Eyewitnesses of ConflictGoya, Beuys, Dumas
This autumn the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven presents a poignant exhibition with work by artists who were eyewitnesses of war and conflict. Eyewitnesses of Conflict: Goya, Beuys, Dumas shows how artists from different periods transformed their traumatic experiences, precise observations of injustices and satirical social criticism into powerful images. They provide material for reflection about the conflicts which surround us today.
Prints Hogarth and Goya
The exhibition presents approximately 70 works by fourteen artists and covers almost three centuries of art history. The heart of the exhibition is formed by the 18th-century, bold prints by the British artist William Hogarth (1697-1764) and the Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). It is the first time that these prints will be exhibited together in the Netherlands.
After this, the exhibition leaps forward in time. The works chosen from the museum collection date from shortly after the Second World War, up to the present day. The artists reflect on the concept of conflict in different ways using various techniques. The installation Voglie vedere i miei montagne (I want to see my mountains) is a key work from the oeuvre of Joseph Beuys (1921-1986). He created it in 1971 especially for one of the galleries of the Van Abbemuseum.
Dumas and others
The painting Het kwaad is banaal (Evil is Banal) by Marlene Dumas shows a portrait of a young white woman (herself), looking both tempting as well as sinister. The title is taken from the controversial philosophy on the banality of evil by the political philosopher Hannah Arendt. Also, there are works by Brook Andrew, Anna Boghiguian, Sarah Charlesworth, Chto Delat, Constant, Michal Heiman, Asger Jorn, Gülsün Karamustafa, Erzen Shkololli, and Erwin Thomasse.
75 years of freedom
The exhibition is only on for five weeks, from Saturday 31 August to Sunday 6 October 2019. This year the city of Eindhoven celebrates 75 years of freedom. The liberation in 1944 will be remembered with an extensive program.