press release

The Subversive Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a group exhibition about ‘bourgeois’ elements in contemporary art. The artists put forward modest proposals inspired by traditional motifs and symbols. But from where does renewed interest for both abstraction as well as figurative painting, drawings, collages and sculpture originate? The exhibition goes back in time from the present-day to the ‘middle class’ beginnings of the Van Abbemuseum seventy years ago. The preoccupations of a young generation of artists are shown in relation to the museum’s collection. The link between then and now is always ambiguous. Appearances can be deceptive. It is all about the bourgeois ‘elements’.

The exhibition includes works by amongst others: Richard Wright (Scotland) Silke Otto-Knapp (D) Iris van Dongen (NL) Cerith Wyn Evans (Wales) Dorota Jurczak (Poland) Nicole Wermers (D) Marc Camille Chaimowicz (F) Paulina Olowska (Poland) Mathilde Rosier (F) Gillian Carnegie (ENG) Enrico David (Italy) Lukas Duwenhögger (D) Katharina Wulff (D) Jutta Koether (USA)


The Subversive Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Bourgeois elements in contemporary art

mit Richard Wright, Silke Otto-Knapp, Iris van Dongen, Cerith Wyn Evans, Dorota Jurczak, Nicole Wermers, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Paulina Olowska, Mathilde Rosier, Gillian Carnegie, Enrico David, Lukas Duwenhögger, Katharina Wulff, Jutta Koether