A work of art for the King

A work of art for the King

Curaçao, April 22, 2014.

King’s Day and the Cobra Museum of Modern Art: A work of art for the King!

King’s Day, the celebration of the Dutch monarch’s birthday, is without doubt the largest national event in the Netherlands. Throughout the nation people gather for music shows, fairs, flea markets and parties. Traditionally the Dutch royal family pays a visit to a town or city and is received festively with entertainment, games and shows. This year the royal family will visit Amstelveen.

Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) has proudly announced that its founders Tirzo Martha and David Bade will fulfill the honorable assignment of making the official gift for King Willem Alexander on this first King’s Day. The two artist will be aided by several of IBB’s former pupils that are currently studying in the Netherlands. The gift will be presented to his Royal Highness at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art, in Amstelveen.

It is the ambition of the Municipality of Amstelveen to impart King’s Day with an innovative character, befitting the modern royal couple. The Cobra Museum will give the new King a fresh insight in contemporary art.

The museum has partnered with the Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) from Curaçao. This institute is managed by David Bade and Tirzo Martha, both successful international artists working in the tradition of the CoBrA movement. IBB offers a preparatory course for art academies in a region where there are no art schools. Martha and Bade are used to working together with youth. The King’s day project not only touches on the special relationship between de Royal couple and the Dutch Caribbean, but also promotes the international orientation of the Amstelveen.

Starting on April 16 2014, a select group of students from four high schools in Amstelveen will be making a painting of 10 x 10 meters. The theme will be their own personal relationship to the King and the work must be inspired by the current exhibition in the museum From the Guggenheim Collection to the Cobra Museum Amstelveen. A temporary studio for this project has been created in the former and now vacant Congress center (between the Cobra Museum and Stadshartplein). Here they will be creating the artwork for the King for 10 days, under guidance of Bade and Martha. The project is taking place in the center of the city, so that the community of Amstelveen can enjoy the process along the way. Everybody is welcome to walk in between April 18 – 22, 2014.

The canvas will be revealed during the Kings visit to the museum. The Cobra Museum will be open on King’s Day between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Opening hours
Daily, from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Sandbergplein 1
1181 ZX Amstelveen
Open on King’s day: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Participating pupils from Keizer Karel College, Hermann Wesselink College, Amstelveen College and Panta Rhei are:
Anouk van Halsema, Tara Mulder, Millie Honnebier, Iris Elzendoorn, Julliëtte Schaar, Bridget Baars, Eva Straver, Eva van de, Oever, Rosalie Staal, Bregje de Boer, Kim Vos, Karien de Jonge, Sharon Brand, Chantal Tolen, Freek Wallagh, Luuk den Hartog, Afra Heus, Maryette Lumeij, Lisanne Pouw, Jennifer Stam, Eva Straver, Maud Fernhout en Bibi Kok, Eline Luyken, Jessica Thomas, Crystal Frimpong, Iris de Jong and Sofia Aslanis.