Press Release – April 20, 2018: Today opened the doors of a new exhibition in the AkzoNobel Art Space in Amsterdam. The official opening ceremony of the exhibition “Common Ground” will be performed by Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science.
The exhibition is designed by Tom Postma Design and includes the work of several celebrated artists. “Common Ground” focuses on places where people meet and communicate and how these places represented and interpreted in art.
Host of the event is Thierry Vanlancker, Akzo Nobel CEO and new chairman of the AkzoNobel Art Foundation. “We at AkzoNobel not only a passion for painting, we are also passionate about art, so I’m proud to be involved in the opening of this new exhibition,” he said. “Art has the most power to a common ground, a common ground, creating and The new exhibition design AkzoNobel Art Space plays an important role in connecting the creative and business side of the company and society. Encourages visitors workers and also to find their own common ground. “
Hester Alberdingk Thijm, Director of AkzoNobel Art Foundation, added: “People do not always appreciate that the places where we meet affect our common lives and it goes deeper than that, because we were next to these. physical meeting places, also share an intellectual and spiritual level of interaction. Our new exhibition attempts to capture it and to illustrate these ideas and ideals. “
The multidisciplinary exhibition includes works by both young talent and internationally renowned artists such as Jennifer Tee, Charles Avery, Damien Hirst, Otobong Nkanga, Sam Salehi Samiee, Maria Roosen, Hester Oerlemans, Guido van der Werve, Isaac Julien, Michael Wolf and Xiaoxiao Xu.
There are also two works made in situ; a mural of Gijs Frieling, expressing the desire of modern man to seek connection with nature. Havermans has created a site-specific installation as a challenge for urban change in a world where everything is about efficiency, speed and standardization.
The exhibition is open and can be visited in the Akzo Nobel Center in the South Axis in Amsterdam.
About AkzoNobel Art Space
The public area was opened in 2016 as part of the new Akzo Nobel Center in Amsterdam. It is a meeting place for colleagues, customers and art lovers, local residents, visitors from other parts of the Netherlands and around the world. The innovative presentation is unique compared to many current collections. Most corporate collections are seen mainly in a closed environment, while private collections can be viewed by invitation only. Akzo Nobel Art Space represents a new approach that has proved very successful, with more than 100,000 visitors since its opening.
About Akzo Nobel Art Foundation
Akzo Nobel collects and displays art since 1996. The collection is widely regarded as one of the leading corporate collections in Europe and currently consists of approximately 1,800 contemporary artworks. The Art Foundation is looking mostly new, and sometimes still unknown talent in the art world.