May 31, 2008 - Sonsbeek - Grandeur
May 31, 2008


Tomas Saraceno
Airport city, ongoing project

Unique tradition, legendary reputation

Arnhem, the Netherlands

Since 1949 Arnhem has built up a legendary reputation as one of the major international art events of Europe: the Sonsbeek sculpture exhibition. ‘Sonsbeek 2008: Grandeur’ is the 10th edition in a series that has featured well-known curators such as Saskia Bos, Valerie Smith and Jan Hoet. And, again, it stands for an original vision on developments in contemporary art. This Sonsbeek is pursuing in a new and innovative way the involvement of the public in art that seeks to be more than just art for the art world.

Artistic director Anna Tilroe has invited 28 outstanding artists from all continents to present their ideas about the pursuit of ‘Grandeur’. Specially for Sonsbeek 2008 they are creating a work of art that represents the striving for human greatness, based on a completely individual point of view.

The involvement of the public and the city acquires a unique form: before being installed in the beautiful, old surroundings of Sonsbeek Park, the works of art will be carried by the inhabitants of Arnhem through the old innercity in a solemn, but festive Procession on June 8.

Invited artists:
• Nindityo Adipurnomo & Mella Jaarsma – Indonesia
• Eylem Aladogan – Netherlands
• El Anatsui – Nigeria
• Willem Boshoff – South Africa
• Brody Condon – USA
• Johan Creten – France
• Michel François – Belgium
• Thomas Houseago – Great Brittain
• Hans van Houwelingen – Netherlands
• Rini Hurkmans – Netherlands
• Yasue Maetake – Japan
• Matthew Monahan – USA
• Serge Onnen – Netherlands
• Jean-Michel Othoniel – France
• Rona Pondick – USA
• Charlie Roberts – USA
• Fernando Sánchez Castillo – Spain
• Tomas Saraceno – Argentina
• Lara Schnitger – USA
• Alain Séchas – France
• Johan Simons – Netherlands
• Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger – Switzerland
• Joseph Sumégné – Cameroon
• Ana Maria Tavares – Brazil
• Marijke van Warmerdam – Netherlands
• Stephen Wilks – Great Brittain

Procession: June 8, 2008
Location: Innercity of Arnhem, the Netherlands
Time: from 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Press preview: June 13, 2008
Location: Huis Sonsbeek, Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem
Time: 10:30 AM
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Exhibition: June 14 – September 21, 2008
Location: Sonsbeek Park (city-park, near the central trainstation)
Opening hours Park Sonsbeek: from sunrise to sunset
Entrance exhibition: free

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