InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam and De Waterheuvel are starting a collaboration.
On Friday, February 14, 2014 the General Managers of the Amstel Hotel and De Waterheuvel signed the agreement on a unique collaboration. De Waterheuvel offers locals with mental illness the opportunity to build a meaningful life again. Work is essential. The Amstel Hotel is the first employer in Amsterdam to offer De Waterheuvel paid workplaces for people (sometimes going back to work after a long time).Through this collaboration is De Waterheuvel partner in the “IHG Academy”. The IHG Academy provides local people with skills development and employment opportunities in one of the world’s largest hotel companies.
Thursday 16 January 2014 – end of February 2014
Dutch photographer Hendrik Kerstens has been photographing his daughter, Paula since 1995. His photographs have been collected by museums around the world and have caught the eye of a wide range of influential artists, including trendsetters Elton John and Alexander McQueen. (McQueen, in fact based his Autumn 2009 collection on Kerstens’ image of Paula with a plastic bag head-dress, using the image as his invitation for the show.)
A number of the portraits of Paula are clearly reminiscent of Johannes Vermeer. The austerity of the photograph, its clarity, the serene expression on the young girl’s face, and not least, the characteristic ‘Dutch light’, all combine to create this impression. However, Kerstens was not just imitating the old masters. As the series progressed, he became increasingly interested in the game of creating a conceptual and humorous dialogue between past and present. The titles give the game away. ‘Napkin’ looks like a maid’s bonnet. In ‘Bag’, a plastic grocery bag is shaped to look like a lace hood. In other pictures no pretence is made to imitate 17th century clothing but Paula’s face and Kerstens’ lighting turn a thoroughly modern hoodie into a classic and timeless garment.
On the wall behind the bar there’s an original photograph by Hendrik Kerstens. In the temporary exhibition you can see six other images.
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