It is 2027. When we look back, what would be emblematic of art anno 2017? What do we experience as recurrent themes and concepts in contemporary art nowadays? What is going to be its legacy? Two thoughts occur to me … Continue reading The Stedelijk Museum: an epitome of trends in contemporary art
As I was walking through the galleries of The Stedelijk Museum and looking at the photographs of Rineke Dijkstra, I heard a man say: “Oh so beautiful”. I don’t want to disagree with ol’ gramps, but I do not believe that … Continue reading Rineke Dijkstra: prepare to rack your brains
Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola (1928-1987), a prominent feature in the art world ever since he decided to exhibit his work at the end of the ’50s. I think – however – many people are unaware of his incredibly notorious behavior. Perhaps … Continue reading Andy Warhol: keeping it real?
For the reason the Venice Biennale kicked off last week, I want to share one of my favourite pieces ever exhibited in the long history of the biennale. The Venice Biennale presents since 1893 pavilions in which artists represent their … Continue reading Hans Haacke: Smashing History
Let me start with two things: Mona Hatoum is one of my favourite artists of all time and second, I find her works are extremely difficult since there are always different possibilities in ways of reading and interpreting her work. I also find … Continue reading Mona Hatoum: Personification of Social Struggle
Sex, AIDS, drugs, love, violence, grief, drama, abuse and death. Nan Goldin’s (1953) camera has been capturing all these subjects for over fifty years. The things she photographs are taken from her own life. She doesn’t want to stage any … Continue reading Nan Goldin’s Public Visual Diary
Andres – “I don’t think my work is shocking” – Serrano (1950) will probably be forever affiliated with his Piss Christ. The New Yorker made the photograph in 1987 capturing a small crucifix submerged in his own urine. Even though … Continue reading Andres Serrano: from photographing Piss Christ to POTUS