• “Forms of Resistance”

    Van Abbemuseum
    Bilderdijklaan 10
    July 24, 2013–January 6, 2008

    Curated by Will Bradley, Charles Esche, and Phillip van den Bossche

    Taking the 1871 Paris Commune, the Russian Revolution, May ’68, and the post-9/11 era as its points of historical comparison, “Forms of Resistance: Artists and the Desire for Social Change from 1871 to the Present” examines the evolving relationship between art and politics. Curators Will Bradley, Charles Esche, and Phillip van den Bossche, all of whom have a long-standing interest in the interrogation of social practice and its presentation, bring together such canonical artists as Édouard Manet, André Breton, and Barbara Kruger with activist collaboratives such as the San Francisco Diggers, the Art Workers’ Coalition, and Deep Dish Television for this wide-ranging exhibition, which includes etchings, paintings, installations, posters, and a variety of other media. Illuminating projects both obscure and familiar, the show should prove an important heuristic tool for future art-and-politics experiments.