Het kwaad is banaal
The Van Abbemuseum Collection consists of over 2800 artworks. We publish texts and images on an ongoing basis, but this record is currently in the process of being documented.
Marlene Dumas sees herself through the eyes of others. The originally South African Dumas raises the issue of oversimplifying the world: white is good and dark is bad? The title of her self-portrait ‘The Evil is Banal’ refers to a book by Hannah Arendt: how the ordinary man could commit terrible crimes in Nazi Germany. Dumas uses portraits to investigate identity and stereotyping, among other things.
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