In a report published by Kunstenpunt in 2018, the unsustainability of the art world was highlighted – both from an economic point of view, and from an environmental one. International travel has a high cost but it is also extremely necessary in the arts. Artists and arts professionals, especially young artists and curators, are often not paid adequately (or not at all). This results in individual expenses to cover transportation, accommodation and the installation of the artworks.

How can we create a more sustainable Art World? How can we support artists in the early stages of their careers? How can we connect internationally by keeping the environment in mind? How can we create international dialogue in the midst of a pandemic?

BREAKING BOUNDARIES is a travelling exhibition born from an international collaboration. To contrast the difficulties faced by the cultural sector and artists all over the world last year, this project was launched by non-profit foundation The Artist and The Others in cooperation with 8 curators of 6 art spaces.

BREAKING BOUNDARIES answers the urgent need for a fair model which supports artists directly and follows fair-pay guidelines. It gives emerging artists the possibility of gaining international experience and recognition. The connection with other artists, different curators in 4 countries will represent a professional backbone for the artists participating. Further, by using the artist fee guidelines and the transportation of the artworks as a starting point, all costs are fully covered by the project’s budget.

To contrast the unsustainability of international travel, each artist will have their works exhibited locally as well internationally. Every art space will each host a hybrid opening for the exhibition  – combining digital and in-person presence. Even digitally the artists will have the chance to present their work to local curators, collectors and art lovers. Participating in person and remotely, the artists will not need to travel.

BREAKING BOUNDARIES is being financed through a groundbreaking crowdfunding campaign making it possible to fund an art project as a non-profit. Currently raising funds for the first edition on Dutch platform Voordekunst, which bridges cultural initiatives and funding institutions, aims to reach at least two-thirds of the total budget of 11,000€ by the 18th of July 2021.

BREAKING BOUNDARIES:  Pilot (09.2021 – 09.2022): 12 Artists, 8 Curators, 6 Art Spaces, 4 Countries

The first edition of BREAKING BOUNDARIES connects 12 artists, 8 curators, 6 art spaces and 4 countries to make a positive change in the art world. It will run in one year, from September 2021 to September 2022.

The 12 artists have been selected by the 8 curators to be exhibited in Turkey, The Netherlands, Italy and Germany. A special crate (strictly not weighing over 31.2 Kg) – an artwork itself which this year will be created by artist Jan Dirk Adams and Suzie van Staaveren – will transport the works across Europe connecting the artists, the curators and the locations. In each of the 6 art spaces different curators will display the artists’ works, integrating a different cultural and artistic point of view, and adapting the exhibition to the space.

12 Artists: Gözde İlkin (TR), Sevim Sancaktar (TR), Miriam Salamander (DE), Janina Totzauer (DE), Simone Miccichè (IT), Giulia Cacciuttolo (IT), Eva Chiara Trevisan (IT), Giulio Polloniato (IT) Anne Büscher (NL), Willem de Haan (NL), Suzie van Staaveren (NL) and Jan Dirk Adams (NL).

8 Curators: Davy van Gerven (NL), Jelmer Wijnstroom (NL), Federica Fiumelli (IT), Jessica Capra (IT) Ezgi Bakçay (TR), Sophie Charlotte Bombeck (DE), Fernanda Andrade (IT) and Lucia Trevisan (IT).

6 Art Spaces: Karsi in Istanbul (TK), Patty Morgan Showroom in Amsterdam (NL), De Medelkamer in Maastricht (NL), a.topos in Venice (IT), Officina 15 in Castiglione dei Pepoli (IT) and Super+ Centercourt in Munich (DE).

4 Countries:  Turkey, The Netherlands, Italy and Germany.



About the Project


Kunstenpunt Report 2018: Unsustainability of the Arts


Kunstenaasrs Honorarium: Artist fee Guidelines

Willem de Haan, World News, 2021, Courtesy of the artist. This image was specifically created by selected artist Willem de Haan to be inserted in magazines and articles

Anne Büscher, Tea Ceremony, 2021, Courtesy of the artist

Jolien Dirix, Postcard Map, 2021, Courtesy of BREAKING BOUNDARIES

Suzie van Staaveren, Het Compromis, 2019, Courtesy of the Artist


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