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|Morren Galleries, founded by Eric Morren in 1993, has two locations in The Netherlands. Since its founding Morren Galleries has become well known for the promotion of contemporary figurative artists from both The Netherlands and countries around the world. |
Eric Morren opened his first gallery in the historical heart of Utrecht on the Oudegracht 340. His father was director at a large printingfirm, so Eric decided to attend the Graphic Lyceum in Utrecht. But his dream was to start his own gallery. At the age of 22 he realized his dream. In 1995 his wife Séverine Morren joined in and became partner. Séverine, who was 20 at that time, attended the Balletacademy in Amsterdam, but did not finish it. Before she started working with Eric she was travelling and working abroad (US and France) for two years. This first gallery seems small on the outside but is surprisingly spacious on the inside with two floors. The ground floor consists of several rooms and the 15th century canalside cellar houses medieval vaults and a professional kitchen. Since its opening this gallery represents contemporary realism which is executed in age-old traditional techniques. Featured artists here are a.o. Walter Elst, Eddy Stevens, Jan Bouman, Candace Charlton, Frans Klerkx, Ray Donley, Evert Hartog and others.
On weekdays Séverine Morren is present at the Oudegracht accompanied by Marianne Venderbosch. On weekends the gallery is hosted by Marianne Venderbosch and Emmy Luidinga-Cino. Emmy has a medical carreer as a responsable at the pedriatic ward, specialized in trauma-cases. Besides that she is a scupltor. Together with her husband, poet and author of artbooks and publications Gerrit Luidinga, she is and always has been deeply involved in the artworld.
In 2008 Morren found the perfect spot for a second gallery, the Prinsengracht 572, located in the heart of the Amsterdam artquarter named 'Spiegelkwartier'. This historical neighbourhood is located across from the Rijksmuseum and includes over seventy specialized art and antique dealers. The gallery shows a wide range of contemporary figurative art and specializes in photography, monumental sculptures and large paintings.
Karin van der Beek is the managing director in Amsterdam. She received her M.A. in Arthistory. Besides her busy job at the gallery, Karin regularly lectures Arthistory at different universities and does editor and productionwork for international tv-documentaries about art and culture.
Besides the two galleries, Morren added another branche: the Portretwinkel. The concept of the Portretwinkel (translation "Portrait Shop") is unique and therefore well known in Holland and represents a wide variety of the best portrait painters and sculptors. The Portretwinkel was founded in Haarlem in 1995 by Wilma van der Peet and was acquired by Morren in 2010. At this venue the gallery staff mediates between the clients and the artists and arranges the artist's commission.
Morren Galleries moved the Portretwinkel to Utrecht and integrated it in the existing gallery at the Oudegracht.
Marianne Venderbosch is managing the Portretwinkel. She has an M.A. in Arthistory and completed the Artacademy in Eindhoven. She combines her responsibilities at the gallery, with her PhD research and is active as visual artist (painter). In short: the perfect mediator for the Portretwinkel!
MORPHO FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
Recently (Jan. 2013) Morren decided to create a new stage for it's photographers: MORPHO Fine Art Photography, a pop-up gallery that manifests itself on different locations such as artfairs and special (art)events. MORPHO was present at the RAW Art Fair Rotterdam (2013, 2014) and at the KunstRai Amsterdam (2013, 2014).