Did you know there are a lot of inspiring (free!) exhibitions to visit in De Hallen in Amsterdam? This weekend you can visit an exhibition about wool (from the Dutch island Texel) at Charlie + Mary (Hal 17), Mevrouw van Dale (Hal 17) exhibits the work of Belgium illustrator Joris de Raedt, the Unobvious store in Hal 17 is celebrating 100 years of ‘De Stijl’ and at Belcampo you can view an intriguing photography exhibition with portraits and stories of the 180 nationalities Amsterdam is rich.
1. EXHIBITION: ‘WOLWAEREN’
With Wolwaeren, a series of blankets made by people with a mental or physical impairment, Roland Pieter Smit designed looms that, among other things, reflect the psychological and physical possibilities of the operators. For example autistic people can work with very thin yarn, while those with Downs syndrome prefer to work with thicker yarn. Upstairs in The Charlie + Mary store in Hal 17 the ‘Wolwaeren’ exhibition showcases these blankets and portraits the people who made these beautiful craft pieces, using old traditions. The yarn is made from wool from the island of Texel (once lucrative but now almost worthless). The video shows you the entire production process from shaving the sheep to weaving the beautiful natural woolen blankets. And yes! some of the blankets are for sale too.
2. ILLUSTRATIONS BY JORIS DE RAEDT
De Raedt has been drawing mammals, plants, insects and birds all his life – his great love. He graduated cum laude from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2012 and has clients all over the world. His work has been featured in magazines, museums and parks. His illustrations are so lifelike that you can almost feel the fur of the fox and the feathers of the snowy owl. The enchanting exhibition ‘Net echt’ includes a fox, a hedgehog, a gazelle, a wild cat, mice, reptiles and insects. The lead role is played by birds of prey and owls.
3. PORTRAITS AND STORIES OF 180 AMSTERDAMMERS
From 6 March to 2 June 2017, you can visit the exhibition 180 Amsterdammers (people living in Amsterdam) in the Library in de Hallen. The exhibition shows portraits and video documentaries of 180 nationalities Amsterdam city is rich, the famous and less famous. In the exhibition their personal life stories are central. They tell about living in the city and share simultaneously memories of their homeland.
Where: OBA in de Hallen
4. CELEBRATION OF 100 YEARS ‘DE STIJL’ AT UNOBVIOUS
At the Unobvious store/studio the 100th anniversary of ‘De Stijl’ is celebrated!
The typical primary colors and geometric shapes were the basis for the design of a series of prints and patterns. 100 years ago ‘De Stijl’ was established by introducing a monthly magazine by Theo van Doesburg. The members of De Stijl tried to give shape to the modernization through maximizing simplicity and abstraction. Both in architecture and in painting one came to abstract compositions. The Unobvious team also curated the work from several artists (initiatives), which fit in the Stijl theme: Suzie Staaveren, Postmodern, PutGootink and Extrapool/Knust.