July 19–October 26, 2009
The Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, second floor
Between 1968 and 1989, Art & Project, a gallery in Amsterdam primarily devoted to Conceptual art in its early years, regularly published an information bulletin whose content was entirely left up to invited artists. Each Art & Project Bulletin became an exhibition space, distinct from the rooms of the gallery, with the unique ability to reach a broad international community by mail. The directors of Art & Project, Geert van Beijeren and Adriaan van Ravesteijn, recognized the desire of a new generation of artists—in Europe, the United States, and Japan—to free themselves from the commodification of art by ceasing to make traditional paintings and sculptures and instead turning to language to communicate their ideas. This exhibition presents the complete run of the Art & Project Bulletin—156 issues in total—which helped position Amsterdam in the international Conceptual art network. Today the Bulletin offers an extraordinary glimpse into the emergence of a new art, one whose reverberations are still widely felt. Composed entirely of works from the Art & Project/Depot VBVR Gift, a donation to the Museum in 2007, the show features the Bulletin in relation to works across all mediums by artists associated with Art & Project.
In & Out of Amsterdam: Art & Project Bulletin, 1968–1989 is organized by Christophe Cherix, Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.