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