Artists of Martkhal Rotterdam strike again

Published by: Arttenders | 12-Dec-2016
In 2014 artist duo Arno&Iris launched their 11.000m2 artwork in the Markthal Rotterdam in close collaboration with MVRDV. Now, almost two years later, they revealed another spectacular integrated artwork located at the Beurspassage at Damrak Amsterdam, designed in collaboration with artist Hans van Bentem. It resulted in a gesamtkunstwerk combining their artistic skills into one immersive work of art titled Amsterdam Oersoep.
Venue: Amsterdam Oersoep at Beurspassage
Address: Damrak, 1012 LW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
With 'Amsterdam Oersoep' artist duo Arno and Iris (known for the ceiling art work 'Horn of Plenty' in the Markthal Rotterdam) and Hans van Bentem (known amongst others for his famous chandeliers from the 'Flowerbomb' campaign for Viktor&Rolf, the 'Gun Chandelier' commissioned by Madonna) bring an ode to the canals of Amsterdam. The title of the work refers to primordial soup. Each object, from the ceiling to the floors, has symbolic references to the city of Amsterdam, its history and its future. Hans van Bentem: "The ceiling for example contains a tube of paint that flows into a rainbow referring to the colorful nature of Amsterdam, its tolerance for the LGBTQ community (gaypride!) but also contains the image of a tiger, liquor bottles, fish rat and numerous art historical references to famous artists like Van Gogh & Rembrandt." Iris Roskam adds: "It is a wonderful opportunity in current times to be able to create a monumental work that is continuously publicly accessible. Together we made a piece of cultural heritage for future generations. "

The artists: "This work is a journey through the history of Amsterdam, through it's main arteries, the canals. A crowdstopper, freezing a moment in time through its elaborate craftsmanship and rich materials, celebrating our everyday source of life: our holy water."

About the artists

Arno Coenen (1972) and Iris Roskam (1976) currently work and live in Klaaswaal, NL. They are known for their unique view on the fine arts world and their ground breaking approach on implementing art outside of the existing conventions. They are known for their imagery that combines decorative, commercial and popular iconography in combination with art historical references. The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam bought their artwork 'Oud-West, Thuis Best' and named it one of the most relevant Dutch artworks about contemporary society. More recent they completed their artwork 'Horn of Plenty' to be seen in the inner façade of the Markthal Rotterdam (NL). This artwork went viral and is still subject of conversation in international media when talking about the Netherlands and Rotterdam in particular. This is art 2.0, making it an immersive experience which inspires and surprises on a different level than is normally expected of the fine arts.

Hans van Bentem (1965) was born in The Hague and currently lives in Amsterdam. Van Bentem's generally giant sculptures, made of ceramics, glass and other materials, have a unique ability to stir our imaginations. Their rich visual vocabulary is as much the result of the artist's fascination with popular forms of culture like strip cartoons and science fiction as it is of his interest in our own European past and in exotic cultures. The latter is manifested, for example, in his use of materials and techniques: he draws on the centuries-old skills of craftsmen in China, the Czech Republic and Senegal for the execution of his sculptures in porcelain, glass and wood.

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