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I saw the clouds were beautiful and I watched them cover the sun.

by Debbie Broekers
Like a great pop song or a poem, Nina Yuen’s work enchants, making you feel like she’s speaking to you alone. Her performative films, which are currently on view at de Appel arts centre, bind the universal with the ultrapersonal. They fill the second floor of the Prins Hendrikkade space in an exhibition consisting mainly of these short, fantastical films of approximately six or seven minutes each, plus some prints titled as studies for her films Andoe and Lea. Although it is nice to see Yuen’s work in other media, her films are the real showstoppers. In Raymond (2014), which makes it... [more]
Posted by Debbie Broekers on 2/27/14
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And the winner isn’t…

by Andrea Alessi
The 2013 Prix de Rome exhibition at de Appel in Amsterdam got me thinking about payoff, the rewards of looking at art. I’m not mad at “Museums as Playgrounds” or Banksy – as far as I’m concerned, if you’re getting people into museums or talking about art, that’s a good thing. Nor do I think anyone would accuse me of hating on difficult art. For me, one of the best parts of writing about art is pushing myself to be more open minded, to spend time with art, struggle with it. I savor the challenge of unpacking an exhibition, and the rewards, when they come,... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 11/20/13
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Artificial Amsterdam?

by Nicola Bozzi
The city as an artwork. That's quite a broad premise for a group show, even more so considering the increasingly heterogeneous ways in which contemporary artists dabble with public space these days. Visiting the exhibition currently hosted at De Appel, though, I didn't find so much of the mapping, downscale modeling, installation-erecting that so much abounds when it comes to tackling the urban within the gallery space. The zoom is rarely on the “bigger picture”, and maps are quietly understated – if you exclude conceptual ones, that is, of which Thomas Hirschhorn and Marcus S... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 7/12/13
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Shaking things up in Amsterdam

by Nicola Bozzi
Amsterdam is experiencing quite a cultural shake up these months. NIMk sadly shutting down for the infamous funding cuts announced earlier this year, the new and ugly Stedelijk soon to open its glass doors (September 23), and now the new De Appel building on Prins Hendrikkade. The renowned art center, formerly sitting in the hip De Pijp neighborhood, is the second cultural institution to move its headquarters to the IJ area, after the Filmmuseum left Vondelpark for its new spaceship right behind Central Station. Considering even Halbe Zijlstra and his team recognized De Appel’s cultural relevance – unli... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 6/4/12
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Three Artists Walk Into a Bar…

by Nicola Bozzi
It's at once easy and hard to write about Three Artists Walk Into a Bar… It's easy because the show is more of an experience, and as such it should be lived. At the opening, after having a quite satisfying aperitivo, guests were taken on a bierfiets for a stroll around the Pijp and the Museumplein. For those who don't know, a “beer bike” is one of those big vehicles where several people have to pedal at once in order to move, while at the same time being served large amounts of beer. You can usually see these wonders of debauched technology trail across Amsterdam in the afternoon, powered by drunk t... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 4/24/12
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Spectres

The Belgian artist Sven Augustijnen (Belgium, born 1970) made his name with films in which he analyses cultural and historical places and events from a personal perspective, in a way that is at the same time very precise and ambiguous. This autumn, Augustijnen is presenting his latest film, “Spectres”, as part of a solo exhibition in de Appel. In this film essay, the artist presents a controversial view of Belgian colonial history, a historical era that recently attracted a great deal of attention in the Netherlands following the publication of “Congo” by David van Reybrouck, who won the Libris... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/17/11
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De Appel – Genius Without Talent

by Nicola Bozzi
As human beings, we were all born geniuses. Then, when we started to build on our personal talents, we lost it. This is one of the statements made in the catalogue of Robert Filliou's Stedelijk show La Republique Geniale, in which the French artist and economist discussed artistic solutions to the problems of the world with the museum's visitors. This revolutionary naiveté (we're talking about 1971) also underlines the whole of Genius Without Talent, the group exhibition currently on show at De Appel. From its very title, the show is a call to tap into the amateur inside us – and I write “amate... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 9/26/11
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Squeeze and Breeze

by Nicola Bozzi
It is rare to visit an exhibition so consistent that, once you leave, the feeling of having been to a particular place lingers with you. Mika Rottenberg's retrospective at De Appel is such a show. The Argentinian-born artist has turned the former boys' school into something between a grotesque funhouse and a creepy fairytale, from which a radiant constellation of sub-worlds emanates in forms of video installations. Tropical Breeze, 2004, Single channel video installation, 3:45 minutes, edition 4 of 5, Pasquale Leccese Collection, Milan; Courtesy of Le Case D'Arte. Rottenberg's universe is populated by... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 3/21/11
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Super Normal

This summer, de Appel presents a Solo Project by the Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard (1967), a show with its artistic starting point located in the mental world of Rod Bianco. Melgaard is one of the most chameleonic figures in contemporary art. His work evolves and mutates at breakneck speed owing to his continual introduction of new themes, ideas and semi-imaginary characters such as Bernard St. Summiere, Mr. Black Pearl, Rummelsnuff, Joey Stefano, Frost and Les Super. Bianco is the latest protagonist; he is neither an alter ego nor an avatar of the artist, but a fictional personality wh... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 6/15/10
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I’m Not Here: An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs

by Andrea Alessi
The problem with making an exhibition about what’s not there is that you run the risk of showing nothing at all. Absence is a difficult thing to see, its visibility relying on reference points and shared assumptions. Without the right cues there is a serious risk that viewers won’t notice what they’re meant (not) to see. In “I’m Not Here: An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs,” a solo-cum-group show at De Appel Jongensschool, curators take this risk, organizing a retrospective of sorts in Alÿs’s conspicuous absence. Presenting fourteen diverse contemporary artists, the curators explicitly invit... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 4/26/10