We All Laughed at Christopher Columbus

We All Laughed at Christopher Columbus

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

Amalia Pica To Everyone that Waves , 2005, (film still)

July 19, 2006

We All Laughed at Christopher Columbus
July 22-September 4, 2006

Opening: July 21 at 5 p.m.

Guest curators: Krist Gruijthuijsen and November Paynter

Roderick Buchanan, Jeremiah Day, Runo Lagomarsino, Ola Pehrson, Amalia Pica, Florian Wüst

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
Rozenstraat 59
NL-1016NN Amsterdam


Much artistic and curatorial practice today aims at exploring the truthfulness of historical representation, or the problematic dialectic between collective memory and factual source. Of late there has been a great deal of attention on artistic practice that focuses on reconstructions of historical events from reenactments to documentary videos, the aim is often to question, investigate or reconsider social attitudes of interpretation. Opposed to these tendencies the group exhibition We All Laughed at Christopher Columbus deals primarily with six artists subjective, artistic interpretations of specific historical events.

The significance of the events explored is already determined in collective, internationally distributed history, and although the subjects are not related, or consequentially linked in history in any acknowledged way, they do suggest points of allusion by way of similar artistic approaches and attitudes. This is most evident in the way the selected artists embrace the fictive within the incident, without being compromised by feelings of responsibility to accuracy, thus leaving space for the audience to interpret their own response to each work and construe hypothetical, historical associations.

The title of the show is borrowed from the work of Runo Lagomarsino. Like an accidental slip of the tongue the text appears as a projection on a tiny billboard that takes center stage while the other works, including Ola Pehrsons exquisitely hand-constructed models and pseudo documentary that make up Hunt for the Unabomber, revolve around it.

All artists biographies can be found on www.smba.nl

To mark the occasion of the opening of We all laughed at Christopher Columbus at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, two events will be held at SMCS on 11 on July 20 at 8pm:

A conversation between Jeremiah Day and Florian Wüst entitled: The Permanence of Revolution: strategies used to re-think historical events, as exemplified by writings of Hannah Arendt and Peter Weiss, followed by a screening of the short film November (2004) by Hito Steyerl.

SMCS on 11 is the program of events of the Stedelijk Museum on the 11th floor of its building.

In addition a performance by Jeremiah Day will take place after the opening of the show, in SMBA itself on July 21, starting at 10.30pm.

The exhibition is accompanied by the SMBA Newsletter, which features contributions by the curators.
We all laughed at Christopher Columbus is generously supported by IASPIS and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
For press inquiries and images please e-mail to mail@smba.nl or phone 31-(0)20-4220471

We All Laughed at Christopher Columbus
July 22 September 4, 2006
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