Gallery talks — 21 Nov 2014

Entrance fee to the Stedelijk Museum + € 2.50
Stedelijk Museum, start in the entrance hall, guided tour through the exhibition
21 Nov 2014, 12 pm until 1 pm
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The Stedelijk Museum is pleased to invite you for this Gallery Talk, as part of the exhibition Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden. Tour the show with artists, art historians, and filmmakers who will discuss a selection of works on based of their own areas of expertise, research, and interests. These new – and personal – reflections on Dumas’s oeuvre will enhance the chronology and themes of the exhibition.

All the proposed speakers are related to Marlene Dumas in one way or another: Alied Ottevanger (curator of the Central Museum of Utrecht) wrote the first review of Dumas in 1981, Leontine Coelewij (curator of contemporary art at the Stedelijk Museum) curated the exhibition, Ena Jansen is a professor of South African literature at the VU University Amsterdam and Jan Andriesse (visual artist) is Marlene Dumas’ partner.

About the speaker:

Ena Jansen studied literature at both the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Utrecht. She lectured at the University of Witwatersrand for sixteen years and gained her PhD there in 1992 before returning to Amsterdam to become a lecturer for the Literature and Society course at the Free University of Amsterdam. In addition, she is a professor of South African literature at the University of Amsterdam and an academic researcher at the University of Johannesburg. She has published widely, including Afstand en verbintenis. Elisabeth Eybers in Amsterdam (Distance and Connections. Elisabeth Eybers in Amsterdam (1996 and 1998 - in a Dutch and South African edition), as well as books and articles about the Boer War, migrant literature, urban novels, and the representation of families in literature. Her inaugural lecture on the constructions of Jan van Riebeeck’s translator Eva/Krotoa was published on the Internet. Her book on the role of domestic staff in South African urban novels will be published in 2014. She has written a number of articles about the work of Marlene Dumas. “Op soek na die ontwykende werkelikheid” (In search of an illusive reality) was published in a leading South African cultural journal (De Kat, June 1994) and was the first article that presented Dumas's work to the South African public. Dumas later said that it was only after reading this article that her mother realized she was becoming an important artist! In the article “Spiegelschrift en Sneeuwwitje in anti-apartheid Nederland” (Mirror writing and Snow White in the anti-apartheid Netherlands, in Kunsten in Beweging, 2008), Jansen discussed the work of two South African-speaking artists, Dumas and the poet Elisabeth Eybers, who both succeeded in achieving influential positions in the Netherlands despite their South African backgrounds.