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The Unforgettable Fire

Kunsthal, Rotterdam

25 Years Torch Gallery. Homage Adriaan van der Have

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The jubilee exhibition called ‘The Unforgettable Fire' at Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a survey of the stirring history of the Amsterdam art gallery TORCH. Adriaan van der Have, the charismatic owner of the gallery, selected works for the exhibition that are not obvious and made some rather unexpected choices. Twenty-six artists were selected - one artist per year - which together represent his vision on art and photography. With a clear eye for young and self-willed talent Van der Have provided a platform for both Dutch and international promising new talents. The unique collection of works - portraits, photo collages, trick and staged photography - can be characterized by a subtle escape from reality in which longing, beauty, eroticism and nature take up central position. The exhibition ‘The Unforgettable Fire' is a tribute to Adriaan van der Have, who passed away in April this year.
Pioneering and Recalcitrant

TORCH Gallery is known for its internationally oriented web of collectors, admirers and fans. Passionately and enthusiastically Adriaan van der Have dedicated himself to his artists. His taste in art can safely be called broad. At a very early stage in his career he participated in many international art fairs with his gallery, amongst which Art Basel, Paris Photo, Pulse and more recently the new Art Dubai, in order to present Dutch artists abroad.
Artists participating

The exhibition contains works by Blommers & Schumm, Eelco Brand, Sanchez Brothers, Carolus, Anton Corbijn, Alan David-Tu, Martin Denker, Wouter Deruytter, De Sirenen, Margi Geerlinks, Teun Hocks, Twan Janssen, Gerald van der Kaap, Ellen Kooi, Daniël Kramer, Daniëlle Kwaaitaal, Inez van Lamsweerde, Loretta Lux, Jochen Mülhenbrink, Charlemagne Palestine, Terry Rodgers, Servaas, Annie Sprinkle, Stepanek & Maslin, Starn Twins and Henk Tas.

Image: Portrait Adriaan van der Have © Anton Corbijn


On the initiative of Margi Geerlinks a jubilee publication under the same name with visual contributions by various artists and essays by, amongst others, Wim van Sinderen, Hans den Hartog Jager, Kees van Twist, Sanneke van Hassel, Roel Bentz van den Berg, Rob Perrée and Pieter van Oudheusden is to appear at Art Unlimited. Design: Marnix Dees and Theo Ruys.
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Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341 - 3015 AA Rotterdam
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Sunday: 11am-5pm
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