Gallery talks — 19 Jul 2018

Prior to the International AIDS Conference (23-27 July 2018), which will return to Amsterdam after 26 years, the Stedelijk Museum will organize a series of Gallery Talks on AIDS, related to the museum’s collection. In a guided tour, Aynouk Tan (fashion journalist and activist), and Jennifer Hopelezz (Businesswoman, activist and mother of House of Hopelezz) will guide visitors through their selections of artworks from the collection.
Museumticket + €3
meet in the entrancehall
19 Jul 2018, 4 pm until 5 pm
Main language

The AIDS epidemic in the 1980s left an indelible mark on Western society. The brutal scapegoating of gay men and the indifference of many governments to the AIDS crisis spurred activism in the arts. On the one hand, art was used to directly criticize specific governmental responses to the crisis, while on the other hand, a general aim was to create greater awareness about AIDS and HIV. Many artists also made work in memory of deceased loved ones.

Aids is not over but can be

Although Amsterdam is approaching its goal of an AIDS-free city, nearly 1.8 million people worldwide are still infected by the virus every year. Fighting against AIDS is not something of the past, and remains very important today. In the 1980s, art and culture played a crucial role in discussing and combatting AIDS. Therefore, the Stedelijk Museum has invited two speakers to share their personal insights and interpretations, and discuss a selection of artworks, thus closing the gap between art and life and exposing the personal as a site of cultural and aesthetic meaning.

More about the speaker

Aynouk Tan (1982) is philosopher who uses fashion as a means for cultural analysis and social criticism. She gained national fame with her column ‘Mode volgens Aynouk Tan’ in the NRC Handelsblad. For this project, she would dress up in different outfits and discuss the historical, artistic, and social significance her clothing.. Nowadays she works as a publicist, curator, teacher and advisor for a wide range of clients including Radio 1, Vodafone, Mama Cash and the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts. Her work is mainly focussed on the critical reflection and analysis clothing and fashion and how it shapes our identity, perceptions and behaviour.


This gallery talk is made possible by the City of Amsterdam