (Arthur Herman), the book will be in the US stores in April.
Art Rotterdam: 9-12 February 2017: WE PRESENT THE FLAG OF COMPASSION AT THE ROTTERDAM ART FAIR/OPEN AIR SECTION www.artrotterdam.com
Flag of Compassion is an on-going conceptual artwork initiated in 2002 that investigates ethical values in society: www.flagofcompassion.com
Friday 4 November, 19:30: TMH TALKS—IN COLLABORATION WITH
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JARRY JOYCE DUCHAMP AND CAGE -- an evening with the Legendary WILLIAM ANASTASI
Anastasi’s most recent retrospective, at Hunter College, New York, was Sound Works 1963-2013. His works are in many major museums, including the MOMA, The Met, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Guggenheim, the British Museum, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf, and the Statens Museum, Copenhagen. He received the John Cage Award in 2010 and served as Co-Artistic Advisor along with Dove Bradshaw for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1984-2011. His two books, William Anastasi’s Pataphysical Society: Jarry Joyce Duchamp and Cage Dialogues: A Memoir, edited by Aaron Levy and Jean–Michel Rabaté, were published in 2005 and 2011 respectively.
Friday 25 November 25, 17:00—22:00: OPENING CELEBRATION JUDIT REIGL: LATE PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS
The Merchant House presents Judit Reigl (age 93, French, born in Hungary), a visionary figure of contemporary abstraction in her first show in Amsterdam.
As early as 1954 André Breton invited Reigl to exhibit in Paris. She then continued as a restless innovator, and international shows and recognition (including the 1964 Guggenheim prize) followed. Reigl’s work is in the collections of the world’s leading museums, including Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim, The Met, and the Tate Modern.
October 7 at 19:30-22:00: BENEFIT—ART INQUIRIES INFO@MERCHANTHOUSE.NL
BART DOMBURG’S work Couperus, 2013 (fine liner on Fabriano paper, 122 x 175 cm) is for sale in support of the literary journal De Gids—inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Gesprek met hoofdredacteur van De Gids, EDZARD MIK; kunstenaar BART DOMBURG; schrijver DIRK VAN WEELDEN; en speciale gasten: filosoof, dichter en schrijver MAARTEN DOORMAN en componist CALIOPE TSOUPAKI
September 23-25 at 12:00-17:00: TMH JOINS THE UNSEEN ART FAIR with THE TURNER PRIZE NOMINATED ARTIST—CRAIGIE HORSFIELD
Please join us for Gallery Talks and Fizzy Drinks throughout the day.
We discuss Horsfield’s mini-retrospective, Phase III, curated for the historical space of The Merchant House.
A rare opportunity to start or augment your photography collection, or to simply enjoy these distinctive works.
Thursday 15 September, 18:00-20:00: OPENING RECEPTION
CRAIGIE HORSFIELD IN OPEN CONVERSATION WITH ADRIAN DANNATT
CRAIGIE HORSFIELD’S New Works and Slow Time
Phase iii—a Mini-retrospective
In 45 years of work in different media, Horsfield has opened significant conceptions of the community and the individual. All works are for sale—a rare opportunity to start or augment your collection.
15 September - VERNISSAGE OF CRAIGIE HORSFIELD’S MINI RETROSPECTIVE
With Open Conversation between Craigie Horsfield and Adrian Dannatt
18, 25 June - TMH Saturday 15:00-18:00: WE ARE COMMUNITY II - SCREENINGS
“The Everyday in Worldview” in the films of Carolee Schneemann, Rini Hurkmans, and Hans Scholten
11 June - TMH Saturday 15:00–18:00: WE ARE COMMUNITY I
Expanded installation art tour of the Craigie Horsfield exhibition and screening
19 May 18.00–20.00: VERNISSAGE - PHASE I
Initial installation of Craigie Horsfield's exhibition with focus on a small selection of works
29 April All Day: SNEAK PREVIEW OPEN TO ALL
5 February at 19:30: TMH WINTER GROUP SHOW: MEET THE ARTISTS
Sunday 7 February: BENEFIT LUNCH FOR THE FLAG OF COMPASSION
Hosted by The Merchant House with proceeds to benefit the Flag of Compassion
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The Flag of Compassion is a conceptual artwork by the Dutch artist Rini Hurkmans initiated in 2002. We feel this is the time for compassion as never before... the Flag is a way to act with others or rethink for oneself... To read more
25 February at 19:30: TMH MUSIC EVENING NO. 2
IN COLLOQUY: Debussy, Pärt, Shostakovich, Stravinsky
Performed by MAX ZORIN (violin) and MARJES BENOIST (piano)
Upon the release of his award-winning debut album “French Touch”, a collection of 20th century French works for violin and piano, Strings Magazine hailed Zorin’s record as “simply magnificent.” In 2015, Zorin released his first music video “Mack The Knife” with an original arrangement for jazz quartet and won the Global Music Award as “Emerging Artist.” Accompanied by one of the most thoughtful and sensitive pianists Marjes Benoist. To read more about the artists
15 January at 19:30: TMH ANNUAL EVENT
Performative Lecture: Bridging Space and Time: Illusions, the Mind, and the Perception of Movement
Prof. Wei Ji Ma, neuroscientist, and Jody Oberfelder, choreographer, both from New York, team up for a penetrating lecture about visual and auditory illusions, interlaced with excerpts from the luminous interactive dance project The Brain Piece. To read more
December 13, 2015: FINISSAGE AND HOLIDAY RECEPTION
November 25-29, 2015: AMSTERDAM ART
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November 6, 2015:
MUSIC EVENING NO.1: Federico Mompou
“The music of Spanish composer Federico Mompou (1893–1987) isn’t for everyone...We were in luck: to unearth a selection of Mompou’s treasures, the Merchant House invited pianist Marjes Benoist.”—Marc Bakker, Musica magistra at the Merchant House, The Holland Times
March 26-27, 2015: MOUTH/BODY BY EMMA MCCORMICK-GOODHART
To accompany the exhibition of Carolee Schneemann: Infinity Kisses
Part lecture-performance, part voiceover, Mouth/Body positions kissing as a form of mute voicing, as an allegory of cave painting, and as an oral stage “into the archaic”. Emma McCormick-Goodhart (b.1990, based in Paris) is an extraordinary artist, who brings the concept of the multi-disciplinary to a whole new—very pertinent—level.
September 26-27, 2014: JAY Z & ME BY BRENDA CULLERTON
Mix yourself a nice cocktail or non-alcoholic fizzy drink to tickle your nose... and watch the unsinkable Brenda Cullerton in her maiden voyage as a monologuist. Perhaps it will remind you of Ruth Draper. Or Fran Lebowitz. Or Fran Lebowitz performing Ruth Draper. Or Elaine May without Mike Nichols. Or Bea Lillie looking for a dinghy at the jetty”— James Wollcott, Vanity Fair
June 1-30, 2015: SCREENING OF WATER LIGHT / WATER NEEDLE BY CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN (B. 1939, ILLINOIS)
Water Light/Water Needle (1966) is a filmic documentary of the legendary aerial performance conceived in Venice in 1964. Schneemann’s photography, performance art, and installations have been shown in major museums worldwide. “She was at the forefront of movements that only later came to be known as body art, performance art and feminist art, paving the way for the likes of Marina Abramovic, Cindy Sherman, Tracey Emin—and even Lady Gaga.” (Steve Ross, The Guardian, March 10th, 2014).
June 30, 2014: SCREENING OF VERTOV’S MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
In 2012 this experimental 1929 silent documentary film by Russian director Dziga Vertov was voted by film critics the best film ever made. Vertov's feature film presents urban life in the Ukranian cities Odessa, Kharkov and Kiev. The film is famous for the range of visionary techniques later utilized both in cinema and in art in general.
December 2013: The Merchant House joined the AMSTERDAM LIGHT FESTIVAL with a tall window projection by the artist Jan Frank (American, b. Amsterdam).
Jan Frank was a pioneer of video art at the Whitney Museum School. His first large installation with video and lights was exhibited at New York’s premier experimental arts center The Kitchen in 1977. His early performance videos were often made in collaboration with the American photographer and appropriation artist Sherry Levine.
October 20, 2013: FUNDRAISER FOR TOMOKO MUKAIYAMA
A fundraising lunch to raise the last bit of financing needed for "wasted"; an art and architectural installation created by pianist and conceptual artist Tomoko Mukaiyama. Tomoko’s brilliantly conceived and executed installation at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, December 2 – 15, 2013. For more information please visit: www.tomoko.nl.