Programma Baanbrekers [ENG]

Program Trailblazers

In the context of the Trailblazers exhibition, which will be on display from October 5th to December 10th, 2023, at the Meterhuis on Westergas, the Illustration Embassy is organizing a diverse activities program.

Opening hours Meterhuis at Westergas

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12:00 – 17:30
Wednesday: 12:00 – 17:30
Thursday: 12:00 – 17:30
Friday: 12:00 – 17:30
Saturday: 11:00 – 17:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:30

Due to Museum night on the 4th of November, we will be closed Sunday the 5th of November.

Agenda Trailblazers

5 October 2023 Official opening by Hedy D’Ancona in the presence of, among others, Sue Coe and Emilie Sitzia, and a performance ‘Blikverruimers’!
22 October 2023 — 10.30 – 12.00, screening of Tove (2020) at Het Ketelhuis. Get your tickets here
24 October 2023 — Workshop ‘Illustration as a Research Method’ by Tânia A. Cardoso. Sign up here
4 November 2023 — Museum N8 – Draw like Jo Brocklehurst
19 November 2023  10.30 – 12.00, screening of The Danish Girl (2015) at Het Ketelhuis. Get your tickets here
10 December 2023 — 10.30 – 12.00, screening of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (2022) at Het Ketelhuis. Get your tickets here

Trailblazers film screenings

During the exhibition, Het Ketelhuis is offering a special ‘Trailblazers’ program with special film screenings including Tove (2020), The Danish Girl (2015), and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (2022), each followed by a guided tour of the exhibition space.

Special editions

Trailblazers Catalogue – Further highlighting the thirteen Trailblazers, an (audio) tour of the exhibition by Emilie Sitzia (Professor of Illustration at the University of Amsterdam), and an artist reflection by Floortje Smit (journalist).

Trailblazers exhibition paper ‘Blikverruimers’ – Publication in large format featuring 12 contemporary illustrators responding with new work to the themes of the thirteen trailblazers in the exhibition.

Tove (2020)

Sunday 22 October, 10.30 – 12.00, followed by an exhibition tour

In the year 1945, after the Second World War, the artist Tove Jansson experiences a renewed artistic and social freedom. Her unconventional lifestyle, including an open relationship with a married politician, goes against the strict ideals upheld by her father. When she meets the theater maker Vivica Bandler, she feels a consuming love for the woman.

The Danish Girl (2015)

Sunday 19 November, 10.30 – 12.00, followed by an exhibition tour 

Einar and Gerda are married and both artists. Their daily life, marriage, and their art undergo a transformation when Einar makes the controversial decision to live life as a woman.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (2022)

Sunday 10 December, 10.30 – 12.00, followed by an exhibition tour

Based on the eponymous book by Judith Kerr. 1933, Berlin. Anna is only nine years old when her life suddenly changes. To escape the Nazis, her father Arthur Kemper, a well-known journalist, must flee to Zurich. The rest of the family makes plans to travel to Zurich later. Anna has to leave everything behind, including her beloved pink stuffed rabbit. 

Illustratie Ambassade + Museum N8

4 November 2023
Come visit during Museum Night and step into the shoes of artist Jo Brocklehurst: A Journey Through Subcultural Portraits.

During Museum Night Amsterdam on November 4, 2023, the Illustration Embassy opens its doors and takes you on a journey through the eyes of the legendary illustrator Jo Brocklehurst.

Untitled, © Estate of Jo Brocklehurst

Jo Brocklehurst was a bold explorer of the night. Invisibly, she ventured into dark nightclubs and squats, determined to capture the raw essence of the subcultural movements of her time. Her work transcended conventional beauty, and instead, she portrayed people in their true, dynamic forms – an unfiltered view of the world around her.

In a time when gender seemed like a completely outdated concept, Jo Brocklehurst brought to life the rebellious spirit of punks, drag queens, and fetishists on paper. She saw beyond the shock value and looked past the provocations, giving us a precious glimpse into subcultures that defied the establishment.

During Museum Night, we invite you to step into the shoes of Jo Brocklehurst. Let yourself be carried away by her unbiased gaze and explore the world she so masterfully captured. Experience her artistic journey as you capture the people around you with UV paint and markers, free from prejudice.

Come and discover how Jo Brocklehurst uniquely portrayed the cultural scenes of her time and how she repeatedly uncovered new and unknown subcultures. Her legacy lives on in the vibrant, non-conformist art she left behind.

Jo Brocklehurst brought the rebellious spirit of the punks, women, men in new fetish fashion and drag queens to life on paper 

The videos I made in the exhibition “Nobodies & Somebodies”  at the house of illustration in UV lighting as it would have been in the nightclub with Dot2dot dancers 

The drawings on the walls are of My Club Muses in the futuristic steel body armor collection designed by me – Isabelle Bricknall, fabricated by Anthony Gregory

Jo drawing them of me, them, us wearing them in the clubs fashion shows 

The reason for the title of the exhibition – Who is nobody or somebody ? A Paradox 

The artist Jo was drawing other artists creatives designers, dancers, musicians  Who is important the muse who inspires or the artist who draws them both