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Gallery talks — Dec 1, 2023

Join us in the galleries of the museum for a Gallery Talk. Krist Gruijthuijsen, director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, takes you along a journey through the oeuvre of Martin Wong.

Valid museum ticket + €3,-
Exhibition 'Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief'
Dec 1, 2023, 3 pm
Dec 1, 2023, 4.30 pm
Main language
3 pm (Dutch), 4.30 pm (English)

Poetically weaving together narratives of queer existence, marginal communities, and urban gentrification, Wong stands out as an important countercultural voice at odds with the art establishment’s reactionary discourse of the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. In context of World Aids Day, Krist explores the depiction of aids and Wong's relationship to the political climate of the time.

 Installation view Martin Wong. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij
Installation view Martin Wong. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij

About Krist Gruijthuijsen

Curator and art critic Krist Gruijthuijsen has been the director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art since July 1, 2016. He has curated exhibitions by Hanne Lippard, Ian Wilson, Adam Pendleton, Ronald Jones, Hiwa K, Willem de Rooij, Beatriz González, David Wojnarowicz, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Hassan Sharif, Leonilson, Peter Friedl, Michel Majerus, Martin Wong, and Enrico David among others, and has edited numerous publications. Krist Gruijthuijsen is internationally well-connected and has many years of experience as curator and director of leading international institutions for contemporary art. Gruijthuijsen was artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein from 2012 until 2016 and held the position of course director of the MA Fine Arts Department at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam from 2011 until 2016. He is one of the co-founding directors of the Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organized many exhibitions and projects over the past 15 years.

Krist Gruijthuijsen, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2020, Photo: Frank Sperling

About the gallery talks

This year we launch a new series of Gallery Talks which highlights current topics in the collection through the eyes of one of our museum’s experts. On site, in the gallery, you get the chance to immerse yourself in the stories the artworks tell. A conservator or researcher accompanies you and creates time for slow looking and in depth conversations on the topic of the day.

Upcoming Editions

December 1, World Aids Day
Martin Wong with Curator Krist Gruijthuijsen

For more info about these editions, check our Dutch webpage

Past Editions

These are the Gallery Talks in 2023. Want to stay in the loop about themes and dates? Sign up for the newsletter .

March 8, International Women's Day
Collection until 1950 with Curator Ingeborg de Roode

May 5, National Liberation Day
Collection until 1950 with Researcher Frank van Lamoen
In colaboration with Comité 4 en 5 mei

July 1, Keti Koti
Collection until 1950 with Curator Graphic Design Thomas Castro

July 22, Queer Amsterdam
Felix de Rooy with head of research and curatorial practice Charl Landvreugd
In collaboration with Queer Amsterdam

Photo of artwork Martin Wong Bruce Lee in the After
Martin Wong, 'Bruce Lee in the After', 1991.

Gallery Talk: World Aids Day

Learn more about the portrayal of AIDS and Wong's relationship to the political climate of that time.

Book tickets

Martin Wong discusses subjects such as sexual issues, queerness, and HIV/AIDS in his work. Are you seeking information about sexuality? Visit For more information about all types of STDs, visit