Manifestos - Do you have anything to declare?

Guerrilla Girls, Guerrilla Girls explain the concept of natural law, 1992. Collectie Van Abbemuseum
Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya), Manifesto dress, 2005. Collectie Van Abbemuseum
Guerrilla Girls, Relax senator Helms, The art world is your kind of place!, 1989. Collectie Van Abbemuseum

Manifestos Do you have anything to declare?

06/11/2017 - 28/01/2018

Until the end of December, the film Manifesto of Julian Rosefeldt is featured in Natlab in Eindhoven. The texts in the film are based on manifestations of artists, writers, filmmakers, and architects from 1848 until today. Echoing this broadcast, the Van Abbemuseum displays in a vitrine in the library of the museum various manifestos that raise current issues.

A manifesto is a concise representation of the points of view of a person or a group. Artists use this form to explain or legitimize their position, often announced in an intervention in the public space. This small presentation aims at showing a dozen manifestos of artists from all horizons and genres. Sometimes in the form of a written text, sometimes performed, sometimes displayed on the internet, but always with a common frame: the claim of their own position. Does the renewed use of manifestos show a revival of faith in the power of words?

With works by the Guerrilla Girls, Gluklya, Marina Abramović, Ben Vautier, Yael Bartana, Yvonne Rainer, Adam Pendleton, Tania Bruguera, Orlan, VNS Matrix, Serpentine Gallery, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vivienne Westwood.