Arthur Jafa Apex

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

Thonet to Dutch Design CR GJ van ROOIJ

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

The future is now

The future is now Nam June Paik

Widely considered as a pioneer of video art, Korean-American artist Nam June Paik’s large-scale retrospective is now on show at the Stedelijk Museum. A collaboration with Tate Modern and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition features a selection of this video visionary’s immersive installations plus works that viewers can interact with. Book online to secure your viewing slot.

Until 4 October // Stedelijk Museum

Take a double-dip into surrealism

This Is Surrealism Rene Magritte

Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen is staging two exhibitions around surrealism. This is Surrealism! The Boijmann Masterpieces brings together pieces from the museum’s collection. Think works by Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Eileen Agar and many others. Surrealism and Cobra is the accompanying exhibition, and looks at how the movement influenced the Cobra artists. Founding Cobra artists were closely involved with surrealism at first but eventually broke away after disagreements paving the way for the formation of Cobra.

Until 29 November (This is Surrealism) and until 27 September (Surrealism and Cobra) // Cobra Museum of Modern Art

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