January 30, 2015 - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - La La La Human Steps
January 30, 2015

La La La Human Steps

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Kirsten Star,
1996. Cibachrome, perspex, 101.6 x 75.4 cm.

La La La Human Steps
7 February–17 May 2015

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20
NL-3015 CX Rotterdam
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm


The major spring exhibition La La La Human Steps in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen features 100 works of art from the museum’s collection. They all deal with la condition humaine: Man’s Fate. Four top choreographers have each created a duet especially for the exhibition. They will be performed live only once and can be seen permanently on film in the centre of the exhibition afterwards.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing its own collection in the Bodon Rooms on a grand scale: from old masters to young talent, from immense installations to small paintings, from unnerving melancholy to entertaining absurdity. “When you look at the collection you see that artists from all ages and from all disciplines have made extremely personal images of the world. These images, you could say, are linked together underground,” explain the compilers of the exhibition Sjarel Ex (Director) and Els Hoek (Education Curator).

4 x La La La Human Steps
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is experimenting by asking four choreographers, who reach an audience of millions, to each create a duet inspired by the exhibition. Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, La La La Human Steps of Montréal and House of Makers (associated with the Dutch National Ballet) are each producing a duet danced by a man and a woman, visualizing the process of attraction and rejection. The Rotterdam HipHopHuis presents a duel between street dancers Ques and Claerence Person. At the heart of the exhibition will be a dance floor for them to use. Dance is a link in the exhibition which will change and define the environment of the works of art.

La condition humaine
This collection of artworks lays bare a human problem. The concept of “la condition humaine” originated with the author André Malraux, who had links with Surrealism. In his major novel of the same name he shows how people are constantly conflicted, torn between their intellect and their passions. In a story spanning a few days he describes the eternal human dilemmas—desire and love, loyalty and infidelity, revenge and betrayal, duty and ambition, life and death. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has previously shown a selection of its artworks on this subject in Istanbul, where it was a great success with the public. 

Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Carlos Amorales, Anonymous, Matthew Barney, Yael Bartana, Hans Bellmer, John Bock, David Claerbout, Joost Conijn, Dirck Vokertsz. Coornhert, Curt Ehrhardt, Jeroen Eisinga, Peter Feiler, Frans Floris, Yang Fudong, Cyprien Gaillard, Robert Gober, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Siobhán Hapaska, HipHopHuis, House of Makers, Theo van Houts, Mike Kelley, Joachim Koester, Paul Kooiker, Tetsumi Kudo, Yayoi Kusama, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Édouard Lock, Édouard Manet, Gery Mendes, Melvin Moti, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Bruce Nauman, Erkka Nissinen, Joachim Patinir, Piranesi, Robin Rhode, Pipilotti Rist, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Paul Thek, Salla Tykkä, Bill Viola, Andro Wekua, Ed Wubbe, Sylvie Zijlmans and Unica Zürn

An Abundance of Contemporary Art
As well as La La La Human Steps this spring Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will also be showing Setting the Scene, Sensory Spaces 6 – Sara VanDerBeek, The Balcony Rooms – Hammershøi Meets the Collection, Vedute Backstage and Please write! Paul Thek and Franz Deckwitz: An Artists’ Friendship.

La La La Human Steps has been made possible by the support of the BankGiro Loterij.

Opening Art Rotterdam
The exhibition La La La Human Steps opens during Art Rotterdam. Journalists may register for the international press preview on Thursday 5 February. To visit the exhibition at another time or for more information please contact the Marketing and Communications Department.

T +31 10 441 9561 / pressoffice [​at​] boijmans.nl

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents La La La Human Steps
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