This new initiative of Foam in collaboration with Frame and restaurant Foyer combines art and culture, working together with various partners, photographers and artists. &Foam, with 'The Space Between Us' exhibition features work by nine contemporary Dutch photographers and a series of special limited edition prints.
Thursday 17 April will see the opening of Felix &Foam, a new initiative of Foam in collaboration with Frame and restaurant Foyer, in the imposing Felix Meritis building in Amsterdam. The City of Amsterdam asked Foam to take responsibility for the cultural programme for this building for the coming six months. Felix &Foam is honouring the building's unique history by combining art and culture, working together with various partners, photographers and artists. Besides photography, the programme includes video, film, fashion and design, with a special emphasis on work by emerging, young talent.
Until October 2014, Felix &Foam will be the place where art, culture and special events come together. The building's seven rooms, bar and foyer will be packed with exhibitions, film screenings, installations, a restaurant, surprising shops and an in-house gallery. The programme includes presentations, workshop launches and various events. Twice a week there will be a varied evening programme with music, theatre and debates, as well as Felix &Friday every Friday. The building will be open to the public seven days a week until 30 September 2014.
Foam exhibits two photography exhibitions featuring young talent in the former concert hall. The first of these - entitled The Space Between Us - shows work by nine contemporary Dutch photographers, each of whom is engaged in exploring and portraying the human body in their own unique way. Foam's gallery, Foam Editions, is presenting a series of special limited edition prints, and the Foam bookshop is also given a prominent place in the building. In collaboration with several young artists collectives, a public studio is set up where visitors can watch work in progress and where rapidly changing exhibitions and installations are made. Each month a new collective will present its work, starting with De Fotokopie, organized by Galerie de Schans. Foam is also working with the Juliètte Jongma gallery to curate a room showing films and video works exploring the various performance disciplines within the artistic praxis. This will include work by Annika Kahrs, Ursula Mayer and Mary Reid Kelley. The former theatre auditorium will house a mixed programme featuring various partners operating on the cutting edge of different artistic disciplines, such as music, dance and theatre performances, debates and more. A Camera Obscura has been installed in the top of the building, where workshops will also be held.
Frame Publishers has worked together with designers i29 | interior architects to set up two shops with a focus on fashion and design. These uniquely designed Frame Stores, a three-dimensional version of the magazine, offer a stage to new talents, products and brands from the worlds of fashion, art and design, as well as media, beauty and food. Books and magazines are also for sale, based on the Frame Publishers' own collection. In addition to this, Frame will be organising a large number of events here, ranging from launches to exhibitions and lectures.
Young entrepreneurs are starting a restaurant in the former foyer, appropriately named Foyer. From 2 May onwards , Foyer will be serving traditional Dutch food with a modern twist, operating a lunch and dinner service.
Launch and opening of Felix &Foam | Thursday 17 April 18.00
Felix &Foam, Frame and Foyer &Friends will be opened to the public by Carolien Gehrels (vice-mayor for Art & Culture) from 6 pm onwards on Thursday 17 April.
With performances of the band My Baby, the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, DJ Gauche Caviar, and a live set by Saux, organized by KLEAR, a concept by the collective Jongens van de Wereld. RSVP on Facebook
Felix &Foam was made possible thanks to Gemeente Amsterdam.
Partners Felix &Foam
i29 interior architects
Galerie Juliètte Jongma
Foam is sponsored by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, Gemeente Amsterdam and the VandenEnde Foundation.
Agenda Felix &Foam
Starting from 17 April:
&Foam Editions Books
The &Foam bookshop will present an extensive range of photo books, magazines, posters, notebooks and more.
Foam's in-house gallery, Foam Editions, offers limited-edition prints from photographers such as Broomberg Chanarin, Awoiska van der Molen, Peter Puklus, Malick Sidibé and Raimond Wouda.
&Foam Exhibition | The Space Between Us | 17 April to 23 June 2014
Exhibition in which nine contemporary Dutch artists use photography as well as film and video to explore and exploit the meaning, value and representation of the human body. Featuring Melanie Bonajo, Koen Hauser, Jan Hoek, Elza Jo, Anouk Kruithof, Paul Kooiker, Stefan Ruitenbeek Jaap Scheeren and Willem Popelier.
Art | Beauty | Design | Fashion
Each month a different artists collective holds an open studio and presents its work, at the invitation of Foam curator Kim Knoppers.
17 April Fotokopie (Abel Minnée and Guus Kaandorp)
1 May ½ (Un Demi)
Books | Design | Magazines
Three-weekly programme of recent films and video works, curated by gallery holder Juliette Jongma and Foam curator Claudia Küssel.
The first item on the programme is the most recent video by Annika Kahrs (born 1984), Playing to the Birds. In this video, a pianist plays the piano concerto Legende Nr. 1 by Franz Liszt for a very special audience. Liszt composed this virtuoso work for piano inspired by the legend of Francis of Assisi who preached to a flock of birds and came to the conclusion that animals and plants have a soul and consciousness. | Annika Kahrs, Playing to the Birds, 2013, HDV-Video, colour, sound, 14 min, edition of 5 + 2AP Courtesy Peter Amby Gallery, Copenhagen.
At least twice a week, Stage will be hosting debates and lectures on a range of topics, as well as performances of music, dance and theatre, and Felix &Friday every Friday
Image: Myself as a Mandrill 04, from the series Myself as a Mandrill, 2011 © Elza Jo / Courtesy Cokkie Snoei Amsterdam/Rotterdam
For information and visual material please contact the communications department, e-mail foam[at]foam.org or phone +31 (0)20 5516500.
Launch and opening of Felix &Foam | Thursday 17 April 18.00
Frame, Foyer &Friends
Keizersgracht 324 - Amsterdam
Opening hours 11 am - 7 pm
Entrance to Felix &Foam is free, with the exception of events.
Restaurant Foyer opening hours
Opening: Friday 2 May
Mon, Tue 11 am - 7 pm
Wed, Thu, Sun 11 am - 1 am
Fri, Sat 11 am - 3 am