What started as a platform for artists in the Netherlands, evolved over time into a fullblown art gallery. Located at the Nieuwevaart in Amsterdam, Galerie Franzis Engels (named after its owner) welcomes all those who are interested in an international display of works of art in multiple disciplines. “Authenticity is key,” says Franzis Engels right off the bat. “It’s an interpretable word, but for me it means a uniqueness in visual language and choice of materials. I love to display creations that surprise you and we’ve had quite some of that. Take, for example, Kees de Vries who grows salt and makes all sorts of objects with that, including chairs and tables. Or look at Leon van Opstal who transformed dead bumblebees into kinetic art as a statement, because they died as a result of man’s intrusion of nature.”