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‘International attention and incentive for pioneering Dutch art’

Yael Bartana, Trembling Times, 2017 Yael Bartana, Trembling Times, 2017

‘For the twelfth time, we were able to participate in the renowned Art Basel art fair this year, with a stand in the ‘Galleries’ section, that we had designed by Croatian architect Miroslav Rajic. This year, we showed a variety of works, almost three quarters of which were from artists living in the Netherlands, namely Yael Bartana, Roger Hiorns, Meiro Koizumi, Erik van Lieshout, David Maljkovic, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, and Rezi van Lankveld.’

With a Participation International Art Fairs Grant, Annet Gelink Gallery presented itself in mid-2017 at Art Basel, where more than 290 galleries from 24 countries present modern and contemporary art; an important impetus for the international position, name and appreciation of contemporary visual art from the Netherlands.

‘This year, too, Art Basel was the moment of the year to intensify contacts with well-known curators and collectors, and to meet new people. We have acquired a lot of new contacts with collectors, museum curators and journalists,’ said Julia Schleyerbach of Annet Gelink Gallery.

‘For the first time, we showed the work of Sarah van Sonsbeeck in Basel. Her solo exhibition in the gallery in early 2017 was a big success; a good moment to raise international attention for the groundbreaking work of this young Dutch artist. One of her works was purchased by a British collection, and a big American gallery contacted us to discuss possible cooperation. We also succeeded in placing larger works of our other artists in important collections; Yael Bartana, for example, was acquired by the Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts in Lausanne, where she will also get a retrospective.’