Exhibition programme

DNB regularly organises exhibitions. The aim is twofold: to provide a stage to young artists and to introduce DNB staff to developments in contemporary visual arts.

Visiting the exhibitions

The exhibitions in DNB's Art gallery are open to the public. Would you like to visit the Art gallery? Please contact us to make an appointment.

Rarely true - Ana Navas

Rarely true – Ana Navas

From 8 March 2019 to 18 April 2019 De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) will be showcasing the exhibition Rarely true by Ana Navas.

Tortellini, gnocchi, rotelle, orecchiette, a cup of cappuccino: what are these items that on the menu of every Italian trattoria doing in the art gallery of De Nederlandsche Bank? In the work of multi-media artist Ana Navas (1984, Quito, Ecuador), concepts such as transformation, assimilation and appropriation play an important role. Rarely true is an installation combining paintings, objects and video work that function as 'areas' in which processes of transformation and assimilation take place. Looking at the world around her, Navas asks questions about the connection between the form and function of an object and the relationship between original and copy.

One of the works in the exhibition is a video showing the hands of the artist while she kneads pasta dough on the seat of a famous design chair. The music in the video, however, immediately evokes the idea that this is an erotically charged act. How should objects actually be interpreted? How is it possible that an object like a pasta shape is anchored in the collective memory of millions of people around the world? And how does the meaning of universal forms change in different contexts? Fashion, design, (amateur) art, or music can be an incentive for research: and pasta, too..

The exhibition is open on business days during office hours. Due to DNB's access procedures you can visit the exhibition by appointment only and with a valid ID. Please make an appointment beforehand by telephone (+31 20 524 21 83) or email ( kunstcommissie@dnb.nl).