15 years KochxBos Gallery. What's next?
Esther Koch and Hans Bos have always had their eye on the future. Starting their gallery 15 years ago with a solo show by the talented new artist Ray Caesar might have been a bold move for others, for KochxBos it felt as the logical step forward. And that was only the beginning. Always keen for new talent, new ideas and new experiences, they have brought together an impressive circle of forward thinking artists and curated a series of spectaculair, off-kilter events over the past 15 years.
When KochxBos open an exhibition, the only thing you can expect is the unexpected. Openings are therefore truly happenings, with either loud live music, engaging VR-experiences or personal video conversations with overseas artists. It is simply in the galleries blood to keep the character of their shows evolving, always inviting new talent and never afraid to explore new concepts, like the Museumplein guerilla intervention over by Dadara during the Covid lockdown or the spectaculair Ciou curated theme show Popland – Open borders for Pop Surrealism last October.
Although KochxBos is strongly rooted in the Amsterdam Jordaan neighbourhood, the gallery has a large global fanbase and sells and ships all over the world. Exploring new possibilities to spread the word, KochxBos Publishers was founded in 2014, covering their artists' work in diligently designed hard cover books and the recent pre launch of KochxBos Podcast Station hosting a series of intriguing and insightfull podcasts on their artists.
True to character, KochxBos celebrate their 15th anniversary with someting new. ‘Wide Awake’ is a theme based group show, with some of the artist inviting fresh creative blood. It's hard not to look forward to a show including new work by Claire Partington, Dadara, Bethany de Forest, Ray Ceasar and the official launch of KochxBos Station with a podcast covering the highlights of 15 years KochxBos.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the opening will be less spectaculair than planned. On the upside, the recently invented time slot opening gives you the chance to be one of the first to see the new work up close without working yourself around the crowd - or a live band. Secondly, it provides you with the possibility to congratulate Esther and Hans with their jubilee in person. You might even ask them the inevitable question: What's next?
Wide Awake -> What's next?
Opening with time slots on Friday December 11 and Saturday December 12,
can be booked via our website from December 7th, choose expo 'Wide Awake'
The exhibition can be seen until Saturday 23 January, safe to visit according to the prevailing rivm guidelines without an appointment during regular opening hours.
Wide Awake is a group exhibition with our artists, their friendly colleagues and the launch of KochxBos Podcast Station
With work of Zoé Byland, Ray Caesar, Ciou, Dadara, Bethany de Forest, Meryl Donoghue, Martine Johanna, Sarah Maple, Claire Partington, Roos van der Vliet, Martin Draax, Travis Louie, Jang Koal, Lindsey Carr, Jeffrey Chong Wang and Junko Mizuno.
KochxBos Gallery - 2005 to 2020
2005 - First exhibition with Ray Caesar, the master of digital art, then a new untrodden road (maya 3D)
2007 - Lowbrow, the introduction of Pop Surrealism in Europe with artists such as Mark Ryden and Femke Hiemstra
2009 - Start of collaboration with Meryl Donoghue (now on display at CODA museum) and Ciou
2011 - Introduction of Sarah Maple, then just graduated, present at Woman Inc. festival and solo exhibition in our gallery
2012 - Relocation to current building
2012 - Opening via Skype with Ray Caesar in Canada
2013 - Stand with Augmented Reality (AR) at an art fair, you could scan an artwork and get more information or watch the entire series by the artist via your phone
2014 - KochxBos Publishers is founded, now a book series of six books
2016 - Introduction of Jed Martin, based on Michel Houellebecq's novel Elementary Particles
2017 - Sarah Maple in residence "Power to the people?" With the concept #KeeponeShareOne
2017 - Virtual reality (VR) during the opening, during the expo you could walk around the Burning Man festival in USA, and in the installation of Dadara
2017 - Collaboration with Moooi carpets from Marcel Wanders
2017 - Introduction Claire Partington, now part of the permanent collection of Seattle Art Museum
KochxBos Gallery is committed to new and cutting edge art. Rewarded by Top Ten independent galeries by The Guardian we provide a stage for artists to explore their ideas of tolerance and liberation in art. With artists like Ray Caesar, Claire Partington, Dadara and Sarah Maple we contribute to some challenging trending topics. When visiting the gallery you will be surprised by high class alienating paintings and figures.
KochxBos Gallery aims to serve and promote artists that add an intellectual and/or aesthetic value to present time. This can be a search in the of (un)conscious motives of human nature - Ray Caesar, Martine Johanna, Meryl Donoghue, Roos van der Vliet, Zoe Byland, the emancipation of our society - Sarah Maple, Claire Partington, Dadara or experiments in visual perception - Bethany de Forest, Martin Draax, Ciou.
The gallery tries to astonish its audience with different and surprising views on who we are as human beings. To name a few, Claire Partington shows historical ceramic figures giving intelligent comments on our time, while Feminist activist Maple brings us an sometimes provoking insights on different cultures. The artist Dadara gives us different perspectives on social media and our world while Michel Houellebecq's Jed Martin makes us believe that describing art can be even more powerful as the visual art itself.
KochxBos Gallery invites you to enter an art world full of ideas and artists that visualise these on a beautiful surprising way. The KochxBos Gallery was established in 2005 by Esther Koch and Hans Bos. A controversial, colorful, avant-garde gallery in the center of Amsterdam.