gallery talks

Karen Archey: Jana Euler
28 Jun 2017

In conjunction with the exhibition Jana Euler: High in Amsterdam. The sky of Amsterdam (May 20 – Oct 15, 2017) the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has organized a gallery talk by curator of contemporary art for time-based media Karen Archey (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).

IMC gallery, meeting point: entrance hall
4 - 5 pm
Museumcard € 3 / students € 11.75 / regular € 20.50


Taking place in the IMC Gallery, Archey’s talk will guide through a selection of Euler’s paintings, three of which have never been on view. The talk will examine how Jana Euler’s work expands painting beyond the picture plane and into the gallery space, and how the artist creates meaning through juxtaposition of image, word and context. Euler’s approach to painting—a medium laden with inveterate traditions—is radically egalitarian, and guided by what the artist calls “soft decisions.” The artist’s definition of this term, and a greater understanding of how her egalitarian approach opens the discourse of painting, will be discussed by Archey. 


German artist Jana Euler (1982) is based in Brussels and Frankfurt-am-Main. Her work is marked by its energy, playful, puzzle-like quality and inversions in perspective. The presentation High in Amsterdam, The sky of Amsterdam brings together work from all of Euler’s previous solo exhibitions, combined with new work created especially for the Stedelijk Museum’s IMC Gallery.


Karen Archey is an American curator and art critic formerly based in Berlin and New York. She joined the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in April 2017 after working for the New York-based organization e-flux, where she worked from 2014–2017 as an editor. Archey’s writing and curatorial work often focus on issues relating to society and the individual, such as feminism, identity and technology. Archey supported Beatrix Ruf, Director of the Stedelijk Museum and curator of this exhibition, in working with Jana Euler on the label texts for High in Amsterdam, The sky of Amsterdam, an artistic intervention changing the classical label text into an active element of the exhibition itself.