on view: Museum for Non-Essential Art by We Are Public

We Are Public opens the Museum For Non-Essential Art in the [email protected]!
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Since 28 April, non-essential shops have had their doors open again. But museums and cultural institutions remain closed. What does this say about the place art has in our society?⁠⁠
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With this exhibition, We Are Public wants to get people thinking about what is essential and what is not, and what place art has in our society. In the brand new pop-up museum everything is for sale. From a glittery toothbrush holder to a video installation and an Ikea manual 2.0. ⁠⁠
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Opening hours

Wednesday–Friday: 10:00 – 18:00 h
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00 h

⁠⁠Free entrance

On view untill May 26th

more info: museumvoornietessentielekunst.nl⁠⁠

14/4: Artist Talk Genevieve Murphy

We are happy to welcome Genevieve Murphy and Marijn Lems for our last Artist Talk of the series. Wednesday April 14th, live at 17.00h (CET).

From a young age, composer and performer Genevieve Murphy (1988, Scotland) has had a fascination with psychology and the way people interact with each other and form emotional bonds. In her music video Your Feeling, shown in Onward&Upward, she explores what attracts us and what repels us. The song is the first of her album I Don’t want to be an individual on my own. Triggered by experiences growing up with a brother who has autism, this album is about the power of empathy. How can we relate to each other when we all have our individual perspectives on reality? In the performance Genevieve creates an intimate 8D sound landscape, evoking closeness through sound in times of physical distancing. A live version will be shown during the talk.

The talk will be hosted by Marijn Lems, who is a performing arts programmer for theatres and festivals and writer of reviews about theatre and performance art for various journals.

You can register here for the Zoom session.

31/3: Artist Talk Elspeth Diederix + Stine Jensen

Artist Elspeth Diederix was born in Kenya, grew up in Colombia, and now lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at both the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2002, she won the prestigious Prix de Rome Photography award.


In recent years, Elspeth’s focus shifted from her travels towards her immediate surroundings. This change saw her initiate the Miracle Garden project, a living flower garden in Amsterdam’s Erasmuspark, which she herself maintains. She describes this garden as her studio, but also as her muse.


She joined in the conversation with writer and philosopher Stine Jensen.


Watch the talk back here!

24/3: Artist Talk Levi van Veluw + Anna Tilroe

Multidisciplinary artist Levi van Veluw (1985) became known in 2008 for a series of self-portraits, combining drawings, stones and landscapes with the image of his face. His work has since been exhibited in various locations in Europe and the United States, and has earned him numerous nominations and awards. Levi produces multidisciplinary works comprising photography, video, sculpture, installation and drawing.

Host of the talk is Anna Tilroe, art critic and curator. Anna wrote for Dutch newspapers Volkskrant and NRC and various international magazines and journals, and is author of three books. She received the Pierre Bayle-award for her work as an art critic.

When? Wednesday March 24, live at 5pm (CET).

Register for the live Zoom session here.

Artist Talk: Anthony Goicolea

We were happy to welcome Anthony Goicolea live from New York for this week’s Artist Talk.

Anthony is a multidisciplinary artist who creates drawings, sculptures, photography, video, large scale installations and narrative tableaux. He explores themes ranging from his personal history and identity, to cultural traditions, heritage, alienation and displacement.

His works are part of many public collections, such as the Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and many more. He was selected to create the first LGBT Memorial in the US, which was revealed in 2018.


Watch the talk back here.

Shade up your garden!

Spring is just around the corner and it can’t come soon enough! Spring fever comes with the necessary butterflies in the stomach. Be prepared to make your garden spring proof with the Shadylace parasol. The airy parasol by Chris Kabel allows just a little sun to shine through, creating a dappled shade. It comes complete with a golden or silver bird perched on top. The Shadylace is now available for pre-order in three colours.

Artist Talk: Driessens&Verstappen + Christine de Baan

Artist duo Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen have been working together since 1990, developing a versatile body of work consisting of objects, machines and software.

In 2002, they created the Tickle Salon: a hanging robot designed to gently stroke your skin with undivided attention. In the current pandemic, the Tickle Salon takes on new significance: when touching is discouraged, the robot takes over.


Maria Verstappen joined a conversation with Christine de Baan, writer, editor and advisor in the field of art and design.

Watch the talk here.

Artist Talk: Charlotta Östlund + Stine Jensen

Swedish artist Charlotta Östlund lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Charlotta’s sculptures make us aware of the ephemerality of nature but simultaneously show its power. Due to her use of natural materials, Charlotta’s works are rarely constant, but instead undergo small changes through time.

She joined in a conversation with Danish born, Netherlands based philospher and writer Stine Jensen.

Listen to the talk here

Artist Talk: Sethembile Msezane + Ama van Dantzig

This week we’re joined by multidisciplinary artist Sethembile Msezane (1991), who lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Using an interdisciplinary practice of performance, photography, film, sculpture and drawing, Sethembile creates commanding works heavy with spiritual and political symbolism.

She had a conversation with Ama van Dantzig, researcher and creative thinker based in Ghana and The Netherlands, and co-Founder of Dr. Monk.

Watch the talk here.

Artist Talk: Sophie Ruigrok

This week 10 February, Sophie Ruigrok joined the conversation. Sophie is an artist and writer based in London. Her pastel drawings are about the relationship between people and the nature that surrounds us. We are used to looking at the world around us from the human scale, but what happens if we turn this around? In the talk she will tell us all about her work and inspirations.

Watch the talk here.

Every Wednesday at 17h – Live on Zoom, we host an Artist Talk from the exhibition. Watch past sessions here.

Artist Talk: Emma Prempeh + Ama van Dantzig

Live on Zoom, we host another Artist Talk. Next up: Ama van Dantzig will have a conversation with painter Emma Prempeh about her work, inspirations and the exhibition Onward&Upward.

Emma Prempeh (UK, 1996) made the work Ardour at a time when she was dealing with the loss of a loved one. It helped her come back to life and cope with a deep sense of loneliness. It captures an intimate, everyday setting, where two people hunker down together blissfully in a room. The painting appears to capture a moment frozen in time, but on closer inspection, time seems to be advancing.

This week the conversation is hosted by Ama van Dantzig, researcher and creative thinker based in Ghana and The Netherlands, and co-Founder of Dr.Monk.

Watch the talk here

Every Wednesday at 5pm for the upcoming weeks, we host an inspiring conversation with one of the artists through Zoom.

Artist Talk: Dora Lionstone

This Wednesday, we will be hosting another artist talk from the exhibition ONWARD&UPWARD. This week with photographer Dora Lionstone. Dora believes in the power of daydreaming: letting go of fixed ideas and imagining what else could be. “We should all make space for daydreaming.”

Tune in at 17:00 CET on our Instagram.

Every Wednesday for the next weeks, we will be hosting a live artist talk.

Extended Christmas Rag Chair giveaway!

Due to the current lockdown we will extend our Christmas Rag Chair giveaway! Untill January 22th you’re able to join in our giveaway.

How to join?

  1. Go to Christmas Rag Chair
  2. Buy a ticket (which will be your donation to the Red Cross).
  3. Send us your Christmas sweater with a copy of your confirmation email and order number to:

Staalstraat 7A, 1011 JJ Amsterdam.

On 22 January we will announce the winner of the Rag Chair and donate the money to the Red Cross. If you have any questions please send your mail to [email protected]

Artist Talk: Anya Janssen

On Wednesday, droog will be hosting another artist talk from the exhibition ONWARD&UPWARD – Art in the Garden of Life. Painter Anya Janssen will join the conversation this time.

Watch it here.

Every Wednesday for the next weeks, we will be hosting another live artist talk.

Artist Talk: Yi-Fei Chen

On Wednesday, Droog will be hosting the third artist talk live from the exhibition ONWARD&UPWARD – Art in the Garden of Life. Artist Yi-Fei Chen will join the conversation this time.

Tune in at 17:00 CET through Instagram Live @drooggallery

Every Wednesday for the next weeks, we will be hosting another live Artist Talk.