DREAM AMSTERDAM 2009 – Peter Funch

"The public space where I create my images forms the context in which people ‘are’. The most important elements in my images are not the locations, but the people themselves. It’s because of the relations (or the lack thereof) that we can understand them. It’s important for me to show the work to a large audience and within the public space of Amsterdam. My art is a story, poetry about people. With the commission for Dream Amsterdam Foundation, I can bring my art closer to them. I feel the series will come full circle, when the works are presented in the same environment as they have been created in." - Peter Funch

Artistic time document of Amsterdam
After Spencer Tunick in 2007 and Ryoji Ikeda in 2008, we commissioned acclaimed visual artist Peter Funch (Denmark 1974) to create art projects for DREAM AMSTERDAM.

Peter Funch (pronounced as ‘Funck’) has established himself as one of the most interesting contemporary art photographers. Ever since he graduated from the Danish School of Journalism in 2000, his works have been hailed by both audience and various prize committees. Funchs work has been shown worldwide in museums, galleries and prestigious photography festivals and art fairs, amongst the photography festival in Arles, Zoo Art Fair (London) and VOLTA show (Basel | New York), where Jamain Brigitha first discovered his work in March 2008. Under the title of AMSTERDAM STORIES, Peter Funch created a new series shot on 15 locations in Amsterdam over a period of six weeks. The series is an artistic time document of how people live, work and play in Amsterdam. The images show the diversity of Dutch society and focuses on human relations and interaction (or the lack thereof) within the urban city. This new work follows Peter Funchs acclaimed series BABEL TALES made in NYC.

The heart of DREAM AMSTERDAM 2009 was at Amsterdams prestigious Museumplein, where Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum and Concertgebouw are located. An immense installation was on site in the pond of the square. Peter Funchs site-specific art project was on view from June 5 until August 31, 2009. See more images here.

Just as Ikeda, Funchs commission for DREAM AMSTERDAM 2009 was his first large-scale site-specific art project, marking an important step in his artistic career. For more information see the factsheet here.

Year 2009

Artist Peter Funch

Curator Jamain Brigitha

Made possible by DREAM AMSTERDAM 2009 is made possible by, amongst others Gemeente Amsterdam, Amsterdam Partners - I Amsterdam, Stadsdeel Amsterdam Oud-Zuid, SNS Reaal Fonds, Stichting DOEN, VSBfonds, Prins Bernard Cultuur Fonds Noord Holland / Presenting Partners: V1 Gallery (Copenhagen), Ron Mandos Gallery (Amsterdam) / Exhibition Partners: [s]Color, Volgas, studio Daan Roosegaarde / Location Partner: ProRail / Production Partners: Marcosch Media, Werkstette / Creative Partners: DAY, Lemon Scented Tea, NewGenes / Educational Partner: Bekijk ‘t / Marketing and Communication Partners: The Publicity Company, Motivaction, Gabriel McIntyre, Paul Verstraeten Communicatie / Opening Event Partner: NOAH Wine / Preferred Stay: Hotel Roemer - Hotel Vondel, A-partments / Thanks to Triodos Bank and Kunstenaars & Co.

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