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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Hartwig Art Foundation present Anne Imhof: YOUTH

October 1, 2022–January 29, 2023
Anne Imhof has been asked to occupy the 1,100 square meter lower-level gallery of the Stedelijk this fall. She will transform the area into a labyrinthine entire installation by fusing art, architecture, light, and a specially crafted music for the event. The artistic voice of a young generation is acknowledged to be Anne Imhof. Her art blurs the lines between all genres, making it both bewildering and invariably unforgettable. The Stedelijk and the Hartwig Art Foundation are collaborating on Imhof’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands.
World premiere of new video work

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow was intended to be the exhibition’s first venue, curated by Beatrix Ruf (Director, Hartwig Art Foundation) in collaboration with Katya Inozemtseva (Chief Curator, Garage Museum). In response to the Russian war in Ukraine, the Garage Museum suspended its exhibition program with immediate effect. The preparations for Moscow are now the reference for the show in Amsterdam, which is curated by Vincent van Velsen (Curator, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) in close collaboration with Rein Wolfs (Director, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam). A new video work that was created in Moscow by Anne Imhof will premiere at the Stedelijk.

The darker side

Imhof appropriates a polyphony of disciplines to appeal to our senses. She combines music, dance, installations, and painting. Imhof finds inspiration in a wide range of cultural history, from Greek mythology and nihilism to underground culture, and frequently draws on duality. Using emotions like hyper-individualism, loneliness, desire and greed, saturation, and the fear of losing out, she discusses the dynamics of power. Imhof portrays transitory moments rather than one particular moment in time by translating these emotional states into her artworks. She will create a dystopian underworld inside the Stedelijk using a dizzying maze made of school lockers that evokes fear and body dysmorphia. An Avatar gazes through its cramped passageways, misdirects obstacles, and messes with our sense of direction with shifting light.

About Anne Imhof

Anne Imhof attended the Frankfurt Städelschule after moving to Giessen in 1978. She received the Preis der Nationalgalerie in 2015, which resulted in a solo show at the Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof. For her piece Faust, Imhof received the Golden Lion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The public and the media both reacted favorably to her subsequent shows at the Palais de Tokyo and Tate Modern.

Press preview

On September 29 at 4 PM, you are invited to the press preview. Please get in touch with us at pressoffice [@] for additional information and to register.

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Hartwig Art Foundation are collaborating on the staging of the exhibition Anne Imhof: YOUTH. The exhibition was organized by Beatrix Ruf and Katya Inozemtseva for the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow as the first venue. In response to Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, the Garage Museum made the decision to immediately halt its exhibition schedule. The exhibition in Amsterdam, which is being directed by Vincent van Velsen in close cooperation with Rein Wolfs, is now using the Moscow preparations as a point of reference.
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