Jokes with Seth Siegelaub
1 Apr 2016

Seth Siegelaub is known in the art world as a curator, gallerist and visionary in the field of conceptual art. Lesser known, is his great sense of humor. 

Various locations throughout the museum
7 - 10 pm
Entrance ticket Stedelijk Museum (free under 18 and with museumcard)


Seth Siegelaub, organisator en uitgever van de tentoonstelling, January 5-31, 1969 1969. New York, Museum of Modern Art, Zilver gelatineprint,
Seth Siegelaub, organisator en uitgever van de tentoonstelling, January 5-31, 1969 1969. New York, Museum of Modern Art, Zilver gelatineprint,

For example, during the opening of the exhibition Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Contemporary Art artist Jan Dibbets quoted one of the jokes that Seth told him once during their collaborations, and this year The Joke Book on Seth Siegelaub will be published. With guided tours , lectures, book presentations and screenings with connoisseurs and artists who have had a close relationship with Siegelaub, this Friday Night event on April 1st is the perfect night to celebrate the work of this remarkable man and to visit the exhibition in the evenings hours of the museum.


                - Introduction on the exhibition by Marja Bloem (Audi zaal 0.1.)
7.30       GALLERY TALKS tour through the exhibition
                -  By Leontine Coelewij, Sara Martinetti and the Blikopeners (Lower Level Galleries)
                - Invited speakers: David Bernstein, Johan Pas and Roger Willems (Audi zaal 0.1)
8.30       GALLERY TALKS tour through the exhibition 
                - By Sven Augustijnen, Remco Torenbosch and the Blikopeners (Lower Level Galleries)
9.00       FILM  & TALKS
                - From the film collection of Seth Siegelaub: Rini Hurkmans
                - Talk after the screening with Marja Bloem and Rini Hurkmans


Marja Bloem
is art historian and independent curator. In her role as director of the Egress Foundation she has played an important role in assembling the Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Contemporary Art exhibition, the catalogue and the public program.

Leontine Coelewij
works for the Stedelijk as curator for contemporary art and was, together with Sara Martinetti, co-curator of Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Contemporary Art. Together, they also co-edited the exhibition catalogue under the same name. Coelewij wrote, among other essay’s, the essay The Rules and the Game: The Legacy of Seth Siegelaub

Sara Martinetti
is a researcher and curator whose work crosses the anthropology of writing, art history and theory of craft. A PhD student at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) since 2012 and a Research Assistant Fellow at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) in Paris from 2012 to 2016, her dissertation considers all aspects of Seth Siegelaub’s career as a pioneering exhibition organiser, publisher and bibliographer. In the course of her research, she has initiated and co-curated several projects around different aspects of his work, among which the exhibition The Stuff That Matters: Textiles Collected by Seth Siegelaub for the CSROT at Raven Row in London (2012), Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2015–2016), “Better Read than Dead”: The Seth Siegelaub Source Book, 1964–2013 (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2016). She regularly contributes to various academic journals and lectures on issues related to textiles.

Sven Augustijnen
is a Belgian artist who made his name with films in which he analyses cultural and historical places and events from a personal perspective, in a way that is at the same time very precise and ambiguous. Seth Siegelaub admired his work for Augustijnen’s controversial view of Belgian colonial history.

David Bernstein
is an artist based in Amsterdam. He combines performance, sculpture, and writing to tell stories through objects. He is currently a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. This evening, David Bernstein
reads selected jokes from The Joke Book. Collected by Seth Siegelaub (forthcoming in June, Kunstverein Publishing).

Remco Torenbosch
is a visual artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. His practice focuses on the historical and contemporary relationships between socio-economics and labour. Torenbosch recently took  part in exhibitions at: Kunsthalle Wien, Kunsthaus Zurich, GAMeC Bergamo, and curated the exhibition and symposium named Distributors that included a selection of Seth Siegelaub’s textile collection.

Rini Hurkmans
Hurkmans’ films form a special part of Seth Siegelaub’s collection. They touch upon important subjects dealing with his areas of interest such as the social value and importance of textile.

Johan Pas
is curator and teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He collects artist books and developed several exhibitions and publications on this subject. For this evening at the Stedelijk he has been invited to speak about The Xerox Book (1968), one of Siegelaub’s first projects that started the catalogue-as-exhibition concept.

Roger Willems
works as self-employed designer in Amsterdam, mainly in the field of book design for publishing houses and cultural institutions. Willems started his own publishing and editorial project in 1998 together with artists Mark Manders and Marc Nagtzaam: Roma Publications. Since then, Roma Publications has been expanding in an informal and dynamic way as a platform for production and distribution of publications, made in close collaboration with a growing number of artists, designers, curators, writers and poets.