Agent Pekka launches in Amsterdam with an exhibition
Agent Pekka is launching its first continental Europe office in Amsterdam. The agency will be opening its doors to Amsterdam’s creative crowd from 4 May, with an exhibition of key illustrators. Made in collaboration with 25 artists, the exhibition 'PEKKA IS HERE' goes on show at GUNS & BUTTER Gallery in the heart of Amsterdam.
For the launch of the Amsterdam office, Agent Pekka will present a series of unique artworks specially made for the occasion, sold on the opening night, from an impressive line-up of Agent Pekka creatives – a few illustrators will be present at the opening.
Pablo Steffa, co-founder of Agent Pekka says:
"The interesting mix of international and local advertising agencies, the presence of strong global brands and the appreciation the Dutch have for good design, are all reasons why we chose Amsterdam as the city for our first office abroad. Ultimately, however, it was finding the perfect candidate for heading the new office that sealed the deal for us. I am confident and excited to see how our roster of talent will inspire the local creatives."
The Amsterdam office will be headed up by Caroline Svensson. A native of Sweden, Caroline has spent many years in Amsterdam as an Art Producer at both Wieden+Kennedy and 180 Amsterdam. Clients included Adidas, Nokia, Coca Cola, Honda, Nike, and Electronic Arts.
Anchored in the Amsterdam creative and artistic scene, she says of her new role:
"For several years now I’ve had my eye on Agent Pekka’s roster of talented illustrators and the great work they produce, so it’s an exciting opportunity for me to have the chance to promote their work here in the Netherlands."
The exhibition at GUNS & BUTTER Gallery will feature works by Vincent Bakkum, Emil Bertell, Jamie Cullen, Owen Gatley, Minni Havas, Eero Johannes, Inka Järvinen, Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi, Linda Linko, Sac Magique, Sanna Mander, Santtu Mustonen, Rami Niemi, Lotta Nieminen, Mike Perry, Pietari Posti, Janine Rewell, Miika Saksi, Sami Saramäki, Ville Savimaa, Antti Uotila and Holly Wales.
Amsterdam-based illustrator, Santtu Mustonen, says: "Over the past few years I have whistled and cycled through many of Amsterdam's alleys and streets. Though I have discovered much of the city, my days are often enriched by the unexpected curiosities and gloomy masterpieces that I encounter. I am glad that we are going to be among these. "
In addition to work by best-of-breed illustrators, Agent Pekka’s exhibition will also feature creations by multi-awarded creative agency Kokoro & Moi, the D&AD award-winning design studio Musuta and the freshly established creative agency Tsto.
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After the opening on May 4, the show will be open to view Saturday May 5 from 12 – 6pm, and Thursday May 10 to Saturday May 12 from 12 - 6pm.The gallery will have a press preview the day of the opening during normal gallery hours, 12 - 6pm, special viewings can be arranged.