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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Art

Portraying a new dynamism Attending a show at Rize’s cavernous 1,000 sqm headquarters in Naarden transports you to another world – far removed from its Northern European industrial setting. The show takes you to NewYork’s hip Chelsea district, and straight back to the here and now and beyond with Rize’s pioneering collection of photography, sculpture, mixed media artwork and paintings. Its four metre high ceilings, stark white walls and minimalist interior, combined with the impressive art collection housed within its warehouse-esque form, ensure an unequivocally cool global image. TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: RIZE GALLERY

A full-time artistic home in the capital

perous venture, bringing art within an arm’s reach of its devotees, Susanna explains their decision to have a full-time home in the capital: “After the successful pop-up on P.C. Hooftstraat, we began to look for a permanent space and we’ve just picked up the key today.” An Amsterdammer bornand-bred, Susanna knows the intricacies of the city and her trend-setting nature has ensured that Rize has already become a fixture on the art scene. Yet the pair is not content just taking Amsterdam by storm – they’ve set their sights on the world.

September sees the much-anticipated opening of their trendy Amsterdam gallery, an almost unbeatable location on the corner of P.C. Hooftstraat and Van Baerlestraat. Suitably excited about this pros-

In April this year, their gallery in Belgium’s illustrious Knokke-Heist opened, proudly joining Laren and Naarden. Situated directly on the Kustlaan, alongside Philipp

Founded in 2008 by the ambitious Amsterdammers Susanna van der Sluis and Imogen Bonnet, their galleries – five and counting – never fail to impress, featuring cutting-edge work by prominent artists such as Joseph Klibansky (who, despite only being in his twenties, has shaken off the ‘coming’ from up-and-coming), painter Kris Knight, the celebrated photographer David Drebin and the internationally renowned Jaume Plensa.

Plein, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, their haven of creativity and talent is at home with its contemporaries. Focusing on bold, uplifting pieces of art, the pair’s attuned eye and knack for keeping up with the pulsating global art world has garnered them a remarkable following, with the art elite of Benelux bestowing a sound reputation upon them. “We’ve had many collectors coming to Knokke from Brussels, and they’ve all expressed delight at the freshness and talent that we’re bringing there.” “The next logical step,” says Susanna, “was to look further afield. Venice has undeniable appeal.” With the space set to open shortly, the Venice premises are sure to attract a great deal of international at-

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