Articles written by Ingrid Commandeur:
This year, Iceland will be represented at the Venice Biennale by Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, both currently based in Rotterdam. Here is a conversation about an island under construction and how art can take advantage of that.
Between Goya and Kippenberger: there is no shortage of painterly virtuosity with the Rijksacademie alumnus, Pere Llobera, but this does not say a thing about the confrontational character of his painting.
'I am an activist, feminist artist'
features 31.03.10 Ingrid Commandeur
Witte de With
20/02/10 - 25/04/10
In the exhibition ACT V: POWER ALONE in Witte de With the Turkish artist Canan Senol shows the intriguing video-animation Exemplary. In her work she addresses the role of religious, political and patriarchal foundations that structure everyday life. Ingrid Commandeur interviewed Canan Senol in Istanbul.
The Triumph of Death and King Midas, a performance by Spartacus Chetwynd at Witte de With
features 15.10.09 Ingrid Commandeur
Witte de With, 'Morality'
09/10/09 - 31/07/10
Last Friday (oct 9th) saw the opening of the exhibition cycle Morality at Witte de With, with a performance by Spartacus Chetwynd (London, 1973). She gained recognition with her baroque, musical and surreal performances featuring humorous image quotations from art history, literature linked to pop and folktales. At Witte de With, her performance The Triumph of Death and King Midas was to be seen.
For more on Morality, read the interview with curator Juan Gaitán in the latest issue of Metropolis M magazine (For sale october 16th).
previews 17.09.09 Ingrid Commandeur
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
06/09/09 - 09/11/09
The first solo-exhibition of the Romanian artists Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor in the Netherlands just opened in BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. Their exhibition was named after the short film Surplus Value, which is exclusively on view on this website. A short commentary.
Art or conversation?
Rirkrit Tiravanija's new film project
opinion 26.08.09 Ingrid Commandeur
15/06/09 - 16/09/09
Fulya Erdemci new director of SKOR
'The raison d’être of any art project in public space is to create a contrast'
features 08.12.08 Ingrid Commandeur
In July this year Fulya Erdemci was appointed as the new director of SKOR, Foundation for Art and Public Space. Erdemci was the director of the Istanbul Biennial (1994 to 2000) and of Proje4L- Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul (2003-2004). She was part of the curatorial team for the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2007 and most recently co-curator of the 5th SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space in New Zealand. What are her plans for the future of SKOR?
There is renewed interest in the spiritual amongst young artists. Weary of Homo Psychologicus’s never-ending interest in the inner self and personal development, artists seem to be seeking something that once again focuses on a collective consciousness. Vidya Gastaldon shows herself a child of her times with work in which she effortlessly combines a mystical language of form and image with everyday popular culture.
The art collector and culture patron is back in Dutch art. It reflects a worldwide shift from governmental to private support for art, in an international art market that is bursting at the seams. A tour of some European examples of private support for art illustrate the dilemmas of this change.
Art historian and advisor Renée Steenbergen has long argued for more attention to cultural patronage in the Netherlands, although not without critical comment. Her book, De nieuwe mecenas. Cultuur en de terugkeer van het particuliere geld, has recently been released.