Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht has honoured the Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi with the Andaz Award for his video art piece Defect in Vision, 2011. The work, acquired by the Mind’s Eye; a partnership of Paul Geertman and Marcel Wanders, will be donated to the Stedelijk Museum and De Hallen Haarlem in shared ownership to be included in their collections. It is the first time that the hotel has granted the Andaz Award and is part of the hotel’s co-operation with Art Rotterdam Projections, the primary fair for video art in the Netherlands. An independent jury consisting of Xander Karskens – conservator at De Hallen Haalem, Bart Rutten – curator at the Stedelijk Museum and Nick Pritzker – representative of Hyatt, selected the winning piece.
“Defect in Vision, 2011 by Meiro Koizumi is a beautiful installation in which watching, or rather not being able to see, is the focus point. By presenting the two projections back to back on a hanging screen in the middle of the room, you as a visitor will lose sight on everything that is happening. This impossibility to oversee the whole, underlines the tendency of the work in which the total absurdity of the war is badgered. The Stedelijk Museum is delighted to include this art work in its collection, in shared ownership with De Hallen Haarlem. The Stedelijk holds a large collection of spacious video art installations in which the work of Koizumi forms a beautiful addition. The Stedelijk Museum is grateful to Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht for the donation of this work and is very much looking forward to its future cooperation.” said Bart Rutten, curator at the Stedelijk Museum.
Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is the first hotel in the world that solely focuses on video art and showcases a permanent collection of 40 unique works throughout the hotel, including various young talents as well as established local and international video artists, such as Ryan Gander, Yael Bartana and Mark Titchner.
“As a venue we are focused on creating cultural connections between our guests and the local community. By providing unique combinations of cultural elements, we strive to propel creative lives. The integration of art in the hotel via a museum function is an important attribute in this respect. Our dynamic video art collection enables us to create a platform for a relatively young art form which is visible to guests the entire day. Our co-operation with Art Rotterdam further enhances these efforts in showcasing video art to a broad audience,” said Toni Hinterstoisser, general manager of Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.
In support of Art Rotterdam Projections, one more video art work is acquired by the jury on behalf of the Mind’s Eye. It concerns Vengeance, the complete Episodes 1 – 7, 2012 by Keren Cytter. Three episodes have already been made, the other four episodes will be produces this year.The piece will be added to the current video art collection of the Mind’s Eye, as presented at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht. Besides, the Stedelijk Museum and De Hallen Haarlem have the freedom to add the work temporally to their collection on loan.
Founded in 2000, Art Rotterdam developed into an internationally renowned platform for contemporary art over the past few years. The fair presents more than ninety well-known as well as up and coming galleries from home and abroad, and shows the latest developments within contemporary art. With this edition, Art Rotterdam expands with a fair for video art and film, Art Rotterdam Projections. In Las Palmas, directly opposite the Cruise Terminal, twenty international galleries present a video or a film by a talented young or well-known artist. The 2013 edition further includes the New Art Section: fifteen exciting solo exhibitions by young artists that are put on the stage by the newest generation of galleries. From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 February 2013, the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam is the stage of the international art scene.
The Mind’s Eye is a cooperation of Paul Geertman and Marcel Wanders. The Mind’s Eye makes the collection of video works that are showcased on the 40 screens throughout Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht available. It’s the ambition to create a collection consisting of at least a hundred art works within a number of years. Acquisitions will be done from time to time over this period.
The Stedelijk Museum, built in 1895, is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. It reopened on September 23, 2012 with a fully renovated historical building and a new wing designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects. It now has more space than ever to permanently show its renowned collections and cutting-edge exhibitions. The collection of the Stedelijk includes more than 90,000 artworks from 1870 to the present day, with works by such diverse artists as Karel Appel, Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Wim Crouwel, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Ed van der Elsken, Joan Jonas, Donald Judd, Willem de Kooning, Jeff Koons, Ed Kienholz, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malevich, Henri Matisse, Barnett Newman, Bruce Nauman, Gerrit Rietveld, Cindy Sherman, Ettore Sottsass, and Charley Toorop. A large retrospective of the work of American artist Mike Kelley currently premieres at the Stedelijk and will travel to Paris, New York and Los Angeles.
De Hallen Haarlem is the museum for modern and contemporary art in Haarlem. Three times a year De Hallen Haarlem organises a cluster of exhibitions showcasing current developments in the visual arts. The museum aims to offer a platform for local and international artists focusing on photography and video art.
Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht recently opened its doors on the site of the former Public Library on the Prinsengracht – the “Prince’s Canal.” Marvelously located in the cultural heart of Amsterdam, the hotel is surrounded by the creative scene and dynamic character of the lively Jordaan district and adjacent “Nine Streets.” The new 122-room (including five suites) hotel is within close walking distance of the city’s major attractions, as well as prime retail and business districts. Reflecting its energetic and distinctive surroundings, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is devoted to providing highly personalized, uncomplicated service in an atmosphere that authentically embraces the best of Amsterdam. Notable features are the in-house restaurant and bar, Bluespoon, 400 square meters (4,305 square feet) of meeting space, a signature spa with sauna, steam and treatment rooms, and a fully equipped 24-hour gym. Every space is uniquely designed by Dutch architect and renowned designer, Marcel Wanders, reflecting a modern and adventurous view of Dutch history and local culture. Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is offering a series of local cultural events through the Andaz Salon, kicking off with the Amsterdam Art Weekend in December. The hotel is dedicated to creating a stage and motivating creative minds to come together, share their passions, work and play.
Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz delivers an innovative hospitality experience and attentive, uncomplicated service designed to accommodate guests’ personal preferences. Hotels in this collection reflect the unique cultural scenes and spirit of the surrounding neighborhood and are dedicated to creating natural and vibrant living spaces where travelers can indulge their own personal sense of comfort and style. Nine Andaz hotels are currently open: United States — Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa in California and Andaz Savannah; Europe — Andaz Liverpool Street in London and Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht; China — Andaz Shanghai.Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Architect: Marcel Wanders
Project name: Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht