Manus Groenen

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A Cross Section of Intersections: 1646, Hotel Maria Kapel, and A Tale of a Tub   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Art Rotterdam February 5th, 2015 - February 8th, 2015
Posted 2/5/15
Rotterdam’s Van Nellefabriek—once a factory for processing coffee, tea, and tobacco—is one of the Netherlands’ most impressive modernist monuments. This concrete and steel colossus, with its imposing glass façade, was progressive in its use of light, air, and space, and in its attention to working conditions. Art Rotterdam moved to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and event complex in 2014. This year, the fair’s 16th edition does justice to the site’s legacy of innovation with the introduction... [more]
Amsterdam Art Weekend: A Look at the RijksakademieOPEN's Top Artists   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Rijksakademie November 29th, 2014 - November 30th, 2014
Posted 11/28/14
This weekend Amsterdam's prestigious Rijksakademie opens its doors for the annual RijksakademieOPEN, a perennial highlight of the Amsterdam Art Weekend, a weekend packed with exhibitions and events, which runs this year from November 27–30. What happens behind the closed doors of the academy is only visible once a year for the general public, so as soon as the doors opened, I went in for a sneak peek. The Rijksakademie is a post-academic institution offering young artists time, space, and both... [more]
I think I might have curated my lunch today. I chose a specific sandwich from the collection on offer at the shop and to accompany it I chose a drink that I thought would go well with my sandwich. To balance the selection, I included a banana. The result might have been a “well-curated” lunch, but I’m not sure. It depends on who’s defining of the term. In recent years the word “curating” escaped the confines of museums to be picked up by the mainstream, while the activities formerly known as... [more]
Manus Groenen’s show was selected as the winner of ArtSlant’s Curator’s Open, where we asked readers to use our massive database of art to design an exhibition. Now showing at EXPO CHICAGO Art Fair, Groenen’s Cryptographics brings together twelve unique artworks exploring different forms of marking, both linguistic and pictorial. Reflective of the mysterious text his show honors, Groenen’s Cryptographics features works touching on the cosmological, the obscured, and the occult. We caught up... [more]
The subtle subversions of Manifesta 10   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (General Staff building) June 28th, 2014 - October 14th, 2014
Posted 6/30/14
Engagement with local contexts has been a strength of the Manifesta biennial from the outset. The nomadic biennial has been addressing the changing realities in Europe from its start in the early ‘90s, with each edition selecting a different European city or region as its host, with a preference for peripheral and contested areas; for instance, the last edition took place in an old coalmine in Genk, Belgium. For its 10th anniversary Manifesta has organized its easternmost edition to date in St... [more]
- Since gaining consciousness humans have had the urge to find answers to their questions. People used to rely on seers, shamans, and priests but over time we became wiser and more professional in our attempts to gain knowledge. Thankfully, we no longer expect individuals to have the capability to develop into polymaths or Renaissance men with the ability to achieve an all-encompassing understanding of the world. We have entrusted scientists, philosophers, and artists with the responsibility... [more]
History in Transformation   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Maria Barnas, Daya Cahen, Dina Danish, Willem de Rooij, Alfredo Jaar, Alon Levin, Aernout Mik, Rob Schröder, Jan Svankmajer, Jasmijn Visser, Felix Weigand at Castrum Peregrini April 25th, 2013 - June 23rd, 2013
Posted 6/5/13
Amsterdam’s histories are revisited in the present in ways ranging from the spectacle of the Amsterdam Dungeon to more serious approaches like those of the Anne Frank Huis. Every tourist knows the way to the latter and I can understand why. The hiding place where a girl penned her gripping diary captures the imagination. Anne Frank’s story might be the most famous, but she was just one of many forced to hide during the German occupation. Another former hiding place, less well known but equal in... [more]
Kentridge's Trauerarbeit   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
William Kentridge at Jewish Historical Museum July 16th, 2012 - November 25th, 2012
Posted 9/24/12
Given the historical connection between South Africa and the Netherlands, it will come as a surprise that William Kentridge, one of South Africa’s most prominent contemporary artists (along with Amsterdam’s adopted Marlene Dumas) might still need an introduction in the Netherlands. The internationally admired artist is currently having his first ever exhibition in the Netherlands, hosted by the Jewish Historical Museum in partnership with the Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim... [more]
There was a country where they were all thieves   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Gary Colclough, FIELDCLUB, Gauri Gill, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Helen Mirra, Abigail Reynolds, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Jasper Coppes / Stijn Verhoeff at Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art May 4th, 2012 - June 7th, 2012
Posted 5/22/12
Sometimes wandering through an exhibition feels like a stroll in a field, leaving you calm and clear of thought. This was what happened to me when I visited Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, which had welcomed guest curator Natasha Ginwala as part of the annual Alongside# residency. Ginwala’s curatorial starting point was her encounter with a Cornish hedge, a wall-like structure made of stone and earth common in Southwest England, while on an artistic field trip in Cornwall. She pondered this... [more]
Confrontation and Negotiation   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Christoph Schlingensief at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst February 2nd, 2012 - April 29th, 2012
Posted 4/10/12
Subversive art needs no introduction. The world constantly seems ever more economically, politically and environmentally unstable and the times always seem to be changing. Artists, unsurprisingly, use their own artistic means to protest and fuel changes in society, using a wide range of strategies. In many ways, the artistic debates prevalent in the 1970s are recurring today and the discussion about the position of the artist within an information and media society is one of these debates. One... [more]
Points on Plot Points   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Nicolas Provost at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ March 16th, 2012 - April 10th, 2012
Posted 3/26/12
It is very likely that the way you think crime is solved or hospitals work is influenced by movies and series you have seen. Luckily, other input tells us that hospitals aren’t filled with McDreamies messing around in the closets and not all crime scenes are covered in fingerprints and semen just waiting for a witty detective with sunglasses to connect the dots. But the border between the realms of fiction and non-fiction can definitely be blurry from time to time. Nicolas Provost’s... [more]
Food For Thought   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Michael Burton, Arne Hendriks, Christian Jankowski, Michiko Nitta, John O'Shea at Stroom Den Haag January 15th, 2012 - April 1st, 2012
Posted 2/27/12
Stroom in Den Haag is currently showing the last exhibition in a compelling series of projects called Foodprint, which addresses the way we deal with food in contemporary society, particularly in an urban environment. The final exhibition, , asks what our relationship to food might be in the future, a valid question in a time with an increasing world population and storied food shortages on the horizon. At Stroom, four projects with this (semi-)scientific starting point zoom in on alternative... [more]
Angela Bulloch: SHORT BIG DRAMA   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Angela Bulloch at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art January 21st, 2012 - April 9th, 2012
Posted 1/29/12
Angela Bulloch is interested in the systems, structures, and codes present in society, mainly those that tell us about social behavior and control. Yet this description is too frigid; it is too cold for an artist who makes such seductive, rich, and subtle works of art. At first glance Bulloch’s work seems minimalistic and abstract, but on closer inspection it turns out to be quite witty and intellectually stimulating. She is a complex artist whose oeuvre has many different aspects, all of which... [more]
De Nederlandse Identiteit? De Kracht van Heden
2012Architecten, Hans Aarsman, Lara Almarcegui, NEXT Architects, Christiaan Bastiaans, Studio Makkink & Bey, Mevis & Van Deursen, Amie Dicke, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Dora García, Joost Grootens, Anne Holtrop, Saskia Janssen, Fransje Killaars, Gert Jan Kocken, Job Koelewijn, Rem Koolhaas, Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, LUST, Thomas Manneke, Christien Meindertsma, Aernout Mik, Maureen Mooren, MVRDV, Navid Nuur, Reineke Otten, Ben Laloua / Didier Pascal, Bas Princen, Viktor & Rolf, Henri Roquas, Jan Rothuizen, Bjarne Mastenbroek / SeARCH, Malkit Shoshan, Berend Strik, Ben van Berkel / UNStudio, Guido van der Werve, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Joep van Lieshout, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Marijke van Warmerdam, René van Zuuk, Roy Villevoye, Barbara Visser, Adriaan Geuze / West 8, Witho Worms at Museum De Paviljoens, Almere October 6th, 2011 - March 4th, 2012
Posted 1/15/12
Museum De Paviljoens in Almere is currently showing the third exhibition in a series called (The Dutch Identity?) called De Kracht van Heden (The Power of Present). These big, significant titles generate high expectations. According to the museum, every show within the Dutch Identity project offers a specific perspective on contemporary Dutch art and the social, cultural and geographic context it comes from. Issues like migration, interculturality, new towns, and the post-colonial history of... [more]
Jonathan Meese - TOTALZELBSTPORTRAIT   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jonathan Meese at GEM, The Hague October 1st, 2011 - January 15th, 2012
Posted 12/26/11
GEM, The Hague’s museum for contemporary art, presents TOTALZELBSTPORTRAIT, a solo exhibition by German artist Jonathan Meese. The title (translatable as “Total Self-Portrait") leads you to think the central person in the show must be the artist himself, but that’s only partially true. The artist’s image does figure in almost all of the works, but paradoxically, according to Meese the works aren’t about him. But then the question remains, why is he in all those paintings? Jonathan Meese has a... [more]
Mark Wallinger – MARK   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mark Wallinger at De Pont October 8th, 2011 - February 19th, 2012
Posted 11/7/11
De Pont in Tilburg might just be one of Holland’s finest museums for contemporary art. The beautiful former wool factory houses a world-class collection of artworks, focusing mainly on poetic and formal art with highlights by artists like Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola, James Turell and painters like Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Bernard Frize and Katharina Grosse. The museum doesn’t typically appear to be very interested in politics, but all of a sudden it presents an exhibition by Mark Wallinger,... [more]
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