Marcel Feil to leave as artistic director at Foam

After eighteen years at Foam, Marcel Feil will leave as artistic director as of 1 July. “More than eighteen years of working for Foam is a long time and makes great demands. The past year, which has been so strongly influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, was a year of contemplation and reflection in which I became aware that I was ready for a change. I will soon turn fifty-three and would like the chance to deploy my knowledge and experience elsewhere. So I have decided to stop as artistic director as of 1 July.”

Marcel Feil has worked at Foam since 2003, first as a curator and from 2009 as deputy artistic director. After the departure in 2019 of Marloes Krijnen, founder and director, he succeeded her as artistic director, with Nynke de Haan as managing director.

“Since 2003 I have devoted myself fully to Foam and, especially in the field of artistic content, I have attempted, along with the team, to give Foam a strong identity all its own. In that we have been highly effective, in my view. The activities of Foam are distinctive and widely appreciated, abroad as well as at home, and the museum receives many visitors a year. The Amsterdam Arts Council regards Foam as a top international institution that is of essential importance to the cultural climate in Amsterdam. This was recently underlined by the decision by the municipality of Amsterdam to continue its subsidy for the period to come. That fills me with great pride. This is the moment to leave Foam. There is a great team in place with a lot of experience and talent. Despite the pandemic, Foam is in good shape and ready for the future. This is also a natural moment in which to introduce a new perspective into the leadership and thereby enhance it further. As for me, I am extremely eager to take on a new challenge and deploy my knowledge and experience in a different way.”

Ingo Uytdehaage, chair of the board at Foam, says, “We would like to thank Marcel for his great artistic contribution to Foam. He has had an important part to play in positioning Foam nationally and internationally. We wish Marcel great success with this new step in his career.”

Under the leadership of Marloes Krijnen, Marcel Feil was responsible for Foam’s exhibition policy and he also fleshed out all its other activities, in the Netherlands and abroad, with prestigious events in Paris, New York and London every year. Several exhibitions in China bore fruit, including an exhibition in Foam by Ai Weiwei.

He also gave shape to a multifaceted talent programme. With a special project space for young artists in the museum, a photography prize for emerging international talent, the annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine and the Talent exhibition based on it, Foam has grown to become a highly valued and distinctive institution in the international photography world. Scouting, presenting and stimulating young talent has become one of Foam’s core tasks. As a curator and as deputy artistic director, Marcel Feil was also directly involved in the presentation of work by icons such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, Brassaï and Gordon Parks.

Foam will soon begin the recruitment of a new artistic director, by means of an open procedure.

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

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