Saturday, April 29, 2006


Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Rozengracht 207 A
1016 LZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

May 3-7, 2006
Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS

In May 2005 IZA Foundation organized the first ‘Close Connections Program’ for international curators and art critics. Ellen de Bruijne started this initiative to invite foreign guests for the period of the KunstRai, Amsterdam Art Fair for Contemporary Art, to give them a close look on the contemporary art scene in the Netherlands and the particularities of cultural Amsterdam through a special program. Close Connections has the goal to stimulate and develop (more) international collaboration and exchange.

Because of the enormous success of the last program the idea is to expand the contacts and create a new and diverse program with meetings with art professionals from the Netherlands and abroad, short lectures and special presentations. During Art Amsterdam/ KunstRai, the IZA foundation organizes in collaboration with various cultural institutes the program Close Connections 2006. Over 23 international curators and critics are invited to bring a special visit to the Dutch capital. During their stay they also provide a number of public discussions and debates, among which the debate in SMBA, Maison Descartes, SMCS at 11 and De Appel.

Beside the public part of the program, the invited guest curators will visit the Art Amsterdam/KunstRai, as well as De Ateliers, Rijksakademie, Montevideo, Mediamatic, W139, SMCS, selection of Amsterdam galleries at Lijnbaansgracht and Jordaan.

On initiative of IZA foundation, international support for the arts/Ellen de Bruijne Projects and Art Amsterdam/Kunstrai

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