Events — 3 Apr 2020

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents Video Club: Why So Serious?, a screening program celebrating the most humorous works in the Stedelijk’s Time-based Media collection.

Stedelijk Museum
3 Apr, 7 pm until 9.15 pm
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In line with national policy relating to the coronavirus, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will be temporarily closed for visitors until April 6 2020.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is pleased to present Why So Serious?, the latest edition of Video Club. Why So Serious? brings together videos in the Stedelijk collection that employ humor as a means for both critical reflection and fun. Amid a global climate in which charges of elitism pit everyday people against artists and intellectuals, Why So Serious? offers an opportunity to reflect on laughter as an equally critical and restorative act within creative practice.

Confronting the preconception that contemporary art takes itself too seriously, this program shifts the scales with works that champion a range of comedic styles. From slapstick to satire, the screening introduces conceptually rooted examples like Liza May Post’s Trying alongside socially critical parodies like Shut the Fuck Up and offbeat genre studies such as Michael Smith’s Secret Horror. Presented alongside a public conversation, pizza and beer, Why So Serious? invites viewers to celebrate the most humorous works within the Stedelijk Time-based Media collection.

Erik van Lieshout, The Basement, 2014
Erik van Lieshout, The Basement, 2014
7.00 PM
Doors open – pizza and drinks
Introduction – Karen Archey, Curator of Contemporary Art, Timed-based Media
Screening part 1
Pizza break
Screening part 2
End of program
10 PM
Museum closes

Video Club is presented in the Stedelijk’s Teijin Auditorium with barrier-free, elevator access. Seats with backs provided, and early access can be arranged for less-able viewers. For questions or requests regarding accessibility please contact

Please note that by attending the program you could potentially be filmed and photographed for archival, commercial and/or journalistic purposes. If you do not wish to be filmed or photographed, please contact our staff prior to the program. If you would like us to delete your images, please send an e-mail to