Anne Imhof: YOUTH

Anne Imhof: YOUTH

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Anne Imhof, YOUTH. Installation render, 2022. Image: sub (Exhibition Architecture and Supervision).

September 11, 2022
Anne Imhof
Presented by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Hartwig Art Foundation
October 1, 2022–January 29, 2023
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Museumplein 10
1071 DJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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This autumn, Anne Imhof is invited to take over the Stedelijk’s 1,100-square-meter lower-level gallery. Combining art, architecture, light, and a sound composed especially for the occasion, she will transform the space into a labyrinthine total installation. Anne Imhof is recognized as the artistic voice of a new generation. Her work is disorienting, and an unfailing memorable phenomenon by shapeshifting all genre boundaries. Imhof’s first solo show in the Netherlands is a collaboration between the Stedelijk and the Hartwig Art Foundation.

World premiere of new video work
The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow was intended to be the exhibition’s first venue, curated by Beatrix Ruf (Director, Hartwig Art Foundation) in collaboration with Katya Inozemtseva (Chief Curator, Garage Museum). In response to the Russian war in Ukraine, the Garage Museum suspended its exhibition program with immediate effect. The preparations for Moscow are now the reference for the show in Amsterdam, which is curated by Vincent van Velsen (Curator, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) in close collaboration with Rein Wolfs (Director, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam). A new video work that was created in Moscow by Anne Imhof will premiere at the Stedelijk.

The darker side
To engage our senses, Imhof appropriates a polyphony of disciplines. She ensembles painting, installations, choreography, and music. Often drawing on duality, Imhof finds inspiration in a wealth of cultural history, from Greek mythology and Nihilism to underground culture. She addresses the dynamics of power, tapping into feelings such as hyper-individualism and loneliness, desire and greed, saturation, and the fear of missing out. Translating these emotional states into her artworks, Imhof captures fleeting moments rather than a single point in time. Inside the Stedelijk, she will construct a dystopian underworld, by way of a vertiginous labyrinth constructed of school lockers, that recollects a feeling of anxiety and body dysmorphia. Within its narrow passages, an Avatar gazes, confuses barriers, and shifting light plays with our orientation. 

About Anne Imhof
Anne Imhof (Giesen, 1978) studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. She was awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie in 2015, which led to a solo exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. Imhof won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2017 for her work Faust. Her following exhibitions at Tate Modern and Palais de Tokyo were received enthusiastically by the media and the public alike.

Press preview
You are warmly invited to attend the press preview on Thursday, September 29, at 4pm. For more information and registration please contact us via pressoffice [​at​]

The exhibition Anne Imhof: YOUTH is a co-presentation of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Hartwig Art Foundation. Beatrix Ruf in collaboration with Katya Inozemtseva curated the exhibition for the first venue, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. In response to the Russian war against Ukraine, the Garage Museum decided to suspend its exhibition programme with immediate effect. The preparations for Moscow are now the reference for the show in Amsterdam, which is curated by Vincent van Velsen, in close collaboration with Rein Wolfs.

For the exhibition Anne Imhof: YOUTH, the Stedelijk is generously supported by Ammodo and the benefactors of the Stedelijk Museum Fonds.

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