By Rene Seghers
The 32nd Edition of the KunstRAI art fair promises to be a lively and dynamic event for connoisseurs, collectors and art lovers. The organisation, ever striving to perfect the event, has updated the concept of the previous editions although the KunstRAI will of course remain a broad public event with the familiar focus on contemporary art. That is what defined the KunstRAI since its successful launch in 1985, at a time when Art Fairs in Europe were a brand new phenomenon. Along with the changing art world and the rise of interdisciplinary arts, the KunstRAI has a strong focus on diversity, tolerance and integration. While traditional autonomous arts are present as ever, there is also much room for 21st century disciplines such as conceptual arts, film and video arts, performance arts and new media.
Founded in 1985 the KunstRAI is now effectively the oldest existing art fair in Europe for autonomous and conceptual arts and this success can be explained precisely from the continuous willingness of the organisation to evolve along the lines of change in world and arts. The challenge is to realize an up to date program that can interest the larger part of the potential audience for arts. At the same time much is done to make the fair accessible in terms of presentation, entourage and organisation, in order to make visiting as easy and comfortable as possible for a broad audience. There are many occasions to sit down and reflect on the things presented there with a drink or a bite, and there are equally many opportunities to talk with artists and gallerists in the booths and to receive professional advice on which art to buy.
With Focus Berlin the KunstRAI revives the old tradition to invite foreign galleries to take part in the event as a group. In this edition, a cluster of galleries from Berlin has created a series of intriguing presentations and it is the context of this Berlin focus that the German ambassador Franz Josef Kremp opens the KunstRAI on Wednesday June 1.
In their broader planning the Kunst- RAI takes a close look at cross-over between various artistic disciplines. Gallerist Rob Malasch organises a backstage presentation together with the young artists’ platform WOW, which is a gathering of creative spirits that derive from the various Amsterdam based art academies. Once again Sculpture Square in the Cherry Garden has been designed by Annelien Kers in cooperation with various art academies from The Netherlands. The successful annual KunstRAI gala dinner, to which gallerists and their associates invite selected guests is another traditional element of the fair that is held in honour. The gala dinner takes place on June 4.
De 32nd KunstRAI
Wednesday 1 – Sunday June 5
RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam
Hal 7, entry: R, on Wielingenstraat, next to Beatrixpark.
Wednesday June 1 18.00 – 22.00
Thursday June 2 12.00 – 21.00
Friday June 3 12.00 – 21.00
Saturday June 4 11.00 – 18.00
Sunday June 5 11.00 – 18.00