18 April, 1936
Business rests for the day. The Tobacco Baron sits in his parlour.
[A knock at the door]
The Art Collector has come to call. They swiftly move to the dining room. Not much is said. Both know, economic matters of grave importance will have to be discussed. But this can wait until after food has been served.
The Visitor arrives late. Very late. By the time she is led in to the dining room, the Collector and the Baron have long moved on to the smoking room. She finds their plates on the table. Each has left a piece of steak behind. Why, she thinks. These are hard times. Were they not hungry? I am.
Bourgeois Leftovers, the exhibition of the 2012–2013 de Appel Curatorial Programme, hosts a group of unlikely conversation partners. From 20 April to 16 June, 2013, the exhibition at de Appel arts centre presents thirty-two early twentieth-century Dutch genre paintings that have been leftover from the current Van Abbemuseum collection display. Nineteen contemporary artists have been invited to co-produce the presentation of and language around the paintings, setting the stage for dialogue about artistic, financial, and historical value, and the conditions that create surplus.
With paintings by Johanna Bauer-Stumpff, Arnout Colnot, Lucie van Dam van Isselt, Jacob Dooyewaard, Willem Dooyewaard, Edgar Fernhout, Johannes Franken, Jan Goedhart, Herman Heijenbrock, Georg Hering, Jan van Herwijnen, Eduard Karsen, Conrad Kickert, Willem Knip, Ernst Leyden, Sal Meijer, Dirk Nijland, Bart Peizel, Wim van de Plas, Coba Ritsema, Gé Röling, Dio Rovers, Wout Schram, Albert Servaes, William Henry Singer, Jan Sluijters, Walter Vaes, Cornelis Vreedenburgh, Betsy Westendorp-Osieck, and Matthieu Wiegman.
And contributions by Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Ruth Buchanan, Jota Castro, Dina Danish, Lydia Davis, Judith Deschamps, Marlene Dumas, Chris Evans, Will Holder, Jugedamos, Alison Knowles, Matthieu Laurette, Gabriel Lester, Daragh Reeves, Barbara Visser, and Timmy van Zoelen.
Curators: Karima Boudou (b. 1987, FR/MA), Kari Cwynar (b. 1985, CA), Angela Jerardi (b. 1979, US), Srajana Kaikini (b. 1986, IN), Florencia Portocarrero (b. 1981, PE), and Alexandra Stock (b. 1982, CH/US)
A reader related to the exhibition will be produced with Mousse Publishing and launched in June 2013.
Please see www.bourgeoisleftovers.com for information and event dates.
With special thanks to the Van Abbemuseum, the city of Eindhoven, and all Voordekunst contributors.
About de Appel arts centre:
De Appel is an internationally oriented arts centre in the centre of Amsterdam. Since it was founded in 1975 it has served as a leading platform for research and the presentation of contemporary art.
About de Appel Curatorial Programme:
Initiated in 1994 as an in-house international training trajectory for young curators, the Curatorial Programme of de Appel arts centre offers its participants hands-on experiences and skills for the further development of their professional career. Each year the programme culminates with the collective development of a final project at de Appel arts centre.