Talking to Paul Goodwin about the exhibition 'W.E.B. Du Bois - Charting Black Lives'

Manuela Zammit

American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist and prolific author W.E.B. Du Bois was commissioned to curate an exhibit for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, not even 40 years after slavery was officially abolished. The hand-drawn, colourful and visually seductive infographics presented at the time are now on show at the Meterhuis on the Westergasterrein in Amsterdam. Manuela Zammit aks its co-curator Professor Paul Goodwin more about it.

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We are the museum - a preview of ‘JR: Chronicles’ at  Groninger Museum

Maia Paduraru

Approaching the Groninger Museum, Maia Paduraru is faced with large black-and-white portraits of many people passing by whose face is being photographed, printed and pasted on its outside walls. Its the introduction to JR Chronicles, the mysterious artist who is known for the huge photographs he flyposts all around the world (and on Instagram). Coordinator Geertje Smeding walks Maia through the show.

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A double exercise – MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio

Colin Keays

Situated right at the top of Het Nieuwe Instituut in a former office space, the current exhibition of MVRDV’s practice looks directly out towards the Depot of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the latest instagrammable landmark in the architectural studio’s eclectic oeuvre. Colin Keays visits a refreshing double exercise in re-interpreting an archive and exhibiting an architectural retrospective.

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'I look at cheese holes as kind of a universe’ – visiting Margriet Craens on her residency in Friesland

Maia Paduraru

Margriet Craens is an artist and writer who likes to challenge our common assumptions about art, food, design and culture. Currently, she resides in a camper van in Friesland, researching the most well known product of Dutch culture: cheese. We caught a moment with her to talk about her residency. 

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To Keep the Fire Alive – MPA at Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen

Arnisa Zeqo

‘Theater comes from fire’, says American artist MPA, and their performance and exhibition at Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen is all about keeping that fire alive. Arnisa Zeqo talked to MPA and jumped on the bus of If I Can’t Dance to experience their work within the thick walls of a former bunker.

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Sylvère Lotringer died earlier this week (1938–2021) read more
Hundreds of artists sign open letter calling for U.S. to offer asylum to afghan culture workers. read more
Jane’a Johnson (US) will be the new Artistic Director at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. Johnson will join the management of Foam... read more
Mercedes Azpilicueta wins the VIII Marta-García Fajarado International Art Prize 2021(12.000 euro)   read more
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In reference to the central theme of Metropolis M No 5- PALEO a review of Anselm Franke & Hila Peleg's exhibition and book Ape... read more
Yes, But is it Edible is a unique book, presenting the scores of two operas of the American composer Robert Ashley. read more
Where is play in art? Fucking Good Art talks about it with Tijs Goldschmidt, Evelyne Reeves, Joris Luyendijk and Zoë Gray. read more
A new magazine by the Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball examines the way objects and artifacts work in our understanding of... read more
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Slideshows | Video’s

Layers of Reality: Perception Study of a Synaesthete

Boekenweek 2018

What is the colour of nostalgia? For most of us this would seem like an abstract or even nonsensical question. Not for Anna Püschel. For as long as she can remember her emotions have been tinted with colour. Her resolute answer to the... read more

In conversation with Omer Fast

Laura Herman visited Appendix , Omer Fast’s first solo show in Belgium at STUK Leuven, and had a conversation with the artist about his construction of artificial environments, and use of cinematic devices which confuse our sense of... read more

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Metropolis M Magazine for contemporary art No 5 — 2021