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Stem Terug! Vote Back!


De Appel & Frascati

With contributions and work by:

Otto Berchem, Lotte van den Berg, Maren Bjørseth, Dood Paard, Sam Durant, Tim Etchells, Bojan Fajfric, MelihGençboyaci, Klaas van Gorkum & Iratxe Jaio, Marjolijn van Heemstra, Sadettin Kirmiziy üz, Platform BK, Roxy Movies (Frank Herrebout & Leo van Maaren), Jonas Staal, Tijdelijke Samenscholing, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Yuri Veerman, Dries Verhoeven, Annelys de Vet & het Sandberg Instituut, De Warme Winkel, Wunderbaum, XML Architecten, The Yes Men, Artur Zmijewski

October 5th — November 4th, 2012

At a time when the political landscape in the Netherlands is changing, just a few weeks after the elections on the 12th of September we will voice our questions about what has happened to our vote since that day. What remains of the campaign promises and positions adopted by political parties after the many negotiations to form a government? Are we, as citizens, really represented in this process? Or is it time to reclaim our vote? In the current media landscape can politics do any more than move between pragmatism, marketing politics and populism – you ask, we respond – or is it time for a radical turn? And last but not least: what is the role of the arts in this? Like politics, the cultural field is also blamed for losing social support. How can the arts be an engine for ideology and change?

Frascati and de Appel arts centre are inviting artists, theatre companies, politicians, designers and media pundits to respond to these questions while the government is being formed. Stem terug! Vote Back! consists of performances, debates, documentaries, pamphlets, presentations, lectures, master classes and an exhibition.

Art, theft, and curators: an (old) converstaion with Saskia Bos


Crap Shoot. An exhibition curated by five young curatorial students from de Appel, which opened 15 years ago this April.

It was the Dutch art world’s cause célèbre of the year. Perhaps the decade? The ticket booth smashed to pieces. Rudy Fuchs, the then director of the Stedelijk Museum, followed by a hapless private detective. The contents of the office, as well as the exhibition of Paul de Reus, stolen from Bloom Gallery. An exhibition almost universally panned at the time.

The day after the opening, the artists and curators held what was meant to be a panel discussion. In the end it was closer to a public lynching. The crowd jeered and heckled. The panel responded, or at least tried to.

Before the dust had a chance to settle, I was asked to interview Saskia Bos for the Crap Shooter, the newspaper that accompanied the show. It was Bos who indirectly started the whole fuss when she created De Appel’s Curatorial Training Programme two years before.

This was to be her chance to respond to the critics, and she took it.

Download a copy of it here.

Home Viewing

When you grow up (professionally) in a city with some of the best museums in the world, you become spoiled.

This I know.

When you live in a city that has some world class museums, you manage to make due.

This I have done.

When said museums have been closed for renovations for 5 years, what do you do?

These days, this is what I do.