CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
  • The Beginning of A New Beginning
    A solo show by Monali Meher OPENING: 3 September, 2022 17:00-19:00 hrs With a performance by Monali Meher
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    Monali Meher will present her new solo show, The Beginning of A New Beginning, which results from the intense and unprecedented sequence of lockdowns experienced in the last couple of years.

    Through a new series of mix media drawings and assemblages, Meher reflects on the pandemic period just gone by (or, maybe, still in the process?), pointing out the relentless cycle of ‘multiple beginnings’ we are enduring as humans, in the hope to find a renewed and positive perspective for the world.

    OPENING: 3 September, 2022
    17:00 - 19:00 hrs
  • CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
  • Compositions and Sorry’s12 May - 2 July, 2022
    Belgian artist Guillaume Bijl returns to Lumen Travo Gallery with his new solo exhibition, consisting of recent sorry's and compositions.
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    Guillaume Bijl (°1946, Antwerp) is known for his large-scale installations and visual realism. Since the late 70s, Bijl created realistic decors using found objects. In doing this, he had a pioneering role in the resurgence of the ready-made. Bijl shows the audience various aspects of our western ‘civilisation’ and consumer society. Using extreme stereotypes, he creates a sort of ‘archeology of our time’ in a tragi-comedic, alienating way.

    On the occasion of his new solo show at Lumen Travo Gallery, Bijl presents his recent sorry's and compositions.
    Compositions, mostly called 'Composition Trouvée', are fragments from reality, objects that seem to have been taken from antiquaries or gift shops. These often kitschy-looking works are smaller in scale and always thoughtfully put together.
    The term 'Composition Trouvée' alludes to the existing ‘Object Trouvée’, in the sense that each of these is a consciously compiled and recognizable composition. Whereas Marcel Duchamp proclaimed single objects to be ready-mades, Bijl has promoted entire environments to this status.
    This ostensibly exact reconstruction of a slice of life as work of art sheds a light on the exterior appearance of our actions, their superficiality and uselessness: they help us realize that in life, our environment and its stereotypical spatial organization constantly condition us to become ‘consumer beings’.

    His Sorry works can take on different forms. They are bizarre still life, installations with an absurd element to them, making them fall out of reality, into the surreal.
    To quote the artist: “The word ‘sorry’ is a prototypical, cool word of this age. When, in 1987, I started compiling a number of absurd assemblages of existing objects, and thus made an abstraction, I was ‘being unfaithful’ to my own realistic form. As a result, I called those little works ‘sorries’.”
    In his artistic practice, Bijl can be considered something of an anthropologist who, for once, does not research into the life of exotic overseas cultures, but, instead, operates between Antwerp and New York, Amsterdam and Paris, observing and mimicking our very Western and very contemporary existences.

    Guillaume Bijl had major solo exhibitions and took part in numerous group shows including the Paris Biennial (1982), SMAK, Gent, (1984), Kunsthalle Bern (1986), Belgian Pavillion - Venice Biennial (1988), New Museum, New York (1989), Documenta 9, Kassel (1992), Sydney Biennal (1992), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2000), Skulptur Projekte, Münster (2007), 11th Lyon Biennial (2011), Istanbul Biennial (2013), Busan Biennal (2006) and Manifesta 11, Zürich (2016). Recently he took part in following projects: Beaufort (2018), Play, Kortrijk (2018), Félicien Rops Museum, Namur (2018), Power to the People, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2018), the Bruegel Year, Dilbeek (2019.), Musée d’art Contemporain, St Etienne, 2021.
    Guillaume is represented now by Galleries like Nicolai Wallner Gallery, Copenhagen, Nagel-Draxler Gallery, Berlin, Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, Keteleer Gallery, Antwerp, H. Winter Gallery, Vienna Mulier-Mulier Gallery / Knokke, Vienna, Zero Galleria, Milaan, Meredith Rosen Gallery, New York.

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    Special opening times for the Amsterdam Art Week
    SPECIAL OPENING TIMES

    Thursday 12 May, 17:00 – 21:00 
    Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May, 12:00 – 18:00
    Sunday 15 May, 12:00 – 17:00
  • PAST EXHIBITIONS
  • Art Rotterdam 2022
    19 - 22 May at Van Nelle Fabriek
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    Lumen Travo Gallery takes part in the yearly appointment at Art Rotterdam with the following artists: Otobong Nkanga, Atousa Bandeh, Jens Pfeifer and Thierry Oussou, also nominated for the NN Award.

    Otobong Nkanga (1974, Nigeria)

    The Earth’s survival is reliant on water. Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga conveys such a message in a vibrant, large-scale tapestry, presented by Lumen Travo Gallery during Art Rotterdam 2022.
    "Tied to the Other Side" is about how we deal with the elements of earth and water.
    For Nkanga, the depth of the sea and the earth also signifies the depth of time. As our quests and demands for minerals expand, the deep sea and deeper levels in the earth become terrains for global corporations to mine such valuable ores as copper, nickel and cobalt. On the blue tapestry we see this craving take on the shape of a scaffold-like structure with arms, plants and a container attached to it, and in the shape of a needle that pricks a human body. The needle represents the machinery and system that exploits people, land and sea.

    Tied to the other side measures 3.5 x 6 meters and was woven according to Nkanga's specifications and drawings by the Tilburg Textile Lab on the recently purchased Dornier loom. This is a state-of-the-art loom that can handle complex patterns and structures and can weave rugs up to three and a half meters wide.


    Atousa Bandeh (1968, Iran)

    In her new series of paintings, Atousa Bandeh searches for ephemeral moments of equilibrium and silence in her observations. These small and not dramatic moments are landscapes of forms and colors, mostly occupied by obscure and unclear actions taken by bodies.
    Bandeh composes the bodies as weightless entities floating in the painting and firmly rejects any material distinction between the body and its surrounding. She, instead, brings the body back to its purest meaning of ‘form between other forms’, with the intention of releasing it from any gender, race, or political labeling.


    Thierry Oussou (1988, Benin) - NN Award nominee

    "Equilibrium Wind" is the on-going project developed by Oussou in recent years, which addresses the cotton plantations located in the district of Panouignan in Benin and the significant impact they have on the country's economic growth.

    For this series, Oussou has created a multi-level investigation which starts from a purely empirical point of view: after observing the routines and duties of the cotton workers, the artist began to cultivate cotton himself, gaining first-hand experience of the exhausting and necessary labour that the Beninese farmers face every day.
    He later translated the knowledge and the material collected into a series of works that aim to give visibility to the workers, while raising awareness on the different stages of productions.

    From the cotton plantations to the comfort of our homes, from the raw material to the soft clothes that we wear every day: Oussou re-connects the dots of cotton manufacturing, pointing out the sequence of actions that we, as consumers, often forget about.
    The flag installed outside the fair represents all the people working in the shadows. It is a symbol for the farmers that work hard and are not seen in our society.


    Jens Pfeifer (1963, Canary Island)

    Transparency is a layer which drifts over or in front of that what we want to examine and comprehend. By itself, transparency is imperceptible, invisible, non-existent.
    In his series of works Jens Pfeifer examines and visualises the phenomena of transparency by questioning its qualities and applying it upon the cultural, social or political context of the topic.The sculptural works offer the viewer an understanding of the interrelation between the different layers of information and knowledge between art, science and socio-politics, without revealing the mysterious sensation they comprise.
    In the series of smaller sculptures titled Exercises in Observation, refences to recent global occurrences -like the pandemic, colonial structures and ecological changes, are juxtaposed in a playful, ingenuous way, while in Fade to Black and The Grit the artist shares with us his profounder interpretation of the concept of transparency.

    More info at:
    https://www.artrotterdam.com/
  • Equilibrium Wind19 March - 30 April 2022
    A solo show by Thierry Oussou
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    Beninese artist Thierry Oussou returns to Lumen Travo Gallery with a solo exhibition which will present a completely new body of work, developed by the artist during these past months back to his motherland, Benin.
     
    Equilibrium Wind finds its starting point in the cotton plantations located in the district of Panouignan in Benin and the significant impact they have on the country's economic growth.
    Cotton is an important African product in the globalized arena. It is featured in international discourses and debates on privatisation, poverty alleviation, agricultural subsidies, and sustainable development. But unlike gold or oil, cotton grows from the efforts and sweat of millions of small‐scale farmers, with households and entire communities depending on it.
    After gaining first-hand experience by cultivating cotton himself, Oussou translated this knowledge into the creation of the works featured in the exhibition, consisting in a new series of drawings, a video and several installations.

    Opening on Saturday 19th March, 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.
    In his artistic practice, Thierry Oussou (BJ, 1988) shows great interest in professions that are marginalised and overlooked. From cotton workers to public transport drivers, his visual investigation aims to emphasise, or rather turn visible the different terms of labour that exist, and how they affect the society we live in.
    In 2015-16 Oussou was resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2018 he was awarded with the Tollman Award.
    Recent exhibitions include: Aichi Triennale, Japan (upcoming, 2022); Centraal Museum, Utrecht (upcoming, 2023); Art contemporain du Bénin, Palais de la Marina Cotonou (2022); Oude Kerk , Amsterdam (2020); Impossible is Nothing, Art Exchange, Essex (2019); Saõ Paulo Biennal (2019); 10th Berlin Biennale (2018).
  • On Friendship / (Collateral Damage) IV – How to Explain Hare Hunting to a Dead German Artist22 January - 12 March, 2022
    A solo show by Joseph Sassoon Semah. Curated by Linda Bouws.
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    In the occasion of his new solo show at Lumen Travo Gallery, Joseph Sassoon Semah takes us on a journey of critical analysis of Joseph Beuys and the Germany’s post-war history. Exhibition curated by Linda Bouws.

    Joseph Beuys (1921, Krefeld- 1986, Dusseldorf) is one of the most influential German post-war artists, who became particularly famous for his performances, installations, lectures and Fluxus concerts.

    But who was Beuys truly? Joseph Beuys mythologized his war history as a National Socialist and Germany's problematic and post-traumatic past. After Word War ll Beuys transformed himself from perpetrator to victim. His service in the Luftwaffe did not offset his artistic practice. During the 100the anniversary of Beuys in Germany (2021/22) none of these controversial aspects of Beuys' work, values and ideas are focused upon. As part of this celebration, it is high time to add a more critical eye on Beuys' work and his relationship to Germany's post-war history. Joseph Sassoon Semah, has done extensive research into Joseph Beuys' work, values and ideas and based on this research and texts he analyses the deeper meaning of the (secret) symbols used by Joseph Beuys. He reacts to them using monumental new sculptures and a series of old and new drawings, performances, texts, and meetings.

    Partners: Lumen Travo Gallery, Gerard-Marcks-Haus Bremen, Landgoed Nardinclant/Amsterdam Garden, Goethe-Institut Amsterdam, Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam/UvA, Redstone Natuursteen & Projecten, Deutsche Bank, Birkway Advocaten, Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg Amacura, Maarten Luther Kerk, and The Maastricht Institute for the Arts. After completion of the manifestation a complementary publication will be compiled.

    ‘On Friendship / (Collateral Damage) IV - How to Explain Hare Hunting to a Dead German Artist’ [The usefulness of continuous measurement of the distance between Nostalgia and Melancholia]' is curated by Linda Bouws.
    The project is realised in part with the support of Mondriaan Fund, the public fund for visual art and cultural heritage and Redstone Natuursteen & Projecten.

    © Stichting Metropool Internationale Kunstprojecten
  • Lingering on the Rim II – Drawings5 December - 18 December, 2021
    by Otobong Nkanga
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    We are delighted to announce the second part of Otobong Nkanga’s solo exhibition Lingering on the Rim, which opened last summer at Lumen Travo Gallery. A few months after the finissage of the show, a new series of drawings enters the office space.

    These new works carry on the visual conversation initiated by Nkanga during the first part of the show. They depict short moments, glimpses into the dream, reflecting on ideas of labour, domesticity, possession, life and afterlife.
    What do we leave behind when we are gone?
    Where we see only darkness and oblivion, Nkanga sees the opportunity for a new life to rise.

    Lingering on the Rim II is open for visits from the 5th until the 18th December 2021, in combination with the show Murder of Crows by Kristiina Koskentola.
  • Murder of Crows5 November - 18 December, 2021
    A solo show by Kristiina Koskentola
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    Lumen Travo Gallery is excited to present Murder of Crows, a solo show by Kristiina Koskentola.
    In her recent work Koskentola explores modes of knowledge production, polyvocal subjectivity, and agency of multiple co-actors (human and nonhuman), often through “peripheral”, spiritual, or forgotten ecologies, different temporalities and geographies.
     
    At the exhibition in Lumen Travo, the natural world and the otherworldly entangle in film, objects, and collage works and generate meditative environment that reflects various processes and bodies in fluid multispecies alliances.
    Kristiina Koskentola is a visual artist. She  earned her PhD in 2017 from the University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Arts. Currently, she divides her time between Amsterdam, Helsinki, and Beijing.
    Her research-based, multi-disciplinary practice spans across various media including video, installation, interactive performative (cooking) projects, publications, and lectures. Her work is in close connection to posthuman/post anthropocentric discourse. Transcultural and monistic perspectives, coexistence, and human relationships with our co-beings and surroundings are at the core of her practice.
  • Beyond Transparency04 September - 30 October, 2021
    A solo show by artist Jens Pfeifer
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    In his new artworks shown at Lumen Travo Gallery, Jens Pfeifer examines and visualises the phenomena of transparency by questioning its qualities and applying it upon the cultural, social or political context of the topic.
    All material conveys its own information that, in Pfeifer’s work, relate specifically to the various characteristics of elements like wind, earth, water and their interconnecting energy.
    The sculptural works offer the viewer an understanding of the interrelation between the different layers of information and knowledge between art, science and socio-politics, without revealing the mysterious sensation they comprise.
    Jens Pfeifer (1963, Canary Islands) studied at Royal College of Art in the UK and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands. His work was exhibited internationally at venues such as Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands, CCCB in Spain, CEAC in China and Art Forum Berlin. His work is held in various private and public collections, among which that of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in the Netherlands. Pfeifer received grants from the Fonds bkvb, Amsterdam, the Foundation Stokroos, Utrecht and the Pollock-Krasner-Foundation, New York. His work is represented in numerous collections. He works as adviser and teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
  • Lingering on the Rim17 June - 24 July, 2021
    A solo show by Otobong Nkanga
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    A few years after her last exhibition in Amsterdam, Otobong Nkanga (Kano, 1974) returns to Lumen Travo Gallery with her new solo show, “Lingering on the Rim”, which offers a glimpse into her multi-disciplinary practice, spanning tapestry, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance.

    Full of literary, religious, and geological references, Nkanga's work sheds light on how production affects both humans and nature, but also how dependent the world is on this circulation of goods. In Nkanga's practice, the theme is often given a poetic setting, where the titles are central to the understanding of the works. 

    On the occasion of her solo show at Lumen Travo Gallery, the artist presents a series of new drawings, two textile pieces, and a multimedia installation, among others.
    Otobong Nkanga’s most recent solo exhibitions include an upcoming solo show at Castello di Rivoli, Turin Italy (2021), “When Looking Across the Sea, Do You Dream?” at Villa Arson, Nice (2021); “Uncertain Where the Next Wind Blows” at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway (2020-2021); “There's No Such Thing as Solid Ground” at Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2020); “From Where I Stand” at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough (2020-2021); “Acts at the Crossroads” at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town (2019); “From Where I Stand”, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives (2019); “A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall” at Ar/geKunst, Bolzano (2018); “To Dig a Hole that Collapses Again” at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago (2018).

    Otobong Nkanga is the 1st recipient of the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award (Norway, 2019), and was awarded the Peter Weiss Award (Bochum, 2019), the Special Mention Award of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, 2019), the 2019 Sharjah Biennial Award (Sharjah, 2019), the Flemish Cultural Award for Visual Arts - Ultima (Brussels, 2019), the Belgian Art Prize (Brussels, 2017) and the 8th Yanghyun Art Prize (Seoul, 2015).
  • Imaginary Travels15 May, 12 June, 2021
    Group show with Dianne Hagen, Jens Pfeifer, Monali Meher and Thierry Oussou
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    At a time when traveling has become incredibly difficult, we would like to offer an opportunity to experience an imaginary journey around the world.
    We'd like to do this through the very diverse approaches of the four selected artists, who bring to Lumen Travo a new body of work, developed almost entirely from the beginning of the 2020 lockdown. Their experiences, fascinations and considerations are here combined together, resulting in a kaleidoscopic visual excursion.
  • Doubt20 March - 8 May, 2021
    A solo show by Atousa Bandeh
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    “There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.” - Baudrillard

    The solo show “Doubt” by Iranian artist Atousa Bandeh leaves one high and dry in where one might find himself under the news bombardment of unrest and fire and fury. The significant difference from the daily bombardment is in the direction where this exhibition takes the viewer. Surrounded by multi-size and multimedia artworks, instead of de-sensitization proper of the age of horizontalist social media numbing, her works make a new sensation, embedding the daily with the timeless, the mythical with the political, and the far with the objects close by.
    Atousa Bandeh (1968, Iran) studied Visual Arts from 1992 to 1995 at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen and received her MFA in 2002 at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, graduating in video and film. Recent exhibitions include: solo show “Doubt” at Lumen Travo Gallery (2021); group exhibition at Drentse Museum, Assen (2020); group exhibition “Untitled (Spirit of Changing Times) at Lumen Travo Gallery Amsterdam (2020); Sculpture Biennial Tehran (2020); Invisible present tens III AG Gallery Tahran (2019); "History as a Poem" at Drents Museum (2018); “Dialogues” Manifesta office Amsterdam (2017); “Preplexity” Alloy Dazibao Montreal, Canada (2018).
  • Pietà, A Reconsideration of the Gesture7 November - 20 December, 2020
    A solo show by Rini Hurkmans
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    In the exhibition 'Pietà, A Reconsideration of the Gesture', Rini Hurkmans presents works that she developed during her working period as Artist in Residence at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). Her research into the press photo of the moment just after Michelangelo's Pietà was attacked in 1972 serves as the starting point for her new work that also builds upon earlier work inspired by this photo since she acquired it in 1992.

    The Pietà is a religious image of a mother with her dead son on her lap. It is an icon that depicts general emotions of human suffering in which loss, love, and grief come together and therefore the theme extends beyond the Christian belief. When the Pietà (1499) in the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was attacked by Laszlo Toth in 1972, he destroyed the left arm. Consequently, the initial gesture that reaches out to the public to engage with the theme of the Pietà was annihilated.

    The gesture and the press photo are multi-interpretable and carry a duality that challenges the viewer to consider ethical issues about justice and injustice, vulnerability and strength, perpetrator and victim.

    The works in the exhibition invite to reconsider the gesture, its engaging role that might include an awareness of communality, closeness, sensibility, and intuition, but might also involve gestures that disrupt, destroy, conceal, and condemn.
    Rini Hurkmans was born in Deurne in 1954, the Netherlands.

    She studied at the Academy for Visual Art Education in Amersfoort from 1974 to 1977 and from 1977 to 1981 at the Academy for Art and Design, St. Joost in Breda.
Her first museum solo exhibition is “Rini Hurkmans: Current Events” at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1991, after which she lives in New York from 1992 to 1993 and participates in the international studio program of MoMA, P.S.1.
Hurkmans is regularly visiting lecturer and artist in residence in the Netherlands and the USA, including New York, Boston and Minneapolis.
Since 1990 Hurkmans is a teacher and mentor at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and she initiates several exhibitions and round table discussions with students and alumni. From 2010 to 2017 she participates in the research group of LAPS, Research Institute for Art and Public Space, Amsterdam.
Her work is included in many outstanding public and private collections. In addition, she realizes important public commissions in the Netherlands and abroad, including a sculpture for the ‘Parque de la Memoria’ in Buenos Aires (presently under construction).
Currently she lives in the Netherlands and France.
  • One eye and two takes on vulnerability3 September - 24 October, 2020
    A show by Matea Bakula and Milena Naef
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    This show is all about human dimensions and everyday actions. How do you relate to an object and space in everyday life? Matea Bakula and Milena Naef show in two different ways how these questions can be translated into materiality.
    Milena Naef (Engen, 1990) is fascinated by those spaces that have been created by man and that are related to ourselves. She translates Le Corbusier's measurement system, called 'Modulor', into free marble structures, leading to the creation of abstract spaces that relate to the human body. Naef works with traditional materials such as marble and glass, giving them a new and unique character, which creates contrasts and allows materiality to be renewed.

    Matea Bakula (Sarajevo, 1990) has developed a new body of work, where the corrugated cardboard holds a central role, confirming once again Bakula’s interest for humble materials and their hidden potential.
    Her starting point is whether you are aware or not of the most mundane actions of your routine. Consider replacing a toilet roll for instance. It is not necessary that you do it with your full concentration and yet there is only one way to do it right.
  • Untitled (Spirit of Changing Times)7 June - 25 July, 2020
    Group show with Atousa Bandeh, Judith Westervelt and Thierry Oussou
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    It’s becoming an annual tradition for Lumen Travo to host every year around this time a group show addressing our social and political present through the works on paper, collages and paintings of our artists. Last year the show 'Reflections on Nature' focused on the binomial controversy between natural and artificial through Matea Bakula’s sculptures and Joseph Sasson Semah’s works. And this year it seems even more necessary to continue with this conversation.

    ‘Untitled (Spirit of Changing Time)' features the recent body of work of some of the gallery’s key artists - Atousa Bandeh, Judith Westervelt and Thierry Oussou. Developed under these times, the dystopian circumstances we live in, this group show presents different stories from different cultures coming together with the hope of raising awareness in our visitors, while keeping developing a visual conversation about this very moment, unfolding those urgent matters that need to be addressed.
  • Bird Bath29 February - 31 May, 2020
    A solo show by Mariëlle Videler
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    Sensing birds... Do we want to make a bird's heart beat faster?

    Starting from this very question, Dutch artist Mariëlle Videler has developed her personal investigation over birds and their way of dealing with the urban environment, making them her main focus in these most recent years of activity.
    By creating a microclimate on her balcony, with a drip shower, seeds, colors and viewpoints, Mariëlle began her artistic research, whose results we are thrilled to host at our gallery.
    Three models will be exhibited during the show, together with the impressive installation 365 BIRDS, presenting the outcome of Mariëlle's practice during 2019, when she drew one new bird every day for the entire year.

    The exhibition runs until April the 11th, alongside the public program 'Bird Club': 4 days per week, 24 women will share a personal story about a bird, in the context of the installation 365 BIRDS.
    Bird Club is inspired by American pioneer naturalist and writer Florence Merriam Bailey (1863-1947). Bailey educated society about appreciating birds in their natural environment, instead of shooting them for study or decoration.
    Visual artist Mariëlle Videler (NL, 1970) is a multimedia artist, creating installations, drawings, objects, videos and performances. She identifies herself with a traveller who undertakes physical as well as imaginary journeys. In the past decade she intensively explored the knowledge, ideology and craft of indigenous cultures such as the Columbian Arwaku, and the Inuit of Greenland. Her work is a plead for sensory and corporeal awareness. Inspired by nature she creates a pathway into the texture of the world.
  • and materiality becomes nothing but a mere representation of a structure of dominance18 January - 22 February, 2020
    A solo show by Daniel de Paula. Curated by Sjoerd Kloosterhuis.
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    In occasion of his first solo presentation in the Netherlands, entitled 'and materiality becomes nothing but a mere representation of a structure of dominance', Brazilian artist and researcher Daniel de Paula presents a series of objects and works that give continuation to his ongoing investigations towards infrastructure and the production of geographical space understood as the reproduction of violent practices that are fundamental to capitalist production. Through a variety of sculptural and conceptual strategies the artist proposes, not only a critical reflection of the physical structures that surround us, but also of the agency and invisible phenomena they conceal.
    Artist Daniel de Paula currently lives and works between Amsterdam and São Paulo.
    He graduated in 2012 from FAAP with a BFA in Visual Arts, São Paulo. In 2017 began a masters in Human Geography, USP, University of São Paulo, (interrupted), São Paulo, and in 2018 came to the Netherlands for a post-academic residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.
    Recent solo exhibitions include, Francesca_Minini, Milan (2019); Kunsthalle Gent, Gent (2019); Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo (2017); Galeria Leme, São Paulo (2015); White Cube Gallery, São Paulo (2014) and Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo (2011). His works have also been included in relevant institutional group exhibitions such as: Il coltello nella carne, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2018).
    Daniel de Paula was awarded the following scholarships: Independent Programme of the São Paulo School (2014), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2013) and Casa Tomada, São Paulo (2012). He won the acquisition award at the Programa de Exposições do Centro Cultural São Paulo (2011), awarded at the exhibition EDP at the Artes at Institute Tomie Ohtake curated by Agnaldo Farias, São Paulo (2010). Artist
  • Political Strategy16 November 2019 - 11 January 2020
    A solo show by Thierry Oussou
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    On the occasion of the Amsterdam Art weekend, Lumen Travo Gallery presents a new series of ink, acrylic and oil-bar works on paper by Beninois artist Thierry Oussou.

    "Political Strategy" is a visual investigation that finds its inspiration in one of the oldest and most popular games in Africa - the board game Adji. The rules are easy as well as the aspect of the game itself: the Adji board is composed of two rows of six holes each, and 48 seeds are used. Two players stand in front of each other trying to accumulate more seeds as possible while moving them from one hole to another. Wins who ends up with more seeds.
    According to Thierry perspective, Adji is just the starting point of a much deeper investigation that touches upon all aspects of society and its rules, opening up to a series of interpretations: on one side seeds can be perceived as people migrating from a place to another. On a different perspective, seeds can be money, the fundament of our economy. And, the board itself can symbolize our country as well the cities we live in.

    Thierry does not investigate only the game itself but also its surrounding, translating through an alphabet of signs and colours the attitude of the players and the way they deal with winning and losing: a line of paint draws the gesture of a human, the disappointment or the explosive excitement rising after the victory. The faces surfacing from almost every work are the people who, through the game, reveal their inner and true self.

    The old concept of “game of forces” is here rejuvenated by the fresh vision of an artist constantly challenging his visitors with new elements and interpretations, evidence of his interest in the subtle details and in common-place, everyday drawings - drawing that are barely noticeable yet ubiquitous, that highlight the universality of their approach as a shared visual language of expression.

    In his practice Oussou deals with questions about authenticity, history, heritage and visibility. Through his use of various media including painting, sculpture and video, he brings reflection to this moment, crafting probing yet poetic commentaries on the threads that link the past and the future.
    Thierry Oussou was born in 1988 in Allada, Benin, where he founded the art studio Yè; he continues to give workshops on arts and visual culture in schools and cultural institutions across Benin.
    He has participated in residencies at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2015), and Dokoutin, Brussels (2014). Thierry exhibited at the Dakar Biennale in 2014, at the Berlin Biennial in 2018 and at the 2019 Brazil Biennial.
  • On Friendship III – The Third Galut: Baghdad, Jerusalem, Amsterdam’: The Guest becomes Host.7 September - 12 October, 2019
    A solo show by Joseph Sassoon Semah. Curator: Linda Bouws.
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    On Friendship/(Collateral Damage) III – The Third GaLUT: Baghdad, Jerusalem, Amsterdam (7 September 2019-19 January 2020) is an aesthetic and poetic research into the cities Baghdad, Jerusalem and Amsterdam, which has been conceived by artist Joseph Sassoon Semah and curated by Linda Bouws (Metropool International Art Projects). All these cities are said to have been tolerant at some time in their history, but how does that relate to ‘otherness’ and what does it mean today?

    The project focuses on two lines of thought. The first is what Semah calls ‘The Third GaLUT’, the third Exile, a metaphor for disconnectedness. The second is ‘The Guest’ - someone who is allowed to live and work in a foreign context tests his surroundings by articulating his particular position in exile without any reservations. The Guest becomes Host. By this process Semah investigates one of the greatest achievements of human civilisation: hospitality. Joseph Sassoon Semah translates his cultural and visual heritage, and its subtext, into contemporary art. While doing so he reassesses and redefines lost heritages.

    Joseph Sassoon Semah shares his lost rich Babylonian cultural heritage and asks the public to review their own art, culture, traditions and identity. This will take place mainly in 36 public locations in Amsterdam.
    There will be new pieces of art, performances, debates, lectures, round-table discussions, video-interviews, a publication in English, articles on diverse platforms, and a research report as well as a video report. Simultaneously in Amsterdam (The Hermitage), Baghdad (in front of the Meir Tweig Synangogue) and Jerusalem (Jerusalem Biennale 2019) a small house will be built: MaKOM in MaKOM.
    Artist Joseph Sassoon Semah was born in Baghdad (Iraq, 1948), as one of the last of a Babylonian Jewish family lineage, the grandson of Chief Rabbi Hacham Sassoon Kadoori (1885-1971). Kadoori was the head of the Babylonian Jewish community and preached of peace between Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Baghdad once was one of the most diverse an tolerant cities in the world. The Babylonian Jews in Iraq were one of the oldest and historically seen, the most important Jewish community. The Talmud Bavli was compiled in Babylon and during the British mandate in the 1920s, the well-educated Jews played an important role in public life. But from 1948, the year of independence for Israel, life for Jews in Iraq becomes extremely difficult.
    Between 1950-1952, 120.000 - 130.000 Iraqi Jews were transported to Israel. The displaced Baghdadi Jews were forced to leave behind their culture and possessions in Iraq. Semah, together with his parents was displaced to the State of Israel in 1950. His grandfather Hacham Sassoon Kadoori refused to leave Iraq and stayed in Bagdhad until his death.
    As a Babylonian Jew who emigrated to the West (Amsterdam), he is part of GaLUT (Exile), an endless cycle of diaspora and return. You long for your country of birth and search for a way to relate to your cultural heritage and traditions. Heritage reminds us of our history.

    On Friendship/(Collateral Damage) III – The Third GaLUT: Baghdad, Jerusalem, Amsterdam was realised in part with the support of AFK, BPD Cultuurfonds, Metropool International Art Projects and Mondriaan Fonds.
  • Metaphysical Time Perspectives1 June - 12 July, 2019
    A solo show by Franck Bragigand
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    It is not easy work for the viewer, let's put that first, but it is also not a simple task that Franck Bragigand has taken on. Because how do you represent ‘the world’ in all its wealth, its complexity, with its many facets, how man have viewed and changed it, the society in which we live, and so on ... as good as possible?
    Dutch art was already known in the seventeenth century, or even earlier, for its focus on the representation of reality. ‘The Art of Describing’ is the title of a famous book about Dutch art. Franck Bragigand, however, does not look at the reality of objects such as still life, landscape, seafaring, interiors, as the Dutch masters once did, but also the reality of institutions, how man has designed and viewed the world from various disciplines, such as philosophy and hermeneutics, religion, science, metaphysics, world politics and economy, but also the layout of the world as used by the United Nations. This requires an in-depth study of various documents, writings, publications, and books that he considers important. He studies it thoroughly, like a scientist, but not as someone who deals with one specific subject, but as an all-rounder who investigates the complexity, the connections within the whole world, or even the universe. You would say an impossible task. It is crazy, but Bragigand sees it as a life's task and takes his work seriously. He is busy putting together an encyclopedia of our reality, our world in all its complexity.

    All this entails that many words and terms also appear in his art. Art Language, Art is Language, and later another combination of language and art will form his signature.
    But despite the abundance of words, names, terms in his art, Bragigand considers himself primarily a painter. His goal is to make the viewer think. The underlying structures of our world, our universe, which he believes he can expose through his careful examination of countless documents, evokes astonishment in himself, and -he also hopes- in ourselves as a viewer. By doing so he discovers that the number 10 does not only occur in the biblical ten commandments, but also underlies other basic rules, regulations and principles such as the Washington Concensus, the Bill of Rights or even the principles of Burning Man.
    On the back wall of the gallery an encyclopedic main work is hanging, in which he has depicted the important world events from 1901 to the present, the various developments, international conventions, conferences and their consequences, etc. in a colorful, almost cheerful work.

    The above may all sound rather rational, impersonal, no matter how colorful it may be, but then he shows another large work in which he presents his family line, his Family Tree in a long horizontal line, surrounded by important events, inventions, discoveries taking place from the beginning of the 17th century. At the bottom of the four-part work, he has depicted the different growth forms of treas. A joke, but also a serious matter. On the last page he has depicted himself in a bright red round shape, with his year of birth. From there, a line has been drawn further leading to his son, who was born in 1995. Time goes on, the future is still open. And time, dynamics, change, that stands out as a common thread in this important overview of his oeuvre. Including the time it takes to "read" the work.

    In other words. We are not an entity separate from the world, the events around us, our life, our being, our existence is embedded in the complex world around us, in history, and therefore the artist himself is also influenced by the events of the world, is part of it, but he himself is also adding something to this world in the form of his art. He sees it as his task as an artist, as a painter as he continues to consider himself, not only to make us aware of how we are an integral part of this complex world, how we are influenced by it, perhaps even manipulated, but he invites us through this rich work also to delve into those complex relationships that co-determine our lives. That is why the artist also invites the visitor to talk to him. And I can assure you, a conversation with Franck Bragigand is very fascinating and enriching!

    Bert Steevensz
  • Flowers, Candles, Crucifixes3 May - 1 June, 2021
    A group show with Ani Eloyan, Dianne Hagen and artist duo HENR.
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    Ani Eloyan’s (Armenia, 1988) works on paper are collages that stitch together elements from the world of cartoons, whose language confronts and questions the issues of sexuality, class, aesthetics and social acceptability.
    Her artistic practice extends the notion of how humour can tell us something about our under- standing of that nature but as well the limit of our understanding. Like in “The failed mystic”, the energetic, playful and humorous scenarios she portrays pose serious questions and challenge our perception of recognizable popular comic characters.
    Ani Eloyan graduated from the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2010. Her striking graduation show with huge painted collages populated by comicstrip characters won the Fine Art Department Prize. Her work is represented in a number of collections including that of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and AKZO Nobel Nederland.

    By sharing the same dark and provocative touch of artist Eloyan, Dianne Hagen's (The Netherlands, 1964) artistic practice evolves mainly around the notion of visceral instincts. Dianne proposes a series of artworks dealing with desires, death, suppression and power. The works have a surreal presence and provoke associations, which not necessarily lead you to one single truth or outcome. Hagen establishes a direct association between the object shown and the mental image it conveys. For this occasion she exhibits both drawings and sculptures.
    Dianne Hagen studied at the Rietveld Akademie and followed the two-year residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her works are in museums and private collections in Holland, Canada, America, Belgium, France and India.

    Under the title "Dreamland", the artist duo HENR makes works that investigate the creation of a land dreamed.
    In an increasingly globalised world, for many people the desire for a place, terrain or space of their own has been exponentially grown. More and more people wish to have an own recognizable culture with which they the can identify. Culture is what gives meaning to our surroundings and significance to a territory. It is the cultivation of an area that causes the existence of a mental space.
  • Modern Buildings2 March - 26 April 2019
    A solo show by Stephen Willats
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    "Modern Buildings" brings together a selection of smaller works, and works on paper by British artist Stephen Willats.
    This body of work, which has been built from the early 1970s onwards, explores and represents the polemics and symbolism of ‘modern building’ and its effects on contemporary life.

    For almost 60 years the work of Stephen Willats has featured the ‘modern building’ especially in connection with social housing, initially as optimistic sign posts to a future society that embraced modernistic values.
    Later on this changed to a more critical relationship when the problems surrounding people’s actual lives in these buildings became all too apparent. Indeed, the works from the 1970’s and 1980’s mainly focus on the representation of the individual in relation to buildings in which they live and see around them, accompanying these works is the Building Series, (1987 onwards) and here in pen and ink drawings the building is represented as an object or monumental totem.
    Recently Stephen Willats has explored the symbolism of the ‘tower block’ as an ‘object’ that reflect the reductive ‘object language’ of contemporary society, by presenting the ‘modern building’ as a mirage, a vision of the future which is locked into a process in time in which the individual projects themselves into being part of an object based contemporary reality.

    This solo exhibition focuses on his smaller works bringing a variety of different forms of treatment together for the first time.
    Stephen Willats (1943, London) is a British artist, who lives and works in London. Since the early 1960s he has created works concerned with extending the territory in which art functions, while leading a critical examination of environments shaped by contemporary life. He is one of the forerunners of conceptual art in Europe, embracing interdisciplinary processes and theory from sociology, systems, analysis, cybernetics, computer technology, semiotics and philosophy, in the furtherance of the element of interactivity which continues to be one of the key drivers in his work.

    Stephen Willats is an international figure in contemporary art; he has worked in the Netherlands since the 1970’s where his work is represented in several public collections, it has been exhibited in the Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, De Gemeente Museum den Haag, Breda, Venlo etc. Most recently his work was seen in "Becoming Dutch" in the Van Abbe Museum. Upcoming shows include a significant retrospective that the Migros Museum in Zurich will host in May 2019.
  • Reflections on Nature26 January - 23 February, 2019
    Our very first show of 2019 features the works of three artists of the gallery: Atousa Bandeh, Matea Bakula and Joseph Semah.
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    The group show "Reflections on Nature" deals with what we consider an urgency that is worth to be addressed in this early part of the year, with the hope it will rise the right awareness in our audience: as the title suggests, all the artworks presented in the exhibition relay on the dualistic controversy between natural and artificial, in order to analyze the presence of Nature in such a man-centered world.

    The arisen reflections also lead to a necessary confrontation with the role of animals and their involvement in contemporary society: through Bakula’s beeswax sculptures, through Bandeh’s large canvas where plastic bags become the main protagonists of this weirdly aesthetic composition, and through Semah’s bronze rabbit lying on the floor, we would like to begin a provocative visual conversation over Nature, to help rise awareness towards the present and the future history of the world we are living in, while also growing a substantial understanding on the importance of animals and natural sources and materials.
  • Doing business with the Dutch23 December, 2018 - 19 January, 2019
    A solo show by Ade Darmawan
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    For the exhibition "Doing business with the Dutch", Darmawan has been looking into how a society comes to an agreement as a nation and works together to sell itself as human capital, by consciously constructing a national identity and by presenting it as a value for economic trade. The act of this structured trade created trends and produced certain objects and stories, that are often re-intrepreted and misintrepreted. The installation presented in the show is inspired by books and images -strictly produced by the Dutch about Indonesia from the 1800-1900 and by the contemporary trading culture in the Netherlands- and presented as a design of a domestic interior.
    Ade Darmawan’s own art explores his country, Indonesia, its history and, most importantly, its people. His installations are based on a study of the life cycle of everyday objects, collected from, both, home and industrial consumption. Embedded in these found objects and collages are narratives about national ideologies and aspirations, as well as parallels with similar capitalist ambitions. Ade often turns the spotlight on what he calls “minor histories”— events that in themselves may not possess historic relevance but, in the aggregate, make up a community’s past.
  • Tabulating Table20 October - 18 November, 2018
    A solo show by Riet Wijnen. Curated by Sjoerd Kloosterhuis.
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    Riet Wijnen (1988, Venray, the Netherlands) is an artist based in Amsterdam who works mostly in the media of photography, sculptures, video, and text writing. In her work, she explores links between abstraction, perception, language, and structures through the historiography of abstraction in different fields: starting with early modernism in art and slowly moving towards science, philosophy and activism.
    In her show at Lumen Travo, for which she was invited by Amsterdam based curator Sjoerd Kloosterhuis, the artist will present new parts of her ongoing project in the cycle "Sixteen Conversations on Abstraction" which she started in 2015.
    The main organizing principle of the cycle consists of sixteen fictional conversations, sixteen subsequent works, and one sculpture (which functions as a diagram, mapping the connections amongst the different conversations).
    Works by Stephen Willats and Marianne Wex will function as footnotes to the exhibition that will run till November 17th.
    Riet Wijnen’s solo exhibitions include: P/////AKT, Amsterdam (2016) and at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam (2015). She participated in several groups shows among others at Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2018); The 21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (2018); Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, Museum (2018 and 2017) and The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA, Portland (2017).
    Wijnen is currently a resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and together with Falke Pisano she is working on a long-term commission to redesign the workspace at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, Utrecht.
  • Me Neither7 September - 13 October, 2018
    In the occasion of her new solo show at Lumen Travo Gallery, Kathe Burkart presents a selection of the large-scale works in painting, photography and video.
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    The latest additions to her well known Liz Taylor Series are paintings primarily from the last 4 years, made mostly in the Dutch language.
    Besides that, the show features the Amsterdam premiere of the new video piece Losing The Studio, as well as several other video works, along with selected works from the past year in Nudes series.
  • The Dream of a Common Language26 May - 9 July, 2018
    A solo show by Judith Westerveld
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    For the exhibition 'The Dream of a Common Language', artist Judith Westerveld creates a new body of work that explores the concept of a common language by focusing on marginalized, endangered and extinct languages. Central to her work is a collaborative process of language learning, storytelling and reflecting upon the history and present state of the languages of the San and Khoikhoi, the indigenous people of South Africa, within the broader context of the Dutch colonization of South Africa.

    What if the Dutch colonists had learned to speak these languages instead of imposing their own language upon those they encountered? And what if we would learn these languages today? These are formative questions in Westerveld's work.
    The artworks tell the stories of different San and Khoe languages and the people that speak them, stories that are often missing in dominant historiographies and present day discourse.
  • Works on Paper and Some Objects14 April - 19 May, 2018
    Group show with Franck Bragigand, Mariëlle Videler and Thierry Oussou
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    Franck Bragigand, mostly known for his remarkable body of works consisting in ‘painting subjects’, proposes here a selection of drawings focused on a new manner of Painting and representing the world.
    Through his poetic, he has built a graphic communication based on painted circles connecting colors, words and information. This cromatic code enables him to paint any time, any civilization, any history and any notion. The result is an astonishing series of colored and written circles, which create language in itself.

    The emerging talent Thierry Oussou (Benin, 1988) is exhibiting at Lumen Travo gallery for the first time. In 2014 he participated in residencies at Dokoutin, Brussels and in 2015 at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. In his artistic practice he deals with questions about authenticity, history, heritage and visibility. He also reflects on the relationship between contemporary art and ethnographic objects in museums. On this special occasion he will exhibit a series of drawings and masks.

    In one of her recent travels, Mariëlle Videler (Netherlands, 1970) undertook many hikes in the Andes and devoted her time to the study of indigenous cultures in Colombia. By doing research she wanted to connect two worlds: the world of city dwellers living in an extractive economy, detached from the sources of nature, and the world of the indigenous people, for whom nature is part of a spiritual world. Resulting from this experience is a total of 40 drawings recently made in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Bridging Realities10 March - 7 April, 2018
    A project by Tiong Ang. With Heekyung Ryu, Ola Hassanain, Ingrid SangHee Edwards, Stavroula Gregoriou, Sebastian Gonzalez de Gortari, Winston Nanlohy, Robert Wittendorp and Alejandro Ramirez.
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    Bridging Realities starts with a collective performance by a group of artists, curated by Tiong Ang. As a deviation from the concept of ‘solo exhibition’, he has invited young international artists (former students at the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art- MaHKU) - and who were performers in his previous work - to show a singular piece and a video from their own practice, and by doing so, present themselves physically to the audience, in a series of collective happenings and performances.

    The young artists presented here are at the beginning of their careers. Mostly dislocated from their home countries, their diverse practices reflect upon an imagined ‘other’ zone of agency, in which they are able to reach a balanced platform from which ‘a free life’ and ‘an autonomous art practice’ are explored in productive and dialectic entanglement. The performances and art pieces defy the expected object-oriented nature of artworks being displayed in a gallery setting.
    In recent years, Tiong Ang has been working on large and long-term installation projects in institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Collaboration, shared authorship, transference and performativity are the key elements in these works. He orchestrates clusters of people as a social intermediary, guiding subjective perspectives within shared conditions, with a focus on socio-cultural patterns. ‘Sleeper’ (continuing project, as of 2017, originally conceived for BAK Utrecht) is a collective and durational performance executed by young artists and himself that with each rendering finds its own rhythmic and spatial continuance.

    Addressing the gap between presence and representation, Tiong Ang is interested in micro-sociological undercurrents of anxiety, resentment, or resistance. His genuine subject has always been human presence, in all its forms and relationships. This exhibition-performance-programme aims to connect and combine situations of solitude, retreat, encounter, or close gathering in ambivalently composed ways, and in which diversity and multiplicity form natural layers of meaning.
  • So help me god27 January - 23 December, 2017
    With Dianne Hagen, Atousa Bandeh and Sanjeev Sinha. Curated by Dianne Hagen.
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    SO HELP ME GOD is a group exhibition curated by Dianne Hagen and Marianne van Tilborg and featuring artworks by Atousa Bandeh, Sanjeev Sinha and Dianne Hagen.
    The title of the show comes from a detail in Dianne’s work “The truth, nothing but, so help me god” and deals with one of the main concepts behind this project: the truth.
    As if there is such a thing as a single truth! Truth is made from memories and memories are shapable. For this reason truth is untrustworthy.
    Likewise, the artworks exhibited in the show are not only the representations of a situation, but they become an interactive visual experience, leading the visitors towards an open conversation with them.
    Sanjeev Sinha calls his work psychological realism. He presents a series of cup-shaped sculptures, filled with coal and with a steel skeleton resembling the meridians on the globe. They oppose to their naïf and feminine presence a harsh edge.
    Atousa Bandeh's works in this exhibition have a similar dualistic human consciousness.
    These last series of paintings have a focus on destruction and waste. They have an unsettling touch to it, an almost macho, romantic destructiveness.
    Dianne Hagen, as both artist and curator of the show, proposes a series of provocative artworks dealing with desires, death and power.

    Atousa, Sanjeev and Dianne's artistic coalition generates unexpected and provocative connections towards the perception of time, gender, and art.
  • Moments in the Think Tank24 November - 23 December, 2017
    A solo show by Yvonne Dröge Wendel
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    Yvonne Dröge Wendel is concerned with the relational and performative abilities of things, a theme that touches on present-day questions about our relationship to the material world around us. She sets up experimental encounters and aims to capture what it is that objects actually do. Rethinking the subject-object distinction and reworking our understanding of what it is for humans and non-humans to constitute a world is the main focus point of her artistic practice.

    The drive behind her work is tangible and visible in her playful, philosophical encounters. In 1992, she married and took the name of ‘Wendel', a cupboard she inherited from her mother. In 1994, she had her Renault 16TL blessed in Rome. Since 2000, numerous performances took place involving Black Ball, a large felted ball measuring 3.5 meters in diameter, that the public moves down streets and alleyways and through gates and doorways. People respond with visible enjoyment to the ball and interact spontaneously with it. This work was on view in Leeuwarden, Amsterdam, Bolzano, Newcastle, New York, Istanbul, Odense, Johannesburg, Rotterdam and will be in Hong Kong in 2018. In 2008, Dröge Wendel set up Item Store: a shop for things that had yet to be defined. Since 2012 she works on the design of her Denk Tank, literally a Think Tank. A large steel object, a building where individuals can consult objects about themselves. Her aim is to create a place that helps to formulate the essential questions when it comes to the future of things.
  • Blinded Hunt21 October - 18 November, 2017
    A solo show by Mariëlle Videler
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    Blinded Hunt is a project about a cultural discovery that took place in the small village of Uummannaq, Greenland, where the Dutch artist Mariëlle Videler travelled completely blindfolded.

    According to Videler, travelling blind opens the mind to a completely different experience; it changes her perspective towards the indigenous cultures she is approaching, it creates a new balance between the senses, and it stimulates the imaginative power. It’s discovering new land without seeing, reconnecting with the non-human environment.
  • Roots and Threads, Borders and Pieces9 September - 14 October, 2017
    A solo show by Monali Meher
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    Over the last three years Meher has created a body of work that reflects on notions of moving (verhuizen), from place to place, migration, loss, change, transformation and confrontation.
    Mirroring her own experience through various artistic disciplines she uses, exploring the present surrounding and it’s found objects she has produced a dynamic landscape of mix media drawings, installations and photographs.
    In her solo show titled, Roots and Threads, Borders and Pieces, she traces her transitory life from past to present, local to global, repaired, rehearsed and reshaped through running thread.
  • The Chemistry between dr. Frank and Me3 June - 15 July, 2017
    A solo show by Matea Bakula
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    The two series of works in the exhibition relay on the act of movement. The artist brings the materials of both works to life without unfolding them from their intrinsic values, therefore allowing the materials to keep their substance. Bakula’s fascination and respect for chemicals like polyurethane foam and methylethylketon is clearly visible and it seems that the works are the result of a collaboration in which the artist becomes a choreographer who, by putting it to an extreme, is able to find the profound character of the materials.
  • Amsterdam Trail 201730 April - 27 May, 2017
    Works by Atousa Bandeh and Monali Meher with tribal art from Tibet, India and Cina.
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  • Dialogues21 April - 10 November, 2017
    Group exhibition at the Manifesta headquarters in Amsterdam
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    Manifesta launches the group exhibition Dialogues by Lumen Travo Gallery in its headquarters at Herengracht 474.
    This will mark the 7th edition of Manifesta’s in-house exhibitions.

    Featuring nine artists of the gallery, the show finds its starting point in the contrast between the contemporary identity of Lumen Travo and the historical past of the Manifesta HQ building. The gallery decided to approach this unique location in a pro-positive way by highlighting the unexpected connections rather than differences arising from the dialogue between the art and the space. Here, the works leave their comfort zone to inhabit a building whose historical background appears far from them. In this whimsical juxtaposition, new combinations emerge. The result is a unique “conversation” that goes beyond time, space, color and materials.
    Placing together old and contemporary, Eastern and Western, rich and poor, the artworks and location find their common ground in the delicate details and unexpected similarities that little by little appear throughout the exhibition. In this cultural exchange, the initial contrast becomes the strength of the exhibition rather than its weakness – offering new meanings and fresh perspectives.
    ARTISTS
    1- Meschac Gaba’s Wisdom Lake This installation that can be considered the fil rouge of the whole curatorial concept behind this show since it’s scattered all over the place, from the entrance, till the rooms upstairs. It consists of 12 brains of ‘grandes maîtres’, as Meschac Gaba calls them, 12 great people who have made an impression on his life in a humanist, scientific, philosophical, religious and political way: Jesus Christ, Mahatma Ghandi, Desiderius Erasmus, Abraham Lincoln, Karl Marx, Louis Pasteur, Marcel Broodthaers, Kwame Nkrumah, Martin Luther King, Miriam Makeba, Harald Szeemann and King Ghezo from Benin. Here the presence of the gold element creates a chromatic affinity with the golden decoration on the wall and the baroque style of the location and proposes new exchanges between Africa and the Western world. Lake of Wisdom is a work about memory, history and appreciation. In his art, Meschac Gaba focuses on issues around intercultural balance and imbalance; he often addresses ideas of value and revaluation, manifesting with irony and charm these tradeoffs through the notions of cultural alteration, creolization of cultures.

    2- Flag of Compassion This is an ongoing conceptual artwork, initiated in 2002. It investigates ethical values in society. The artwork consists out of various elements: the word ‘compassion,’ an instrument ‘the Flag,’ a Manifesto, a foundation managing the artwork, the Unda Foundation, a distribution network and a website where you can purchase the Flag (www.flagofcompassion.com). The Flag of Compassion shows an undulating golden yellow horizontal bar centrally placed on a white field. The colour white symbolizes purity, non-violence and peace. The colour golden yellow symbolizes the energy of life, (human) warmth and compassion, and the emanation of the positive forces of the human being. This is not the symbol of a nation, institution, society, political party or religious conviction but expresses an abstract concept of a universal human value. It is a means for every individual to express compassion. For this occasion an explanatory video about the Flag has been installed at the help desk of Manifesta in order to welcome the visitors with a symbol that goes beyond cultural, social and geographical differences. Here the Flag becomes official standard of the exhibition.

    3- Otobong Nkanga’s Remains of the Green Hill Halfway between a performer, a film-maker, a sculptor, Nkanga creates narratives that dwell on memory, environment, and the postcolonial histories embedded in her home country. Remains of the Green Hill is a video installation by the African artist Otobong Nkanga. The Green Hill in Tsumeb, Namibia, is an area that once had a high concentration of minerals, crystals and copper. The Owambo looked after it for generations. After the arrival of German colonists, Green Hill was exhausted by the export industry. During her visit, Otobong Nkanga found only a fenced off crater. Only a few green and blue traces of malachite and azurite serve to remind us of its rich past. This video installation deals with the lack of prosperity, with the environmental changes caused by a brutal colonial past. It shows what happens when material abundance is replaced by absence, and then desire is superseded by cool disinterest. This main concept is also enhanced by the location, a humble room which reflects upon the video’s topics in its own way.

    4- Tiong Ang’s Models for (the) People Models for (the) People consists of an installation specially developed and produced by artist Tiong Ang for the Shanghai Biennial. Examining the visionary potential of Shanghai’s old and new history within the social, economic, political, ethnic and cultural relationships of our hybrid global reality, Tiong Ang has composed a hallucinatory, visual narrative along different tracks of transformation, questioning the credibility and persistence of its origins and bearings. Models for (the) People is a range of disparate images juxtaposed in both sequential and spatial environments. Video images, paintings, objects, songs and words in three languages are united in a display that generates a ‘contradictory space’, where differentiation and mutual contestation rule. In his practice, engaging in the search of intercultural encounters, the artist introspects the construction of collective and individual identities in different contexts of cultural shifts, whether in Europe or in China. He explores the forms and interactions of the intercultural dialogue, resulting in many collaborative and performative works in which he acts whether as an artist, a curator or an art critics.

    5- Yvonne Dröge Wendel’s Universal Pattern Universal Pattern is a project initiated by Yvonne Dröge Wendel in 2002. This project focuses on the popular Brabant pattern and the values that each different culture has been giving to it. In Europe, many people appear to associate the pattern with rural cuisine and picnics. In Japan, the material has a spiritual significance. Buddha statues are wrapped in the cloth and placed on graves to signify that a child has died. In Indonesia, the checkered material is associated with the symbolization of good and evil; English colonists introduced the material to South Africa where it is used for children's school uniforms. The African Masaii claim that pattern as part of their national costume. This installation deals with cultural appropriation and authenticity of tradition. The project shows that our way of thinking is largely based on forgery and has always linked to human emotions and interpretations. The investigation into the fabric's origins can be seen as a sort of mathematical formula on how ideas about authenticity actually originate. The artist is concerned with the relationship between people and objects, and the quest for challenging new ways of relating to things. Dröge Wendel sets up experimental encounters and aims to capture what it is that objects can actually do. Rethinking the subject-object distinction and reworking our understanding of what it is for humans and nonhumans to constitute a world is the main focus point of her artistic research. In support of the theoretical achievements, her artistic practice will further develop built environments that evoke dialogue, inform and help formulate essential questions concerning (the future of) things.

    6- Georges Adéagbo’s installation Georges Adéagbo produces site-specific installations through which he investigates the relationship between his own personal experience and the cultural-political history of his country. He regularly collects and organizes pictures, books, vinyls, objects trouvés that he puts together every time in a different way. The results of his practice are huge site specific installations which fill the space with their multiplicity of symbols, stories, concepts related with each other through a clever game of references and unexpected connections. His artworks are visual maps of his itineraries throughout the streets of Benin, his town. As a neutral bridge between races and by revealing aspects of cultures he seeks to serve as a catalyst for mutual understanding. Respecting and celebrating worldwide diversity, Georges is constantly searching for evidence of sources common to all to present in his composition. His hope is that all of us will be able to sense stages of our evolution and gain an insight into our destiny.

    7- Ni Haifeng’s Washing Hands The humble location chosen for this video develops an immediate visual connection between the tiles installed in the toilet wall and the background shown in the video. Protagonist of the video is a dystopian detail: the action of washing clean hands that gradually become dirty. Ni Haifeng’s practice stems from an interest in cultural systems of return, exchange, language and production. Through photography, video and installations, Ni Haifeng explores the simultaneous creation and obliteration of meaning while drawing attention to the cyclical movements of people, products and goods that are often reflective of patterns of colonialism and globalization. Aims to subvert the status quo and counteract preconceived notions of art are, in Ni Haifeng’s words, an effort towards reaching a “zero degree of meaning”. The concept of uselessness plays a key role within his practice.

    8- Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi’s Dragon Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi’s works are mainly two dimensional. Her drawings, videos and film works are stories delved in the ephemeral dimension of her memories. Her artistic practice can be described as visual poetry. She throws her images almost literally onto the paper-images of objects and portraits that conceal a profusion of symbolic associations. Personal memories tend to pop up not in a clear-cut way, but blurred, vague and deformed. Rather than representing a plain narrative, expressed in feathery layers of papers and moving images. Her life is caught in lyrical lines. In this aesthetic horror vacuum, there is a constant feeling of almost grabbing the story behind those faces portrayed by Atousah, but it’s a fleeting dream with a thousand meanings we will never completely know.

    9-Monali Meher’s Falling through Irkal Well Monali Meher started her career by introspecting cultural shifts through a series of performances in which body and gender play an important role. Her artistic performances, installations, objects, photographs and videos witness her quest for defining the body as a trouble spot of time and space connections or mutual extensions. Beyond this quest, Monali Meher draws an ontological thought - time influencing human essence and evolution. With her drawings, she transferred her performance to the paper, by transforming a dynamic movement in a frozen two-dimensional image. Drawings for Monali Meher are like autobiographical diagrams; they often deal with the concepts of decay, hybridization of various elements from both European and Indian cultures, reshaping belongings and intimacy. Although her works are considered highly autobiographical, they also indicate a global truth hidden in them, which make them a collective, universal in nature.

    10- Jens Pfeifer’s Right Here Jens Pfeifer is a visual artist, making sculptures, drawings and site-specific work. Being brought up in a forest, animals and the forest itself form a familiar and ever returning image in Pfeifer’s work. Collecting pictures from nature, like anthropologists do, his art contrasts yet with this scientific approach to elaborate a direct, timeless and unstructured dialogue with the viewer. The artist returns to the origins of language, myth, by playing on human instinctive emotions. His sculptures connect the civilization with the wide world of nature. Here the garden of Manifesta headquarters becomes the perfect location for showing and exploring the ‘un-cultural’, what escapes from and is not domesticated by human.
  • Mighty Process25 March - 22 April, 2017
    Group show with Katrin Korfmann & Jens Pfeifer, Berend Strik, Milena Naef and Ni Haifeng.
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    Is there a difference between the materialization of a conceptual art piece, the casting process of a bronze sculpture, the creation of wooden chairs, the precise hammering of gold leaves on a Buddha statue, the finishing of a decorative vase? Eventually the objects will enter different worlds and will be confronted with different audiences and their expectations. But in the process of making, materials don’t adhere to prestige or hierarchy.
    The romantic notion of the lonely artist struggling with his materials has become obsolete since, all around the world, artworks are created in dusty factories by the same hands that produce consumer items and decorative frivolities.

    In this exhibition artists Katrin Korfmann and Jens Pfeifer invited Berend Strik, Milena Naef and Ni Haifeng to shed light on the artistic making process and the meaningfullness of materials.
  • The Twilight of the Streep8 January - 18 March 2017
    A solo show by Evelyn Jansen
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  • Georges Adéagbo & Otobong Nkanga16 July - 3 September 2016
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  • Hesitation16 October, 17 November 2016
    Lumen Travo is delighted to present a new solo show called Hesitation collectively developed by eight artists; Cecilia Bengtsson, Kristina Benjocki, Sara Campos, Rini Hurkmans, Didi Lehnhausen, Judith Westerveld, Lotte van der Woude & Aimée Zito Lema.
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    The artists were invited upon the initiative of Rini Hurkmans: they are from different generations and regions of the world and come together to engage in a visual and aural conversation on the topic of hesitation as resistance nowadays.

    Hesitation can occur when we are dealing with resistance. Hesitation as the pause of breathing before speaking; pondering or withdrawing before acting. The moment of slowing down and decoding what appears 'ready' or 'correct' in order to open up new relations and opportunities. Hesitation as a means for resistance - resistance as material, as an attitude or as a political act.
  • Lost Codes3 September - 8 October 2016
    A solo show by Ibrahim Quraishi
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    Lumen Travo Gallery is delighted to present a new series of works by Ibrahim Quraishi, exploring notions of migration and resistance. For this project Lost Codes Quraishi invited different people who went through migratory processes. With them he explores their inner migration and their sense of belonging. In a live performance, they literally move their lost objects, the lost codes and the lost gestures in space. Lost Codes thus becomes a choreo-graphy of physical memories and absent objects connecting mem-ories, spaces, journey’s and bridging the distance between the known and the unknown.

    Also on show at the gallery are a series of four M-Portraits, a series of paintings on the topic of the classical Arab Patriarch and Quraishi’s recent studies based on his visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq and Rojava in North Syria. His studies are a homage to The Kurdish Woman’s Resistance Movement and the female and male soldiers fighting Daesh (Islamic State) and the Syrian dictatorship.
  • THE DEFENSE ! / LA DÉFENSE !28 May - 30 June 2016
    Lumen Travo presents the work that Adéagbo exhibited in his 2015 show at Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden.
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    Georges Adéagbo (1942, Cotonou, Benin) produces site-specific installations, in which he creates a relationship between his own personal history and the cultural and political history and current events related to the place where he is working. In preparation for his installation for Global Imaginations (2015), Adéagbo visited Leiden, particularly De Meelfabriek and Museum De Lakenhal, for inspiration. At Museum De Lakenhal, Lucas van Leyden’s “The Last Judgement” made a particular impression.
    Textiles are a recurring feature of Adéagbo’s work, symbolising the fusion of local and global, highlighting issues of interdependence seen between tailor and weaver and also through first world and third world labour divisions. Textiles played a key role in Leiden’s industrial heritage, from where – centuries ago – they were shipped to the Benin in West Africa.
  • Amsterdam Trail 201623 April - 15 May, 2016
    With Tiong Ang, Dianne Hagen, Otobong Nkanga and Monali Meher.
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  • Fragments27 November - 16 January, 2016
    A solo show by Otobong Nkanga
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  • Art Language12 March - 16 April, 2016
    A solo show by Franck Bragigand
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  • Before Language (Imagination out of Focus)24 October - 21 November 2015
    A solo show by Ani Eloyan
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  • And the wind of history sings in me…12 September - 17 October 2015
    A solo show by Rini Hurkmans
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  • Step Change3 June - 11 July, 2015
    A solo show by Stephen Willats
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  • Jump to the beat of the animal feet18 April – 23 May 2015
  • Peter Zegveld, solo show18 March - 11 April 2015
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  • Stills31 January - 7 March 2015
    With Atousa Bandeh, Kathe Burkhart and Monali Meher
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  • Meeting Point27 November 2014 - 24 January 2015
    With Franck Bragigand, Meschac Gaba, Ni Haifeng, Otobong Nkanga
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  • I am a Mountain25 October - 22 November 2014
    A show by Katrin Korfmann & Jens Pfeifer
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  • SALON DES INNOCENTS1 March - 1 April 2014
    A solo show by Dianne Hagen
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    The title of the new solo show by Dianne Hagen, “Salon des Innocents” at Lumen Travo Gallery, is a subtle reference to nineteenth-century art salons where artists showed their works to the public. This title also pays tribute to the famous painting by Rubens called “Massacre of the Innocents”. The Flemish painter depicts the Bible story where King Herod orders the killing of all newborn boys, because it was thought the savior Jesus would be among them. In this painting Hagen recognised these universal themes of suffering. Her recent work includes suggestions such as the Christian cross, the crown of thorns, and the aureole. Hagen processes them so that they are equally strong as forms of suffering as the symbols of victory and heroism.
    Throughout her new body of works Hagen does not unfold her intentions in a single glance, what you’d rather keep hidden, unfolds. A provocation about your expectations to an open area where truth is subjective. Object and the image melt in your mind. Hidden or subconscious emotions and references to sexuality, suffering and religion are recurring themes. Topics that touch her personally and that seem indescribable, she makes visible. Her work opens a personal cosmos, open to the viewers desires.