Black or White and Manon de Boer – Encounters

Black or White and Manon de Boer – Encounters

Van Abbemuseum

Philippe Grammaticopoulos, Le Régulateur, 2004. Animated film, 16 minutes. Courtesy the artist.

May 27, 2013

Black or White
8 June–17 November 2013

Manon de Boer – Encounters
8 June–15 September 2013

Opening: Saturday 8 June, 3pm

Van Abbemuseum
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The Netherlands

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On 8 June two new exhibitions will open in the Van Abbemuseum: Black or White and Manon de Boer – Encounters.

Black or White
Animated films, comic strips and cartoons…. these are rarely exhibited in a museum for contemporary art. However in the Black or White exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum they play the main role in combination with drawings and video installations. Black or White flirts with what is politically incorrect. It aims to provoke visitors to reflect upon their own behaviour and its interrelation with social conventions by exhibiting politically engaged art. The works that are exhibited are not necessarily politically correct at first glance. They attempt to test the boundaries; they are bizarre, provocative, sometimes coarse, exaggerated or ugly. In other words, in each of the works something is simply “not quite right.” This elicits a direct and sometimes even physical reaction in the viewer in the form of laughter or discomfort.

The exhibition includes works by Michael J. Baers, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels, Piotr Dumała, Extrastruggle, Philippe Grammaticopoulos, Greg Irons and Tom Veitch, William Kentridge, Phil Mulloy, Prabhakar Pachpute, Dan Perjovschi, Peter Pontiac, and Ton Smits.

Curator: Galit Eilat, co-curator: Taya Hanauer

Manon de Boer – Encounters 
The solo exhibition Manon de Boer – Encounters shows a trilogy of cinematic portraits by the Dutch artist and filmmaker Manon de Boer (b. 1966; Kodaicanal, India). The three films in the museum’s collection can now be seen together for the first time: Sylvia Kristel – Paris (2003) about the actress Sylvia Kristel, Resonating Surfaces (2005) about the psychoanalyst and cultural critic Suely Rolnik and Think About Wood, Think About Metal (2011) about the percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky. De Boer asked these three women who fascinated her about the experiences which were decisive for their work and lives in the 1970s. The protagonists talk about their personal circumstances, meetings and events in the past in voice-off. As a result of the special way in which the images, sounds and spoken words are edited, the films have several layers which also deal with themes such as memory, time, the body and listening through the subject of the portrait.

The exhibition also shows documentary materials such as audio and video fragments, reviews, scores, posters and books. A publication (Encounters. On three films by Manon de Boer) will be available, made in cooperation with INDEX, Stockholm and OEI Editör, Stockholm.

Curator: Christiane Berndes

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