Art is the antidote! Museum Voorlinden proves this with its new exhibition Art is the Antidote. With a large dose of sparkling, socially engaged and funny artworks from its own collection, the museum acts as a charging station, a place where you can build up your resistance.
Lockdowns, hardening and division? Art is the antidote! Museum Voorlinden proves this with its new exhibition Art is the Antidote. With a large dose of sparkling, socially engaged and funny artworks from its own collection, the museum acts as a charging station, a place where you can build up your resistance.
The past two years of lockdowns and restrictions have weighed heavily on our society. A hardening is taking place, divisions are increasing and the flood of disinformation is growing. Personal beliefs seem to be the only truth, while hard science is seen as questionable and thorough journalism as unreliable. Amidst all the corona measures and escalating debates, the average person becomes exhausted, underexcited and under-stimulated. Museum Voorlinden offers the ultimate antidote with its collection exhibition Art is the Antidote.
Director Suzanne Swarts: ‘Art is a medicine: it recharges you, gives you energy and shows you that things can be different. In these complicated times, this exhibition feels like a real breath of fresh air.’
Ai Weiwei, Oil Spills (2007)
With the collection exhibition Art is the Antidote, Museum Voorlinden offers visitors a good dose of humorous, socially critical and colourful artworks to build up their resistance. The exhibition contains works exclusively from Voorlinden’s own collection and is named after the new work Art is the Antidote by Bob and Roberta Smith, the pseudonym of Bob Brill. This anti-establishment artist normally makes signs, banners and posters with colourful slogans proclaiming the importance of art and music. Especially for Voorlinden, he made a life-size version of Art is the Antidote. The artwork is the opening of the exhibition.
A Much-Needed Art Booster
With works like Ai Weiwei’s porcelain oil spills (Oil Spills), Tom Sachs’ stack of food crates (Figurative Tower) and Sean Scully’s blocky landscapes (Arles-Abend-Vincent 2), Voorlinden offers a fine mix of socially engaged and infectious artworks that set one’s senses on edge and reveal different points of view. Some artworks are great for daydreaming, like with Soleil Toujours by Etel Adnan, while other works offer hope, as Blow Up (Verso) by Lyle Ashton Harris does. The collection exhibition also includes works by Zhanna Kadyrova, Folkert de Jong, David Batchelor, Alicja Kwade, Dimitri Tsykalov and Hans-Peter Feldmann; perfect for getting the much-needed art booster at Voorlinden.
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