Who wouldn’t want to visit Amsterdam? Known for its “brown cafés,” traditional Dutch pubs where all troubles seem to melt away and great beer flows like water, the capital city of the Netherlands has a warm place in the hearts of myriad tourists. The historic Golden Age canals, narrow houses with gabled exteriors, vintage shops and museums are an artist’s delight. And with the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam in November (it runs from November 1 through 5, 2017), it’s time to start dreaming of a Dutch getaway. American born and raised, Kris Clark came to Amsterdam for art and stayed for love. She joined the Affordable Art Fair team in 2015 just four months before the fair. She firmly believes that good partnerships and programming to accompany the art on show are the keys to a great fair. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to Clark about her favorite places to eat, relax and be inspired in Amsterdam.
What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Amsterdam and why?
The Willet-Holtyhuysen Museum because it is such a beautiful time capsule, the Van Gogh museum, of course, and I recommend a bike ride along the river.
What restaurants, bars, and cafés would you recommend in Amsterdam and why?
We love getting lunch from Caldi & Freddi — best Italian sandwiches ever.
Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Amsterdam?
I’d go to the main library on the waterfront OBA (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam) — I love the building, the area and books. Getting coffee at Café de Pont and just biking along the canals are also things I enjoy.
Where would you head to in Amsterdam for the best shopping and what would you buy?
Our office is rather conveniently located on the Dam next to the Bijenkorf and close to the Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk. I’d just go strolling and see what catches my eye.
Where would you recommend people stay (hotels etc.) when they visit Amsterdam?
Well, one of our hotel partners, of course. Lloyd is a great place with a great concept and fun location, and Vondel Hotels just opened a boutique property right across from the zoo.
What are the best places to see and buy art in Amsterdam?
Any one of the festival exhibitors! Amsterdam is spoilt for choice with so many galleries.
What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in Amsterdam?
Paradiso for the great sound and intimate atmosphere.
What are the best spots for experiencing the city’s nightlife?
I’m a morning person so not big on nightlife. But I have heard there are some great late night jazz cafés near the Leidseplein.
What projects are you currently working on/involved in?
The Amsterdam fair opens soon so all hands on deck for that!
What are some interesting artworks that we can look forward to at Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam?
We are super excited to welcome a group of artists from Bulgaria, a collective of young talent from Mumbai and Kollektiv Lumen who make art from photography of your iris. Then there’s Ronen Gallery with works by Daan Oude Elferink, more phenomenal photography art “Artitled” representing Matt Henry and Jeffrey Milstein among others, and of course, exciting paintings at Aperture and Gallery Ter Beek.
This article appears in the November 2017 edition of Art+Auction.