Art in Redlight Art in Redlight celebrates its tenth anniversary this year: a special exhibition following a decade of promoting contemporary artwork. This year, over 150 artists will exhibit within the iconic environs of the Beurs van Berlage. TEXT: HELLEN CULLEN | PHOTOS: GERT JAN VAN ROOIJ
The ambition of the annual art fair is simple: to support and promote artists and connect them to the widest audience possible. As a non-profit organization, the fair enjoys a unique position where they can put the artist at the heart of everything they do. Rob Thiejson, head of the selection committee, explains why this is so important, “Our foundation has survived for ten years in a field with huge competition. This must mean we have a special quality that I believe comes from us doing it 100% for individual artists and the public. We’re very selective with what we show, we are curators.” Thiejson recounts how difficult it is to decide who will claim one of the coveted spots. “Creativity is difficult to judge but we
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go with quality, audacity, expressiveness and whimsy.” Joining him on this massive undertaking were some of the most prestigious figures from the artistic community. He says, “Sometimes our opinions differed greatly, which sparked intense discussion, but that’s alright. We banged our heads together for the sake of art!” One of the unique selling points of the art fair is the combination of established artists exhibiting alongside emerging stars of the art world. Internationally renowned names such as Barbara Broekman, V&B, Daan den Houter, Meinbert Gozewijn van Soest, Julia Winter and Albert Geertjes will be interspersed with younger artists such as Lisette Frimannslund, Anan Striker and Philip Schuette.
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.