For a long weekend in June, BIG ART opens its doors for a special summer edition. Once again, the XL art platform is back at Hembrug.
Despite all the limitations during the pandemic, BIG ART, which normally takes place in the autumn, was able to continue in recent years and the platform has continued to garner a lot of attention.
Image: Merel Jansen - GoMulan Gallery, courtesy of BIG ART
An exhibition of extra-large artworks
This art event distinguishes itself from other fairs in the Netherlands, but also from exhibitions in museums and galleries: it is one of the few places where works of art of an expansive size can be displayed and this makes it a popular stage for artists who work in a spacious medium. The industrial halls of the Project.Factory are ideal for extra-large sculptures, drawings, paintings, light art, photography and kinetic installations, many of which are site-specific.
Enter through the huge doors of this former weapons factory and set your eyes on a large canvas or statue. The spaces are raw and post-industrial-looking in character, which creates an exciting contrast with the often delicate works of art.
An art event for everyone
BIG ART is aimed at a wide audience, from professional artists and art school students to people who do not often attend art fairs, museums or galleries, but want to be surprised and inspired. Every year the curators look for a stimulating combination of different art disciplines, from well-known names and emerging talents to autonomous and more applied work. As a result, BIG ART remains as interesting for the art professional as it is for the broader audience.
Many artists use the opportunity to create new work on the spot. At every edition of the event, there have typically been several works made “in situ” that enter into a relationship with the location. Anne van der Zwaag, director of BIG ART, said, “For artists, this is a way to show what they have to offer. New assignments often roll out here.” Most art installations are for sale.
Image: Anouk Griffioen - Vriend van Bavink, courtesy of BIG ART
Expansive post-industrial venue
Due to the location of the Hembrug site with its lush green surroundings, right on the North Sea Canal, the area is bound to be extra attractive in summer. The site used to be the heart of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. The extensive site of over 42 hectares still houses more than 100 industrial buildings that are attached to the former ammunition factory. Nowadays, this leafy area is home to dozens of creative studios and many art and cultural institutions.
Getting to the exhibition
The Hembrug site is located on the border between Amsterdam and Zaandam and is easily accessible by car. Visitors can park their car on-site free of charge. If you're planning on using public transportation, you can take a train to Zaandam from all over the Netherlands, and from Zaandam station, the site can be reached by bus 63. For anyone cycling, it is a 30-minute bike ride from Dam Square in Amsterdam.
Image: Lee McDonald - Galerie van Gelder, courtesy of BIG ART
Artists at BIG ART
Participating artists include:
- Jeroen Koolhaas
- Milena Anna Bouma
- Quinda Verheul
- Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries
- Rosemin Hendriks
- Maria Vashchuk
Get your BIG ART tickets and plan your visit
- Where: Hembrugterrein, Projectfabriek, Middenweg 63 Zaandam
- When: June 24-26, 2022 at 10am-6pm
- How much: Tickets are available online and at the door and cost 12,50 euros. Children under 12 can enter for free.
Check out the BIG ART website for more information.
Thumb image: Tom Kraanen - Josilda da Conceição Gallery