Nieuwmarkt doesn’t lack poetry. You walk down the narrow streets, look at the windows, read the signs. It is all there. So many details to consider, so many juxtapositions to raise an eyebrow.
This neighbourhood in the heart of Amsterdam is home to many artists. Some of them opened their studios this past weekend to invite the curious passer-by in, during an event called “Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt.” Although this is a yearly event, I have never attended. When Dana of Amsterdamian suggested we go together this past Sunday, I gladly accepted. Truth is, I have always been both curious and shy about stepping into artists’ homes. There is something about these people I find terribly intimidating, yet attractive at the same time.
The artists who opened their doors at Nieuwmarkt, however, were friendlier than I would have imagined. I felt welcome, yet I let Dana do most of the talking, while I focused on taking photos. One thing I found interesting about the whole experience was how hard it was to distinguish between a home and an artist’s studio in this part of the city. Hard to tell if it was a dining table in someone’s house we were looking at through the windows or a working table in some artistic establishment.
Art on the inside and art on the outside – that’s how I can best describe Nieuwmarkt. What we saw in the studios was somehow continued in the street and vice-versa. I tried to show this in the photos below.
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