NL Imagined

2022.10.15 - 2022.12.31


“NL Imagined” features works from Marwan Bassiouni, Johannes Bosgra, Hans Eijkelboom, Marvel Harris, Erik Kessels, Dana Lixenberg, Corinne Noordenbos, Erwin Olaf, Paulien Oltheten, Viviane Sassen and Gilleam Trapenberg. Through a wide array of creative approaches, the participating artists capture the architecture of sacred spaces, look at nature, community and everyday life, together with topics of colonization, personal identity, and kinship, as topics for reflection. These combine to a newly current dialogue between history and the present, between today’s reality and what local audiences might imagine about the Netherlands.


Promoting deeper communication between China and the Netherlands is one of the main motivations for this exhibition project. This year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the Netherlands. “NL Imagined” is an essential cultural component of a broader program that has been conceived in celebration of this anniversary. The Netherlands is a global center for art publishing, with a long history of design excellence, including photo books. “NL Imagined” includes examples of award-winning books published by six leading Dutch publishers and other institutions on loan from the cultural section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a range of online and offline sharing and discussion on practices in Dutch photography.

About the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai  

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai was established in 1994. It aims to facilitate Dutch companies to do business in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui. It provides consular services to Chinese citizens that want to travel to the Netherlands and to Dutch citizens. The Consulate general also engages in people to people exchanges, fosters constructive debate and promotes cultural exchange. This year the Netherlands and China celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level.


SCoP would like to thank Zeng Xiaolian and his family, Nie Rongqing, Jeff Crosby and Zhu Zijia from Contemporary Gallery Kunming, staff at National Geographic, and HLiiC for their great assistance in the preparation of this exhibition.


We would also like to thank VANKE Shanghai and Dior for their continuous support to SCoP.