Kings & Queens
By Léon Hendrickx in collaboration with Micha Schneijderberg (aka Snorella)
27 July - 24 September
For most people, drag queens are an exotic phenomenon restricted to the worlds of spectacle, fantasy and entertainment. KINGS & QUEENS explores how drags challenge traditional gender definitions by showing that there is much more to life than simply being a man or a woman. But who are these drag queens? And who is the man behind the spectacular female display? Whose desire is satisfied with the transformation back and forth and what does one side get from the other?
The photo series Kings & Queens brings the viewer closer to the drag queen's identity beyond the exhibitionist extravaganza. Using photomontage, man and drag are seamlessly arranged in one image, revealing the two personalities' relationship. These portraits tell stories about gender, love, identity, sexual transcendence and perhaps even about the nature of man him (or her) self.
A part of the exhibition will be shown at FOAM Café from 27 July till 6 August, during Amsterdam Gay Pride.
Die Another Day
April 22 -July 25
Die another day: a quest for decay of the human mind at the dark side of the world. KYAS ART SALON is very proud to present a selection of his best recent works. In his work Klashorst tries to reveal our deeper emotions, frustrations and vulgarities as well as the absurd reality of politics. Piercing the illusions of modern mankind. Stylistic and formal problems of painting are less and less of his interest. His work is unpolished and raw; an analysis of fear and desire.
“To appreciate Peter Klashorst’s art is to understand the larger historical context - he’s continuing the grand tradition of writers and artists before him, fearless in his vision, courageous in his continued battles against powerful corporate and state censors, and dedicated to his freedom and independence despite the hardships.” Christopher G. Moore - “Peter Klashorst: Our Night Watchman”
Klashorst (1957), started his career in the eighties by initiating the artist-collective “After Nature”. He left The Netherlands in the late nineties to work in Africa and Asia, inspired by his heroes Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Gauguin. Refusing to be part of the establishment, he chooses clash over harmony. Klashorst has become the painting outcast of Dutch society, roaming the world in search of paradise and hell. In 2011 his autobiographical novel “Kunstkannibaal” was published.
Fragments of Oblivion
February 24 - March 26
Torben Raun, (1973, Haderslev, Denmark) a graduate in Film and Media Studies from Copenhagen and London Guildhall University (2000), took up photography in 2003 studying at the Danish School of Art Photography. Finding beauty in the ugly is a recurring theme in his documentary and art work. Torben is currently based in Amsterdam, travelling worldwide for assignments and personal work, using both film and photography with any camera available, including smartphones. His work has been exhibited at Tokyo Graphic Passport (2010), FotoFestival Naarden (2011) and Paris Photo Mode (2015).
Oblivion: the act or process of dying out; the condition or quality of being completely forgotten: If we don't preserve their habitat, the entire species will pass into oblivion. Decades of Decay has turned Cuba into something oddly beautiful. The pre-Revolutionary style elements, American 1950’s quality products mixed with the messy 'whatever we have or can find we will use because nothing else is available' approach is a total antistatement to the Western throw away culture. To the non tourist, Cuba is so much more than cars and sandy beaches. Taking a moment to recognise the beauty in the ugly is essential to experiencing the real Cuba.
The Forest and the Dress
26 March - 30 April 2016
KYAS ART SALON presents Jacqueline Lamme and Justine Albronda, two female artists with eyes for beauty and a strong connection with the tradition of Dutch painting. Both artists paint specific themes from their daily environment. Amongst their oil paintings, Caroline Curtis´s painted ceramic works also will be presented.
For this exhibition, Justine Albronda finds her inspiration in her closet. With poetical great sensitivity, she paints her favorite garments, that emphasize the female aspect as an artist, such as, dresses, blouses and her own fur coat. She works in the tradition of the Baroque, with great attention to the light, shadow and an extraordinary realism with tranquil and clear technique. A contemporary interpretation of the Dutch genre paintings from the Golden Age.
The Romanticism of the 19th century is the starting point of Jacqueline Lamme´s paintings. In her work, she is searching for a natural paradise, based on observations at the edges of Amsterdam. Animals from the nearby wilderness, especially birds and butterflies, are placed in dark painted surroundings.
Caroline Curtis uses 100 years old ceramic plates, which are glazed and refired. Her dishes and plates with hand painted stylized lacework and animal motives form a bridge between the themes of this exhibition: The Forest and the Dress.
Asselt vs Kousbroeck
10 October - 7 November 2015
Thoughts collide when these visual artists cross their pens in a battle. Eight themes will pervade during the visual confrontation between two draftsmen: from strawberry to birth, from fragile to pensioners, from work to war, from refugees to philosophy.
Gabriël Kousbroek & René van Asselt, changing the way we look at everyday life, will fight this visual battle in 16 one-of-a-kind supersized prints.
There will be a live performance at the opening: a drawing battle between the draftsmen, Kousbroek & Van Asselt
as well as a musical interlude featuring DJ Ruigrok, Olaf Zwetsloot and the languorous pianist. Besides that, Gabriël will be drawing live during the exhibition period between 2 pm and 4 pm at KYAS ART SALON, daily.
Devour the Absence
Trompette de la Mort
December 18 - February 11
Artists Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva and Gwen Stok explore an illusive sanatorium with the creation of Trompette de la Mort. Their art has a macabre but playful feeling to it, as if you’re the guest of honour among cannibals, while trying to remember proper table manners. Bruno and Gwen decided to work together in 2014. Their first show was in December 2014 but this was just the beginning. They are specialised in ink drawings (small and big) and paintings as well.
November 26 - December 14
Marijn Wensveen was born and raised in Amsterdam, where he lives and works. After studying industrial design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Marijn started to work as an independent art professional. Throughout the years he has worked and experimented with all kinds of different media and techniques such as welding, sculpting, 3d visual prototyping, graphic design, photography and printing.
In his latest work many of these disciplines come together, using the highest quality of materials, namely airplane parts. Bringing art, design and engineering together, into a genre he himself prefers to call "action sculpting"; the sculptural equivalent of Action Painting. His works, based on free expression, are 3 dimensional documents of all the actions that took place; all the phases of the process are visible in the final piece. Allthough the abstractness of the objects, they seem to be spirited, to come to life.
(Un)colored, A Midsummer Night's Dream
4 June - 10 July 2016
KYAS ART SALON is proud to present the photo-exhibition "(Un)colored, A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Amsterdam based artist Jochem Sanders (1977). The photographs shown are a selection of images shot on film over the last 15 years.
During his travels as a photographer Jochem always carries a Stylus Epic to capture his surroundings in a very intuitive way. It is the kind of photography with no initial concept. It is about looking with the heart. Capturing moods evoked by spaces. A number of images are b&w shots colored in post-production, questioning how one remembers color.
The Big City and the Seven Cows
6 February - 9 March 2016
Catherine van der Werff during the opening speech: “This is a fascinating confrontation between city and nature, between instinct, abstraction and reason,” Viegers explains. “Shaving and painting the cow skins almost felt like acts of violence. But that is exactly what we do to nature: we plaster and scar the purity of nature with our cities. Cities are white moulds, sores rising from the earth and crushing nature.
30 May - 30 June 2015
We are proud to announce the launch of the group exhibition from major works of sparkling artists together, for the important art week in Amsterdam. Artists: Yoshiyasu Tamura, Phil Bloom, Krijn van Noordwijk, Meinbert Gozewijn van Soest, Jochem Sanders and Kaoru Yamamoto
The New Mango Fine Art
November 15 - March 31 2015
The new salon style art space KYAS ART SALON will be the space for art lovers and cultural happenings. Our first represented artist is Yoshiyasu Tamura, the Japanese Manga Maestro. Tamura will be staying for one month at KYAS ART SALON, producing his Manga Fine Art everyday! During the opening, he also welcomes YOU to create a manga style portrait for YOU!
Mangaka, illustrator, painter. Born in Gunma, Japan, in 1977. Since high school he has been involved with drawing cartoons and he soon signed a contract with publisher Shueisha. In 2003 his first manga, Fudegami (JUMPCOMICS, Shueisha) was published on a very popular monthly magazine called ‘Gekkan Shonen Jump’. Tamura also works as a painter, inspired by western art. His first solo exhibition titled ‘Genesis – Paintings by Yoshiyasu Tamura’ was in 2008. In 2011 he had an exhibition at the ‘Nihonga ZERO’ (Higari Zingaro, Kaikaikiki) under the supervision of Takashi Murakami. At the same time he started to exhibit internationally at art fairs, such as Mexico City, Basel, Taipei, Los Angeles, New York and Poznan. In 2013 he has been invited to cultural events in Siena, Lucca, Lisbon. From then a European tour began with his works. After showing his talent in various countries, he received invitations to hold his workshops at festivals and comic schools. His workshops always have been very popular. In 2014 Tamura had a solo exhibition at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence. This year Tamura received his assignment with the fashion brand “McQ Alexander McQueen” for fall/winter collection women 2014.