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The Artistic Side of Amsterdam

Posted on 10/3/2017 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

Amsterdam is known around the globe for its Canal District. In the seventeenth century, this District was a center of world-renown art, architecture, and international trade. In this episode of CNNGO, curators Diana Strigter and David van Doesburg focus on Amsterdam’s recent artistic ventures—the contemporary art scene. Their own gallery is in Jordaan, a neighborhood brimming with contemporary art galleries. Diana explains that she likes to curate art that doesn’t make sense at first glance; art that makes viewers uncomfortable. Marloes Krijnen, director of a photography museum called Foam, says of artists in Amsterdam: “we explore new things, and we love to collaborate.” I love the simultaneity of contemporary and Dutch masters within the city. Cobbled streets and narrow canals uphold the cherished past visions of the city, while contemporary art breaks ground into the future.

Courtesy CNN

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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