A year of visual encounters

A year of visual encounters

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, Foam is organising a broad range of activities throughout 2017 united by the theme of collaboration, under the title Collaborate!. We will explore beyond the limits of photography and fine arts, and help develop ties between different artistic disciplines, as well as venturing into scientific and technological fields.

Foam has identified a number of changes in the photographic landscape, with collaboration as a key component. A generation of young artists and artist initiatives is approaching its professional practice in this new manner. Foam is an outspoken advocate of this tendency; working together has always been part of our DNA. It is of the utmost importance to research, question and pay close attention to this trend. The extensive Collaborate! project will feature a host of activities that differ substantially in nature: from exhibitions and events to activities well beyond the museum’s walls, in Amsterdam and abroad. A diverse array of both domestic and international artists, industry professionals and experts from other disciplines will participate, as well as a range of institutes and collectives. Highlights are Foam Fusion, a three-day festival at the museum in June; and a presentation during the photography festival Rencontres d’Arles.


Collectivism. Collectives and their quest for value.
20 April – 18 June
This exhibition presents a selection of artist collectives that concern themselves with the value of images in modern society and the organisation of dissenting voices to challenge the mainstream media.

Foam 3h

Foam X Hydra
16 March – 14 May

Foam X African Artists’ Foundation
19 May – 16 July

Foam X Ruhang MES 56
22 September – 5 November

In Foam 3h, the project space for young artists, Foam shows three collaborations involving photography platforms in Mexico City (Mexico), Lagos (Nigeria) and Yogyakarta (Indonesia) that each operate in a specific local art scene. The initiative offers Foam the opportunity to present young talent from different cultural contexts and to research new developments in local photography discourses worldwide.

Roger Ballen & Asger Carlsen - No Joke
23 June - 27 August
Foam presents No Joke, a joint project by photographers Asger Carlsen (b. 1973, DK) and Roger Ballen (b. 1950, US), which evolved online over a period of four years.


Foam Bèta
17 May and October
Foam Bèta is a community for young photographers, university students and students with a more subject-specific educational background that comes together twice a year. In 2017 the central theme of Foam Bèta is Collaborate!.

Foam Fusion
9 - 11 June
One of the highlights of the year is the three-day festival in June called Foam Fusion. During this weekend readings, round table discussions, lively presentations and interdisciplinary workshops fill the rooms of the museum.

Foam X Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles
3 - 9 July
Foam is present at the renowned annual photography festival Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles (France). The central location La Bourse du Travail is transformed into a discussion- and meeting place with presentations of Collaborate! projects and a project space for students, professionals and visitors.

Foam Farm x Sociëteit Sexyland
23 – 24 September
For the Foam Farm we gather five young top talents with different professional backgrounds. The aim of Foam Farm is to establish a dynamic between the talent. Together they work towards organising a special presentation in Sociëteit Sexyland, Amsterdam-Noord.

Gallery Mercatorplein
13 November - 11 December
Gallery Mercatorplein is a photo exhibition in the public space with the work of Jean-Vincent Simonet. Foam and Amsterdam-West district have been working together for years in realising several exhibitions on Mercatorplein.


Foam x ITGWO
31 August – 3 September
The music festival Into the Great Wide Open (ITGWO) is known for its extensive side-programme with visual arts, film and a wide range of activities for children. In collaboration with ITGWO Foam develops an educational project on the island of Vlieland, surrounded by nature.

Foam X ADE
18 – 22 October
In collaboration with Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) we are working on a special project that will be presented during the annual festival.

The Collaborate! programme is made possible with the support of Fonds21, the Mondriaan Fund, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and VSBfonds.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

In 2021 Foam receives additional support from Kickstart Cultuurfonds and the Mondriaan Fund.