Events — 24 Nov 2019

The last stop of the exhibition Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and others: Migrant Artists in Paris is the Salon. Here you can share your personal story.

In the exhibition 'Chagall, Picasso, Mondrian and others: Migrant Artists in Paris'
24 Nov 2019, 2 pm until 4 pm
Main language
Reservations are not required.

As you enter the Salon, you’ll find a single-question form. The questions you’re asked are personal and poetic. The central question in this Salon is: Tell me where you really come from. You’re welcome to talk about your answers with other visitors, or put down the answer for yourself in words or maybe in a drawing.

In designing the public program that complements the exhibition, the Stedelijk Museum collaborated with rapper and writer Massih Hutak. His work explores stories of hope, love and struggle. Not always upbeat, but always honest and vulnerable. The Salon is Massih’s idea, a place where people can tell their stories.

Every month, the Salon zooms in on a different question. The Stedelijk gathers all these answers and hangs them on the wall as inspiration for the four Salon artists: Gershwin Bonevacia, Massih Hutak, Rachel Rumai and Ikram El Messaoudi. These questions and answers are also featured in the exhibition’s audio tour. At the end of each month, the artists stage an intervention—the Salon session—inspired by the answers people gave.

Tell me where you really come from

Massih Hutak is, among other things, a writer, rapper and theater maker. People often ask him where he really comes from. Do people ask you the same question? Sometimes? Not at all? Can you imagine how it feels to be asked? In his Salon session, Massih will get into personal conversations with the audience and create several mini-interventions in the Salon.

This Salon session is free, reservations are not required.

Massih Hutak. Photo: Ilja Meefout
Massih Hutak. Photo: Ilja Meefout