Must-See Art Guide: The Netherlands (While You Are Visiting TEFAF)

This week's guide includes Henri Matisse, Armando, Anthony Goicolea, and more.

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Frank Ammerlaan. Courtesy of Upstream Gallery.
Anthony Goicolea. Courtesy of Galerie Ron Mandos.
Armando, Melancholie 23-2-09. Courtesy of Kröller-Müller Museum.
Robby Müller, Hilton 6th Ave, New York City (1986). Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery.
Marjolijn van der Meij, No title (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Maurits van de Laar.
Ralf-Rainer Odenwald, Pola (2010). Courtesy of Marzee.
Kriki (Christian Vallee), Autumn (2014). Courtesy of Rize Gallery.
Amalia Ulman, The Future Ahead (2014). Courtesy of W139.
Sarah Maple, Snow White the Scientist. Courtesy of KochXBos Gallery Amsterdam.
Jānis Avotiņš and Adrián Melis. Courtesy of Akinci.
Bryan Zanisnik. Courtesy of 1646.
Et al. Courtesy of West.
Henri Matisse, La Gerbe (1953). Photo: courtesy Stedelijk Museum.
Henri Matisse, La Gerbe (1953). Photo: courtesy Stedelijk Museum.

March is, without a doubt, one of the busiest months of the year in terms of art fairs; it’s like the holiday season for art lovers! After all the hustle and bustle in New York City around Armory week, it’s time for Maastricht to be in the spotlight! TEFAF Maastricht, considered one of the world’s leading art fairs, features artworks from 275 galleries from 20 countries.

Another vibrant city to satisfy your art appetite in the Netherlands is Amsterdam. The Dutch capital has a lot to offer, starting with the Annet Gelink Gallery, which is showing Polaroids by cinematographer Robby Müller. You can also visit the Rize Gallery to discover artworks by Christian Vallée, best known under the name Kriki, and founder of the group of painters Nuklé-Art and the punk band Les Envahisseurs. Awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 1997, the multimedia artist Anthony Goicolea is presenting drawings integrated into an installation in his third solo exhibition held at the Ron Mandos Gallery. In addition, the highly anticipated Henri Matisse show will start at the end of the month at the Stedelijk Museum, the first major survey of works by the Modern artist in the Netherlands in over 60 years. For those you who prefer group exhibitions, enter into the world of Jānis Avotiņš, the Latvian painter whose photorealistic images gained him international acclaim, and who is sharing an exhibition with Adrián Melis at the Akinci gallery.

If TEFAF allows you some free time and you want to get off the beaten track, stop by the Hague, where Galerie West is displaying the latest project by New Zealand collective et al., which studies systems of surveillance, land rights, and the extents of public domain. There is also Otterlo, a small village located in the province of Gelderland, which hosts the Kröller-Müller museum, and features a selection of unique artworks by Dutch postwar artist Armando.

In March, art will be celebrated in the Netherlands, and you will definitely want to be a part of it!


Exhibition: Faith by proxy. Frank Ammerlaan

When: January 14–March 14, 2015

Where: Upstream Gallery, Van Ostadestraat 294, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Exhibition: Anthony Goicolea: Here and Elsewhere

When: February 21–March 21, 2015

Where: Galerie Ron Mandos, Prinsengracht 282, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Exhibition: Armando

When: November 15, 2014–March 22, 2015

Where: The Kröller-Müller Museum, Houtkampweg 6, Otterlo, the Netherlands


Exhibition: Robby Müller: Color & Motion

When: November 27, 2014–March 22, 2015

Where: Annet Gelink Gallery, Laurierstraat 187-189, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Exhibition:  “Marjolijn van der Meij, Ronald Versloot 3-d works on paper, paintings”

When: February 22–March 22, 2015

Where: Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Herderstraat 6, The Hague, the Netherlands


Exhibition: Rudolf Kocéa, Winfried Krüger, Ralf-Rainer Odenwald, and Märta Mattsson

When: January 18–March 25, 2015

Where: Galerie Marzee, Lage Markt 3, Nijmegen, the Netherlands


Exhibition:  “Kriki: Ritual

When: March 8–March 31, 2015

Where: Rize Gallery, Van Baerlestraat 6, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Exhibition: Does Not Equal

When: March 13–April 12, 2015

Where: W139, Warmoesstraat 139, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Exhibition: Sarah Maple

When: March 14–April 18, 2015

Where: Kochxbos Gallery Amsterdam, Eerste Anjeliersdwasstraat 36, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Exhibition: Jānis Avotiņš & Adrián Melis: Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More

When: March 14–April 18, 2015

Where: Akinci, Lijnbaansgracht 317, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Exhibition:  “Office Paintings: an exhibition by Bryan Zanisnik”

When: March 20–April 19, 2015

Where: 1646, Boekhorststraat 125, The Hague, the Netherlands



When: March 14–April 25, 2015

Where: West, Groenewegje 136, The Hague, the Netherlands


Exhibition:  “The Oasis of Matisse

When: March 27–August 16, 2015

Where: Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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