Retrospect of 2018

Press Release | Amsterdam, December 2018

2018 has been a very dynamic year for Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. There were twenty one exhibitions on show in the museum in Amsterdam, two presentations at public locations throughout the city and seven exhibitions were opened at various international locations in Germany, France, the UK, the US, Korea and India. Foam Magazine, which is distributed internationally, published three issues and is digitally available as of this year. The Foam Paul Huf Award was organised for the twelfth time, and awarded to American artist Daniel Shea. The end of the year is marked by the colourful exhibition Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography, which is on show until March 3, 2019.  

In the museum, Foam showed retrospectives of legendary photographers like Seydou Keïta and Masahisa Fukase. Works from the renowned Arthur Walther Collection were on display, as well as historical photos by Jacob Riis. Additionally, there were many works from contemporary photographers both at home and abroad, such as Lucas Foglia, Thomas Albdorf, Daniëlle van Ark, Samuel Gratacap, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and the duo Broersen and Lukács. Two exhibitions featuring works from Foam’s own collection (which now contains more than 550 works) took place, both in Amsterdam and Paris. In Foam 3h, Foam’s exhibition space for young artists, short term exhibitions by international young talent such as Stelios Kallinikou, Rebecca Sampson, Senta Simond, Theo Simpson and Tereza Zelenkova were on display.

The consistent high quality of the Foam exhibitions did not go unnoticed: our own production Still/Life, with work by Dutch photographers, travelled to Seoul and Mumbai where it can currently be seen in one of the largest museums of India. The exhibition Back to the Future, which is developed by Foam and contains works by 19th and 20th Century photographers, travelled to C/O Berlin after the premiere in Amsterdam. This exhibition will be on show in Budapest in 2019. The successful retrospective exhibition of the work of the late Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase, which was shown in Foam up to 12 December, also received a lot of international interest. Fondazione Sozzani has asked Foam to bring the exhibition to Milan, where it can be seen from January 2019 onwards. This year again, Foam presented exhibitions with work from its own Foam Talent selection in New York, London and Frankfurt. These works, made by photographers under the age of 35, are specially selected annually for the yearly Talent Call by Foam Magazine. This year there were 1853 submissions from 74 countries. In 2018, Foam Magazine was also released in digital editions, which makes it possible for subscribers to now view them on their mobile devices as well. Furthermore, the entire archive of 52 issues is now available online.

Locally, attention was paid to expansion through the deepening and embedding of educational projects. For example, in 2018 the Blik op Bijlmer project, a program in which the meeting between young and old is key, was preserved. For two years, Foam and the Public School community Bijlmer (Amsterdam South East) worked together on this curriculum with the aim of introducing third-year students from VMBO Zorg & Welzijn into elderly care in a practical manner. The method for working intergenerational that Foam has been using for over ten years is now included in the OSB curriculum in order to structurally create more interest and appreciation for the Health Care sector.

2019 will kick off with a special new project: a pop-up exhibition. Foam has been given the unique opportunity to temporarily exhibit Foam Talent 2019 only two doors down from the museum. At Foam Next Door, the works of twenty selected artists provide insight into the state of contemporary photography. After the opening in Amsterdam, this Foam Talent exhibition will again be traveling internationally to New York, London, Frankfurt and Paris. Also on the agenda are many new exhibitions by exceptional artists, such as Erwin Blumenfeld, Saskia de Brauw and Vincent van de Wijngaard, Santu Mofokeng, the duo Scheltens&Abbenes, Alex Prager, Dominic Hawgood, Eva O’Leary and more. In addition, three new publications of Foam Magazine will be published in 2019.

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