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Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Seminars, panel discussions, publications and exhibitions

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Seminars, panel discussions, publications and exhibitions

POPULISM is launched in spring 2005 by NIFCA, the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, in Oslo, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. This exhibition project explores the relationships between contemporary art and current populist cultural and political trends.

Populism has many different faces. Many different things can be called populism for very good reasons. We may not necessarily agree on the meaning of the term populism. And maybe the term populism should not necessarily have only one meaning. The usefulness of a term with different meanings resides in the fact that it may hint at family resemblances between different phenomena called populism. Therefore, in any project on populism, it might soon appear that the contributors – artists, academics, writers and other intellectuals – will use the word in many different ways.

The POPULISM project tries to formulate concrete spaces for experience, reflection, and discussion linked to a contemporary political and cultural phenomenon that is as complex as it is widespread. There is little doubt that populist movements gain large parts of their persuasive power from their ability to play on affects and desires that are supposedly exempt from the procedures that mark official democratic politics. At this level an art exhibition can provide a space that differs from that of other public forums. The point of departure is the idea that the affects and desires that characterise populist politics are not necessarily separate from the ones that find expression in the sphere of art. Here, a key question is how forms of populism – whether left wing or right wing, progressive or reactionary – promote themselves and their quest for mass appeal through a stylistic and aesthetic consciousness. The political imagination of visual art can get involved in these economies of signs and desires, and address current cultural discussions through proposals for other directions for democracy.

POPULISM artists

POPULISM includes new works and projects by around 40 international artists and artist groups, bringing together challenging works in a multitude of artistic strategies.

The exhibition does not aim to illustrate its theme through “populist art”.
Instead, the invited artists deal in different ways with populist sentiments
and ideologies of our time, through sub-themes such as: the mass media
projection of politics; market populism and the cultural industries; group
and corporate identities; representations and spaces of “the people”; law,
order and security; religious and moral controversy; nationalism and
xenophobia. While some artists strive to find positive populisms beyond
demagogy and give a voice to the dispossessed, others explore alternative
strategies of representation and organisation as a critique of the populist

In Amsterdam:

Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa
Fatma Akinci
Petra Bauer
Bernadette Corporation
Marc Bijl
Jakob Boeskov
Martin Le Chevallier
Phil Collins
Minerva Cuevas
Jeremy Deller
Dias & Riedweg
Gardar Eide Einarsson and Matias Faldbakken
Esto TV
Anita Fricek
Jens Haaning & Superflex
Russell Haswell
Henry VIII´s Wifes
Susanne Jirkuff
Amar Kanwar
Per Kirkeby
Matthieu Laurette
Jani Leinonen
Erik van Lieshout
Mindaugas Lukosaitis
Annika Lundgren
Cildo Meireles
Jean-François Moriceau & Petra Mrzyk
Sarah Morris
Begoña Muñoz
Roman Ondak
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen
Kirstine Roepstorff
Willem de Rooij
Julika Rudelius
Otto Snoek
Sean Snyder
Temporary Services
Milica Tomic
Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas
Wang Du
Tobias Zielony

Documentary on Thomas Hirschhorn´s project "Swiss-Swiss Democracy" by Nicolas Trembley

Please note that not all the artists are in every version of the exhibition.

Curators: Lars Bang Larsen, Cristina Ricupero and Nicolaus Schafhausen.

Exhibition Co-ordinator: Nathalie Aubret.

Board of institutional advisors:
Ina Blom from the Department of art History IAKK, University of Oslo,
Leontine Coelewij from the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam,
Lolita Jablonskiene from the Contemporary Art Information Centre in Vilnius,
Gavin Jantjes from The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo,
Maaretta Jaukkuri from the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim,
and Vanessa Joan Müller, Frankfurter Kunstverein.

POPULISM Seminars,
lectures and other local events

POPULISM is also a series of lectures and seminars that will be organised during 2005 in the exhibition venues.

POPULISM Panel discussions

Panel discussions are also planned in a number of other European cities in connection with the Populism project.

Series of Populism panel discussions at the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.

POPULISM Publications

The POPULISM exhibitions are accompanied by publications.

POPULISM is a project initiated by Lars Bang Larsen, Cristina Ricupero and Nicolaus Schafhausen, and produced by NIFCA, the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

For further information, please visit:

Stedelijk Museum:
Contemporary Art Centre:
Frankfurter Kunstverein:
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design:

Or contact:

Exhibition dates and venues:

The exhibitions take place in parallel at 4 different venues:

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius.
Opening April 8 through June 5

National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo.
Opening April 15 through September 4

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Opening April 29 through August 28

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt a.M.
Opening May 10 through September 4

Our temporary location Stedelijk Museum CS
is located at the 2nd and 3rd floor of the
Post CS-building (close to Central Station)
Oosterdokskade 5 - Amsterdam

Seth Siegelaub
dal 11/12/2015 al 16/4/2016

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