Gallery talks — 13 Mar 2019

On the occasion of the exhibition Spirits of the Soil, the Stedelijk Museum is organizing two Gallery Talks.
Museum ticket + € 3 supplement
Exhibition galleries, meeting point: entrance hall
13 Mar, 4 pm until 5 pm
Main language

The gallery talks provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions about the exhibition with an expert. The second speaker is the artist of the exhibition, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen. He will guide visitors through his personal selection of artworks.

Spirits of the Soil is a new series of monumental paintings specially made for the exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. In a raw and expressive manner, Van Haver depicts her experiences in Amsterdam’s Bijlmer district and the suburbs of Caribbean and Latin American cities, which originated from the African Diaspora. The title refers to the residents of these districts who she met and befriended during her stays. These 'Spirits of the Soil' are the greatest source of inspiration for Van Haver’s work: everyday life and rituals are depicted with a very specific sense of form and a great material complexity.


Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen is a curator, photographer and art historian. Since 1995 he has been curator at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. At the Stedelijk he was (co-) curator of several solo exhibitions, including Raquel van Haver (2018-2019), Carlos Motta (2017-2018), Isa Genzken (2015-2016), Ed Atkins (2015) and Tino Sehgal (2015), and curator of Jump into the Future - Art from the 90's and 2000's. The Borgmann Donation (2017). Van Nieuwenhuyzen received the AICA Certificate 2017 for best exhibition in the period 2014-2017 for A Year at the Stedelijk: Tino Sehgal. He also curated several group exhibitions, such as Bad Thoughts - Collection Martijn and Jeannette Sanders (2014-2015), Beyond Imagination (2012, together with Kathrin Jentjens), From the Corner of the Eye (1998) and Wild Walls (1995).

From 1999 to 2006 Van Nieuwenhuyzen was chief curator at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), the museum’s former project space for emerging artists. From 2000 to 2003 he was Associate Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. In 2005 he was the commissioner of the film installation Mandarin Ducks by De Rijke / De Rooij for the Dutch pavilion in the 51st Venice Biennale. Van Nieuwenhuyzen has regularly published in international art journals and wrote essays for publications on artists including Marlene Dumas, Rob Scholte, Aernout Mik, Gabriel Orozco and Allora & Calzadilla.

Raquel van Haver, Straat (diptych), 2015. Oil paint , tarr, coal, "thickener" on burlap, 245cm x355cm, courtesy Jack Bell Gallery, London.
Raquel van Haver, Straat (diptych), 2015. Oil paint , tarr, coal, "thickener" on burlap, 245cm x355cm, courtesy Jack Bell Gallery, London.