Territory 1995 - Marko Peljhan / Museum Songspiel - Chto Delat? - Opening two new projects Play Van Abbe

Marko Peljhan, Territory 1995, 2009-2010. Courtesy the artist.
Chto Delat? Museum Songspiel: The Netherlands 20XX, 2011, film still
Marko Peljhan, Territory 1995, opening Van Abbemuseum 2 April 2011. Foto: Van Abbemuseum
Marko Peljhan, Territory 1995, opening Van Abbemuseum 2 April 2011. Foto: Van Abbemuseum
Marko Peljhan, Territory 1995, opening Van Abbemuseum 2 April 2011. Foto: Van Abbemuseum
Marko Peljhan, Territory 1995, opening Van Abbemuseum 2 April 2011. Foto: Van Abbemuseum
Marko Peljhan, Territory 1995, opening Van Abbemuseum 2 April 2011. Foto: Van Abbemuseum
Marko Peljhan, Territory 1995, opening Van Abbemuseum 2 April 2011. Foto: Van Abbemuseum
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Territory 1995 - Marko Peljhan / Museum Songspiel - Chto Delat? Opening two new projects Play Van Abbe

02/04/2011
15:30

On Saturday 2 April, two new projects about the Dutch past, present and future, will open in the Van Abbemuseum. They are both part of the Play Van Abbe exhibition programme, which continues until August 2011: Territory 1995 (2009–2010) by Marko Peljhan and Museum Songspiel: The Netherlands 20XX (2011) by the artist collective Chto Delat? (What is to be done?).

During the opening on Saturday 2 April at 15.30 hrs, a public dialogue will take place between the artist Marko Peljhan and the Van Abbemuseum director Charles Esche. At 16.00 hrs, the artist will conduct visitors on a guided tour of his installation.

Territory 1995 (2009–2010) is an installation by the Slovenian artist Marko Peljhan. It is a monument to an episode of recent history which has become an enduring link between the Netherlands and Bosnia. Peljhan closely followed the events of the war which spread across what was then Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. The events included the genocide in Srebrenica where 8,000 people were murdered by Bosnian Serb fighters in full view of the Dutchbat battalion of UN peacekeepers. He has condensed this information into the installation Territory 1995, which takes the form of a labyrinth containing some highly disturbing images and documents of unspeakable horrors. The work has been purchased for the Van Abbemuseum collection with support from the Stichting Promotors and is currently in the exhibition until August 9 2011.

Museum Songspiel: The Netherlands 20XX, by the artist collective Chto Delat? (What is to be done?) is a highly evocative video whose narrative takes place against the background of Dutch politics in the year 20XX. It tells the story of a group of illicit immigrants who try to evade deportation by the national authorities, and who seek refuge in a museum. The work is a co-production of the Van Abbemuseum, SMART Project Space and Chto Delat?, and has been purchased for the museum’s collection. 

Construction of Marko Peljhan - Territory 1995 (2009-2010)
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