The Boxing Clinic is a fully-catered cultural development programme in the form of a temporary boxing school for a group of 20 (young) adults from the Amsterdam/ Zaanstad region between the ages of 15 and 35.
The project is inspired by the successful Patta Running Team, this time focussing on a different sport and with a broader perspective. Boxing is approached as a holistic practice that not only trains participants physically, but also works on mentality, personal development and artistic expression. Training is interspersed with weekly workshops and lectures in the field of art, culture and philosophy by visual artists from the exhibition and beyond. The clinic is a place where people from different social circles get to know each other, are trained by people who act as positive role models and are exposed to new forms of art and culture.
The boxing ring is designed by visual artist Gabriel Lester. Complete with grandstand and training facilities, it is a stand-alone work of art where daily training is also part of a visit to the exhibition. Together with the guest curators and a number of artists from Het HEM, we organise tours and workshops for the participants to generate new encounters.
The training schedule is designed in collaboration with the Aboro Foundation: the foundation of the Aboro Academy, a professional boxing school in Shanghai founded by Michele Aboro and Yilan Yuen. ZSAlliance is our second collaborative partner, organising two dance and music workshops as part of the training programme.
The WHITE CUBE is our mini museum for two people. This air-conditioned room enables us to display exceptional museum pieces from important collections both home or abroad.
For CHAPTER 1NE this is Jams, a unique triptych from 1982 by the painter, poet, performance artist, philosopher and rapper Rammellzee, from the collection of Centraal Museum Utrecht.
‘The triptych Jams is an absolute masterpiece from the rich Wildenberg graffiti collection that Centraal Museum has on long-term loan. The exhibition of this work at Het HEM represents Rammellzee’s influence on an entire generation of Amsterdam graffiti artists. His work was exhibited on multiple occasions and he frequently visited the city.’
Bart Rutten, director of Central Museum