The fourth edition of Common Knowledge took place at ‘The Ridder’, a house for contemporary Art in Maastricht. The name will evoke certain memories for some people, since the building used to house the brewery ‘De Ridder’. The building, which is located at the riverside right next to the old Sint Servaasbrug in Maastricht, is from the 19th century. Next to the main house you can still find the old production buildings including the brewery. The brewery moved the production after it was taken over by the Heineken company.
In recent years, it has been converted into a house for contemporary art, ‘De Ridder’. The sphere of the 19th century building, such as the high ceilings, the old fireplaces and the big windows make it the perfect space for exhibiting art. On their website ‘De Ridder’ is described as “a vital platform for all who wish to understand, participate in and embrace contemporary artistic practices”.
The exhibition is changing constantly, giving artists, art professionals and (aspirant) collectors to take their first steps within an international art field. Additionally, ‘De Ridder’ is offering films, lectures and courses as well as a programme artists in residence, a drawing room and a young talent program. The Ridder also has library and books and catalogues in the library are directly related to the exhibition. Most of the items in the library were chosen or inspired by the artists exhibiting their work in the Ridder.
For more information about current exhibitions, have a look at theridder.com.