VIEWPOINT / a closer look at showing

VIEWPOINT / a closer look at showing, September 15 – December 9 2012, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The VIEWPOINT exhibition walks lines that cross between photography and other visual arts, between the museum’s own photographic collection and the collections of others, between contemporary art and echoes of the past. VIEWPOINT is about looking and being looked at, about inspiration and derivation. The creation and experience of an exhibition can be compared with an intense game of chess between the parties. Museums have the task of exposing their collections not just to their public but to other kinds of connection, other contexts, than the usual chronological, monographic, or stylistic exhibition forms. VIEWPOINT is an invitation to make the next move: to regard an exhibition as an arena of tension between the artworks themselves. The visual discourse it opens between new media (photography and film) and the world of painting reveals many new relationships, six of which are thematically formulated in this exhibition. With powerful video and photographic images VIEWPOINT reveals a world of artistic cross-fertilization.

Valérie Belin’s artworks will be shown in “An embarrasment of Riches” section with artworks of artists such as Antoni + Alison, Sven Augustijnen, Beate Guetschow, Yasumasa Morimura, Yuki Onodera, Shirana Shahbazi, Hans Singels, Guy Tillim and Sylvie Zijlmans. This title is borrowed from Simon Schama’s book of the same name describing the Dutch Golden Age. Wealth and abundance have their limits, and overstepping them can unleash destructive powers that undo all the labour and good works. The subject is an inexhaustible source of mockery, malicious delight, and sober reflection. It goes without saying that those who hold the power and set the dominant codes will be parodied. in An Embarrassment of Riches benevolent but exorbitant portraits, still lives and landscapes rally together to warn us that abundance and sensuality have their darker undersides.

VIEWPOINT Invitation (PDF)