Talks & Tour

Your playground

Maarten Bel & Pennie Key

10 nov 2021
20:00 -23:00 uur

Artist talk & guided tour by the curators of Your Playground – an utopian playground for adults


20.00h Maarten Bel
Artist talk and Q&A with the artist (English)

Artist Maarten Bel hatched from an egg in 1987. He has loved animals ever since and spends most of his time questioning the status quo by pretending to be a plant or by blowing his bagpipe.Maarten alienates his audience from their routine by addressing weighty themes in a light-hearted manner, for which he is often inspired by everyday events. In his universe climate change makes smurfs melt, picking up litter becomes a more competitive game than Monopoly, and only very few things arouse the senses as strongly as a naked man embroidering a croissant. Sometimes Maarten involves his audience in his work. They always look displeased at first, to come round later and enjoy themselves. Nine out of ten dentists agree that a kick in the nuts by Maarten Bel will make you feel reborn.


21.00h Pennie Key
Artist talk and Q&A with the artist (English)

Pennie Key (Penelope Koliopoulou) is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Athens. Between 2010 and 2020 she lived in London, receiving an MFA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2016. For the period 2020-2021, she is a fellow of Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Holland). She has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS (2021). Her work is largely about power dynamics, sexuality, and gender. It’s usually intimate, intense, and personal. She has a make-do aesthetic and prefers to use cheap, democratic materials, such as adhesive tape and photocopies. Important part of her research engages with martial arts and various forms of sex work.

22.00 22.00h
Guided tour of the Your Playground exhibition
by curators Arjen Lancel & Arda van Tiggelen (in English & Dutch)

The Your Playground exhibition is open from 12.00 – 18.00 and 20.00 – 23.00h

With ‘Your Playground’ Arti is being transformed into an infectious and inspiring utopian playground, with which we want to create awareness for the social importance of playing in society in a cheerful way. Main ingredients : sensuality, performativity, participation, inventiveness and humor.

Participating Artists Your Playground:
Kevin Bauer & Felipe van Laar | Feiko Beckers | Maarten Bel | Tim Breukers en Katrein Breukers | Roxette Capriles | Caz Egelie | Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti | Willum Geerts | Dragan Glamocic | Antonio Jose Guzman en Iva Jankovic | Pennie Key | Leslie Nagel | Alina Ozerova | Simon Wald Lasowski | Alex Winters | The Discreet Artist | Contemporary Glory Contemporary Cash |
Curators: Arjen Lancel & Arda van Tiggelen

‘Your Playground’ is supported by: Prins Bernhard CultuurFonds | Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst | Pictoright fonds | Gravin van Bylandt Stichting | Mondriaan Fonds