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Topsy Turvy

De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam

Long live the upside-down world! The first exhibition in the new space is based on the carnival. In addition to being a period of excess before the austerity of Lent, carnival is a time in which the world is temporarily turned upside down. On show Ugo Rondinone, Matthew Barney, James Ensor, Urs Luthi...

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'Topsy Turvy, Long live the upside-down world!'

The first exhibition in the new premises is based on the popular carnival festival. In addition to being a period of excess before the austerity of Lent, carnival is a time in which the world is temporarily turned upside down in a collective masquerade. The existing balance of power, codes of conduct and values are thrown overboard and satire reigns supreme. Socio-political commentary and criticism go hand-in-hand with an exuberant party atmosphere. Everything and everyone temporarily assumes a different identity and everyday reality is seen from a different perspective.

Through their work, artists also suggest alternative ways of looking at reality and experiencing it differently. They invite us to approach the world in an unusual way. “Topsy Turvy, Long live the upside-down world!” explores the ways in which they liberate reality from the constraints of convention. A range of artists – from the nineteenth-century painter James Ensor and the V-for-Vendetta illustrator David Lloyd, to the film producer Matthew Barney and the artists Melanie Gilligan and Markus Selg – present films, installations, paintings and performances which are directly or indirectly inspired by carnival. It is an exhibition of festive and critical works in which the familiar suddenly no longer appears to be so familiar.

With e.g.: Matthew Barney, Maja Borg, Spartacus Chetwynd, Melanie Bonajo, Discoteca Flaming Star, James Ensor, Melanie Gilligan, Adriana Lara, David Lloyd, Urs Lüthi, Philip Metten, Alberto de Michele, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Helio Oiticica, Ugo Rondinone, Markus Selg, Berend Strik, Toshie Takeuchi, Eric de Vroedt, Niko de Wit, Tori Wrånes.

Opening Programme:

Thursday 24 May
18.00 – 23.00: Public opening with Tate Modern Director Chris Dercon, Prince Carnaval Venlo Abbie I, a performance of the Nordic artist Tori Wrånes and music by Uber Ich, Circue Valentin and Ahora Mazda.
21.00 – 01.00 SIDESHOW afterparty curated by Jessica Gysel & Femke Dekker, designed by Bart de Baets.

Friday 25 & Saturday 26 May
12.00 – 20.00 de Appel arts centre is open for the public with free apple pie in MOES and guided tours of the exhibition and a look behind the screens of de Appel arts centre by hosts like artist Willem de Ridder and novelist Jan van Mersbergen. Tours are free and without advance reservations.

12:00 Thomas Dieben & Sanne Oomen
13:00 Willem de Ridder
14:00 Annemarie de Wildt
15:00 Allard van Hoorn
16:00 Ann Demeester
17:00 Nell Donkers
18:00 Jan van Mersbergen

Sunday 27 May
12.00 – 18.00 de Appel arts centre is open for the public. Tête-à-tête performances by Spartacus Chetwynd (nominated for the Turner Price 2012).

Tuesday 29 May – Friday 1 June
The provocative performance ‘ik wil mijn geld terug’ (I want my money back) from theatre maker Eric de Vroedt in cooperation with Asko | Schönberg, de Appel arts centre and Music&theatre ensemble de Veemfabriek, features a live radio-talkshow on wheels which transforms economics to poetry and crisis to art. Making our economic disintegration to entertainment.

Opening: Thursday evening 24 May 2012 6.00 p.m.

De Appel arts centre (new location)
Prins Hendrikkade 142 - Amsterdam
daily 2 - 8 pm

Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2015
dal 19/11/2015 al 16/1/2016

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