Art & Project Archive
In the period from 2001 until very recently, Geert van Beijeren (1933-2005) and Adriaan van Ravesteijn (1938) who founded and ran the Amsterdam gallery Art & Project, gradually transferred their gallery archive to the RKD. Art & Project was operational from September 1968 to December 2001 and was part of an international network of galleries in Europe and the US. From its inception, the gallery showed artists who went on to become world famous such as Gilbert & George, Richard Long, Daniel Buren and Sol LeWitt. The gallery was based in Amsterdam for the first twenty years, before relocating to the former community centre of the Jewish ‘labour village’ of Nieuwesluis, near Slootdorp in the province of Noord Holland.
In the course of their activities as gallery owners and collectors, Van Beijeren and Van Ravesteijn assembled a remarkable archive. In addition to general correspondence with museums, galleries and other art institutions both in the Netherlands and elsewhere, the archive contains individual files for each artist with written and visual documentation, as well as draft material (including original contributions by artists) for the art magazine Art & Project Bulletin, which was published under the auspices of Van Beijeren and Van Ravesteijn. The RKD also holds a large number of artist’s books and magazines collected by the pair. These will be integrated into the Art & Project archive. Altogether the archive and library occupy approximately 92 meters. In the coming period we will focus on organising and conserving the extensive collections. From 1 June 2014, the archive will be available for consultation by special request in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement.