THE MERCHANT HOUSE:
Herengracht 254
1016 BV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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CURRENT


Making Things Happen:

Young Artists in Dialogue

Remix I: Elsa Tomkowiak, Sylvie Bonnot, Mary Sue, Zhu Hong
2 Feb – 25 Mar
Talk: Sat 24 Mar, 15:00-17:00, on Collecting

UPCOMING


Part III: Boris Chouvellon & Mengzhi Zheng
20 Apr – 8 Jul
Opening: Fri 20 Apr, 19:00-21:00

OUR MISSION

The Merchant House presents and sells contemporary art in a curated program. Established in 2012 by Marsha Plotnitsky, Artistic Director, it is a modern take on the Amsterdam tradition of a merchant.

At TMH we feel there is a need for a mixed venue dedicated to contemporary art, business, and culture. Our aim is to contribute to artists’ careers, to participate in international art discourse, and to stimulate vibrant dialogues by inviting people for exhibitions, talks, concerts, and social evenings. Our project-based organization relies on sales of art as a funding strategy.

PRESS


Our press releases on Artsy

  • Profiled by Amsterdam Art Weekend in 
NRC, Nov 2017 NL
  • Pino Pinelli exhibition in Het Parool, 
April 2017 EN / NL
  • Interview with Marsha Plotnitsky in Het Financieele Dagblad, Feb 2016 EN / NL
  • Profiled in De Groene Amsterdammer, 
Dec 2015 EN / NL
  • Art & Project exhibition in Het Financieele Dagblad, Oct 2015 EN / NL
  • André de Jong highlighted by NY art blog Hyperallergic, May 2015 EN
  • André de Jong exhibition in Het Parool, 
Oct 2015 EN / NL
  • Interview with Marsha Plotnitsky in Het Parool, May 2014 EN / NL

OUR CANAL HOUSE

Canal houses of the 1600s and squatter houses of the 1960s are an integral part of Amsterdam. These houses, and life within them, formed the avant-garde of their time and proposed a way of life to emulate.

Spreading to the outdoors Amsterdam-style, TMH’s artworks can be exposed through the high windows to the eyes of the passersby, part of the city's shop displays and the play of light on the canal—“YouTube” in real.

TMH’s stijlkamer boasts an 18th-century ceiling painting by a Dutch master. The beautiful Flora of his hand is there as if to preside—her “embarrassment of riches” notwithstanding—as we endeavor to develop new ideas and programs.

EXHIBITION PROJECTS


Ongoing:

Making Things Happen:
Young Artists in Dialogue

I) Sylvie Bonnot & Zhu Hong
23 Sept–12 Nov 2017

II) Elsa Tomkowiak & Mary Sue
24 Nov–26 Jan 2018

Remix I: Elsa Tomkowiak, Sylvie Bonnot, Mary Sue, Zhu Hong
2 Feb–25 Mar 2018

III) Boris Chouvellon & Mengzhi Zheng
20 Apr–8 Jul 2018

Flag of Compassion
(permanent)

Past:

TMH Masterworks Series:

2016 / 2017


Pino Pinelli: Disseminations
Judit Reigl: Late Works
Craigie Horsfield: Phases II & III

2015 / 2016


Craigie Horsfield: New Works & Slow Time
Pinelli, Visser & De Jong: 
Post-minimalism
Art & Project: Bulletins, 1968-1989
Hilarius Hofstede: New Drawings

2014 / 2015


Group Show: 1960s Sacred Fire
Kees Visser: Response to Chuck
Chuck Close: Solo in Amsterdam
Carolee Schneemann: Infinity Kisses
André de Jong: Folds

2013 / 2014


Group Show: Minimal Abstraction
Henk Peeters & Jan Schoonhoven
Jan Frank: Seeing is Re-living

OUR PUBLICATIONS

Our Catalogues / Artist's Books:
Available on Issuu

Forthcoming


Boris Chouvellon
Mengzhi Zheng

Published


Elsa Tomkowiak
Mary Sue
Sylvie Bonnot
Zhu Hong
Pino Pinelli
Judit Reigl
Craigie Horsfield
Hilarius Hofstede
Chuck Close
Carolee Schneemann
Jan Schoonhoven and Henk Peeters
André de Jong
Jan Frank

EVENTS


To attend: info@merchanthouse.nl

Ongoing:

Young Artists in Dialogue

I) Sylvie Bonnot & Zhu Hong
Talk: Sat 28 Oct, 15:00-17:00
Catalogue: Fri 10 Nov, 19:00-21:00

II) Elsa Tomkowiak & Mary Sue
Talk: Sat 16 Dec, 15:00-17:00
Catalogue: Fri 26 Jan, 19:00-21:00

Remix I: Elsa Tomkowiak, Sylvie Bonnot, Mary Sue, Zhu Hong

Talk: Sat 24 Mar, 15:00-17:00, on Collecting

III) Boris Chouvellon & Mengzhi Zheng
Talk: Sat 26 May, 15:00-17:00
Catalogue: Fri 6 July, 19:00-21:00

Past:


2017 / 2018

Art Fair: TMH at Art Rotterdam
Screening: Carolee Schneemann
Art Fair: TMH at Unseen Photo Fair
Lecture: A. vd Mühll & Economics of Art
Talk: Pino Pinelli & De Stijl

2016 / 2017

Talk: Millennials on Pinelli w/ M. vd Graaff
Art Fair: TMH joins Tribal Trail
Music: Kurtag, Duchamp & Joyce w/ F-M. Uitti & C-M. Lerm-Hayes
Reading: Hofstede’s Microsoft Mon Amour
Art Fair: Flag of Compassion at Art Rotterdam
Music: F-M. Uitti interprets Judit Reigl
Talk: W. Anastasi's Jarry/Duchamp
Screening: Carolee Schneemann
Talk: Sandberg Institute at TMH
Talk: Bart Domburg’s Couperus
Benefit: TMH for De Gids
Art Fair: Unseen Gallery Tour
Talk: A. Dannatt talks to Craigie Horsfield

2015 / 2016

Screening: Films by Hurkmans & Scholten
Screening: Carolee Schneemann
Music: Max Zorin & Marjes Benoist
Benefit: Flag of Compassion
Lecture: Wei Ji Ma on neuroscience
Performance: Jody Oberfelder's Brain Piece
Music: Marjes Benoist
Screening: André de Jong’s New York

2014 / 2015

Music: Tomoko Mukaiyama plays Philip Glass
Talk: 1960s Art
Performance: Emma Mccormick-Goodhart, Mouth/Body
Performance: Brenda Cullerton, Jay-Z & Me

2013 / 2014

Screening: Carolee Schneemann
Screening: Man with a Movie Camera
Festival: Jan Frank at Amsterdam Light
Benefit: Tomoko Mukaiyama

TEAM

Marsha Plotnitsky
Founding Artistic Director

Brina Orozim (in training)
Inge-Vera Lipsius
TMH Associates

Dirk van Weelden
Editorial Advice NL

Martin Whitehead, PhD, Purdue University
Editing EN

Hans Abbing of Abbing 3D Projects
Art Installation

Stefan Altenburger
Studio Mattijs de Wit
Graphic Design

FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

In her practice of directing all facets of the program in the Amsterdam canal house, Marsha Plotnitsky explores the artistic, organizational, spatial, and financial possibilities of an art merchant construct.

TMH is the culmination of her experience with ICAR Foundation, which she founded in 2001, and her twenty-year business career primarily as a Principal at the Wall Street firm, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where she oversaw large projects and teams. Under her curatorial direction, ICAR developed a contemporary art collection and showcased D. Oppenheim, V. Acconci, J. Coplans, JCJ Vanderheyden and other conceptual artists to critical acclaim.

Ms. Plotnitsky earned degrees at the University of Pennsylvania: BA linguistics, Summa Cum Laude, 1978 and MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma, Wharton School, 1980. Born in the former USSR, she has lived and worked in the US, France, and Netherlands. She values sensitivity to people and places. Her favorite quote from the TMH press is: “… the merchant of dreams” (Amsterdam’s Het Parool).