Gallery talks — 19 Dec 2018

This autumn the Stedelijk Museum organizes a series of gallery talks on the occasion of the exhibition Lily van der Stokker – Friendly Good.
Museumticket + €3
Meeting point in the entrance hall, tour through the exhibition galleries
19 Dec 2018, 4 pm until 5 pm
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The gallery talks are an opportunity to engage with an exhibition at a deeper level, under the guidance of an expert. The second speaker is Paula van den Bosch. She will guide visitors along a personal selection of artworks from the exhibition.

In the autumn of 2018, the Stedelijk presents the first museum retrospective of Lily van der Stokker, featuring drawings and wall paintings dating from the late 1980s to the present. Some of the works were never shown in the Netherlands before. Friendly Good shows exuberant, decorative drawings and monumental wall paintings. Without irony or cynicism Van der Stokker refers to beauty, friendship and kindness, but also to everyday activities such as cleaning.

Friendly Good, 1992–2018 acrylic paint on wall, courtesy the artist. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Friendly Good, 1992–2018 acrylic paint on wall, courtesy the artist. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

A characteristic of Van der Stokkers work is the unique position it occupies within the tradition of feminist and conceptual art: her work does not conform to prevailing norms about good taste. As such, she often exploits concepts that are ‘banned’ from contemporary art, such as the frivolous and decorative, making her art look sweet and innocent at first. The visitor who will have a second look, however, will discover that Van der Stokkers work contains a much more layered and committed message. These seemingly charming works contain a clear critical message, aimed directly at the viewer. Can artists show failures? Is it alright for art to be untrue and ugly? Or funny and sweet?

More about the speaker

Paula van den Bosch (1964 NL) is an art critic and senior curator at the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht. In 2000 she published a catalogue raisonné of the Visser Collection: a renowned collection of neo avant-garde art kept by the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo.

Since 1998, Van den Bosch has mainly programmed solo exhibitions of artists such as Luc Tuymans, Roman Signer, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Peter Doig, Lily van der Stokker, Pawel Althamer, Thomas Hirschhorn, Monika Baer, Laura Owens, Mai-Thu Perret, Mary Heilmann, Rebecca Morris, Ernst Caramelle, gerlach en koop. The ANSCHOOL (2005) and gerlach en koop exhibitions (2016) were nominated for the AICA certificate for Best Exhibition. ANSCHOOL (2005) won the AICA certificate for best exhibition in 2007. For 2019 Van den Bosch is developing exhibitions with Dan Walsh, Paloma Varga Weisz and Ine Schröder.

Besides her activities as curator, Van den Bosch regularly contributes to the educational programs of for instance the Jan van Eyck Academie and Maastricht University. She is also involved with the Royal Award for Modern Painting from 2018 to 2022, in the capacity of chair of the jury.

Paula van den Bosch, photo: Pascale Leenders
Paula van den Bosch, photo: Pascale Leenders

The Lily van der Stokker - Friendly Good exhibition has been realized thanks to the generous contribution of the International Collector Circle and the Curator Circle of the Stedelijk Museum Fonds.