Alfredo Jaar:
It is difficult

Alfredo Jaar:
It is difficult


Alfredo Jaar, The Cloud, 2015.
September 6, 2016
Alfredo Jaar: It is difficult

Friday, September 16, 2016, 11:25am–12:10pm

St. Pieters Church
Pieterskerkhof 1a
2311 CG Leiden
The Netherlands

The VeerStichting is a Dutch non-profit organisation that was established in 1978 by students of Leiden University. The purpose of the organisation is to advance the exchange of ideas between excelling students and high-level professionals, such as policy-makers, businessmen, scholars, politicians and people from the creative sector.

Its student board annually organises a two-day symposium where 250 outstanding university students and 250 influential thinkers from mostly The Netherlands and Flanders are invited to discuss a topic  that affects society as a whole, as well as organisations and the individual.

Over the years, the symposium has gained a prestigious reputation, with speakers such as F.W. de Klerk, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Jimmy Nelson, The Rt. Hon. David Trimble and Mario Monti. During these two days, the participants get inspired by (international) speakers, interactive performances, workshops and other surprising activities. The result is the unique encounter between two different generations from where new, remarkable ideas arise.

This year, the 37th VeerStichting symposium “On Hope” invites Alfredo Jaar as its keynote speaker.

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker known as of one of the most uncompromising, compelling, and innovative artists working today.

He will introduce his most recent projects realized around the world, including places such as Basel, London, Fukushima, Buenos Aires, Dallas, Helsinki, and other locations. He will also present a selection of his most iconic works like A Logo for America (1987) and The Skoghall Konsthall (2000).

Alfredo Jaar’s installations and public interventions have earned him international acclaim. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Important individual exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Berlinische Galerie, Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V. and Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin; and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki.

The artist has realized more than 60 public interventions around the world. Over 50 monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.

His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Tate in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid, MACBA in Barcelona, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, MAXXI and MACRO in Rome and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide.

The 37th VeerStichting symposium “On Hope” is organised on September 15 & 16 in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Alfredo Jaar’s keynote address will take place on Friday September 16 at 11:25am.

If you would like to attend, please e-mail the organisation to receive an invitation in order to purchase a ticket. Please mail your request to [email protected].

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