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WILLIAM KLEIN

– M

Foam, Amsterdam’s museum for photography, tends to be one of my all-time favourites. This weekend, I stopped by to visit the unique retrospective exhibition of William Klein, a legendary photographer, filmmaker and designer.

A must see, if you’d ask me!

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Klein’s extraordinary work of New York in the fifties makes you stop and wonder off to that period. Beautiful shots of everyday life of different classes and neighbourhoods which where, especially back then, ground-breaking and controversial. The exhibition also displays work made in Rome, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo.

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But the highlight is his fashion photographs, mainly shot for Vogue. Even though he claims he “did it for the money”, he shows he was a great innovator in the field of fashion photography. Instead of showing women in a beautiful and serene way, he went for the more edgy shots, for example by using mirrors and portraying models with cigarettes.

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Also, don’t miss out on his experiments with abstract photography. Especially given the fact that this was all handmade, with no interference of computer or Photoshop.

The exhibition runs until 12 March in Foam

Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam

http://www.foam.org

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MUST SEE: UNSEEN

– M

To all you art lovers: this weekend, fair and festival UNSEEN is serving you lots and lots of amazing photography art, right here in Amsterdam. Initiated by FOAM, the second edition of UNSEEN brings you about 50 (inter)national galleries with a variety of undiscovered photography as well as established photographers.

La cage dorée, 2012 © Carolle Benitah-Galerie Esther Woerdehoff Cloud, 2013 © Daisuke Yokota-G-P Gallery

Not only is the fair an absolute must see, this year the UNSEEN festival ground has expanded and offers you photography-related initiatives such as Digifitty and Fotomatique (both by Maarten van der Glas) and Carina Hesper‘s Visually Impaired photo collection, containing photos with layers of black thermochromic ink which will only become transparent once you touch the photo with your hands. See for yourself below:

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Another highlight this year is JR’s INSIDE OUT project where visitors can make a statement by sharing their portraits, together with thousands of others, on site of the Westergasfabriek.  

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UNSEEN – 25 September – 29 September; http://www.unseenamsterdam.com

Westergasfabriek, Klönneplein 1, Amsterdam

Tickets: €19.50

Photo credits: UNSEEN, Carina Hesper, JR

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WALLS GALLERY // P737

– M

Lately, a little art collection is starting to evoke in my apartment. I am learning about the differences between street and urban art, I can distinguish an illustration from a print and I am even becoming a true expert on frames and passe-partouts. All to blame on my friend Marloes and her Walls Gallery at the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.

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Walls Gallery

Walls Gallery is a light, open spaced gallery where young national and international artists present their work (all under €5,000) during a bi-monthly exhibition. The gallery offers paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures from artists like Silas, Alice Wielinga, Martine Johanna, Paul Tas, ROYALSTEEZ and Sander Dekker.

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Recently, Marloes thought it was time to give Walls a little sis and boom: concept store P737 was born (it really is all about concept stores these days, isn’t it?).

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P737 can be found at the backend of the gallery and makes you instantly want to grab for your wallet. P737 shows collections of fashion labels Amatør and Bravoure;

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Espresso and coffee cups by De Intuitiefabriek; jewellery made out of euro coins by Lex Pott and leather wallets by Crumilla.

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Oh, and only the greatest bookshelf ever by Van Tjalle & Jasper. I’d buy it in a heart beat! Ok, maybe not in a heart beat, but this shelf sure screams for a line like that!

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Walls brings a new exhibition every two months, and these come with the best opening parties ever. I mean, what is there not to like about art, tunes, vodka and a beautiful crowd?

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So if you are in need of a little art collection, or yours has some room for growth, make sure to pay Walls and P737 a visit.

Prinsengracht 737, Amsterdam. http://www.walls.nl. The current exhibition ‘On Paper’ runs untill 3 July 2013.

(Photo credits: Marie Wanders – marie@walls.nl)

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KOKO

– M

I have to admit: for as long as I have lived in Amsterdam, me and the red light district have never gotten along very well. Too many tourists who are either high on drugs or high on lust, or the worst kind: high on both.

Sure, there are some good spots like Mata Hari, restaurant Looks and the old church but this has up till now never convinced me to make it my regular hang out.

But when I accidentally found myself in the area (and was suffering from a complete neon overkill), I saw a little light at the end of a very long red tunnel. Just off of Damstreet, on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, you can surprisingly find some peace and quiet and a damn good cappuccino at KOKO Coffee & Design.

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KOKO is a small hide away where, as soon as you enter, you immediately forget the outside crazyness. Young designers and upcoming artists have displayed their latest collection.

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It’s like a whole bunch of fashionista’s have found each other here! Labels from Finland (R/H and SAMUJI), a bit of Berlin influences (Potipoti), shoes from Spain (Eva vs Maria) all blended with Dutch designers such as Monique Poolmans and Bravoure.

But KOKO also offers art & design lovers plenty of good stuff: vintage furniture, design magazines and walls full of art.

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Don’t forget to enjoy this little piece of heaven while drinking an awesome cup of coffee with an even more awesome loaf of banana bread.

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