May 4, 2014 - Kunstverein - Complicity
May 4, 2014


Susanne M. Winterling, Untitled (‘Angel: I don’t recall going together to the cinema in the evening. Still I heard Ancient Indians calling: Trust neither horse, nor modernity’) (production still), 2012. 16mm film, 2-minute loop.

A project by Susanne M. Winterling
With Romaine BrooksEileen GrayCarson McCullers and Annemarie Schwarzenbach
21 May–5 July 2014

Opening: 17 May 5–8 pm

Gerard Doustraat 132
1073 VX, Amsterdam
The Netherlands

T +31 20 331 3203
M +31 6 24 22 43 47
office [​at​]

With film screenings and conversations and the launch of The Correspondence Book

Complicity is an exhibition that aims to highlight the ‘other’ modernism, where complicity is related to the notion of a community and aesthetic solidarity of cosmopolitans and sensualists, meeting and forging networked paths. Forming a basis that glows with roots longer and more distinguished than a mere reduction to modernism. 

Referring to architectural historian Beatriz Colomina, who has written extensively on how architecture and communication are entangled in creating the subject, Complicity points to the importance of networked relations. The show is a room in which to be introduced to works, letter, drawings, furniture and thoughts, an ‘asylum for friendship and solidarity.’

Susanne M. Winterling: “What interests me is the community and mutual influence of these women, and how these networked connections became a visual and sensual landmark. The show does not attempt to correct the way we see these iconic figures (figures like Eileen Gray and Romaine Brooks), but presents their positions, their relations as a dynamic that is a tool for today’s imaginative and sensual activism.” 

Moreover, Complicity operates as the backdrop for the launch of The Correspondence Book, featuring the never before published correspondence between writers Carson McCullers and Annemarie Schwarzenbach (co-editors: Susanne M. Winterling and Vivian Ziherl; Design: Marc Hollenstein).

Other dates and venues:

15 May at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Kunstverein Publishing launches its latest publication, a reprint of the cahier Abstraction Création: Art non-figuratif, with the first full English translation. 

Only five editions of the cahier were published between 1932 and 1936. Uniting all movements that worked abstractly, it not only formalised a new tendency for language in visual art, but was a form of explicit self-promotion strongly opposed to the growing force of figurative Surrealism. The launch at the Stedelijk Museum is accompanied by a reading by Will Holder. This republication is a project by Riet Wijnen.

12–13 June at Kunstverein Toronto
Kunstverein Toronto launches with the Hypnotic Show, an ongoing project conceived by curator and writer Raimundas Malašauskas with artist and hypnotist Marcos Lutyens, featuring new scripts for scenarios and objects to be experienced through hypnosis.

Group hypnotic sessions will be presented at TPW R&D on 12 June followed by special individual hotel sessions on 13 June, for a variety of opportunities to obtain your own cognitive artwork. Malašauskas will also lecture about his practice at the Art Gallery of Ontario on 11 June and TPW R&D will host a post-hypnotic discussion on 17 June. More information at

& Ongoing:

BOB’S YOUR UNCLE, designed by Robert Wilhite
Open every Thursday evening

Kunstverein wishes to thank its (Gold) members, Stadsdeel Zuid, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Stichting Stokroos and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. 

Special thanks to Collection Lucile Audouy, Christian ter Maat, and Cassandra Langer. 

For further information, please contact Maxine Kopsa or Carlotta Guerra at office [​at​] and visit


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