Performance — 22, 23, 24, 25 Aug 2019, 3, 4, 5 Oct 2019

As part of his exhibition, Walid Raad presents his most recent performance; an intriguing combination of facts and political, historical, and philosophical insights and storytelling that deepens his work in an extraordinary way.
Price
Museum ticket + € 3
Duration: 80 min.
Please be on time! At the artist’s request, no one can be admitted after the start of the performance.  Visitors are expected to be present for the entire performance. The other exhibition galleries remain open during the performance.
Location
Exhibition galleries
Time
22 Aug, 1 pm until 2.20 pm
22 Aug, 4 pm until 5.20 pm
23 Aug, 4 pm until 5.20 pm
23 Aug, 8 pm until 9.20 pm
24 Aug, 1 pm until 2.20 pm
24 Aug, 4 pm until 5.20 pm
25 Aug, 1 pm until 2.20 pm
25 Aug, 4 pm until 5.20 pm
3 Oct, 1 pm until 2.20 pm
3 Oct, 4 pm until 5.20 pm
4 Oct, 4 pm until 2.20 pm
4 Oct, 8 pm until 9.20 pm
5 Oct, 1 pm until 2.20 pm
5 Oct, 4 pm until 5.20 pm
Main language
English
Admission
Tickets

Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead is a performance by Walid Raad that complements his exhibition in the museum. In this performance, which Raad refers to as a “walkthrough”, the artist takes visitors on a special tour of his exhibition. His tour includes lecture-style PowerPoint presentations, video screenings, and strange stories about World War I, arts education, construction workers’ sweat, and the history of tall buildings in New York. Along the way, Raad also introduces several characters, including a Vietnam veteran/World War One buff; carpet restorers; real estate moguls; and various sheikhs, princes, and emirs.  

Walid Raad, 'Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead', 2018. Still from Presentation. ONASSIS, Athens 2018. Photo Elina Giounanli
Walid Raad, 'Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead', 2018. Still from Presentation. ONASSIS, Athens 2018. Photo Elina Giounanli

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Tickets are required for the performances of Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead. Tickets can be ordered online in advance, via the link at the top of this page. Please note: places are limited. 

At the artist’s request, no one can be admitted after the start of the performance. Please keep this in mind and arrive well in time. The performance will last 80 minutes. Visitors are expected to be present for the entire performance. The exhibition galleries in which no performance takes place will remain open to the public.

CREDITS Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead

By Walid Raad
Project management Celesta Rottiers
Technical direction Herman Sorgeloos
Co-produced by steirischer herbst in Graz, Art Center Buda in Kortrijk for Gone West - NEXT Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, Fast Forward Festival / Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Support by Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Hamburg/Beirut), Paula Cooper Gallery (New York).
Thanks to Jack V Sturiano, Marcella Lista, Belal Hibri, SITU Studio, Christopher Kissoon, Raphael Fleuriet, Karolien Derwael.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents the first exhibition in the Netherlands by the Lebanese-American artist Walid Raad (1967). He is known for his sharp, critical, committed, and often witty perspective on the complexity of the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1991) and on developments in the art world of the Middle East. Raad uses video, photography, multimedia installations, performances, and essays.