"The artist is a mysterious entertainer" is a group show that takes as its starting point the permanent piece by Allen Ruppersberg located on the top floor of de Appel's building. Guest Curator: Vanessa Desclaux. "Immovably Centred" is a cross-over production that integrates theatre and visual art, by writer and artist Arnoud Holleman in collaboration with the mugmetdegoudentand theatre company. The display is combined with a series of live performances featuring different actors and artists.
De Appel presents within the framework of the ongoing performanceseries 'Situations':
“The artist is a mysterious entertainer”
Guest Curator: Vanessa Desclaux (FR/UK)
Exhibition and Performance Programme
Artists: Guy de Cointet (FR/US), Mario Garcia Torres (MX/US), Benoit Maire (FR), Matt Mullican (US), Trisha Donnelly (US) and Allen Ruppersberg (US).
“The artist is a mysterious entertainer” takes as its starting point the permanent piece by Allen Ruppersberg located on the top floor of de Appel’s building. Ruppersberg’s “Library Floor” (1994) is made of black and white chequered linoleum on which words have been inscribed, representing entries in the artist’s imaginary library. This work will play different roles in the exhibition, which takes it as its physical as much as conceptual frame. Departing from this imaginary library, the exhibition – which runs over a period of 20 days - intends to explore the multi-faceted role of the artist as author, narrator and fictional character, looking at various artistic practices that are drawn to the performative dimension of language and the invention of fictions.
Arnoud Holleman (NL) i.c.w. mugmetdegoudentand.
Performance- and Video Project
“Immovably Centred” is a cross-over production that integrates theatre and visual art, by writer and artist Arnoud Holleman in collaboration with the mugmetdegoudentand theatre company. “Immovably Centred” is an exhibition in de Appel combined with a series of live performances featuring different actors and artists. Registrations of these performances will be incorporated into the video installation running continuously at de Appel arts centre through 22 June.
The title “Immovably Centred” derives from the inscription penned by poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) in his lyrical biography of Auguste Rodin of 1902: ‘The hero is he who is immovably centred.’ In his book Rilke portrays the legendary Rodin as a man of superhuman genius. Holleman himself described Rodin in a recent interview as “one of the first artists who made art personal and whose creative skill was fuelled ‘from within’” (Tubelight 49/02.03.2007). In “Immovably Centred” Holleman portrays a contemporary artist who still identifies with this kind of artistic practice. The complex interrelationship between megalomania and the concomitant fear of failure it engenders is meticulously laid bare.
Opening: June 1 from 5 pm onwards
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10 - Amsterdam