Rotterdam, May 13, 2021 – Kahmann Gallery will move into a new location in Rotterdam, on June 26, 2021. In addition to the Amsterdam office, the photography gallery will expand into Keilepand in the harbor area of Nieuw Mathenesse. This progressive step is part of the gallery's long-term vision.
Located in Amsterdam's Jordaan since 2005, Kahmann Gallery has developed a fruitful relationship with the city of Rotterdam in recent years. The successful 2016 edition of the Haute Photographie fair nourished this burgeoning partnership and will continue to flourish during Rotterdam Art Week 2022. “With this expansion, we give shape to the warm bond between the many relations in Rotterdam that we would like to explore further,” says Roy Kahmann.
A vibrant epicenter in the making
The new space is located at Keilestraat 9, in the heart of the Merwe-Vierhaven project. The building covers 14,500 m² and is designed by the architectural firm GROUP A in collaboration with Studio ADAMS. The building received a nomination for the Rotterdam Architecture Prize and, in the coming years, will be developed into a dynamic ecosystem, where living, working, creativity and entrepreneurship merge. An excellent opportunity and suitable match for Kahmann Gallery.
Keilepand 📷 Frank Hanswijk
The design of the new location will be done in collaboration with Brandsing Meubelmakers, located in the same building. The space comprises of 150 m² and will be devoted to compact and lively events and exhibitions. The first screening is a duo exhibition by photographers, Barry Kornbluh and Rutger ten Broeke, who have been working with Kahmann Gallery since its inception. Their impressive oeuvre of black and white creations, composed over the past five decades, focuses the lens on the recurring theme of nudity.
The naked truth of Kornbluh and Ten Broeke
Barry Kornbluh (1952) has American roots and moved to New York in 1977, where he worked at the Magnum Photos archives. There, he developed his own visual style: poetic and blurry, guided by Lisette Model, resulting in dark, dreamy photos with a coarse grain. He assisted several photographers and documented the New York jazz scene. In the 1990s, he moved to Amsterdam, where he further refined his recognizable, mysterious signature.
Rutger ten Broeke De Swaen Courtesy of Kahmann Gallery
Rutger ten Broeke (1944) is known for his classic black and white works in which the naked body is central. He explores the relationship between the female body and nature, resulting in timeless and harmonious photos. Ten Broeke is known for his analog work and very high-quality prints.