Eyewitnesses of Conflict - Goya, Beuys, Dumas

Marlene Dumas, Het kwaad is banaal, 1984, collectie Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Foto: Peter Cox.
Francisco José De Goya y Lucientes, Lo Mismo (The Same), 1863, collectie Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester.
Joseph Beuys, Voglie vedere i miei montagne, 1971, collectie Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Foto: Peter Cox.

Eyewitnesses of Conflict Goya, Beuys, Dumas

31/08/2019 - 06/10/2019
Curators: Charles Esche, Steven ten Thije
Poignant reflections on war and conflict.

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. 

Installation Beuys

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, Chto Delat, Constant, Michal Heiman, Asger Jorn, Patricia Kaersenhout, Gülsün Karamustafa, Stijn Peeters, Ustad Salam, Mohammed Tamim Sahaebjada, 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. 

Please note

Due to a private event, the exhibition Eyewitnesses of Conflict has limited access on Thursday 26 September next. The room with Goya prints can only be visited between 12 and 4 pm and only under the supervision of the cicerone.

"El sueño de la razón produce monstruos." (The sleep of reason brings forth monsters.) - Francisco Goya

"I have always been interested in how you can depict suffering without being heavy-handed." - Marlene Dumas

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