What is a strong exhibition?
Is it an exhibition in which the audience is enriched with knowledge and philosophy?
Is it an exhibition in which the audience will be completely overcome by an extraordinary aesthetic experience?
Is it an exhibition in which all works of art take their proud place in a solemn parade of greatness?
Is it an exhibition in which all works are hanging and standing orderly in line to give the audience an idea of objectivity?
Is it an exhibition in which the audience will be so terribly moved by what they have seen, that a selling point of handkerchiefs at the exit will be commercially viable?
Is it an exhibition in which the gloves will be off and the audience will be knocked out?
Is it an exhibition in which the audience will feel socially and democratically connected and will be better citizens?
Is it an exhibition in which the curator will lead like an autocratic Mahler-conductor?
Is it an exhibition which gives a view on post-colonialism, gender-inequality, the destruction of ecosystems and blackness and whiteness?
Is it an exhibition which proves its integrity by unreadable introductions which include all words necessary to be contemporary?
Is it an exhibition which is so exhaustively educational that the audience will feel happy like in a kindergarten?
At Superweakness curators are asked to make a “weak” exhibition.
In this case it was artist Robbin Heyker’s (1976) turn.
The original idea of the series at Superweakness was to make exhibitions without much fuss, and that will be on show for only one or two days.
That part of the super-weakness is lost already in this show, as it lasts some two weeks.
Besides, it is of course up to you as an audience to see if this exhibition is so weak that it will not enrich your knowledge, philosophically or otherwise,
that you will not be overcome by the aesthetic experience,
that you will find no solemn greatness in the works of art,
that you will have no idea of objectivity while looking around,
that you need no hanky for your emotions,
that you will not be knocked out,
that you feel as disconnected as always,
in which the curator has no conductorial aura,
that will give you no view on anything at all,
in which there is nothing to read to tell you what you see, and that doesn’t try to educate you.
Go and tell me later (why should i always do the dirty work telling you); it is at Willem Dreespark 312, The Hague and open on Saturday June 26 13:00-19:00 hrs; Thursday July 1 13:00-18:00 hrs and on Friday July 2 13:00-19:00 hrs.
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