In Amsterdam I caught the last few days of an interesting installation in the Oude Kerk by Italian artist Giorgio Andreotta Calò. The church, Amsterdam’s oldest, has had every inch of its windows covered with red, inactinic masking film. The colour has a strong symbolic value in art history (the colour of sin, the devil, temptation: we’re in the heart of Amsterdam’s Red Light District) and also in photography where the church feels like the world’s largest darkroom. The windows were for the first two hundred, Catholic, years of the church’s history wildly coloured and pictorial. These were smashed in the Protestant takeover called, rather menacingly, ‘Beeldenstorm’ (statue-storm), part of the Iconoclastic Fury of 1566. Red has been absent from these cool, clean, whitewashed interiors ever since. It’s most odd to be suffused in light of such a narrow spectrum. Emerging onto the street was like entering a murky chlorinated swimming pool
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Oude Kerk, Amsterdam