Art History School: community


20 August, 19.30-21.00
an interactive lecture on community and water by art historian Matisse Huiskens, with an introduction by artists in residence Rik Dijkhuizen and project space at7
*Watch the full lecture online on our Youtube channel (Dutch)

Many of us know Andy Warhol and David Hockney. We’ve heard of Pop Art, CoBrA and maybe the DaDa movement. Perhaps we’ve even seen the crazy experiments of the Situationist International or Black Mountain College. Artists have always come together to inspire each other and build new utopias and this time, HMK’s Art History focuses on communities in art history.

HMK Art History School is a thematic art history lecture that tells the story of art that inspired our artists in residence. This interactive lecture focuses on community in the history of art.. We will look at work from different periods and countries, from  all the way to today. The lecture will be given by art historian Matisse Huiskens with an introduction by artists in residence Rik Dijkhuizen and at7.

This session of the HMK’s Art History School is part of the chapter Community in the year programme Slow Burn.

Matisse Huiskens studied Art History at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the UvA and the University of Salerno, Italy, focusing on the role of artist Fred Carasso (1898-1969) in various European cities after the Italian fascist regime came into power. As a critic, he contributes to art magazines on a regular basis and he serves as secretary of the Dutch section of AICA, the International Association of Art Critics. For the next few years, he will be a research fellow at the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome.

Rik Dijkhuizen
Rik Dijkhuizen (b. 1988) is a visual artist whose multidisciplinary work often reflects on wellbeing, failure, overcoming and ‘taking things literally’. Water is a recurring theme in his work. Dijkhuizen uses personal and collective references to create imaginative narratives between memory and fiction – otherworldly environments that transcend place and context but feel strangely familiar.

Project space at7
Project space at7 is an artist initiative that shows and supports experimentation and (new) collaborations between artists. Between 2017 and 2019 at7 was located in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, where the collective hosted exhibitions, screenings, performances and dinner parties, bringing together artists and creatives from the entire world. at7 is currently run by Vera Mennens, M. Maria Walhout and Bergur Thomas Anderson.

Photography: Bart Treuren

The exhibition and summer programme Inside Poolside is kindly supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Gemeente Hoorn, Stichting de Hoorn and Cultuurmakersfonds.