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Welcome Stranger started over 25 years ago as a series of exhibitions in a private home, initiated by Marjolein Schaap and Ken Zeph. The project was seen as a comment on the official art circuit - not out of recalcitrance or idealism - but by way of reflection. Instead of a preconceived subject, motto or motif, the focus was simply on the data that naturally arose from the situation; the location, a house in the city, and with it the interaction between private and public space, publicity and privacy. Each time 4 artists were invited to respond to this fact and to each other.

Against this background, Welcome Stranger is currently exploring possibilities to create new encounters between art and the public. In the living environment, experiences of tradition and culture have been brought to the fore; one can easily recognise one's own and the strange. Welcome Stranger wants to give space to the dialogue between artists and give them the opportunity to show their work in unusual places.

Welcome Stranger led a dormant existing for a long time and has, since 2017, has been given a new impulse. 


Marianna van der Zwaag is a curator. She is interested in going beyond showing the work of art as an end product, as traditionally shown by museums.

graphic design: Tariq Heijboer

social media: Natália Blahová

The foundation's supervisory board consists of Saskia Janssen (chairman), Marijn van Kreij (secretary), both visual artists and Lia Gieling, initiator | curator Cargo in Context. The board members receive no remuneration for their work.

From 1998 to 2020, Hester Elzerman, art historian, teacher and researcher, was commited to Welcome Stranger. She researches various relationships of form and meaning that have been established in art, which are also applicable in education. Reflections on identity and environment are part of this. Together with Marianna van der Zwaag, she gave Welcome Stranger a new impulse in 2017.


Welcome Stranger Foundation
by adress Da Costakade 19hs
1052 SE Amsterdam
Chamber of Commerce number: 41212760
RSIN: 802067700

Welcome Stranger foundation is a cultural ANBI. This makes donating to the foundation fiscally attractive. Foundation Welcome Stranger RSIN 802067700

The activities of Welcome Stranger are generously supported by: