New work by Liam Gillick on the Museumplein


Liam Gillick

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30 MAY - 21 JUNE

On the Museumplein stand a series of enormous panels. Holes are cut in each one. Stick your head through and you complete an Oskar Schlemmer or Kasmir Malevich body – you are immortalized as a Bauhaus dancer or a character from Victory over the Sun. The New York based artist Liam Gillick creates art in the public domain which is constantly redefined by the way the public use it and the social interaction it triggers. His work extends into structural rethinking of the exhibition as a form. Commissioned by the Holland Festival and the Stedelijk Museum, Gillick will install a series of head-in-the-hole panels entitled All-Imitate-Act on Amsterdam’s Museumplein. Linking the performing arts of the festival with the collection of the Stedelijk, the panels display abstract images which refer to costumes and designs by artists from the 1910 to 1940.


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Liam Gillick (1964) is a British artist who studied fine art at Goldsmiths College, London, graduating in 1987. Gillick is part of the generation of artists who gave art a new impetus in the late 1980's and 1990's. He lives and works in New York City. Liam Gillick deploys multiple forms to expose the new ideological control systems that emerged at the beginning of the 1990s. He has developed a number of key narratives that often form the engine for a body of work. McNamara (1992 onwards) Erasmus is Late & Ibuka! (1995 onwards) Discussion Island/Big Conference Center (1997 onwards) and Construction of One (2005 onwards). Gillick’s work exposes the dysfunctional aspects of a modernist legacy in terms of abstraction and architecture when framed within a globalized, neo-liberal consensus. His work extends into structural rethinking of the exhibition as a form. In addition he has produced a number of short films since the late 2000s which address the construction of the creative persona in light of the enduring mutability of the contemporary artist as a cultural figure. Margin Time (2012) The Heavenly Lagoon (2013) and Hamilton: A Film by Liam Gillick (2014). Gillick is currently completing a book on the genealogy of the contemporary artist titled Industry and Intelligence: Contemporary Art Since 1820 for Columbia University Press.

Liam Gillick held his first solo exhibition at Karsten Schubert Gallery in London in 1989. Gillick’s work has subsequently been included in numerous important exhibitions including Documenta and the Venice and Berlin Biennales - representing Germany in 2009. Solo museum exhibitions have taken place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Tate in London. Gillick’s work is held in many important public collections including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Bilbao and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Over the last twenty five years Gillick has also been a prolific writer and critic of contemporary art – contributing to Artforum, October, Frieze and e-flux Journal. He is the author of a number of books including a volume of his selected critical writing. High profile public works include the British Government Home Office (Interior Ministry) building in London and the Lufthansa Headquarters in Frankfurt. Throughout this time Gillick has extended his practice into experimental venues and collaborative projects with artists including Philippe Parreno, Lawrence Weiner and Louise Lawler.

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Liam Gillick
Decor studio of Dutch National Opera & Ballet
Holland Festival, Stedelijk Museum
Liam Gillick, All-Imitate-Act, 2015 (Courtesy Esther Schipper, Berlin)

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