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Performance Program 'The Absence of Work'

Museums/Institutes Oude Kerk

Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 6258284


Date 26 Nov

Time 10-18 hrs

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Béatrice Balcou, Untitled Ceremony #00, digital print on paper, white stripes, 110 x 100 cm, 2013
A younger generation of artists was asked to react to the work of their patriarch Marinus Boezem (The Netherlands, 1934) in the form of a performance. The three selected artists visited Boezem in Middelburg, after which they created their works.
Guest Curators:
Julia Mullié
Nick Terra

'Measuring Roman Ondák'
Yuki Okumura
10.00-18.00 hrs
Yuki Okumura’s 'Measuring Roman Ondák' (2015) revolves around the absence of the performer and the aura of the artist, who’s losing his privileged position by being dismantled in a humorist way by Okumura. This iteration of 'Measuring Roman Ondák' actively uses the exhibition of another artist (Boezem), adding an extra layer to Okumura's work. 
'The Exhibition That Never Was'
Abner Preis
12.30-14.00 hrs
Limited capacity, please rsvp via
Abner Preis was invited to develop a new performance in dialogue with Marinus Boezem’s show. For Preis his performance the audience is asked to participate actively. Touring throughout the Oude Kerk and its surroundings, the artist takes you on an eye opening tour. Together you will make 'The Exhibition That Never Was': a new way to look at the world around you.
'Untitled Ceremony #09' 
Béatrice Balcou
14.00-14.30 hrs + 16.30-17.00 hrs
Limited capacity, please rsvp via
Béatrice Balcou’s 'Untitled Ceremony #09' (2016) is also centered around the demystification - and at the same time around the mystification - of the artist and the artwork. The ceremony, will constantly move between this mystification and demystification and could be seen as a type of institutional critique. Thus, touching themes that recur in Boezem’s oeuvre, like dialectics as appearance and disappearance and a humorous and implicit institutional critique.
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Time 21 - 22 hrs

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