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Edo Dijksterhuis

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Trying to Disarm a Racist Machine with Aesthetics   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin at Foam - Fotografie Museum March 20th, 2015 - June 3rd, 2015
Posted 3/24/15
The capitalist economy is sexist: women earn less than men for doing the same job and the glass ceiling prevents them from ever reaching the top. Mainstream media are biased against LGBTs and propagate heterosexuality as the norm. It’s usually systems that are accused of being skewed against minorities, and usually on just grounds. But Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin take it one step further. The artist duo echoes French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard who, when shooting a film in Mozambique in... [more]
“What the fuck am I looking at?” This is what Beatrix Ruf thought when she first encountered a work by Ed Atkins. The new Stedelijk Museum Director is not one to get caught up in diplomatic niceties—and at the press preview of she didn’t mind repeating the question. Her confusion has turned out to be inspirational, though: last year she curated a show with the British artist at the Zurich Kunsthalle, and now she has landed him his first solo show in the Netherlands. To boot, the Stedelijk has... [more]
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The Biggest Challenge Museums Face: Rekindling the Collection   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Bank & Rau at Cobra Museum March 1st, 2015 - March 1st, 2015
Posted 3/9/15
When passing the ticket booth at the Cobra Museum everything seems business as usual: white walls with informative texts in an inoffensive font, the bold colors associated with the art movement's practioners Appel, Constant, Corneille, and Alechinsky visible from afar. But brace yourself and turn the corner. Entering is like receiving shock treatment—the sudden visual overload had me gasping for breath. Multi-colored bricks, blown-up black and white photographs, a bicycle, raggedy carpets,... [more]
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Spotlight on DordtYart, an Arts Organization Where Synergy Is the Gospel   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Zoro Feigl, Stéphane Gauchy, Nico Parlevliet, Karen Sargsyan, Group Show, Edwin van der Heide, Jeanne van der Horst, Peter Vink at Art Rotterdam February 5th, 2015 - February 8th, 2015
Posted 2/4/15
DordtYart is not part of Art Rotterdam’s Intersections program—and with good reason. DordtYart could never be squeezed into the box labeled “artists’ initiative or non-profit space.” The organization from Dordrecht does stage exhibitions, which are often enriched with lectures and guided tours, but it does a lot more: it functions as an artists’ residency, a community workplace, a mirror for local history, an educational center, and a laboratory for crossbreeding science and art. DordtYart is... [more]
As a teenager Joep van Lieshout diligently saved all the money he earned from his first job as a waiter in a diner, until he had enough to buy himself an electric drill. Next was a proper set of angle grinders, followed by a welding machine. Van Lieshout has always been a lover of tools; the workshop is his natural biotope, the place where he thinks with his hands and molds a world all his own. His studio at the Keileweg, a frayed part of Rotterdam formerly known for its street prostitution,... [more]
Last year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, a Tiger Award for Short Films was won by Sebastian Buerkner, alumnus of the Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2013, all three Tiger Awards in this category went to artists: Beatrice Gibson, Erik van Lieshout and Zachary Formwalt. And it could happen again this year. Twelve out of the sixteen eligible films carry the “art” label. When the IFFR shorts program started some ten years ago, the organization deliberately choose to focus on... [more]
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Araki: An Exhibitionist Looking Death in the Eye   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Nobuyoshi Araki at Foam - Fotografie Museum December 19th, 2014 - March 11th, 2015
Posted 12/22/14
In the film (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu the recently deceased end up on a minimalist film set. In this purgatory they discuss and improvise with their fellow travelers until they have decided on the ultimately defining moment of their lives. They re-enact it and then pass over to whatever paradise or nothingness may be waiting for them. One by one the dead come to terms with what they’ve left behind. Except for one, who can’t decide. That guy could have been Nobuyoshi Araki. The now... [more]
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"Adoption Agency" for Art Might Herald New Dynamic in Market   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Galerie Bart Amsterdam: Bart Invites December 3rd, 2014 - January 3rd, 2015
Posted 12/11/14
An empty wall to fill but on a tight budget? Looking for an original Christmas gift? Or are you just an avid bargain hunter? A semi-abstract print by Jaap Hillenius could be just the ticket for you. Price: somewhere between 175 and 250 euro—and that’s including the frame. If you like large formats, the reclining nude by Hans van der Ham costing 450 euro is an option. And at 175 euro a diptych by Bert Loerakker is a good deal—especially if you take into account the original price of 810 euro. A... [more]
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Black Box and White Cube Merge but Audiences Are Slow to Follow   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at New World Center December 3rd, 2014 - December 6th, 2014
Posted 11/30/14
The current art market status of video art is comparable to that of photography in the early nineties. Back then photography wasn’t considered "real art" requiring hard-won skills going beyond simply pointing a lens and pressing a button. Moreover, prints could be reproduced endlessly rendering the work devoid of true artistic aura, a Benjaminesque nightmare. For video art too, controlling editions and authentication are the biggest obstacles to overcome, even more than trying to convince... [more]
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Tony Oursler Hacks a Church with Reverse Iconoclasm   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Tony Oursler at De Oude Kerk November 27th, 2014 - March 29th, 2015
Posted 11/29/14
True to their sometimes petty nature and deep-seated adversity to change the town folk of Amsterdam were up in arms last year when Jacqueline Grandjean made public her plans for the Oude Kerk (Old Church). The new director wanted the venue to become more than a glorified exhibition space filled with penurious looking temporary bulkheads. She envisioned large-scale installations by artists of international repute, in interviews casually mentioning the Unilever Series in Tate Modern’s Turbine... [more]
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Why Gillian Wearing Should Have Won the Vincent Award   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Willem de Rooij, Pierre Huyghe, Manfred Pernice, Anri Sala, Gillian Wearing at GEM, The Hague September 6th, 2014 - February 1st, 2015
Posted 11/24/14
To be talked about—positively or negatively, it hardly matters—is the principle aim of every art prize with an exhibition attached to it. Of course, reward or encouragement are the motivational labels attached to them but PR is the true driving force. For a good many years the Turner Prize was the prime example of a "successful" art prize exhibition. All of Britain would be talking about the nominees and the winners, down to the proverbial cab driver, who wouldn’t need a lot of encouragement to... [more]
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How Many Photography Museums Can a Country Have?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Brassaï, John Gutmann, Lewis Hine, William Klein, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, László Moholy-Nagy, Eadweard Muybridge, Man Ray, W. Eugene Smith, Ed van der Elsken at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam November 1st, 2014 - January 11th, 2015
Posted 11/4/14
Suppose you’re a collector of Dutch photography, you have no kids (or they are uninterested barbarians), and you’re reaching that age when you start thinking about your legacy. Which institute would be most suitable for a donation? Which museum would be the best new home for your collection? The Netherlands has the luxury of having not one, not two, but no fewer than four museums dedicated solely to photography. That’s an unusually large number for such a small country. A Swiss collector... [more]
Some people are called to the arts by way of a detour, but Chaim van Luit’s route is exceptional by any standard. Being a bit too restless for the regular educational system he dropped out of high school at 17 and joined the marines. He traveled the world working ten-hour shifts for months on end. At the end of his four-year tour he decided it was time for a change. After taking a special entry exam he was accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht. He laid down his gun and picked up... [more]
She felt honored to have been nominated for the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art. The list of previous recipients is impressive: Carel Visser, Peter Struycken, Mark Manders, and Daan van Golden are among them. With a cool 100,000 euro attached in prize money, it’s one of the biggest art awards in Europe (for comparison: Turner Prize winners get 40,000 pounds, roughly half of that amount). But Wendelien van Oldenborgh did not expect to win the award, which she received last Thursday in... [more]
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For Marlene Dumas politics are always personal   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Marlene Dumas at Stedelijk Museum September 6th, 2014 - January 4th, 2015
Posted 9/10/14
Since its long anticipated reopening in September 2012 the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has served up some fine shows: The Mike Kelley retrospective was, if somewhat airtight, quite comprehensive, and Jeff Wall’s could easily compete with the grand overview nine years ago at Tate Modern. But with Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden the museum has hit a new high point. The retrospective of the nation’s best-known painter is by far the best exhibition the new Stedelijk has mounted to date. The last... [more]
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The city as hardware, soft infrastructure, and idea   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Diane Arbus, Mitch Epstein, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, William Klein, Dana Lixenberg, Karl Hugo Schmölz, Ed van der Elsken, Michael Wolf at FotoMuseum Den Haag July 5th, 2014 - October 12th, 2014
Posted 8/12/14
Horizontals, verticals, and some disciplined curves, squares and angles offset by relentless electrical streetlights. The wall with forty vintage photographs marking the start of looks like an architect’s drawing table. Karl Hugo Schmölz’s 1950s documentation of German cinemas, orchestra houses, car dealerships, and shopping malls clearly illustrates the strong focus on hardware during the post-war Reconstruction period. They show the city as landscape, the sum of town planning, math, and... [more]
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Bringing private passions into the public realm   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Hai Bo, Zhang Dali, Wang Guangle, Ai Weiwei, Qiu Xiaofei, Zhang Xiaogang, LIANG Yuanwei at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen June 14th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014
Posted 8/6/14
For the better part of their lives Henk de Heus and his wife Victoria de Heus-Zomer have worked to build up their business. The De Heus animal feed company has a hundred year history but it wasn’t until the last couple of decades that the family business from rural Barneveld boomed, becoming a world leader in animal nutrition, a multinational active in fifty countries. The de Heus-Zomer couple has invested a sizeable part of the resulting fortune in art. Since the late eighties they have... [more]
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Being a bit too breezy about the sky   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Constant, Anne de Vries, Leo Gestel, John Körmeling, Hendrik W. Mesdag, Jan Sluijters, Guido van der Werve, JCJ Vanderheyden, J.H. Weissenbruch, Carel Willink at De Hallen Haarlem June 21st, 2014 - September 7th, 2014
Posted 7/23/14
Compiling an attractive and wholesome summer exhibition: it’s an art form in itself. During the cultural low season, when the regular audience has migrated to southern European beaches, museums hoping to maintain healthy visitor statistics choose to cater to tourists, staycationists, and day-trippers. And that requires a special type of show. Of course, the fun factor is to be reckoned with; the subject should not be too highbrow and instead have a broad, preferably universal appeal. Some ,... [more]
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We are all waiting for Godot in Paul Chan’s dark world   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Paul Chan at Schaulager April 12th, 2014 - October 19th, 2014
Posted 7/19/14
Paul Chan, born in 1973, is a child of his time. He has cast aside modernism’s Big Ideas and is free of any kind of canon. He refers just as easily to French philosopher Charles Fourier (1772-1837) as he does to hip hop star Jay-Z. The Old Testament, hardcore porn, Samuel Beckett, daytime TV, the Black Panthers, Guy Debord and his Society of the Spectacle—for Chan this is all source material of equal value and utility. Chan is beyond postmodernism as well, though. He does not play... [more]
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Diversity rules at 45th edition of the art market’s Olympics   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Art Basel June 17th, 2014 - June 22nd, 2014
Posted 6/19/14
Art fair participants complain, what’s new? But instead of the usual lamentations about hesitant collectors keeping their pocket books closed, this year dealers’ biggest worry was overly aggressive buyers. They just waltzed into a booth, pointed out a work and did not take no for an answer, even if the work had already been sold. This marks the cautious upswing in the art market which has been getting back up on its feet after being hit by the global financial crisis. Although Art Basel—the... [more]
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Shooting up on youth’s immortality   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Larry Clark at Foam - Fotografie Museum June 13th, 2014 - September 12th, 2014
Posted 6/19/14
When came out in 1995 it kicked up quite a storm. Larry Clark’s debut feature film depicts a group of teenage skate punks smoking dope, drinking excessively, shoplifting, talking nonsense, basically wasting their lives away. The main character, a world class egomaniac named Telly, has unprotected sex with every eleven year old girl he can talk out of her pants, since according to him virginity is the best protection against venereal diseases. At the end of the movie it turns out he himself is... [more]
The first time I met Abner Preis was at Scope in Miami. He succeeded in making me and my companion dress up like superheroes: masks, oversized gloves, glittery capes, and a fluffy toy animal as a personal mascot. While we were assuming our best victory poses Preis was snapping away. Still, whenever I look at the picture he sent me afterwards I have to smile and part of me feels the urge to leave my everyday Clark Kent incarnation in a nearby phone booth and go rescue a school bus full of kids... [more]
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Stripping life down to its bare essentials   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Atelier van Lieshout at Kasteel Keukenhof June 1st, 2014 - October 1st, 2014
Posted 6/5/14
The Keukenhof is under siege. Across the road from the world famous flower park, both tourist magnet and symbol of bourgeois dowdiness, two men are loading a howitzer. There’s no mistaking the trajectory of this Big Bertha—the nearby sea of tulips is going to get blown to smithereens. The men are faceless and featureless, like anonymous puppets blindly following orders, ready to become cannon fodder themselves. They are very basic archetypes, just like the hut sitting on the lawn a few hundred... [more]
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Marcel van Eeden: Murder he drew   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Marcel van Eeden at GEM, The Hague May 16th, 2014 - August 24th, 2014
Posted 5/21/14
Marcel van Eeden’s work is all about time, but it always starts with a location. In his series of drawings van Eeden tells stories taking place roughly between World War I and 1965, the year of his own birth. Drawing from photographs, advertisements, and, less frequently, short texts, he creates the building blocks of a partially true and partially fictional history. With every new episode, which doesn’t necessarily follow chronology but always connects with the others and often features... [more]
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The exhibition as exhibit in a public trial: Ai Weiwei's Evidence   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Ai Weiwei at Gropius Bau April 3rd, 2014 - July 13th, 2014
Posted 5/15/14
, Ai Weiwei’s largest retrospective to date, opened on April 3rd and that is no coincidence. It was exactly three years ago that day that the most influential artist of China (some argue: of the world) was arrested at the Beijing Capital International Airport and jailed on charges of “economic crimes.” He was released after eighty-one days but has since been forbidden to leave Beijing. For every step outside his own courtyard he has to ask the police for permission, effectively condemning him... [more]
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Reinventing the museum as a relevant social arena   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch March 8th, 2014 - June 15th, 2014
Posted 5/7/14
“The coming twenty years we’ll be okay, with all the baby boomers retiring. But after that we’ll have to come up with a different way of doing things otherwise museums will soon be obsolete.” It was Arnoud Odding, director of Rijksmuseum Twenthe, who said this when I asked him about the most pressing priorities in the Dutch art sector. Odding has given the subject a lot of thought. In 2004 he published  (The Dream Museum), about the museum as a place for debate. Seven years later he followed up... [more]
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Homage to the fair’s most important asset   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Stanley Brouwn, Ross Chisholm, Nigel Cooke, Thierry De Cordier, William Daniels, Hans Op de Beeck, Sam Durant, Simon Fujiwara, Jacob Kassay, Sol LeWitt, Lucy McKenzie, Juan Muñoz, Rob Pruitt, Wilhelm Sasnal, Jan Schoonhoven, Nick van Woert, Matthew Weir, Haegue Yang at Art Brussels April 24th, 2014 - April 27th, 2014
Posted 4/21/14
It was in the mid-eighties that the organizers of Art Brussels approached Amsterdam’s KunstRAI—later known as Art Amsterdam—with a proposition to merge the two fairs. Both events were then only a few years old and scraping along in a slowly developing art market. The new event would take place alternatingly in the Dutch and the Belgian capital. The Northern party declined. In 2007 Art Cologne changed its date from fall to spring. The world’s oldest fair for modern and contemporary art was... [more]
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A peddler of abnormal pictures   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Viviane Sassen at Nederlands Fotomuseum March 8th, 2014 - June 1st, 2014
Posted 3/26/14
“Shadow is built like a cattle rustler’s dream girl: long-legged, long-armed, long-framed,” writes Moses Isegawa in a story in , Viviane Sassen’s 2008 photobook. It’s not hard to recognize the photographer herself in this fictitious character – Sassen is tall, with a model’s figure. Moreover, Isegawa, author of the Abyssinian Chronicles (1998), describes Shadow as “a nomad,” qualifies the photographs she shows him as “abnormal,” and then has his protagonist take his picture. For Flamboya... [more]
Some 45,000 works of art. That’s the number of artworks owned by the twenty member companies and institutions upon the 2005 launch of the Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland (VBCN – Netherlands Association of Corporate Collections). That’s half as many as the Stedelijk Museum has on display and in storage. Less than nine years later the number stands at roughly 100,000 works of art and the ranks of the VBCN have swollen to forty-six. Suffice it to say, corporate collections in the... [more]
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Bending the frame of photography: Jeff Wall tweaks reality   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Jeff Wall at Stedelijk Museum March 1st, 2014 - August 3rd, 2014
Posted 3/13/14
The Jeff Wall show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam contains fewer works than the large retrospective held at Tate Modern in 2005-2006 – the score is thirty-seven against more than fifty. Also, it covers a shorter period than the London presentation of two and a half decades of work. And there is some serious overlap with the older show. Still, the Amsterdam exhibition is probably the better. at Tate Modern followed a largely chronological path. It led visitors through the artist’s career,... [more]