Public keen to buy at Summer Expo

20 artworks sold in first two weeks

The third edition of Summer Expo, the Netherlands’ biggest open-entry art exhibition, is currently being held by the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Stichting ArtWorlds. This year’s show is the first where works are being offered for sale by Stichting ArtWorlds. There is evidently a keen demand: 20 artworks have been sold in the first two weeks, as well as 4 DVDs of a limited edition video artwork.

The first work went even before the exhibition opened. ‘52’, a chair made by Willem Jan van Ginkel (b. Tilburg, 1989) from 52 plastic bags, was bought by Cityscapes Gallery in Amsterdam for € 52. The other works have widely varying price tags: ‘Vicuña Rencoroso’, the limited edition science fiction animation film by Iteke Hemkes and Marc de Leeuw, can be purchased for just € 20, whereas Peter Schudde’s ‘The China Syndrome’ sold for € 3000.

The 525 artworks selected by the independent jury during the closely fought qualifying rounds can be viewed in an online gallery on The green dots on 239 of them indicate that they have been selected for inclusion in the show at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Summer Expo 2013 includes a wide range of paintings, installations, photographs and mixed media works, all on the subject of Earth.

Just over 55 of the selected artworks are in the running for a prize for limited edition works (€ 2.500) This year also include a visitors’ prize (€ 10,000), a jury-awarded encouragement prize for the best work (€ 7,500), and a prize for the greenest work in the show. The award ceremony will be held at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag on 14 September. All the works in the exhibition are included in a catalogue issued jointly by Stichting ArtWorlds and publishers Bekking & Blitz and now on sale at the museum shop (price: €9,90).

The ‘Earth’ theme of this year’s Summer Expo reflects that of the current ‘Yes Naturally’ exhibition, a collaborative project by Stichting Niet Normaal and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, on until 1 September 2013 in and around the GEM/Hague Museum of Photography.

Summer Expo has been realised with the support of the Cultural Participation Fund, the Mondriaan Fund and the BankGiro Lottery.