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    The Willet-Holthuysen House

    Grand March

    A Historic House through a Ballroom Lens

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    HOV, 2023, Bete van Meeuwen

    2 Dec 2023 - 13 Oct 2024

    The Willet-Holthuysen House

    House of Vineyard and the Amserdam Museum present

    From December 2, 2023, the Amsterdam Museum presents the exhibition Grand March: A Historic House through a Ballroom Lens. The exhibition is co-curated by House of Vineyard, the first ballroom house in the Netherlands. In the rooms of the Willet-Holthuysen House, an Amsterdam Museum location, House of Vineyard exposes the power of ballroom culture with radical fashion interventions and art installations.

    Please note, this exhibition is on view at Huis Willet-Holthuysen at the Herengracht 605.

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    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, House of Vineyard

    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, House of Vineyard

    Historical spaces in a current perspective

    The trailblazers of the Dutch scene, House of Vineyard explores the power of ballroom, where themes like resistance, building community, and self-expression play a significant role. For the exhibition Grand March: A Historic House through a Ballroom Lens, the ballroom house, House of Vineyard, guides the visitor through the historic spaces of the Willet-Holthuysen House from a contemporary ballroom perspective. They do this by augmenting the spaces inside the Amsterdam mansion with installations comprising fashion, jewelry, photography, and visual arts. 

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    Trailer Grand March

    Emerald City Ball, 2017, Ottilie Maters

    Right to occupy space

    Ballroom was created for and by Black and Latinx-American trans women and queer people in the 1970s in Harlem, in New York City. Organizers opposed the established, often racist pageants by holding balls for, with, and by LGBTIQ+ people of color. During a ball, queer, trans, and cis participants compete in various categories, including fashion, realness, body, and performance, and winning trophies, cash prizes, and respect. The balls are lively underground events, a manifestation of resistance to the predominance of cisnormative society. Ever since the emergence of these balls, ballroom has remained a flourishing subculture. Many people active in the ballroom scene are members of a “house.” Houses represent a group of people who have chosen each other as “family,” providing a safe home where there is space for every individual.

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    Ballroom is a place where art and activism meet. It is a form of protest and resistance, and a radical celebration of our existence and our right to claim occupy space.

    Viva Pride Campaign, 2019, Amber Vineyard, foto door: Tom ten Seldam

    Amber Vineyard

    House of Vineyard’s commitment to shaping a scene that creates space for fearless self-expression is a source of inspiration to many. Their creativity and artistic expression make them a distinct and beloved part of the current culture.

    Roberto Luis Martins, 2022,  Foto Amsterdam Museum, pfg

    Roberto Luis Martins

    Curator of Fashion and Popular Culture at the Amsterdam Museum

    House of Vineyard, Bete van Meeuwen, 2023

    About House of Vineyard

    The dynamic, internationally recognized House of Vineyard was established in 2014 by Amber Vineyard. Today, House of Vineyard is more than a group that organizes or participates in balls: it is a powerful movement that introduced ballroom culture in the Netherlands and continues to enrich it. 

    Besides its major contribution to balls worldwide, House of Vineyard also organizes the Pussy Wagon Stage at the annual Milkshake Festival and voguing workshops in the Melkweg. In addition, House of Vineyard’s involvement each year during Amsterdam Pride is unmistakable. Through these activities, its members share their knowledge and values regarding the ballroom scene. This is the first exhibition co-curated by House of Vineyard as a collective.

    Huis Willet-Holthuysen

    About the Willet-Holthuysen House

    The exhibition is on view at the stately Willet-Holthuysen House, part of the Amsterdam Museum, on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. This double mansion is comprised of several period rooms, including a 19th-century ballroom and a French-style symmetrical garden, and is home to numerous impressive historical objects. Programming at the Willet-Holthuysen House includes exhibitions which illuminate the former residence and its past from different perspectives. Each presentation highlights a different aspect of the house.

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    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, House of Vineyard

    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, House of Vineyard

    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, House of Vineyard

    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, House of Vineyard

    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, House of Vineyard

    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, House of Vineyard

    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, Roxette Capriles

    Huis Willet-Holthuysen, 2023, Amsterdam Museum, Roxette Capriles

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    This exhibition was made possible by

    The exhibition is made possible by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. The Amsterdam Museum is generously supported by the Municipality of Amsterdam (Main Benefactor), VriendenLoterij (Founder), and the ELJA Foundation (Main Partner for Education).

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