I would prefer not to

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18 April – 8 June 2014

Opening: Friday 18 April, 5 – 7 p.m.

With: Céline Berger, Etcetera…, Dora Garcia, Goldex Poldex, Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Stefan Müller, Mladen Stilinovi?

Curators: Stefanie Humbert and Stephanie Noach

‘I would prefer not to’ is a group exhibition exploring the significance of idleness and labour for art. With the escalating fusion of life and work due to the omnipresence of social media, and the sheer impossibility of escaping the global network of capital production, the arts have to reconsider their position in relation to work. The exhibition proposes an intimate rejection of the state of permanent availability for, and indefinite willingness to work within our contemporary society – and shows that such a rejection might be fruitful as well. The artists involved pose alternative life strategies, such as the creation of crypto currencies to invest in cultural infrastructure, or the option of acceptance when artistic processes stagnate. Overall, the exhibition is a reflection on doing nothing as the source for creativity.

‘I would prefer not to’ is part of the ‘followup’ curatorial program by the studio and exhibition centre Schloss Ringenberg in Hamminkeln, Germany.
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Lard Buurman - Africa Junctions

12 April - 3 May

12 April - 3 May 2014

Location: Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

Openinghours: Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 8 p.m.

Opening at Looiersgracht 60: Friday, 11 April 5-8 p.m.

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam – in cooperation with the new project space for art, design and architecture at the Looiersgracht 60 – proudly presents Lard Buurman - Africa Junctions. The exhibition is the result of the photographic project on African cities that Lard Buurman (b. 1969, Netherlands) started in the spring of 2008. Now, six years later, this project has been completed and crowned with the publication Africa Junctions. Capturing the City, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, including three essays by distinguished writers from Senegal, Nigeria and South-Africa, and an exhibition organized by Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, in the premises of Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam.
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Artists Talk
9 days ago - 08/04/2014

Rayyane Tabet, interviewed by Nat Muller
When: 11 April, 15.30-17.00h
Where: SMBA, Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam

Important: unfortunately Kemang Wa Lehulere had to cancel the Artists Talk due to personal reasons.


Language: English
Free admission, RSVP please at mail@smba.nl

Preceeding the opening of the exhibitions 'Lard Buurman - Africa Junctions' at Looiersgracht 60, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam takes the opportunity to organize two artist talks.

In an interview conducted by independent curator and critic Nat Muller, ,Rayyane Tabet discusses how his interest in material and form spurs his exploration of history and the built environment. Formally trained as an architect, he talks to curator and critic Nat Muller about how sculpture and object-making, as temporal and spatial interventions, feature in his work. Tabet explores the relationship between history and the built environment. His multi-faceted installations often reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance. His work was showcased in the Sharjah Biennial X in 2011, The New Museum Triennial in 2012 and was part of Future Generation Art Prize at the Venice biennial in 2013. Tabet will participate in a group show in SMBA in September, co-curated by Muller.

After the talks in SMBA you are invited to the opening of the Exhibition Lard Buurman - Africa Junctions at the new project space for art, design and architecture at Looiersgracht 60.

PROJECT 1975 Contemporary Art and the Postcolonial Unconscious
3 weeks ago - 25/03/2014

Out now!

Get your copy at:

* SMBA bookstore
* Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam bookstore
* black dog publishing


?Project 1975 started as a two-year program of Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. The project was set on exploring the relationship between contemporary art and postcoloniality, which gains more and more relevance to artists and thinkers in a context of a globalizing art world. It addressed key questions such as: How do artists today view the historic or contemporary acts of colonial powers? Do colonial mindsets persist ?in art and its institutions? What can replace the tacitly embraced multicultural normalization of the 1990s? These questions elicited versatile artistic and critical responses, many of which are presented and discussed in freshly released volume Project 1975 - Contemporary Art and the Postcolonial Unconscious.
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