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The Second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag

After the successful baptism of fire in 2015, Beetsterzwaag will once again be devoted to international art in rural areas in September. Kunsthuis SYB invites you to the Second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag. The village will be the setting for a variety of exhibitions and events over four days.

Beetsterzwaag has been captivated by art. After a successful first edition in 2015, the Second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag will take place in 2018. In September, the village and its surroundings will be the setting for a variety of exhibitions and events over four days.

The term ‘almende’ (common use) was used dur…

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The Second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag

After the successful baptism of fire in 2015, Beetsterzwaag will once again be devoted to international art in rural areas in September. Kunsthuis SYB invites you to the Second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag. The village will be the setting for a variety of exhibitions and events over four days.

Beetsterzwaag has been captivated by art. After a successful first edition in 2015, the Second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag will take place in 2018. In September, the village and its surroundings will be the setting for a variety of exhibitions and events over four days.

The term ‘almende’ (common use) was used during the Middle Ages for meadows, forests and waters that didn’t belong to anyone. With almende, everyone's common share in those areas was designated. The Triennial brings back that concept. Kunsthuis SYB, organiser of the art manifestation, invited curators Julia Geerlings and Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk as guest curators.

Almende and mienskip
Geerlings and Lekkerkerk saw the connection between almende and ‘iepen mienskip’ (open community), the main theme of Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018. They place almende at the centre of the Triennial to make us aware of our common responsibilities and interests as users of the landscape and public space.

Superior Frisians
The second theme during the Triennial in 2018 is Oera Linda, an obscure myth from 1256. The myth describes the Frisian people as descendants of a four thousand year old Frisian civilization, that once populated the whole of Europe and was superior to all other peoples. The people largely disappeared with the flooding of Atlantis.

Myth as a source of inspiration
With this myth as a source of inspiration, the guest curators challenged artists to think about the importance of almende and the (imagined) future that speculates about the effects of climate change and rising sea levels.

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Additional Information Cultural Capital 2018

  • Discipline: Art Festival
  • Type of event: Exhibition
  • Main language: Dutch

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