‘My wife and I had already agreed that the watercolor that Marlene Dumas made of me at the time of Documenta would be my obituary image. (…) At that time twenty years ago, Marlene comprehended me already: on the one hand, a 16-year-old boy, on the other hand, a man with..
The ‘verticality’ of vertical cinema
What is vertical cinema? I’ve been asking myself that question when attending the four-day event Vertical Cinema at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which took place from 20 until 23 February 2014.
Since the very beginning cinema has explored the changing conditions of..
Aernout Mik – Cardboard Walls
After his overview exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2013, Dutch artist Aernout Mik (1962) presented new work at BAK in Utrecht. Through a new multifaceted series of projects titled Future Vocabularies BAK inaugurated this series with Mik’s exhibition. Th..
Mariánské Lázně or Marienbad is a town in the Czech Republic famous for its mineral springs. However Marienbad became also famous for playing a role in the 1961 film L’année derrière à Marienbad from French film director Alain Resnais. The film became known for its enigma..
Van Nelle – Art Rotterdam
This year’s edition of Art Rotterdam, the only important art fair for contemporary art in the Netherlands, moved to a new location, the former Van Nelle factory. This building is considered one of the main historic industrial monuments in the country. Designed by Leendert..
The ‘Long’ art for walking
One day in June 1967, British artist Richard Long (1945) took a train at the Waterloo station in London and went southwest into the countryside. About twenty miles outside the city centre, Long decided to get off and walked up to a field of grass he had seen from the trai..
Pinboard and Nazism
Lucy McKenzie (1977) has been working for several years now on a series of paintings titled Quodlibet. ‘Quodlibet’ is a Latin term which means, amongst other things, ‘that which pleases’ or ‘what she/he wants’. McKenzie uses it here to refer to a genre within ‘trompe l’oe..
Queen of collage
German artist Hannah Höch (1899–1978) was the queen of collages. She was a pivotal force in the development of 20th century collage and paved the way for artists of later generations as Richard Hamilton (remember his Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, ..