Visiting The Acclaimed Italian Banditto Artist Residency During The COVID-19 Pandemic

During July 2020 the Amsterdam-based artist Johannes Holt Iversen visited the acclaimed artist residency in Montefollonico, Tuscany held by international art collector Roy Ockers. In the shadows of the COVID-19 haunted Italy, several works from his series Lascaux 1.0 beta was conceived during his stay.

Johannes Holt Iversen during his visit at the Banditto Artist Residency, Montefollonico, Tuscany (Photographer: Alfredo Falvo)

Italy was one of the first European countries to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virus was first confirmed to have spread to Italy on 31 January 2020, when two Chinese tourists in Rome tested positive for the virus.

By the beginning of March, the virus had spread to all regions of Italy.

“What struck me the most when I arrived in Florene Airport on the 27th of July; was experiencing the horrific aftermath of what the first wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic had done to Italy. Here the military vans -and personel was patrolling outside the white testing camps at the airport entrance, as the masked testing-staff were triaging you before you could fully enter Italy.”

Johannes Holt Iversen, August 2020

As of July 2020, Italy had 688,435 active cases, one of the highest in the world. But how was it to witness the pictoresque Italy in the middle of a global crisis?

“You could experience endless rows of beautiful lonesome Tuscan streets, especially surrounding the bigger towns. In the evening you would see ambulances driving in to town and you knew instantly that someone were to be taken to the hospital for covid-observations. The anxiety and fear just permeated into everything.”

Johannes Holt Iversen, August 2020

In May, many restrictions were gradually eased, and on 3rd of June freedom of movement across Italian regions and other European countries was restored.

Thereby also making the artist residency programme possible for art collector Roy Ockers and artist Johannes Holt Iversen to proceed and fulfill.

Artist Johannes Holt Iversen and International Art Collector Roy Ockers
Johannes Holt Iversen during his residency in Montefollonico, Tuscany
(Photographer: Alfredo Falvo)
A Room With A View – During artist residency in Montefollonico, Tuscany

Johannes Holt Iversen exhibits at the Royal Danish Embassy in the Netherlands

Johannes Holt Iversen is exhibiting a series of works from his series Lascaux 1.0 beta alongside selected oil paintings in the Ambassador’s residence in the Hague, Netherlands. In collaboration with the danish ministry of foreign affairs, the Royal Danish Embassy is showcasing the works until 2021/2022. For more information please contact the Danish ministry of foreign affairs or the Royal Danish Embassy.

Royal Danish Embassy, the Hague, Netherlands 2020
Royal Danish Embassy, the Hague, Netherlands 2020
Royal Danish Embassy, the Hague, Netherlands 2020

Rediscovering The Retro-Future Look

Paris Fashion Designer Tatiana Quard and Amsterdam-based Contemporary Painter Johannes Holt Iversen has initiated a collaboration in creating a series of clothes using unconventional methods to turn contemporary painting into futuristic designs in their new series “Centaurus Alpha Centauri”.


The collaboration which took place working across both major cities Amsterdam and Paris, draws inspirations from various cultural sources with a strong link into futuristic thinking. The pieces has been shot in a series of pictures by fashion photographer Jean-Phillipe Cervel in Paris.
With influences such as modern techwear and astronautical workwear, which has resurfaced visually persistently since the 2000s, the duo has taken an approach to the futuristic look which grounds in a rather more arte avant-garde, than the technology-driven approach usually associated with the style.

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Johannes Holt Iversen Wins Main Art Prize At Italian Galleria Banditto

Johannes Holt Iversen has been selected for the main art prize from Italian-based gallery and artist residency Galleria Banditto. The contemporary art gallery based in Montefollonico, Tuscany helds a yearly competition for their art prize, consisting of a cash prize and an artist residency in their guest-appartment and studio fascilities in Tuscany. By inviting a broad spectre of artists Galleria Banditto serves to make the art prize as diverse possible. A commitee consisting of Gallery Owner and Art Collector Roy Ockers, Art Curator Keri James, Artist Frans Smit and International Art Collector Peter Ibsen then choose a winner for the main prize among the more than 700 contestants that applies their work yearly.

Galleria Banditto Main Prize Winner Johannes Holt Iversen

Art Works Acquired for the National Danish Art Collection

The Danish Arts Council (Statens Kunstfond) has acquired three art works by Johannes Holt Iversen for the National Danish Art Collection. The Danish Art Council acquired the works through Danish gallerist Annika Nuttall who also recently held Johannes Holt Iversen’s first solo exhibition “INTERFERENCE” in Denmark back in September 2019. Nuttall’s exhibition was the first danish show since his emigration to the Netherlands and the Dutch art academy Gerrit Rietveld Academie back in 2016.

Lascaux 1.5.1 beta is one of the acquired works for the Danish National Collection

The acquired art works stems from two autonomous series of works. The Lascaux 1.0 Sculpture-series initiated in 2019 as well as the Hyper-Primitive Painting-series initiated back in 2018. The Hyper-Primitive series was furthermore showcased for the first time during his first solo exhibition “Concerning the Hyper-Primitive” in Paris, France supported by the Augustinus Foundation.