This year, a special art project is running in Sofitel Legend The Grand. The five-star hotel in the center of Amsterdam invited 52 artists to stay and work there for one week at a time. The project aims to support the arts in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Adriaan Rees was working there all week. The works that were created will be included in a publication. The entire proceeds of the project are donated to the artists. From his temporary workplace he also sent cards directly derived from the book project Truth/Reality and the performance Drei Hasen that took place at Coppejans Gallery during the passing year.
The Grand’s invitation was a supportive gesture that was most welcome. It feels like an acknowledgment of the arts in times when culture was sometimes pushed into the background. Ewerdt Hilgemann is also one of those selected to participate in the project.
The discussion evening that dasKULTURforum Antwerp and Coppejans Gallery organized on Saturday 26 June was a success.
In the presence of the German Ambassador Martin Kotthaus, Antoon Melissen presented the new book about Lothar Wolleh and Beuys and we spoke with Anny De Decker, Laurence Petrone and Nico Dockx about Beuys in Antwerp and Beuys today. Sound artist Thomas Betsens concluded with an interactive performance in the gallery.
It felt good to speak in front of an audience again after a long time. In the meantime, we also received personal congratulations from the ambassador, who also praised the activities surrounding 100 years of Joseph Beuys in his opening speech.
photo: dasKULTURforum Antwerp. [Thomas Betsens, Laurence Petrone, Stijn Coppejans, Ine Van linthout, Antoon Melissen, Martin Kotthaus, Nico Dockx]
The EUREF research and innovation campus in Berlin is home to a new sculpture group by Ewerdt Hilgemann since yesterday. The 5.5 hectare city quarter symbolizes the energy transition in Germany and is a location for companies in the field of energy, sustainability and mobility.
The sculpture group “Threesome” was specially designed by Hilgemann for the site and consists of three equal shapes, each of which has been imploded in its own way. At the top of the three columns is a cube that has remained intact.
Hilgemann’s work can be found internationally in private and museum collections and is included in the public space in more and more places.
Exactly one year ago, on June 4, 2020, Coppejans Gallery opened its doors. It was the start of an exciting year with many challenges, but also a lot of opportunities that I gladly took with both hands.
It was not an easy year for obvious reasons, but I am very happy that with the support of many people, the gallery quickly found a home on Falconplein and a place in the Antwerp art world. During this turbulent year, two mantras were central: ‘working together pays off’ and ‘continuing to make plans’. Thanks to the positive contributions of the many artists and the enthusiastic reactions from customers and the public, these principles have proved successful and worth repeating.
I would like to thank everyone who follows and supports the gallery. Thanks to you, I have not regretted for a second the decision to start one year ago. If you come by this week, you will receive a small gift to take home. And this weekend you can also do that on shopping Sunday. See you soon!
Bart Van Dijck grew 100 oak trees to hand out to the public. They are part of his performance ‘100 Oaks’, which he did on Sunday 16 May 2021 in the OpenCage.
Each time someone adopts an oak tree, he or she also receives an amulet that Van Dijck made from crushed laughing gas bottles that he found on the street during the lockdown period. In return, the receiver gives a free contribution and signs an adoption contract.
The oak trees can be collected from the gallery during normal opening hours. Number 53 is already waiting for a caring planter.