In the winter of 2012/2013, De Nieuwe Kerk, a 15th century church in Amsterdam at the famous Dam Square, presents an exhibition about the artistic traditions of American Indians, the indigenous peoples of the North American continent. Exploring seven different regions, the exhibition paints a picture of the rich and diverse arts and cultures of these Native American people. More than two hundred works of art and artifacts have transported visitors to the prairies of the North American Midwest, the plains around the Great Lakes, the shores of California, Canada’s west coast, and the homes of the Navajo and the Inuit.
Crown Fine Art Amsterdam was selected to bring together all of the objects on display. One of the major lenders is the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. The objects vary hugely in type, size and fragility. The most complicated artifact was the Salford totem pole. Transportation of this huge but fragile object was not only challenging but the task of erecting it in the heart of Amsterdam at De Nieuwe Kerk was complicated and very special. The visual contrast between the style of these Native American artwork/artifacts and the Gothic/Neo-Gothic architecture of this 15th century church is magnificent. Crown Fine Art took pride in the great individual care provided to each and every object in the exhibit, large or small, through the entire process. The Crown team is equipped to manage projects with complex requirements such as those of this exhibition and cherish the opportunity and challenge.