Popel Coumou graduated from the Rietveld Academy in 2004 with a series of picturesque photos of bedrooms. Imaginary rooms, fashioned by Coumou from paper and clay into two-dimensional collages and then captured with an analogue camera. Popel is fascinated by the sense of mystery that pervades these domains which – when unoccupied –seem so empty. Places which are closed to outsiders, but where individuals can retreat into themselves and give emotion a free rein.
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON – A RETROSPECTIVE
23 December 2005 – 2 April 2006
Henri Matisse, Vence, France, 1944 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is widely recognised as one of the most important and influential photographers of the twentieth century. His life spanned almost the entire century, while his oeuvre was extremely varied and the quality of his photos was unequalled. Foam’s survey presents a unique portrait of a man who witnessed all the major political, economic and artistic changes of the twentieth century. The show features previously unpublished photos, texts and drawings.
7 - 8 April 2006
Foam Fusion, 2006 © Henk Besselink
An entirely empty Foam is turned into a festival venue. During two days, every space in the museum is used for a programme consisting of presentations, documentaries, an auction, performances, workshops and discussions concerning photography. The festival welcomes a total of 3000 national and international guests.
JAAP SCHEEREN & ANOUK KRUITHOF – THE BLACK HOLE
14 April – 28 May 2006
Untitled, 2004/2005 © KruithofScheeren
Anouk Kruithof (b. 1981) and Jaap Scheeren (b. 1979) graduated in 2003 at St. Joost Academy in Breda. Not long after, they were interviewed by de Volkskrant in a series on the future of art school graduates. This series was titled Het Zwarte Gat (the Black Hole). For both of them this name came to symbolise their determination to carry on in photography. The duo started a series individually and together about depression, black-outs, the universe and actual black holes. They collected these in a book with the same title. The show offers a striking presentation of work from The Black Hole.
THE SANCHEZ BROTHERS
2 June – 16 July 2006
A Motive For Change, 2004 © Sanchez Brothers / Courtesy TORCH Gallery Amsterdam
Fear, isolation and tension characterize the work of the young Canadian photographers Carlos (b. 1976) and Jason (b. 1981) Sanchez. The brothers visualize moments of struggle and conflict, based on personal experience and stories in the media. They leave nothing to chance; the Sanchez brothers build cinematic sets for their photos, and reparations for a single photo may take as long as three months to complete. They willingly leave the viewer to interpret these meticulously posed, cinematic pictures in their own way.
23 June – 20 August 2006
Mutsumtsushima, 1974 © Daido Moriyama
Daido Moriyama is an important contemporary Japanese artist. His work has had an enormous influence on the development of modern photography. His visual idiom is rough and ready, and he often directs the lens at details that are out of context thereby evoking a fragmented and stifling atmosphere. This exhibition at Foam presents prints of pictures taken in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, including photos from famous books such as Farewell Photography, Light and Shadow and Platform. Most of the pictures shown are vintage prints.
BOUND FOR GLORY: AMERICA IN COLOUR, 1939-1943
30 June – 7 September 2006
Crossroads with store, bar, juke joint, and gas station, Melrose, Louisiana © Marion Post Wolcott / Library of Congress, Washington
The Farm Security Administration project during the Great Depression in the United States in the 1930s produced many iconic black-and-white photographs and kicked off the genre of documentary photography. A lesser-known fact is that from 1939 on, a number of photographers worked in colour. This resulted in some unique pictures of extremely high quality that represent an important addition to the famous black-and-white material. Foam is the first to present a selection of these colour photos, which were hidden away in archives for the better part of a century.
PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ISFAHAN, 1920-1950
7 September – 1 November 2006
Untitled, Gholomhossein Derakhshan © Parisa Damandan
Parisa Damandan (1967), a native of Isfahan, spent many years assembling a collection of studio portraits taken between 1920 and 1950. These portraits provide a remarkable insight into life in Iran at a time when traditional culture was developing into a modern society - a transformation that was largely reversed after 1979, when the Islamic Republic was established. From then on, Iranian women were required to wear a hijab, and it was strictly prohibited to photograph women who were not veiled, which meant glass negatives and photographs from more liberal times were hidden away or destroyed. The exhibition in Foam provides a remarkable view of the rise of industrial society and the changes that followed the military coup in 1920.
THE KATE SHOW
15 September – 14 December 2006
Kate Moss, Harper's Bazaar, 1994 © Peter Lindbergh
The Kate Show focuses on Kate Moss: fashion icon, supermodel and muse. It concentrates on the relationship between public and private life, the power and influence of the media and the common desire to shape public figures to reflect our own perspectives. The Kate Show isn’t an ode to the person; it’s an exploration of the rise of a phenomenon. The exhibition features work by a wide range of artists who have been inspired by the phenomenon Kate Moss. She’s the personification of an empty canvas on which everyone projects their own desires, ideas or frustrations.
Untitled: Pink Skirt vs. Brown Pants (detail) from the series For Art's Sake, 2005-2007 © Daniëlle van Ark
In 2006, the following artists were asked to present their work in Foam's project space for young talent, Foam 3h:
Sylvia Alonso | Paul Kooiker | Alexandra Leykauf & Lisa Oppenheim | Philip Lorca diCorcia | Trent Parke | Maarten van Schaik | Schilderen met Licht | Tian-Sying | Larry Towell | Kai Zastrow
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.