IBB is proud to announce that its founders Tirzo Martha and David Bade will fulfill the honorable assignment of making the official gift for king Willem Alexander on the first Kings Day. This on behalf of the municipality of Amstelveen, the Cobra Museum, in cooperation with a selected group of young people of this community and several of IBB’s alumni that are currently studying in the Netherlands.

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Kings Day and the Cobra Museum of Modern Art: a work of art for the King!

– David Bade, Tirzo Martha and 26 of Amstelveen’s youth make an artwork for the King!
– Open studio in former congress center for the community of Amstelveen to visit
– Unveiling of artwork during thank you speech of the King

The Cobra Museum of Modern Art has set a goal for itself to give our new King a fresh insight on contemporary art. With this the museum actively triggers the ambition of the Municipality of Amstelveen to give Kings Day an innovative character that fits with our modern royal couple.

The museum has partnered with the Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) from Curaçao. This institute is linked to David Bade and Tirzo Martha, both of which are successful international artists working in the tradition of the CoBrA movement. The IBB is a preparatory course for art academies in a region where there are no art schools. Martha and Bade are thus used to working together with youth. The special relationship between de royal couple, the overseas Kingdom Territories, and the international status of the city Amstelveen make this collaboration evident.

Starting on april 16 2014, 26 students* from 4 schools in Amstelveen** all with Artistic Formation as an exam course will be tasked with the creation of a painting of 10 x 10 meters. The theme is the personal relationship they have in regards to the King. The inspiration for that they acquired after they have gained their knowledge on the Cobra art and the exhibition ‘From the Guggenheim Collection to the Cobra Museum’, which is currently on display in the museum, and wherein expressive painting is central. A temporary studio will be created for this in the former and now vacant Congress center (between the Cobra Museum and Stadshartplein) a temporary studio, where they will work on the artwork for the King during 10 days under guidance of Bade and Martha. A choice has been clearly made to let this process happen in the center of the city so that the community of Amstelveen can enjoy the process along the way. They are also welcome to walk in between April 18 and 22.

On Kings Day the canvas will be unveiled during the thank you speech of the king.

The Cobra Museum is open on Kings Day between 15:00 and 18:00 hours. This gives the present public in Amstelveen the opportunity to visit the exhibition ‘From the Guggenheim Collection to the Cobra Museum’.


Note for the press (Netherlands)
The workshop is open to visitors –with or without camera– that have an appointment from April 18 to 23 (mornings). Interviews with the students and artists Tirzo Martha and David Bade are also available by appointment. www.cobra-museum.nl / www.institutobuenabista.com

Eric Wie
Head of communication
E.: e.wie@cobra-museum.nl T.: +31(0)20 5475052
M.: +31 06 51967233

The students:
Anouk van Halsema, Tara Mulder, Millie Honnebier, Iris Elzendoorn, Julliëtte Schaar, Bridget Baars, Eva Straver, Eva van de, Oever, Rosalie Staal, Bregje de Boer, Kim Vos, Karien de Jonge, Sharon Brand, Chantal Tolen, Freek Wallagh, Luuk den Hartog, Afra Heus, Maryette Lumeij, Lisanne Pouw, Jennifer Stam, Eva Straver, Maud Fernhout en Bibi Kok, Eline Luyken, Jessica Thomas, Crystal Frimpong, Iris de Jong, Sofia Aslanis.

The schools:
Keizer Karel College Hermann Wesselink college Amstelveen College
Panta Rhei

For more information on Tirzo Martha en David Bade, founders of the IBB, please visit our website www.institutobuenabista.com or contact Instituto Buena Bista via e-mail info@institutobuenabista.com or call +5999 7363605 weekdays between 11a.m. and 6p.m.