Gallery talks — 13 Feb 2019

On the occasion of the exhibition Freedom of Movement, the Stedelijk Museum is organizing two Gallery Talks.
Museumticket + €3
Meeting point in the entrance hall, tour through the exhibition galleries
13 Feb 2019, 4 pm until 5 pm
Main language

The gallery talks provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions about the exhibition with an expert. The first speaker is Karen Archey, curator of this exhibition. She will guide visitors through her personal selection of artworks

The central theme of this year’s exhibition of the Municipal Art Acquisitions is ‘Freedom of Movement’. This term is commonly used to describe people’s right to travel beyond their native country without requiring visas. As neo-nationalist and populist political movements gain traction in the West, the phrase “freedom of movement” has become charged with various connotations. The exhibition explores people’s movement as a political factor and in various ways addresses the idea of movement and the possibility of resistance. How much freedom do we have, and how much freedom do we grant each other?

Rory Pilgrim, Software Garden, 2016-2018. 11 Track Music Video Album and Live Concert, 50 minutes, courtesy the artist
Rory Pilgrim, Software Garden, 2016-2018. 11 Track Music Video Album and Live Concert, 50 minutes, courtesy the artist

Each edition of the Municipal Art Acquisitions focuses on a different discipline. This year’s edition focuses on time-based media: artworks that last for a specific length of time, such as film and video work, performance, dance, theatre, new media, sound  and internet art. The exhibition closely reflects the contemporary practice of many artists, who follow their ideas without restricting their expression to any one medium.


Karen Archey is Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the organizing curator of the exhibition Freedom of Movement. She is an American curator and art critic formerly based in Berlin and New York. Since joining the Stedelijk Museum in April 2017, Archey has organized solo exhibitions by artists Rineke Dijstra, Stefan Tcherepnin, Catherine Christer Hennix, and Metahaven. She heads the Stedelijk’s research initiative on the conservation, acquisition and display of time-based media and also coordinates the museum’s performance and media program, recently commissioning new works by Alicia Frankovich and artist collective CFGNY.