In November 2016 I organise an exhibition of new oil paintings in Oosterkerk in Amsterdam: canvasses with mandala-, portrait-, outer-space- en landscape- elements. Though most paintings are new, also older paintings will be on display, among which two "Oosterdok Paintings",see picture above, both measuring 125 x 85 cm. I painted them in resp. 1987 en 2013. It is the wish of the owners to show them next to each other for once.
On the 27th of May 2016 the opening took place in Huis de Pinto of the photo exhibition AMSTERDAMS LENTEBOMEN. In the street gallery of Sint Antoniesbreestraat in Amsterdam big photo's of "trees in young leaf" were suspended. All photos taken in the spring month May against the background of the (inner-)city.
Amsterdam grows its inner city on Oosterdokseiland. On this piece of land east of the Central Station everything changed. On 2 layers of parking space (for ca 1700 cars en ca 2500 bicycles) a big Public Library, a Conservatory, a big hotel, a lot of shopping space and 200 apartments were realised.
Sjaak van der Leden photographed Oosterdok Island and surroundings many times. He made a choice from his analogue and digital archive in order to show the changes this part of Amsterdam has undergone in the last decades.
The exhibition of 28 photo's contains five night registrations of the area. This one was taken on the 31st of December 2014. De expo can be seen in the shopwindow at Sint Antoniesbreestraat till the end of July 2015. For all Photographs see:
|5 juni 2015 Metamorfose van het Oosterdokseiland; expo en opening|
I made many photographs in the city-centre of Amsterdam. For a small exposition in the neighbourhoodcentre "d'Oude Stadt" I printed twelve of them on a bigger scale; six of them above.
The meeting room in the community centre with some of the photo's. Also photo's in the reception space.
On the 12th of oktober 2013 the exhibition in location Oosterkerk, Amsterdam was opened; work of six artists, who work in the east part of the city-centre. Tapestry, photo's, paintings, drawings, sculptures and other art-objects.
In January 2013 there was an exposition in the Zuiderkerk with depictions of the Zuiderkerk and its tower through the ages. "OpNieuw" (neighborhood newspaper in the Nieuwmarkt) of September 2007 published a black and white version of the same photo by me, made in December 2006. I made a colourprint of this photo; 58 x 24 cm on aluminium, for the exposition.
In the entry hall of OBA-library in the Pintohuis, Sint Antoniesbreestraat 69, 1011 HB Amsterdam ten of my paintings; mandala's, portraits and "Oosterdok 1987" were exhibited.
To speak out the opening words Gyanendra Tripathi from Nepal travelled to Amsterdam. I got to know him when during a touristic trip my friend Pieter fell in a ravine and died; he helped and comforted me in the first difficult hours and days after that. Gyanendra was trained medically and completed a study in sociology in 2011. He works for an organization that informs the Nepali rural population about healthcare and about prevention and coping with HIV-AIDS. His English is very understandable. I sent him pictures of paintings I made on inspiration by the trip to Nepal and India and he liked them.
the speech on video:
older work from 1975 till 2005
|15 tm 19 september 2011: "mandala & metamorfose" fotoreportage|
On 5, 6 en 7 August 2011 the music- and art-festival: "Alle Tassen im Schrank" took place in Wünschendorf, (in the past: East-)Germany, in and around the Hotel/Farm Fuchsmühle. The festival derives its name from the collection of DDR-porcelain gathered by the dutch owners of the farm Alex and Huub. "Alle Tassen im Schrank" is a german saying meaning: not being backward. I was invited to show some of my paintings ánd to work on new canvasses there. For that reason I got a market booth on the festivalgrounds. On a laptop computerscreen I showed work made in the period 1959 till 2008.
In the big ballroom of the former leasure-hotel four of my mandala-paintings were exposed amid cupboards filled completely with DDR-chinaware, all produced during the existence of the East German State GDR.
Together with three other artists an exhibition was held in the house of Pierre Florac, who lives in a flat in Fagelstraat, Amsterdam. It was open two weekends for invitees.
Photoshopped collage (©Sjaak): announcement / invitation for the exhibition.
two of my paintings at the living room exhibition
Spring 2004 I felt ready for a new exhibition; I rented Theo Jeuken's studio at the Gedempte Huidenvetterssloot (side street of O.Z. Achterburgwal).
Sjaak at the entrance of the lane, a cul-de-sac, giving access to Theo's studio. Translation of the title of the exhibition: "of nice youngsters and mandalets" (= work inspired by the phenomena of mandala)
part of the exhibition
Stimulated by the success of the 1998-expo already in 2000 I could make an exhibition with new work. In the inspiring surroundings of a small old house with a court in the middle of the Red Light District of the old city of Amsterdam I could make a very intimate exhibition.
Sjaak amidst some of the paintings
The court in front of the small house gave space to the guests, visiting the opening of the exhibition. Photo Jannie van der Duys
Invited by Centrum voor Ouderen Flesseman at Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam, I exhibited work in the house of the elderly in my neighbourhood.
The poster depicted a part of "Groepsportret 1998".
Together with Peter Rauh, on invitation by an institution for for visually handicapped people (!), we had an exhibition with works that we had available at the time.
An announcement published by the regional newspaper made it possible for people outside the institution to see the 40 paintings.
view on the exhibition
Much space for every work for a good eftect of each of the works
Peter Rauh has coffee with residents. On the right; one of his paintings.
The paintings gave color to the somewhat sterile spaces in the building
De second exhibition of my paintings I organized together with an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Peter Rauh, my paint-pal since almost 30 years, in the Elisabeth Otter Knollhuis, a former sophisticated old people's home for widows of marine-officers located in the east part of Amsterdam. I had the ground floor and Pieter the first floor ; the gallery along the inner court; a beautiful melancholic garden. My exhibition contained only paintings: the production of five years. We built up the exhibition together with Peter Pieksma, who did the lighting and Bart van Brakel
In the monumental hall; the starting point of both exhibitions.
Sjaak poses in front of his paintings
Impression of the exhibition
Each painting was lighted with a bulb, hidden in a wrap of thin metal; a design by Peter Pieksma…
…and it worked very well.
from left to right: Sjaak van der Leden, Peter Pieksma, Bart van Brakel, Peter Rauh
The exhibition was a success, and that is a compliment for the way the paintings were presented, but, of course also for the quality of the exhibited work. Pieter as well as I sold more than half of what we had presented there.
After having worked for the art association (member of the Union) as a volunteer I got the offer to make an exhibition in their office space wíth vernissage. It was the first exhibition of my own work: paintings. That was March 1991. I started painting as my "profession" five years earlier, before that I designed and built scenery for theatre and just made drawings.
One of the paintings was the painted version of a drawing: "It's raining in the early morning"
Top left: a thee dimensional mandala made of layers of painted plywood
Diptych in one of the office rooms.
my light collage over the passage to the hall of the office. Below the object colleague-artmaker Theo Jeuken(left) and Sjaak van der Leden