Inventaris Gate Foundation Archief 1988-2007 = Inventory Gate Foundation Archive 1988-2007
Beschrijving Inventaris Gate Foundation Archief 1988-2007 = Inventory Gate Foundation Archive 1988-2007
Inventaris van het archief van de Gate Foundation te Amsterdam uit de periode 1988-2007. - The Gate Foundation was founded in 1988 by Els van der Plas in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Originally conceived as a foundation to showcase Asian art (geographically-defined as art made by Asians in Asia; later expanded in similar geographical terms to African art as well) in museums and galleries across the Netherlands, by the late 1990s the foundation had an exhibition space of its own and shifted its focus to artists living and working in the Netherlands coming from immigrant or non-Western backgrounds. This becomes especially noticeable in 1997 when Els leaves the foundation and is replaced as director by Sebastian Lopez. Whileprevious exhibition focused on artists from a particular country or region, centered on years-long research and travel, under Lopez’s leadership the Gate Foundation begins a quick succession of smaller exhibitions at the in-house exhibition space. This style lasts until the early-2000s. In 2003 they produced their large-scale exhibition ‘Short History of Dutch Video Art’ in conjunction with a larger project of the Netherlands Media Art Institute Montevideo/Time Based Arts. By 2006 budget cuts and a loss of subsidies from the Amsterdam city government cause the Gate Foundation to close its doors. The library and archive, central components to the foundation’s mission, were donatedto the Van Abbemuseum.