Robert Hood’s 1994 techno track Minus sets the pace for this compelling piece by Arthur Jafa. Running for about eight minutes, Apex juxtaposes imagery drawn from pop culture and various other sources reflecting the complexities of black culture and representation in mass media. The rapid-fire slide show features 800 carefully selected images creating an energetic and relentless presentation enhanced by the pulsating soundtrack. It brings together writing, language, music, art, pop culture, food and nature in a way that is as menacing as it is mesmerising. Confrontational yet meditative, Apex is not to be missed.
Until 3 January 2021// Stedelijk Museum
From Thonet to Dutch Design
The Stedelijk have put together an epic exhibition that takes you through modern design history. See 125 years of pieces, from chairs and objects through to carpets, graphics and fashion by some of the big names in design: Ray and Charles Eames, Gerritt Rietveld, Michael Thonet and more. The Memphis room is a joy to behold with pieces by Sottsass, George Sowden, Michelle De Lucchi and many others including mesmerising animations based on Memphis-designs by Nathalie du Pasquier. There’s something for the kids as well with whimsical and modern toys thrown into the mix. And of course, the Amsterdam School is well represented.
Until 21 March 2021 // Stedelijk Museum
A grave in the clouds
Todesfuge (Death Fugue) was written in May 1945 by Romanian poet Paul Celan. The poem is about the horrors of the Holocaust and the concentration camps and occupies a central position in this moving the exhibition. Celan himself survived several labour camps, but sadly his parents did not survive the war. Translated into more than forty languages, Todesfuge is one of the most-published and avidly discussed poems in the German language.
11 December 20 to 16 May 2021 // Jewish Cultural QuarterCheck out our round-up of photography exhibitions in the city.