Theory — 11 Feb 2018

Price
€ 3,- (excluding museum entrance) 
Location
Teijin Auditorium
Time
11 Feb, 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Main language
Dutch
Admission
Sold out

Presentation of revealing biography at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Lucebert biographer Wim Hazeu spent years researching the life of the passionate multi-talented Lucebert (1924-1994). And made a shocking discovery: in a number of previously unknown letters written during the war years, Lucebert expressed support of National Socialist values. These views, which Lucebert later renounced, throw new light on him both as a man, and as an artist.

The Stedelijk Museum naturally felt uncomfortable on hearing the news. Is the museum right to present a ‘problematic’ artist? And how will the Stedelijk approach the work of Lucebert from this point on? In view of the revelation, the book launch will be linked to a debate. Margriet Schavemaker (Head Education, Interpretation and Publications at the Stedelijk), Emile Schrijver (director of the Jewish Historic Museum) and Marcel Möring (writer) will discuss the implications of the findings, and consider how we should approach the work of Lucebert in future.

Lucebert was a versatile artist who wrote poetry, painted, drew, was a ceramicist and a photographer. The Stedelijk first presented Lucebert’s work during the 1e Internationale tentoonstelling experimentele kunst, later referred to as the CoBrA exhibition. At the time, Lucebert’s contribution consisted of a series of poems. Lucebert’s visual art was also frequently presented at the Stedelijk. A succession of directors and curators acquired his works, due to which, the museum owns a significant Lucebert collection. In addition to 976 works of art, the Stedelijk also has a comprehensive archive. Several of his artworks are currently on view in the collection presentation STEDELIJK BASE, which opened at the end of 2017.

PROGRAM

3:00 Doors open
3:10 Welcome speech | Suzanna Héman (assistant curator at the Stedelijk Museum and manager of the Lucebert archive)
3:15 Audio fragment: Lucebert recites a poem
3:25 Talk | Suzanne Holtzer (editor-in-chief, Dutch fiction at publishing house De Bezige Bij)
3:30 Introduction | Wim Hazeu (writer, journalist and biographer)
3:55 Presentation of the first copy of the Lucebert biography to Remco Campert (poet, columnist and writer)
4:00 Musical tribute to Lucebert | Theatergroep Flint
4:15 Conversation between Margriet Schavemaker (Head Education, Interpretation and Publications at the Stedelijk), Emile Schrijver (director of the Jewish Historic Museum) and Marcel Möring (writer)
4:40 End of program

Hazeu. Lucebert courtesy Publisher de Bezige Bij
Wim Hazeu. Lucebert. Publisher De Bezige Bij, 2018.
Lucebert, Orpheus and the Animal, 1952, gouache, East-Indian ink, pencil on paper, collection Stedelijk Museum, acquired in 1987
Lucebert, Orpheus and the Animal, 1952, gouache, East-Indian ink, pencil on paper, collection Stedelijk Museum, acquired in 1987