Mini Galerie Amsterdam recently opened in a new location. Not as mini as the last one but even more successful. We caught up with Julia, owner and curator to talk about plans, ambition and the gallery’s history in her living room.
For the people that don’t know your organization, what is Mini Galerie?
The Mini Galerie is a young and upcoming gallery, situated in the Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam, where it just opened its doors. The Mini Galerie works with a wide range of upcoming artists, both national and international, who share an interest in the public space. Most of the artists use graphic and abstract elements in their work, applying this visual language to murals all around the world.
Can you touch on the beginnings of the Mini Galerie?
I started the Mini Galerie in 2011 in my tiny apartment in the city center of Amsterdam. After my roommate moved out, I had the feeling that I had lots of space left, so I wanted to do something with ‘all’ that space. I invited a couple of befriended artists to exhibit their work, I transformed my living room into a temporary exhibition space and I opened the doors for friends, family and enthusiastic art lovers. This is how the Mini Galerie started.
What is the gallery’s ambition?
The Mini Galerie has big ambitions to set out a great artistic program for the upcoming years. The gallery wants to organize high quality exhibitions, combining national and international artists as well as upcoming and more established artists. Also, I would like to be a platform for first-time art buyers and young art collectors. I know a lot of people who are a bit ‘afraid’ to visit a gallery when they don’t have tons of money to spend. With the Mini Galerie, I try to be more accessible for a broad audience, by also presenting more affordable artworks, such as screen prints, small collages and drawings.
Who are the artists you worked with so far?
Since the start of the Mini Galerie, I have been working together with Graphic Surgery, Jeroen Erosie and Louis Reith, all extremely talented Dutch artists. Over the last couple of year the group of artists I am working with has become bigger and much more internationally oriented, with artists such as Moneyless, Ekta, Alexey Luka and many more.
Which artists would you really like to work with in the future?
I am extremely happy with the artists I have been working with so far. I would like to collaborate more with these artists and keep presenting them in the Mini Galerie in Amsterdam, but also on art fairs in The Netherlands and abroad.
What’s next for Mini Galerie?
I am really looking forward to the exhibition I will organize in October in collaboration with the Amsterdam Dance Event. The exhibition ‘Uncovered’ is about dance album cover art, including original artworks from Boris Tellegen, Maya Hayuk, Jeroen Erosie, Graphic Surgery, Ekta, Merijn Hos and Rop van Mierlo, which are used for the design of record covers.
Photos opening show “Apertura“
Photos (c) Alex Pope