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De Ateliers 1963–2023. History of an artists’ institute

De Ateliers 1963-2023. History of an artists’ institute by Dominic van den Boogerd
Design by Sabo Day

To coincide with the 60th anniversary of De Ateliers, a new book about the illustrious history has been produced. De Ateliers 1963-2023. History of an artists' institute is compiled and written by Dominic van den Boogerd, who has been involved with De Ateliers since 1995 as director (until 2018) and coordinator of artistic and art historical guidance.

De Ateliers, formerly known as Ateliers ’63, is the first post-academic art institute in the Netherlands. This artists' initiative from Haarlem started 60 years ago as a unique experiment. Under the inspiring leadership of artists such as Wessel Couzijn, Edgar Fernhout, Carel Visser, Jan Dibbets, stanley brouwn and Marlene Dumas, it grew into an internationally acclaimed institution that would radically change the art education in the Netherlands.

Looking back at the first decades, Dominic van den Boogerd explains how avant-garde artists in the 1960s and 1970s turned their backs on the academy and took talent development into their own hands. This did not go off without a hitch – the turbulent history of De Ateliers is one of passionate ideals and fierce rivalry. The essay, based on interviews with those involved from the very beginning and richly illustrated with never before published photos and archive documents, is followed by a chronological overview of supervisors, participants, lectures and exhibitions. The third and last part of the book, reports on a contemporary discussion among De Ateliers tutors about art and education today.

This book was made with generous support by Jaap Hartenfonds

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